Kemna Automotive Group Compares 2016 GMC TERRAIN VS 2015 Nissan Juke In IA

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2015 Nissan Juke

Safety Comparison

For enhanced safety, the front shoulder belts of the GMC Terrain are height-adjustable, and the rear seat shoulder belts have child comfort guides to move the belt to properly fit children. A better fit can prevent injuries and the increased comfort also encourages children to buckle up. The Nissan Juke has only front height-adjustable seat belts.

Both the Terrain and Juke have child safety locks to prevent children from opening the rear doors. The Terrain has power child safety locks, allowing the driver to activate and deactivate them from the driver's seat and to know when they're engaged. The Juke’s child locks have to be individually engaged at each rear door with a manual switch. The driver can’t know the status of the locks without opening the doors and checking them.

The Terrain (except SL) offers an optional collision warning system, which detects an impending crash through forward mounted sensors and flashes a bright light and sounds a loud, distinctive tone to warn the driver to brake or maneuver immediately to avoid a collision. The Juke doesn't offer a collision warning system.

The Terrain (except SL)’s optional lane departure warning system alerts a temporarily inattentive driver when the vehicle begins to leave its lane and gently nudges the vehicle back towards its lane. The Juke doesn’t offer a lane departure warning system.

The Terrain (except SL)’s optional blind spot warning system uses digital cameras monitored by computer to alert the driver to moving objects in the vehicle’s blind spots where the side view mirrors don’t reveal them. The Juke doesn’t offer a system to reveal objects in the driver’s blind spots.

To help make backing safer, the Terrain (except SL)’s optional cross-path warning system uses wide-angle radar in the rear bumper to alert the driver to vehicles approaching from the side, helping the driver avoid collisions. The Juke doesn’t offer a cross-path warning system.

The Terrain has standard OnStar ®, which uses a global positioning satellite (GPS) receiver and a cellular system to get turn-by-turn driving directions, remotely unlock your doors if you lock your keys in, help track down your vehicle if it’s stolen or send emergency personnel to the scene if any airbags deploy. The Juke doesn’t offer a GPS response system, only a navigation computer with no live response for emergencies, so if you’re involved in an accident and you’re incapacitated help may not come as quickly.

Both the Terrain and the Juke 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 rear parking sensors.

The GMC Terrain weighs 584 to 1298 pounds more than the Nissan Juke. The NHTSA advises that heavier vehicles are much safer in collisions than their significantly lighter counterparts.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration does 35 MPH front crash tests on new vehicles. In this test, results indicate that the GMC Terrain is safer than the Nissan Juke:




4 Stars

3 Stars



5 Stars

4 Stars




Neck Stress

294 lbs.

351 lbs.

Leg Forces (l/r)

593/626 lbs.

850/1103 lbs.



4 Stars

3 Stars




Chest Compression

.4 inches

.7 inches

Neck Injury Risk



Neck Stress

195 lbs.

243 lbs.

Leg Forces (l/r)

520/267 lbs.

554/739 lbs.

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

A significantly tougher test than their original offset frontal crash test, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety does 40 MPH small overlap frontal offset crash tests. In this test, where only 25% of the total width of the vehicle is struck, results indicate that the GMC Terrain is safer than the Juke:



Overall Evaluation






Head Neck Evaluation



Head injury index



Peak Head Forces

0 G’s

0 G’s

Steering Column Movement Rearward

3 cm

10 cm

Chest Evaluation



Max Chest Compression

18 cm

24 cm

Hip & Thigh Evaluation



Femur Force R/L

.9/.1 kN

4.9/2.3 kN

Hip & Thigh Injury Risk R/L



Lower Leg Evaluation



Tibia index R/L



Tibia forces R/L

1.7/0 kN

1.7/1.7 kN

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 GMC Terrain is safer than the Nissan Juke:



Front Seat


4 Stars

4 Stars




Abdominal Force

180 G’s

218 G’s

Hip Force

547 lbs.

567 lbs.

Rear Seat


5 Stars

5 Stars

Spine Acceleration

48 G’s

76 G’s

Hip Force

501 lbs.

958 lbs.

Into Pole


5 Stars

5 Stars

Max Damage Depth

12 inches

16 inches

Hip Force

684 lbs.

790 lbs.

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

For its top level performance in all IIHS frontal, side, rear impact and roof-crush tests, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety rates the Terrain as a “Top Pick” for 2015. The Juke is not a “Top Pick” for 2015.

Warranty Comparison

The Terrain’s corrosion warranty is 1 year longer than the Juke’s (6 vs. 5 years).

