2018 Nissan Kicks vs 2018 Honda HR-V

White 2018 Nissan Kicks on left vs Blue 2018 Honda HR-V on right

There was a time when we all felt that bigger was better for SUVs, but that was before we realized just how difficult it is to roam through busy city streets and find adequate parking space for those full-size models. Now CUVs are taking over, as they provide the perfect combination of agility and roominess. Nissan has just revealed plans to release a new option in spring 2018, but how will it compare to options already on the market? Looking at what we already know, we can see some major differences when comparing the 2018 Nissan Kicks vs 2018 Honda HR-V.

One big announcement for the Nissan Kicks is that pricing will come in at less than $19,000 for the base model, S. An exact figure won’t be announced until the release date, but it was said that the price will be less than $19,000. This is not only a high value for any CUV, but the vehicle will come with a CVT.

2018 Nissan Kicks


2018 Honda HR-V

Estimated >$19,000 Starting MSRP $19,465
1.6-liter 4-cylinder Engine 1.8-liter 4-cylinder
125 horsepower/115 lb-ft of torque Performance 141hp/127 lb-ft of torque
Xtronic CVT Standard Transmission 6-speed manual

Features of the 2018 Nissan Kicks

Though complete details on the 2018 Nissan Kicks aren’t available at this time, it’s clear that Nissan is planning an aggressive attack on the subcompact crossover segment.

Not only is the price undercutting what is already available on the market, but it is doing so without requiring an upgrade from a manual transmission. For modern drivers, this is an important distinction.

Then there’s the fact that CUVs are often considered for their style. The 2018 Nissan Kicks will offer seven total color options (the HR-V offers eight), plus five two-tone color options to fully accentuate the floating roof.

Other key design cues include the signature V-Motion grille, boomerang headlights and taillights and a chiseled hood. The HR-V, in contrast, has a more traditional and less sporty appearance, with a simple, rounded roofline.

The Nissan Kicks will feature a “Gliding Wing” dashboard, 7-inch color display, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto and Automatic Emergency Braking. More features will be announced closer to the model’s release date.

Are you curious about the 2018 Nissan Kicks? Contact us here at Glendale Nissan for more information.

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