The 2019 Nissan Kicks and Toyota RAV4 give you the crossover treatment—lots of passenger space, a view from up high, and then some. On the road, their high-tech safety gear and infotainment options help you stay focused and protected. And, of course, comfort features are in abundance. So how do you decide between the Kicks and RAV4? Our comparison guide is here to help you sort out the details.
Best Small Crossover Experience: 2019 Nissan Kicks
It might be compact—read: easy to fit into a parallel parking space—but Nissan’s small crossover is all about ride height and serious passenger space. In fact, the front seats are so adjustable that drivers of all shapes and sizes can find that perfect spot behind the wheel. The Kicks doesn’t stop at passenger space either. In the subcompact segment, it’s got one of the biggest cargo holds: 25.3 cubic feet. That means you can bring all your sports gear and camping supplies along for the ride without sacrificing seating.
Because the Toyota is a compact crossover (while the Kicks is a subcompact), the RAV4 actually offers increased cargo space. If you’re not the type to pack light, you’ll love that you can fill 37.5 cubic feet with all of your favorite carry-on items. This crossover matches the Kicks in terms of ride height and interior comfort too. But the RAV4’s bigger size can feel like a bit of a burden sometimes, especially if you frequent city streets and cramped parking garages.
Safety First: It’s a Tie!
Both crossovers can alert you to danger, thanks to high-tech features like forward collision warning with automatic emergency braking. (In fact, this technology is standard on both crossovers. Peace of mind at no extra cost!) We also like the lane keeping assist features, which can actually tell when you’ve accidentally strayed from your intended path and gently put you back on the right one.
Smartest Tech Lineup: 2019 Toyota RAV4
The newly redesigned RAV4 impresses with all of its tech toys. This modern crossover puts a special emphasis on connectivity. That means standard Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, so you can use smartphone apps without distraction. But all this tech also means an abundance of USB ports—up to five—so no device need go without charging.
The 2019 Nissan Kicks doesn’t lack for connectivity opportunities. You just have to pay extra for some of them. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto capabilities, for example, are only available on the midgrade Kicks SV trim and up. Three USB ports do come standard, so you can keep your iPad, iPhone, and AirPods ready for action at all times.
Best Commuter: 2019 Nissan Kicks
The RAV4 has some cool new tech toys, but the 2019 Nissan Kicks is the all-star here. Besides giving you the most affordable commute, this small crossover kicks off your daily drive with world-class safety and a cushy performance.