Surprisingly roomy and ready for adventure, the 2019 Nissan Kicks and Honda HR-V are two subcompact crossovers for the books. So which should you choose? Our comparison guide takes a closer look at these two models, giving you the tools you need to make the best decision for you.
Comfiest Cabin: It's a Tie!
We have to say that both the Nissan Kicks and Honda HR-V do an excellent job of wrapping you in comfort. Even on longer trips, you'll never lack for seating support, whichever crossover you choose.
The Kicks gives you a little extra cargo space, with 25.3 cubic feet behind the rear seats. That's one of the best capacities in the segment, so this might be the right pick if you do a lot of weekend travel. The Honda HR-V has 23.2 cubes for your stuff, though, which isn't bad.
Savviest Tech Lineup: 2019 Nissan Kicks
When it comes to staying connected, the 2019 Nissan Kicks and the Honda HR-V have just about everything in common. The Kicks just does things a little bit better. For example, the Kicks gives you a standard 7-inch touchscreen where the HR-V only has a 5-inch display screen. Every Kicks comes with three USB ports to charge your devices, whereas the HR-V comes standard with just one.
Best at Spotting Danger: 2019 Nissan Kicks
Both crossovers have a lot to offer in the safety department. We choose the Kicks as the winner because it comes standard with forward collision mitigation. This technology can both detect a potential crash and automatically hit the brakes in an attempt to avoid it. The HR-V also offers this system, though you must upgrade to the midgrade EX trim to get it.
Both crossovers come standard with a rearview camera, which definitely comes in handy in a tight spot. On midgrade trim levels and up, both offer a nifty blind-spot monitor. As you switch lanes on the highway, this tech alerts you to any vehicles that might be lurking out of sight, maximizing safety.
Thriftiest Road-Trip Mileage: 2019 Nissan Kicks
Planning a big getaway? Or several? The Kicks is your crossover. Besides giving you a peppy performance, this subcompact also earns 31 city and 36 highway mpg. The Honda HR-V trails behind. Depending on powertrain, Honda's subcompact crossover maxes out at 28 city and 34 highway mpg.
In the end, you couldn't keep us from the Kicks. We think you'll agree that it's the right subcompact crossover for your daily drives and occasional adventures. The Kicks even saves you money, both with its lower price and thriftier performance.