Budget-friendly price tags and comfy cruising are just the start of what the 2019 Nissan Kicks and Buick Encore have to offer. When you explore these crossovers, you’ll find everything from the latest tech gear to fuel-saving performance. All of which makes choosing between them all the more difficult. Luckily, our comparison guide has the answers.
Enjoy the Comfiest Ride: 2019 Nissan Kicks
Settle into the 2019 Nissan Kicks for the cushiest ride. The seats keep you nice and comfy for hours at a time. Perfect for road trips. Moreover, the ride is smooth and quiet, not unlike a luxury cruiser. And though the Kicks might be budget-friendly, Nissan’s small crossover still offers extras, like heated front seats and a leather-wrapped steering wheel.
The Buick Encore is comparatively comfortable. We’re also big fans of its quiet highway ride, something you don’t always find in this segment. Up front, space is generous, though the backseat isn’t quite as roomy.
Haul More Luggage: 2019 Nissan Kicks
Planning a cross-country road trip? Nothing but the Kicks will do. This crossover might be small, but its cargo hold is not. With 25.3 cubic feet behind the rear seats, you can haul a cabin full of passengers and their road trip luggage, no problem. The Kicks cabin is also home to important nooks and crannies for carry-on items like smartphones and wallets.
In the Buick Encore, you won’t find quite as much room for your stuff. Behind the rear seats, there are 18.8 cubic feet of cargo space. That’s enough for a couple of weekend bags, sure, but you’re going to have to pack a lot lighter.
Stay Connected: 2019 Buick Encore
With its street-smart standard lineup, the Encore is our favorite for technology. This crossover comes standard with a robust list of infotainment features and all the smartphone gear you need to avoid distraction. That means an 8-inch touchscreen interface and Apple CarPlay and Android Auto to display smartphone apps on said touchscreen. You even get an in-car Wi-Fi hotspot to keep passengers from ever feeling a moment of boredom.
The 2019 Kicks also aims to keep you connected, even if this Nissan doesn’t come standard with as much tech gear. Bluetooth and Siri Eyes Free iPhone voice controls come at no extra cost, and they give you access to music streaming and hands-free calls. But if you want Apple CarPlay and Android Auto (tech that actually displays apps on the central touchscreen), then you’re going to have to upgrade to the midgrade Kicks SV or top-of-the-line SR.
Spend Less on Fuel: 2019 Nissan Kicks
The Encore has its high-tech perks, but the 2019 Nissan is everything you could want in a small crossover. This subcompact comes fully loaded with all the comfort and convenience goodies you could want for your next road trip. The Kicks even saves you money on cruising, thanks to its thrifty performance.