Today we have a comparison between the best of two worlds in the 2016 Jeep Renegade and the sporty alternative among crossover SUVs in the 2016 Nissan Juke.
Starting with model options, both cars go head to head, offering ten different models each for customers to choose.
The 2016 Jeep Renegade is available in four front-wheel drive models: the Sport, the Limited, the Latitude, and the special edition 75th Anniversary. All four of the models mentioned earlier are also available in four-wheel drive. Nevertheless, Jeep’s compact also has a pair of top-notch vehicles available only with four-wheel drive: the Justice, and the cream of the crop Jeep Renegade Trailhawk.
Nissan also went wide regarding models for its compact in 2016. The Juke has five different front-wheel driving options and five all-wheel driving models. For the front-wheel models, customers will be able to pick from the: Manual NISMO RS, the Manual NISMO, the CVT SV, the CVT SL, and the CVT S. As for all-wheel drive options, the Juke is available in the trims: CVT SV, CVT SL, CVT S, CVT NISMO, and CVT NISMO RS.
The most apparent discrepancy of the Juke with its competitors in the compact market is its fuel economy. And comparing it to the Jeep Renegade does not help Nissan’s case.
In their most base models, the Renegade is significantly ahead of the Juke. The estimated fuel consumption for the Jeep Renegade Sport is 24 mpg in the city and a rise to 31 mpg on the highway. The Nissan Juke CVT S, on the other hand, has an estimated consumption of 28 mpg driving in the city and consumes an estimated 32 mpg on the highway.
Now as we go up the rankings, the mileage on the highway levels up well between the Renegade and the Juke. However, the consumption numbers in city driving tilt to Nissan’s side, as the powerful Jeep Trailhawk consumes an estimated 21 mpg in the city while the CVT NISMO RS consumes 25 mpg in the city. Both models tie in the highway driving rank, consuming 29 mpg each.
Also comparing the top models from each make, the Nissan CVT NISMO RS has a power advantage over the Renegade. Nissan added a 1.6-liter Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4 engine to the NISMO RS, which can pull 211 horsepower and 184 torque. The Jeep Renegade Trailhawk comes with a 2.4 liter Regular Unleaded I-4 engine. The Jeep engine can give the driver 180 horsepower and 175 torque.
For the base models, there is a split between the engines. The Renegade Sport has a 1.4-liter engine that can push for 160 horsepower and 184 torque while the Juke CVT S comes with a 1.6-liter engine that gets up to 188 horsepower and 177 torque.
The Nissan Juke has the power to beat the Renegade on a track, but in terms of pricing, Jeep has the slight edge over their Japanese competitors.
The line of Renegades starts at $17,995 with the front-wheel-drive Sport. The Latitude starts at $21,395 while the 75th Anniversary special edition can be acquired starting at $23,375. The top-of-the-line Jeep Renegade Trailhawk is available starting at $26,745 according to jeep.com.
Nissan’s models come at a higher price, with the base 2016 Juke S starting at $20,250. Next in line is the Juke SV starting at $22,300. Then we have the Juke NISMO starting at $24,830, closely followed by the Juke SL, which is starting at $25,240. And finally, Nissan’s pride, the NISMO RS is listed starting at $28,020 according to nissanusa.com.