Ancira Nissan Compares 2017 Nissan JUKE VS 2017 Jeep Renegade Near New Braunfels, TX

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2017 Nissan JUKE

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2017 Jeep Renegade

Safety Comparison

The Juke (except S/NISMO) offers an optional Around View Monitor to allow the driver to see objects all around the vehicle on a screen. The Renegade only offers a rear monitor and rear parking sensors that beep or flash a light. That doesn’t help with obstacles to the front or sides.

Both the Juke and the Renegade have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, front-wheel drive, height adjustable front shoulder belts, plastic fuel tanks, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, available all-wheel drive and daytime running lights.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration does side impact tests on new vehicles. In this test, which crashes the vehicle into a flat barrier at 38.5 MPH and into a post at 20 MPH, results indicate that the Nissan Juke is safer than the Jeep Renegade:





Rear Seat


5 Stars

3 Stars




Hip Force

958 lbs.

1087 lbs.


Into Pole


5 Stars

5 Stars




Spine Acceleration

36 G’s

41 G’s

New test not comparable to pre-2011 test results. More stars = Better. Lower test results = Better.

Reliability Comparison

The camshafts in the Juke’s engine are driven by a hardened steel chain, with no maintenance needs. The Renegade 1.4 turbo 4 cyl.’s camshafts are driven by a rubber belt that needs periodic replacement. If the Renegade’s cam drive belt breaks the engine could be severely damaged when the pistons hit the opened valves.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2016 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Nissan vehicles are better in initial quality than Jeep vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Nissan 10th in initial quality, above the industry average. With 12 more problems per 100 vehicles, Jeep is ranked 17th, below the industry average.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2016 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Nissan vehicles are more reliable than Jeep vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Nissan 27th in reliability. With 8 more problems per 100 vehicles, Jeep is ranked 28th.

Engine Comparison

The Juke has more powerful engines than the Renegade:




Juke 1.6 turbo 4 cyl.

188 HP

177 lbs.-ft.

Juke NISMO RS AWD 1.6 turbo 4 cyl.

211 HP

184 lbs.-ft.

Juke NISMO RS 1.6 turbo 4 cyl.

215 HP

210 lbs.-ft.

Renegade 1.4 turbo 4 cyl.

160 HP

184 lbs.-ft.

Renegade 2.4 DOHC 4 cyl.

180 HP

175 lbs.-ft.

As tested in Motor Trend the Nissan Juke (base engine) is faster than the Jeep Renegade 4 cyl. (automatics tested):




Zero to 60 MPH

6.8 sec

9.1 sec

Quarter Mile

15.2 sec

17 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

91.9 MPH

80 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

On the EPA test cycle the Juke NISMO FWD Manual with its standard engine gets better fuel mileage than the Renegade FWD with its standard engine (27 city/33 hwy vs. 24 city/31 hwy).

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

For better stopping power the Juke NISMO RS’ brake rotors are larger than those on the Renegade:




Front Rotors

12.6 inches

12 inches

Rear Rotors

11.5 inches

10.95 inches

The Juke NISMO RS’ standard front and rear disc brakes are vented to help dissipate heat for shorter stops with less fading. The rear discs on the Renegade are solid, not vented.

The Juke stops shorter than the Renegade:





70 to 0 MPH

176 feet

181 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

119 feet

126 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels Comparison

The Juke’s standard tires provide better handling because they have a lower 55 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the Renegade’s standard 65 series tires. The Juke NISMO’s tires have a lower 45 series profile than the Renegade’s optional 55 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Juke has standard 17-inch wheels. Smaller 16-inch wheels are standard on the Renegade.

Suspension and Handling Comparison

The Juke has standard front and rear gas-charged shocks for better control over choppy roads. The Renegade’s suspension doesn’t offer gas-charged shocks.

The Juke SV AWD handles at .85 G’s, while the Renegade Latitude 4x4 pulls only .74 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

The Juke SL AWD executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 1.9 seconds quicker than the Renegade Trailhawk 4x4 (27.1 seconds @ .67 average G’s vs. 29 seconds @ .58 average G’s).

Chassis Comparison

The Juke is 4.2 inches shorter than the Renegade, making the Juke easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

To almost totally eliminate engine vibration in the passenger area, the Juke has an electronically controlled liquid-filled front engine mount. A computer controlled electric current in the liquid changes its viscosity, allowing the mount to dampen the engine completely at all RPMs. The Renegade uses conventional solid rubber engine mounts.

The design of the Nissan Juke amounts to more than styling. The Juke has an aerodynamic coefficient of drag of .35 Cd. That is lower than the Renegade (.35 to .37). A more efficient exterior helps keep the interior quieter and helps the Juke get better fuel mileage.

Passenger Space Comparison

The front step up height for the Juke is 2.7 inches lower than the Renegade (16.7” vs. 19.4”). The Juke’s rear step up height is 2.5 inches lower than the Renegade’s (17.1” vs. 19.6”).

Ergonomics Comparison

The Juke has a standard locking fuel door with a remote release located convenient to the driver. A locking fuel door helps prevent vandalism, such as sugar in the tank and fuel theft. The Renegade doesn’t offer a locking fuel door.

Consumer Reports rated the Juke’s headlight performance “Good,” a higher rating than the Renegade’s headlights, which were rated “Fair.”

The Juke has standard power remote mirrors. The Renegade only comes with remote mirrors at extra cost. Without them the driver will have to roll down the windows and reach across the car to adjust the mirrors.

Bluetooth wireless connectivity is standard on the Juke, connecting the driver and passenger’s cell phones to the vehicle systems. This allows them to use the vehicle’s stereo and hand controls to place calls safely and easily. Bluetooth costs extra on the Renegade.

Economic Advantages Comparison

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Juke is less expensive to operate than the Renegade because it costs $279 less to do the manufacturer’s suggested maintenance for 50,000 miles. Typical repairs cost much less on the Juke than the Renegade, including $210 less for an alternator.

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