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2018 Nissan Kicks Vs. 2018 Subaru Crosstrek

2018 Nissan Kicks Vs. 2018 Subaru Crosstrek image with split screen comparison of the two

If automotive classes were to be summed up by one word, undoubtedly the one given to the subcompact crossover class would be “energetic.” Perfectly comfortable navigating the dense urban jungle, these vehicles are humming with eagerness to get you around the city and then let you park with ease. Inside, they have just as much of an electrifying presence, giving you industry-leading infotainment technology and a surprisingly-spacious cargo area.

For most of its automotive life, the Nissan JUKE worked to raise the bar for the now extremely-popular segment. As a successor to the JUKE, the Nissan Kicks promises all the fun and excitement of the former with some added sophistication, a streamlined user experience and fun quirks to keep things interesting. Today, we’re comparing Nissan’s newest lineup member to Subaru’s subcompact crossover, the Crosstrek. Let’s see how the two compare with each other.

2018 Nissan Kicks


2018 Subaru Crosstrek

33 – MPG Combined fuel economy 25 MPG
3 – S, SV, SR Trim levels 3 – Base, Premium, Limited
CVT Standard transmission 6-speed automatic
7-inch full-color touchscreen Standard infotainment unit 6 ½-inch touchscreen
6 speakers Standard audio system 4 speakers
Yes Standard active safety features? No
40.7 inches Front-row head room 39.8 inches
43.7 inches Front row legroom 43.1 inches
25.3 cubic feet Cargo volume with seats up 20.8 cubic feet
12 + Color Design Studio Exterior color options 8
$17,990 Starts at $21,795

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The 2018 Nissan Kicks is a brilliant and capable mover that is as much at home in the crowded pavement of the city as it is on the easy blacktop of a country road. Delivering a spirited and energetic ride courtesy of its CVT transmission and light curb weight, the 2018 Nissan Kicks handles like a canyon-carving sports car but with the cargo-carrying abilities of a small SUV.

Beyond just its youthful spryness (a product of its age, no doubt), the Kicks also delivers a generous interior that allows drivers and passengers alike to take advantage standard technology like a 7-inch touchscreen infotainment unit and 6-speaker sound system.

Automatic Emergency Braking and Forward Collision Warning are just a couple of the several safety features that the 2018 Nissan Kicks uses to keep you and your passenger safe. Despite Subaru boasting about their lineup’s safety, fine print usually indicates that this is only courtesy of expensive active safety add-ons. Such is the case for the Crosstrek that foregoes any active safety features for the base model.

Built for customization, the Kicks uniquely gives drivers the ability to mix and match colors on the exterior elements, letting you choose between several colors for mirror caps, spoilers, door sills and more. In addition to the Color Design Studio, you’ll also be able to take advantage of 12 exterior color combinations, which is 1 ½ times the number of colors available on the Crosstrek.

Finally, pricing sees the Kicks handily beat the Crosstrek – both for initial cost and over time as the Kicks’ ridiculous 33 combined MPG soars over the Crosstrek’s 25 MPG. To put that into perspective, a 200-mile road trip will cost you two more gallons of fuel in the Crosstrek than it will in the Kicks.

The 2018 Nissan Kicks should be showing up to our lot and showroom soon. If you’d like to be first in line for this innovative and exuberant crossover, we’d love to put you on our list of test-drive reservations. Just click the button below and we’ll contact you when we get the Kicks in!