Battle of the Compact CUVs: Toyota CHR vs. Nissan Juke

Mar 10, 2017 09:57 AM EST | BC Tabotabo

The Toyota CHR is the next big thing in the compact CUV market. It looks a lot like the Nissan Juke. How do the two compare head-to-head?

According to the Daily Sun Knoxville, several comments have been circulating saying that the CHR is a blatant rip-off of the Juke. Styling-wise, the report says Toyota could have done a better job and made something more unique.

The C-HR stands for "Coupe High-Rider." The upcoming CUV is Toyota's very first subcompact SUV. Its exterior looks very similar to the Nissan Juke but slightly different. Inside, the CHR has a well-designed cockpit similar to the Honda Fit, HR-V, and Kia Forte. It has a center control pod called the MeZONE. It features very stylish and unconventional knobs and switches that are very attractive to look at.

On the other hand, the Juke has a sporty and bold look about it. It had formerly unique styling and is very fun to drive. The Nissan CUV has lively acceleration and sporty handling. It also allows the user ample room for color customization. One definite advantage it has over the 2018 Toyota C-HR are its two Nismo trims apart from its three other trims.

The Nismo and Nismo RS trims are special sport-oriented trims. They are available in manual transmission with front-wheel-drive only. According to Car and Driver, it comes with a 1.6-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine capable of 188 horsepower for the base and 215 horsepower for the RS model.

The Toyota CHR, on the other hand, will only be offered in two trims: the XLE and the XLE Premium. Both trims come with a 2.0-liter four-cylinder non-turbocharged engine. It is capable of only 144 horsepower and 140 pound-feet of torque.

Price-wise the vehicles will both be under $20,000 for base models. However, the higher trims of the 2017 Nissan Juke will cost $26,000 to $28,000++.

The 2018 Toyota CHR is a great new addition to the CUV category. It gives the 2017 Nissan Juke some stiff competition. Depending on what you need, both vehicles offer similar options with competing features. However, if you want something more powerful, Nissan is definitely the way to go with the Nismo and Nismo RS trims.

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