Childre Nissan Compares 2017 Nissan JUKE VS 2017 Chevrolet Trax Near Atlanta, GA

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2017 Nissan JUKE

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2017 Chevrolet Trax

Safety Comparison

The Juke has standard Active Head Restraints, which use a specially designed headrest to protect the driver and front passenger from whiplash. During a rear-end collision, the Active Head Restraints system moves the headrests forward to prevent neck and spine injuries. The Trax doesn’t offer a whiplash protection system.

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 Trax 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 Trax 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, rearview cameras, 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 post at 20 MPH, results indicate that the Nissan Juke is safer than the Chevrolet Trax:





Into Pole


5 Stars

5 Stars




Spine Acceleration

36 G’s

46 G’s

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

Warranty Comparison

The Juke’s corrosion warranty is unlimited miles longer than the Trax’s (unlimited vs. 100,000 miles).

Engine Comparison

The Juke’s standard 1.6 turbo 4 cyl. produces 50 more horsepower (188 vs. 138) and 29 lbs.-ft. more torque (177 vs. 148) than the Trax’s 1.4 turbo 4 cyl. The Juke NISMO RS AWD’s standard 1.6 turbo 4 cyl. produces 73 more horsepower (211 vs. 138) and 36 lbs.-ft. more torque (184 vs. 148) than the Trax’s 1.4 turbo 4 cyl. The Juke NISMO RS’ standard 1.6 turbo 4 cyl. produces 77 more horsepower (215 vs. 138) and 62 lbs.-ft. more torque (210 vs. 148) than the Trax’s 1.4 turbo 4 cyl.

As tested in Motor Trend the Nissan Juke (base engine) is faster than the Chevrolet Trax (automatics tested):




Zero to 60 MPH

6.8 sec

10.1 sec

Quarter Mile

15.2 sec

17.5 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

91.9 MPH

78.2 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

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







1.6 turbo 4 cyl. (188 HP)/6-spd. Manual

27 city/33 hwy




1.6 turbo 4 cyl. (188 HP)/CVT

28 city/32 hwy

25 city/33 hwy

1.4 turbo 4 cyl./Auto


1.6 turbo 4 cyl. (188 HP)/CVT

26 city/30 hwy

24 city/30 hwy

1.4 turbo 4 cyl./Auto

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

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




Front Rotors

12.6 inches

11.8 inches

Rear Rotors

11.5 inches

9” drums

Opt Rear Rotors


10.6 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 Trax AWD are solid, not vented.

The Nissan Juke has standard four-wheel disc brakes for better stopping power and improved directional control in poor weather. Rear drums are standard on the Trax. Drums can heat up and make stops longer, especially with antilock brakes, which work much harder than conventional brakes.

Tires and Wheels Comparison

For better traction, the Juke has larger standard tires than the Trax (215/55R17 vs. 205/70R16). The Juke NISMO’s tires are larger than the largest tires available on the Trax (225/45R18 vs. 215/55R18).

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 Trax’s standard 70 series tires. The Juke NISMO’s tires have a lower 45 series profile than the Trax Premier’s 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 Trax.

Suspension and Handling Comparison

For superior ride and handling, the Juke AWD has fully independent front and rear suspensions. An independent suspension allows the wheels to follow the road at the best angle for gripping the pavement, without compromising ride comfort. The Chevrolet Trax has a solid rear axle, with a non-independent rear suspension.

The Juke has standard front and rear stabilizer bars, which help keep the Juke flat and controlled during cornering. The Trax’s suspension doesn’t offer a rear stabilizer bar.

The Juke SV AWD handles at .85 G’s, while the Trax LT AWD pulls only .72 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

The Juke SL AWD executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 2.1 seconds quicker than the Trax LT AWD (27.1 seconds @ .67 average G’s vs. 29.2 seconds @ .56 average G’s).

For greater off-road capability the Juke NISMO has a greater minimum ground clearance than the Trax (6.5 vs. 6.2 inches), allowing the Juke to travel over rougher terrain without being stopped or damaged. The Juke’s minimum ground clearance is .4 inch higher than on the Trax (6.6 vs. 6.2 inches).

Chassis Comparison

The Juke is 4.8 inches shorter than the Trax, 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 Trax LT AWD (41 vs. 42 dB).

Ergonomics Comparison

The Juke’s front power windows open or close with one touch of the switches, making it more convenient at drive-up windows and toll booths, or when talking with someone outside of the car. The Trax’s front passenger window doesn’t close automatically.

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 Trax doesn’t offer a locking fuel door.

To shield the driver and front passenger’s vision over a larger portion of the windshield and side windows, the Juke has standard extendable sun visors. The Trax doesn’t offer extendable visors.

The Juke SV/SL/NISMO’s standard automatic temperature control maintains the temperature you set, automatically controlling fan speed, vents and temperature to maintain a consistent, comfortable environment. The Trax doesn’t offer automatic air conditioning.

The Juke (except S)’s available GPS navigation system has a real-time traffic update feature that plots alternative routes to automatically bypass traffic problems. (Service not available in all areas.) The Trax’s available navigation system doesn’t offer real-time traffic updates.

With optional voice command, the Juke offers the driver hands free control of the radio and the navigation computer by simply speaking. The Trax doesn’t offer a voice control system.

Economic Advantages Comparison

The Juke will cost the buyer less in the long run because of its superior resale value. The IntelliChoice estimates that the Juke will retain 45.82% to 49.95% of its original price after five years, while the Trax only retains 43.27% to 43.8%.

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Juke is less expensive to operate than the Trax because typical repairs cost much less on the Juke than the Trax, including $187 less for a water pump, $259 less for an alternator, $148 less for front brake pads, $43 less for a fuel pump and $429 less for a power steering pump.

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