Childre Nissan Compares 2017 Nissan Juke VS 2018 Chevrolet Equinox Near Dublin, GA

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2017 Nissan Juke

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2018 Chevrolet Equinox

Safety Comparison

For enhanced safety, the front seat shoulder belts of the Nissan Juke are height-adjustable to accommodate a wide variety of driver and passenger heights. A better fit can prevent injuries and the increased comfort also encourages passengers to buckle up. The Chevrolet Equinox doesn’t offer height-adjustable front seat belts.

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 Equinox doesn’t offer a whiplash protection system.

Both the Juke and the Equinox have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, front-wheel drive, plastic fuel tanks, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, rearview cameras, available all-wheel drive, daytime running lights and around view monitors.

Warranty Comparison

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

Reliability Comparison

From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ April 2017 Auto Issue reports that Nissan vehicles are more reliable than Chevrolet vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Nissan 2 places higher in reliability than Chevrolet.

Engine Comparison

The Juke has more powerful engines than the Equinox:



Juke 1.6 turbo 4 cyl.

188 HP

Juke NISMO RS AWD 1.6 turbo 4 cyl.

211 HP

Juke NISMO RS 1.6 turbo 4 cyl.

215 HP

Equinox 1.5 turbo 4 cyl.

170 HP

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

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







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

27 city/33 hwy




1.6 turbo 4 cyl. (188 HP)/Auto

28 city/32 hwy

26 city/32 hwy

1.5 turbo 4 cyl.


1.6 turbo 4 cyl. (188 HP)/Auto

26 city/30 hwy

24 city/30 hwy

1.5 turbo 4 cyl.

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

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 Equinox are solid, not vented.

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 Equinox’s standard 65 series tires. The Juke NISMO’s tires have a lower 45 series profile than the Equinox Premier’s optional 50 series tires.

Suspension and Handling Comparison

For better maneuverability, the Juke’s turning circle is 1 foot tighter than the Equinox’s (36.4 feet vs. 37.4 feet). The Juke NISMO’s turning circle is .7 feet tighter than the Equinox’s (36.7 feet vs. 37.4 feet).

Chassis Comparison

The Nissan Juke may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 100 to 400 pounds less than the Chevrolet Equinox.

The Juke is 1 foot, 8.7 inches shorter than the Equinox, making the Juke easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

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 Equinox’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 Equinox doesn’t offer a locking fuel door.

Economic Advantages Comparison

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Juke is less expensive to operate than the Equinox because it costs $333 less to do the manufacturer’s suggested maintenance for 50,000 miles. Typical repairs cost much less on the Juke than the Equinox, including $312 less for a water pump, $271 less for an alternator, $143 less for front brake pads, $369 less for a fuel pump and $312 less for a power steering pump.

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