2018 Nissan Kicks vs. Its Competition

2018 Nissan Kicks
Andrew Ganz Andrew Ganz Senior Editor

Pint-size crossovers are all the rage with their high seating positions and low base prices.

The Nissan Kicks seems to be cut from the same cloth as the Toyota C-HR in that neither offers all-wheel drive.

If that's not fine with you, check out the sporty Mazda CX-3 and the comfortable Chevrolet Trax.

The Ford EcoSport is another global-market model that has been lightly revised for Americans.

If your budget allows, the Mini Cooper Countryman has a bucks-up feel and more personality than any other subcompact crossover.

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2018 Ford Ecosport2018 Ford Ecosport
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2018 Mazda CX-32018 Mazda CX-3
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2018 Toyota C-HR2018 Toyota C-HR
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2018 Mini Countryman 2018 MINI Cooper Countryman
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Quick Specs
5.2
The 2018 Nissan Kicks doesn’t thrill, but its pert styling and good value make it worth a look.
5.7
The 2018 Chevrolet Trax, Chevy’s smallest utility vehicle, is straightforward: it’s plain on the outside but practical inside, not particularly fast but adequately fuel-efficient.
5.2
The 2018 Ford EcoSport offers up cabin space and a low base price, but other Ford SUVs present a better value.
6.3
The 2018 Mazda CX-3 is an attractive small crossover pick thanks to its good looks. We’d ask for more room, but fear that would spoil the CX-3’s low price.
6.0
The 2018 Toyota C-HR rides high, with astonishing looks that we like (you may differ); they're the selling point for a slow car that doesn't offer all-wheel drive despite a crossover label.
6.6
The 2018 Mini Countryman has a new plug-in hybrid system but the mission is the same: Big Mini crossover with a bigger audience.
MSRP From     
$18,290$21,000$19,995$20,110$22,500$26,600
Gas Mileage     
31 MPG City / 36 MPG Hwy24 MPG City / 33 MPG Hwy23 MPG City / 29 MPG Hwy27 MPG City / 34 MPG Hwy27 MPG City / 31 MPG Hwy20 MPG City / 34 MPG Hwy
Engine     
Regular Unleaded I-4Turbocharged Gas 4-CylIntercooled Turbo Regular Unleaded I-3Regular Unleaded I-4Regular Unleaded I-4Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-3
EPA Class     
Small Sport Utility Vehicles 2WDSpecial PurposeSmall Sport Utility Vehicles 2WDSmall Sport Utility Vehicles 2WDSmall Sport Utility Vehicles 2WDCompact Cars
Style Name     
S FWDFWD 4-Door LSS FWDSport FWDXLE FWD (GS)Cooper FWD
Drivetrain     
Front Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity     
555555
Passenger Doors     
N/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/A
Body Style     
Sport UtilitySport Utility VehicleSport UtilitySport UtilitySport UtilitySport Utility
Transmission     
CVT w/ODAutomaticAutomatic w/ODAutomatic w/ODCVT w/ODManual w/OD
Detailed Spec Comparison
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