GMC pays for scheduled maintenance on the Terrain for 2 years and 24,000 miles. GMC will pay for oil changes, lubrication and any other required maintenance. Nissan doesn’t pay scheduled maintenance for the Juke.

There are over 2 times as many GMC dealers as there are Nissan dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the Terrain’s warranty.

Reliability Comparison

To reliably power the ignition and other systems and to recharge the battery, the Terrain has a standard 120-amp alternator (155-amp - Terrain V6). The Juke’s 110-amp alternator isn’t as powerful.

A reliable vehicle saves its owner time, money and trouble. Nobody wants to be stranded or have to be without their vehicle while it’s being repaired. Consumer Reports predicts that the GMC Terrain V6’s reliability will be 10% better than the Juke and the GMC Terrain 4 cyl. will be 22% better than the Juke.

J.D. Power and Associates rated the Terrain third among compact suvs in their 2015 Initial Quality Study. The Juke isn’t in the top three in its category.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2015 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that GMC vehicles are better in initial quality than Nissan vehicles. J.D. Power ranks GMC 16th in initial quality. With 6 more problems per 100 vehicles, Nissan is ranked 20th.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2015 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that GMC vehicles are more reliable than Nissan vehicles. J.D. Power ranks GMC 9th in reliability, above the industry average. With 5 more problems per 100 vehicles, Nissan is ranked 12th.

Engine Comparison

The Terrain has more powerful engines than the Juke:



Terrain 3.6 DOHC V6

301 HP

272 lbs.-ft.

Juke 1.6 turbo 4 cyl.

188 HP

177 lbs.-ft.

Juke NISMO RS AWD 1.6 turbo 4 cyl.

211 HP

184 lbs.-ft.

Juke NISMO RS 1.6 turbo 4 cyl.

215 HP

210 lbs.-ft.

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

To lower fuel costs and make buying fuel easier, the GMC Terrain uses regular unleaded gasoline. The Juke requires premium, which can cost 20 to 55 cents more per gallon.

The Terrain 4 cyl.’s standard fuel tank has 7 gallons more fuel capacity than the Juke AWD’s standard fuel tank (18.8 vs. 11.8 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups. The Terrain V6’s standard fuel tank has 7.7 gallons more fuel capacity than the Juke FWD’s standard fuel tank (20.9 vs. 13.2 gallons).


Brakes and Stopping Comparison

For better stopping power the Terrain’s brake rotors are larger than those on the Juke:



Front Rotors

12.6 inches

11.7 inches

Rear Rotors

11.9 inches

11.5 inches

The Terrain’s standard front and rear disc brakes are vented to help dissipate heat for shorter stops with less fading. The rear discs standard on the Juke are solid, not vented.

The Terrain stops much shorter than the Juke:



70 to 0 MPH

161 feet

176 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

122 feet

134 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels Comparison

For better traction, the Terrain has larger standard tires than the Juke (225/65R17 vs. 215/55R17). The Terrain’s optional tires are larger than the largest tires available on the Juke (235/55R18 vs. 225/45R18).

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Terrain offers optional 19-inch wheels. The Juke’s largest wheels are only 18-inches.

Suspension and Handling Comparison

For superior ride and handling, the GMC Terrain 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 Juke 4x2 has a rear torsion beam axle, with a semi-independent rear suspension.

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Terrain’s wheelbase is 12.9 inches longer than on the Juke (112.5 inches vs. 99.6 inches).

For better handling and stability, the track (width between the wheels) on the Terrain is 2.9 inches wider in the front and 2.5 inches wider in the rear than the average track on the Juke.

The Terrain’s front to rear weight distribution is more even (56% to 44%) than the Juke’s (60.3% to 39.7%). This gives the Terrain more stable handling and braking.

For greater off-road capability the Terrain has a greater minimum ground clearance than the Juke NISMO (6.9 vs. 6.5 inches), allowing the Terrain to travel over rougher terrain without being stopped or damaged. The Terrain’s minimum ground clearance is .3 inch higher than on the Juke (6.9 vs. 6.6 inches).

Chassis Comparison

For excellent aerodynamics, the Terrain has standard flush composite headlights. The Juke has recessed headlights that spoil its aerodynamic shape and create extra drag.

The Terrain 4 cyl. uses computer-generated active noise cancellation to help remove annoying noise and vibration from the passenger compartment, especially at low frequencies. The Juke doesn’t offer active noise cancellation.

Passenger Space Comparison

The Terrain has 12.9 cubic feet more passenger volume than the Juke (99.6 vs. 86.7).

