If you're looking for an SUV with more than a little bit of personality, you're probably looking at Nissan and Kia already. The Kicks and the Soul both have a look that's distinctly different, as well as a comfortable interior and performance that will make you smile. But which should you choose? Our comparison guide has the answers you seek.
People-Friendliest Cabin and Cargo Hold: 2019 Nissan Kicks
If you've got people to transport and road trips to travel, put your faith in the Kicks. Besides having one of the biggest cargo holds in the segment (25.3 cubic feet behind the rear seats, 32.3 cubes with the seats folded), this crossover keeps you nice and comfy in its roomy seats.
The Soul's boxy design certainly makes for excellent headroom. This Kia crossover also supplies long-term comfort, compliments of its supportive seats. If we've got one complaint, it's that the ride can feel a little stiffer than in the Kicks, which is more prone toward smoothness. The Kicks also has the bigger cargo hold. Behind the Soul's rear seats, there are only 18.8 cubes for personal items.
Safest Standard Lineup: 2019 Nissan Kicks
The 2019 Nissan Kicks wins this one by a mile. In addition to the usual standard safety staples-like a rearview camera and a barrage of airbags-the Kicks includes high-tech safety gear to help you avoid needless dust-ups. That means forward collision warning with automatic braking comes on every Kicks at no extra cost. This gear doesn't just have the potential to prevent costly damages, but also could save your life.
If you want high-tech safety gear on your Soul, you must first upgrade to the midgrade Plus trim and then add the Primo package. Alternatively, you could skip straight to the top-trim Exclaim. Of course, by then you might be spending way more than you planned.
Most in Infotainment and Smartphone Integration: It's a Tie!
Smartphone addicts may feel the Soul has the edge here, however slight. This sporty Kia crossover offers Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone integration as an option on its base model and as standard equipment on the rest. If you can't resist the pull of a chiming smartphone, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto helps you stay safe with access to your voice controls. (On the Kicks, this savvy technology isn't available on the base trim, but is standard on the midrange SV and top-trim SR.)
It might not come standard with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto (though this tech is still available), but the Kicks does impress with its standard 7-inch touchscreen interface. This peppy crossover even includes three USB ports to keep devices charged and ready for action. By comparison, the Soul features a standard 5-inch touchscreen and a single USB port.
Best Road-Trip Mileage: 2019 Nissan Kicks
We think the choice is simple. To get the most bang for your buck, whether in terms of safety gear or fuel mileage, you need the 2019 Nissan Kicks.