At one end of the spectrum, we have the 2017 Honda HR-V, one of the manufacturer’s premier crossovers. It’s a fan-favorite subcompact SUV that looks as stylish as its bigger brother CR-V but has some class-defining traits that were carried over from the Fit. It’s an emboldened and confident vehicle that fits the hatchback-SUV mold quite well.
On the other end is the 2017 Nissan Juke, an oddly styled extraterrestrial that seems to be going through puberty. A bulbous roofline and bulging sides make it look coupe-like—even its hidden rear door handles give off this impression—but its front-end shows off its pickup characteristics. Where, then, does the hatchback or SUV come into play? We’d say in the back, but even that looks far too peculiar to help the Juke find its place in the crowd.
Which of these 2017 subcompact SUVs/hatchbacks is best for your family? Read our comparison of the new HR-V vs. the Juke below to find out.
It’s the Inside that Matters
The ’17 HR-V is packed with room, for both the living and inanimate objects. Passenger volume totals a flat 100 cubic feet. Cargo space comes in at 24.3 cubic feet and can be increased to 58.8 cubic feet with the rear Magic Seat folded down fully. And there are also standard cargo tie-downs—features not available in the juke. In fact, the Juke can barely be classified as being in the same class at the HR-V with just 87 cubic feet of passenger volume and a measly 10.5 cubic feet of cargo space with the seats up. Even when you fold the Juke’s rear seats down, you’re awarded just 35.9 cubic feet of cargo room.
It’s the HR-V’s Magic Seat that is so, well, magical; configurable in four various ways, the rear seat can be adjusted to fit bicycles, loveseats, tall plants, and surfboards. It can even recline, giving passengers premium amounts of comfort for longer drives. At 39.3 inches, legroom is also a plus in the HR-V, especially when comparing it to the 32.1 inches available in the Nissan Juke.
Large and bright screens pair up to become the HR-V’s focal point in the front, which is also accentuated by an overall attractive cabin layout and design. High-quality plastics coat the cabin but are soft and look sophisticated. Camouflaged storage solutions should leave drivers and passengers in awe, and an unobtrusive instrument panel makes this one of Honda’s best subcompact SUVs yet.
The 2017 Nissan Juke, on the other hand, is an overly stylized mess. Cheap-looking plastic floods the cabin, and odd swathes of color and texture can be major eyesores. The driver’s information cluster is just as busy, offering an odd series of gauges that look more accommodating to a motorcyclist than a crossover owner. Firm seats don’t offer any alleviation, either, especially considering the Juke suffers from a hefty bit of bounce when traveling across uneven or rough terrain.
The 2017 HR-V is superior to the Juke in both style, spaciousness, and comfort.
Judging the Two on Performance & Safety
Fuel economy has become a major selling point for vehicles, and Honda has prioritized efficiency over just about anything else in the HR-V and its other models. With the 2017 HR-V (manual transmission) owners get approximately 25 mpg city/33 mpg highway. Upgrade to the automatic CVT and EPA ratings shoot up to 28 mpg city/34 mpg highway. The Juke isn’t as green, coming in at 26 mpg city/30 mpg highway with its AWD automatic transmission.
Earning just a three stars in both Front Passenger Side and Overall Front Crash ratings, Nissan’s Juke has also seen better days in the safety category. The IIHS also raised a red flag by giving the Juke a “Poor” rating in their small front-overlap test. The Nissan Juke is now squarely behind its class rivals in crash-test safety. When adding on poor rear-window visibility due to large pillars, frenetic braking, and loose steering, the Juke is in no position to become your family’s go-to crossover.
On the other hand, the 2017 Honda HR-V earned itself a five-star rating by the NHTSA and better marks by the IIHS. Its relaxed handling and responsive steering make it pleasant to drive, while enhances suspension reduces overall cabin disturbance. Front and rear visibility is another better-than-expected bonus to owning an HR-V, as side pillars offer just enough protection without becoming burdensome to the eye. With a series of available safety features, the all-new Honda HR-V is the new spokesperson for family-focused crossovers.
See the Winner at Our Car Dealerships near Pembroke Pines
It’s no surprise that the 2017 Honda HR-V has bested the Nissan Juke. With more room, a traditional yet modern style, and better safety and EPA ratings, the brand-new HR-V is set to become your next family-hauling vehicle. Plus, it’s the winner of two U.S. News Awards: Best Subcompact SUV for the Money and Best Subcompact SUV for Families. Have we sold you yet?
Come take the test to discover how incredible the HR-V is. Find and visit your closest South Florida Honda Dealers location to view all of our 2017 HR-V SUVs for sale, as well as our selection of other new Honda models and used cars. We have Honda dealers near Boca Raton, FL, as well as the areas of Miami, Fort Lauderdale, Pembroke Pines, and West Palm Beach.
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