Nissan Kicks vs Honda HR-V

Nissan Kicks vs Honda HR-VCrossover SUVs deliver just the right balance of agility and performance to easily maneuver the streets of Jenkintown, Abington, and Glenside. They also supply a roomy interior to fit family and friends along with enough flexible cargo space to haul just about anything you need to take along with you, too.

Two crossovers which best exemplify these traits are the Nissan Kicks and Honda HR-V, but which model is the best overall choice for you? At Faulkner Nissan Jenkintown, we set out to answer this question by putting these two popular crossover models into a head-to-head competition.

Continue reading to see the differences between the Nissan Kicks vs. Honda HR-V.

Overall Driving Experience

Nissan Kicks vs Honda HR-VPerfect for city commuters and weekend adventurers alike, each crossover supplies the smooth acceleration and handling of a sedan but with the grounded confidence of a small SUV. Each comes with an efficient 4-cylinder engine with standard front-wheel-drive.

Where the HR-V and Kicks also match is the way they manager their sporty power, each relying on a Continuously Variable Transmission which seamlessly shifts whether maneuvering through busy city blocks or up a winding mountain road. The Nissan Kicks takes things a step further by introducing a special Xtronic® CVT which better aligns to both your individual driving habits and conditions on the road.

Building upon this smart engineering, the Nissan Kicks also has a few other advanced features up its sleeve to enhance your overall enjoyment while out on the road. From the Intelligent Engine Brake, Intelligent Trace Control, and Active Ride Control, each piece of technology work in harmony to create a smooth, comfortable, and confident driving experience.

Nissan Kicks vs Honda HR-V Fuel Economy

Whether shuttling the family between after school activities or taking off on a long business trip out of town, each crossover makes it possible to track more miles on the odometer with fewer stops at the pump.

Though each puts up impressive numbers, when conducting an apple to apples comparison, the Nissan Kicks earns an EPA-estimated 31/36/33 city/hwy/combined MPG* to the HR-V’s EPA-estimated 28/34/30 city/hwy/combined MPG. This is achieved despite the HR-V’s special Eco-Assist™ system.

Space Inside the Cabin

Nissan Kicks vs Honda HR-V

Despite their diminutive size compared to larger SUV classes, The Nissan Kicks and Honda HR-V provide a generous amount of head- and legroom for up to five adult-sized passengers to stretch out

The Nissan Kicks gives slightly more room for passengers in both rows to sit comfortably with 40.7 inches of headroom upfront and 38.5 inches of headroom in the rear seating area. By comparison, the HR-V is just a bit snug, offering 39.5 inches of headroom up front and 38.3 inches of headroom in the back.

Your legroom in the Nissan Kicks also allows you to drive longer with more comfort, offering taller drivers 43.7 inches of legroom compared to the 41.2 inches of legroom in the front of the HR-V.

When it’s time to take a quick trip down the shore, the Nissan Kicks gives you and your passengers an impressive 25.3 cubic feet of cargo space compared to just the 24.3 cubic feet supplied in the back of the Honda HR-V.

Comfort and Convenience for the Journey Ahead

Getting out the door first thing in the morning should be quick and simple. That’s why the Kicks SV and SR trims are outfitted with standard features like the Nissan Intelligent Key® and remote engine start.

Once on the road, the Kicks manages to keep everything you need and love front and center thanks to its 7-inch Advanced Drive-Assist® display and illuminated steering wheel-mounted controls.

Meanwhile, the base Honda HR-V also supplies features like steering wheel-mounted controls but lacks a drive-assist display. You’ll also have to settle for a smaller, 5-inch LCD screen.

Innovative Technology

Want to quickly look up the fastest route to Sunday’s big game? Perhaps you’d like to stream your favorite playlist while tailgating outside the stadium. Want suggestions on the best sports bar to celebrate your team’s victory? Thanks to the Kick’s built-in NISSANCONNECT® infotainment system you can effortlessly do all these things and more!

Nissan Kicks vs Honda HR-V

Loaded with some of the most advanced tools and services on the market, drivers can access a plethora of smart features including:

  • Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto™
  • SIRI® Eyes Free
  • Bluetooth® hands-free phone

Likewise, the Honda HR-V also offers features things like Apple CarPlay® but again, you’ll need to upgrade trim levels in order to enjoy them. The touchscreen interface is also noticeably harder to navigate and at times can feel clunky.

Active Safety Features

One of the big reasons people tend to choose crossover SUVs is for their high safety standards. Helping to creating greater peace of mind on the road, the Kicks and HR-V not only comes standard with a rearview monitor, each features their own list of driver-assist features from Automatic Emergency Braking, Blind Spot Warning to a Tire Pressure Monitoring System.

Like What You See in the Nissan Kicks?

When comparing the Nissan Kicks vs. Honda HR-V, you can see why they both are popular choices for drivers looking for a new SUV with the similarities they share.

With some of the added usefulness of the Kicks performance, interior space, performance, and standard amenities, you might start to think it is the right vehicle for all your adventures around the Philadelphia region.

At Faulkner Nissan Jenkintown, we can show you the various Nissan Kicks models we have and detail more of its impressive features. So, if you’re ready to take a closer look, stop by our showroom and be sure to take a test drive while you’re here!


* 2019 EPA Fuel Economy Estimates. Actual Mileage may vary with driving conditions – use for comparison only

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