Childre Nissan Compares 2015 Nissan JUKE VS 2015 Subaru Forester Near Dublin, GA

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2015 Nissan JUKE

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2015 Subaru Forester

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 Forester only offers a rear monitor.

Compared to metal, the Juke’s plastic fuel tank can withstand harder, more intrusive impacts without leaking; this decreases the possibility of fire. The Subaru Forester has a metal gas tank.

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

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 Subaru Forester:



Rear Seat


5 Stars

5 Stars




Into Pole


5 Stars

5 Stars

Spine Acceleration

36 G’s

44 G’s

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

Warranty Comparison

There are over 83 percent more Nissan dealers than there are Subaru dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the Juke’s warranty.

Reliability Comparison

J.D. Power and Associates rated the Juke first among small SUVs in their 2013 Initial Quality Study. The Forester isn’t in the top three in its category.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2014 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Nissan vehicles are better in initial quality than Subaru vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Nissan 19th in initial quality. With 18 more problems per 100 vehicles, Subaru is ranked 27th.

Engine Comparison

As tested in Motor Trend the Nissan Juke (base engine) is faster than the Forester 2.5i (automatics tested):



Zero to 60 MPH

6.8 sec

9 sec

Quarter Mile

15.2 sec

16.9 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

91.9 MPH

83.9 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

On the EPA test cycle the Juke gets better fuel mileage than the Forester:





28 city/34 hwy



25 city/31 hwy



28 city/32 hwy





22 city/29 hwy


26 city/31 hwy

24 city/32 hwy



25 city/29 hwy

23 city/28 hwy


Brakes and Stopping Comparison

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



Forester 2.5i

Forester 2.0XT

Front Rotors

11.7 inches

12.6 inches

11.6 inches

12.4 inches

Rear Rotors

11.5 inches

11.5 inches

10.8 inches

10.9 inches

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 Forester 2.5i’s standard 60 series tires. The Juke NISMO’s tires have a lower 45 series profile than the Forester 2.5i Touring/2.0XT’s 55 series tires.

Suspension and Handling Comparison

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

The Juke SV AWD handles at .85 G’s, while the Forester 2.5i Touring pulls only .78 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

The Juke SV executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 1.3 seconds quicker than the Forester 2.5i Touring (27.3 seconds @ .62 average G’s vs. 28.6 seconds @ .55 average G’s).

Chassis Comparison

The Nissan Juke may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 350 to 450 pounds less than the Subaru Forester.

The Juke is 1 foot, 6.5 inches shorter than the Forester, making the Juke easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

As tested by Car and Driver while at idle, the interior of the Juke SV AWD is quieter than the Forester 2.5i Touring (41 vs. 42 dB).

Passenger Space Comparison

The front step up height for the Juke is .3 inches lower than the Forester (16.7” vs. 17”). The Juke’s rear step up height is 1.5 inches lower than the Forester’s (17.1” vs. 18.6”).

Ergonomics Comparison

The Juke’s driver’s power window opens or closes with one touch of the window control, making it more convenient at drive-up windows and toll booths. The Forester’s standard driver’s power window switch has to be held the entire time to close it fully.

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