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?
Prices and Standard Equipment
Both rigs come only with four doors and a rear hatch. Base Juke S models start at $18,990 and include 17-inch wheels; power windows, mirrors and locks; Bluetooth phone connectivity; and an iPod interface system.
The Rogue has a baseline MSRP of $22,490, which buys LED running lights, hill start assist and Vehicle Dynamic Control with Traction Control System in entry-level S form.
Under the Hood
A turbocharged 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine with 188 horsepower allows the Juke to cut and thrust its way down the road. Nissan's Xtronic Continuously Variable Transmission is standard equipment (except on the NISMO-tuned special) as is front-wheel drive; buyers of front-wheel drive Jukes can opt for a six-speed manual transmission. All-wheel drive is optional. Fuel economy goes as high as 27 mpg city and 32 mpg highway. Sportier, Juke NISMOs treat drivers to 197 horsepower, although mileage dips as low as 25/30.
Rogues keep things simple with a 170-horsepower 2.5-liter four-cylinder that returns 26 mpg city and 33 mpg highway with a continuously variable transmission (CVT). All-wheel drive is optional across the range.
The Juke gets high marks for its pep and athletic handling, but its polarizing, unconventional looks may not appeal to everyone, and penalize tall rear seat occupants and cargo space.
While the Rogue gets criticized for its occasionally noisy transmission and its lack of a V6 option, it is larger, more conventionally styled and, depending on specification, more fuel efficient than the Juke.
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.