Today, we’ll compare the 2016 Jeep Renegade, which has the best of both worlds, and the 2016 Nissan Juke, which is a sporty crossover SUV.
Starting with the models, both cars are equal because they each have ten models from which customers can choose.
There are four front-wheel drive versions of the 2016 Jeep Renegade: the Sport, the Limited, the Latitude, and the 75th Anniversary. All four of the models we just talked about can also be bought with four-wheel drive. Still, Jeep’s compact lineup has two high-quality cars that can only be had with four-wheel drive: the Justice and the best of the bunch, the Jeep Renegade Trailhawk.
In 2016, Nissan made a lot of changes to the models of its compact cars. The Juke comes in ten different models, five with front-wheel drive and five with all-wheel drive. Customers can choose from the Manual NISMO RS, the Manual NISMO, the CVT SV, the CVT SL, and the CVT S for the front-wheel models. The Juke comes in the CVT SV, CVT SL, CVT S, CVT NISMO, and CVT NISMO RS trims, all of which offer all-wheel drive.
The most obvious difference between the Juke and other compact cars is how much gas it uses. It doesn’t help Nissan’s case to compare it to the Jeep Renegade.
The Renegade is much better than the Juke in its most basic form. The Jeep Renegade Sport gets 24 mpg in the city and 31 mpg on the highway, according to estimates. On the other hand, the Nissan Juke CVT S gets about 28 mpg in the city and 32 mpg on the highway.
As we move up the list, the Renegade and the Juke get about the same gas mileage on the highway. The CVT NISMO RS gets 25 mpg in the city, while the powerful Jeep Trailhawk only gets 21 mpg in the city. Both models get 29 mpg on the highway, which is the same as the top spot.
When the top models of each brand are compared, the Nissan CVT NISMO RS has more power than the Renegade. Nissan gave the NISMO RS a 1.6-liter Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4 engine that can make 211 hp and 184 lb-ft of torque. A 2.4-liter Regular Unleaded I-4 engine is in the Jeep Renegade Trailhawk. The engine in a Jeep can give the driver 180 hp and 175 lb-ft of torque.
For the base models, the engines are different. The Renegade Sport has a 1.4-liter engine with 160 horsepower and 184 torque, while the Juke CVT S has a 1.6-liter engine with 188 horsepower and 177 torque.
On a track, the Nissan Juke has more power than the Jeep Renegade, but Jeep is slightly cheaper than its Japanese competitors.
The Sport with front-wheel drive starts the Renegade line at $17,995. The base price for the Latitude is $21,395, while the base price for the 75th Anniversary special edition is $23,375. Jeep.com says that you can buy the top-of-the-line Jeep Renegade Trailhawk for as little as $26,745.
Nissan’s models are more expensive. For example, the base 2016 Juke S costs $20,250. The Juke SV comes next, and it starts at $22,300. The Juke NISMO starts at $24,830, and the Juke SL, which starts at $25,240, is right behind it. The NISMO RS, which is Nissan’s pride and joy, starts at $28,020, according to nissanusa.com.