The Terrain has .2 inches more front headroom, 3.6 inches more front hip room, 2.1 inches more front shoulder room, 2.5 inches more rear headroom, 7.8 inches more rear legroom, 2.9 inches more rear hip room and 3.9 inches more rear shoulder room than the Juke.

For enhanced passenger comfort on long trips the Terrain’s rear seats recline. The Juke’s rear seats don’t recline.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

The Terrain has a much larger cargo area with its rear seat up than the Juke with its rear seat up (31.6 vs. 10.5 cubic feet). The Terrain has a much larger cargo area with its rear seat folded than the Juke with its rear seat folded (63.9 vs. 35.9 cubic feet).

A low lift-over cargo hatch design makes loading and unloading the Terrain easier. The Terrain’s cargo hatch lift-over height is 28.8 inches, while the Juke’s liftover is 30.7 inches.

The Terrain’s cargo area is larger than the Juke’s in almost every dimension:



Length to seat (2nd/1st)






To make loading and unloading groceries and cargo easier, especially for short adults or children, the Terrain (except SL/SLE) offers an optional power cargo door, which opens and closes automatically by pressing a button. The Juke doesn’t offer a power cargo door.

Ergonomics Comparison

The Terrain offers a remote vehicle starting system, so the vehicle can be started from inside the driver's house. This allows the driver to comfortably warm up the engine before going out to the vehicle. The climate system will also automatically heat or cool the interior. The Juke doesn’t offer a remote starting system.

To help each driver find a more comfortable driving position, the Terrain has a telescoping steering wheel. Much better than just a tilt steering wheel or adjustable seat, this allows a short driver to sit further from the steering wheel while maintaining contact with the pedals. The Juke doesn’t offer a telescoping steering wheel.

When two different drivers share the Terrain (except SL/SLE), the optional memory seats and mirrors make it convenient for both. Each setting activates different, customized memories for the driver’s seat position and outside mirror angle. The Juke doesn’t offer a memory system.

The Terrain (except SLE)’s optional easy entry system raises the steering wheel and glides the driver’s seat back when the door is unlocked or the ignition is switched off, making it easier for the driver to get in and out. The Juke doesn’t offer an easy entry system.

The power windows standard on both the Terrain and the Juke have locks to prevent small children from operating them. When the lock on the Terrain is engaged the driver can still operate all of the windows, for instance to close one opened by a child. The Juke prevents the driver from operating the other windows just as it does the other passengers.

The Terrain’s front power windows lower 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 Juke’s passenger windows don’t open automatically.

On a hot day the Terrain’s driver can lower all the windows from a distance using the keyless remote. The driver of the Juke can only operate the windows from inside the vehicle, with the ignition on.

The Terrain has a standard automatic headlight on/off feature. When the ignition is on, the headlights automatically turn on at dusk and off after dawn. The Juke has an automatic headlight on/off feature standard only on the SL.

The Terrain’s power mirror controls are mounted on the armrest for easy access. The Juke’s power mirror controls are on the dash, hidden behind the steering wheel, where they are awkward to manipulate.

When the Terrain SLT with available tilt-down mirrors is put in reverse, both rearview mirrors tilt from their original position. This gives the driver a better view of the curb during parallel parking maneuvers. Shifting out of reverse puts the mirrors into their original positions. The Juke’s mirrors don’t automatically adjust for backing.

The Terrain has a standard center folding armrest for the rear passengers. A center armrest helps make rear passengers more comfortable. The Juke doesn’t offer a rear seat center armrest.

For greater rear passenger comfort, the Terrain has standard rear heat vents to keep rear occupants more comfortable. The Juke doesn’t offer rear vents.

Economic Advantages Comparison

Insurance will cost less for the Terrain owner. The Complete Car Cost Guide estimates that insurance for the Terrain will cost $45 to $2370 less than the Juke over a five-year period.

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Terrain is less expensive to operate than the Juke because typical repairs cost much less on the Terrain than the Juke, including $154 less for a starter, $104 less for fuel injection, $91 less for front struts and $496 less for a timing belt/chain.

Recommendations Comparison

The GMC Terrain won two awards in Kiplinger’s 2015 car issue. The Nissan Juke only won one award.

J.D. Power and Associates rated the Terrain second among compact suvs in owner reported satisfaction. This includes how well the vehicle performs and satisfies its owner’s expectations. The Juke isn’t in the top three in its category.

The GMC Terrain outsold the Nissan Juke by almost three to one during 2014.

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