Nissan Juke vs Nissan Rogue

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Justin Cupler has specialized as an automotive writer since 2009, and has seen himself published in multiple websites and online magazines. In addition to contributing to CarsDirect, Justin also works as editor in chief for a large performance car online publication. His specialty lays in the high-performance realm, but has a deep love and understanding for all things automotive. Prior to being an automotive writer, he was an automotive technician and manager for six years, but spent the majority of his younger life tinkering with classic muscle cars.

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, Automotive Editor - January 20, 2016

Nissan makes several SUVs and crossovers -- even one with V8 power. When it comes to buying a high-riding four-cylinder vehicle from the Japanese company, though, should consumers make the move for the Juke or go the other way and get behind the wheel of the Rogue?

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What the Juke Gets Right

Both rigs come only with four doors and a rear hatch. Base Juke S models start a few grand lower than the Rogue and include 17-inch wheels; power windows, mirrors and locks; Bluetooth phone connectivity; and an iPod interface system.

The looks of the Juke are polarizing, but certainly more daring than the Rogue, and its 188-horsepower 1.6-liter engine delivers a more exciting drive.

What the Rogue Gets Right

While the Rogue has a baseline MSRP that's higher than the Juke, it does have more premium standard features like LED running lights, hill start assist and Vehicle Dynamic Control with Traction Control System in entry-level S form.

The Rogue keeps things simple, but a recent redesign definitely gives it a sportier look than before. Its 2.5-liter engine is underwhelming at 170-horsepower, but in return it gets up to 26 mpg city and 33 mpg highway with a continuously variable transmission (CVT). All-wheel drive is optional across the range.

The Rogue also has an available third row of seats for larger families and nearly doubles the maximum cargo capacity of the Juke.

Whom the Juke Caters to?

The Juke is great for buyers looking for more sportiness than functionality in their crossover, as it delivers more spirited performance but lacks in utility.

Our Verdict: Nissan Rogue

The Rogue is the more practical choice for more buyers. It may not be as fun or visually distinctive as its smaller brother, but it is capable of carrying a greater amount of people and luggage over potentially longer distances.

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, Automotive Editor

Justin Cupler has specialized as an automotive writer since 2009, and has seen himself published in multiple websites and online magazines. In addition to contributing to CarsDirect, Justin also works as editor in chief for a large performance car online publication. His specialty lays in the high-performance realm, but has a deep love and understanding for all things automotive. Prior to being an automotive writer, he was an automotive technician and manager for six years, but spent the majority of his younger life tinkering with classic muscle cars.

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