2018 Nissan Kicks vs 2018 Toyota C-HR

White 2018 Nissan Kicks on left vs Blue 2018 Toyota C-HR on right

If fuel economy were no issue, many of us would likely find ourselves behind the wheels of much larger models. Not only is the interior space convenient, but families tend to feel safer in larger vehicles. What if you could have the comfort of both? The compact CUV segment is expanding with a new option from Nissan, the Kicks, which will replace the Nissan Juke. Can it take on the competition?

Comparing the Kicks to another recent addition to the lineup, the Toyota C-HR, it seems clear that Nissan’s newest offering will be aggressively priced and highly efficient. One of the major differences between the 2018 Nissan Kicks vs 2018 Toyota C-HR is that the Kicks offers a smaller displacement engine that offers slightly less horsepower in favor of improved fuel efficiency. EPA-estimated numbers are not out for the Kicks yet, as the model is due for a spring 2018 release, but the manufacturer-estimated figures are promising.

2018 Nissan Kicks


2018 Toyota C-HR

Estimated >$19,000 Starting MSRP $22,500
1.6-liter 4-cylinder Engine 2.0-liter 4-cylinder
125 horsepower/115 lb-ft of torque Performance 144hp/139 lb-ft of torque
Estimated 33 mpg Combined MPG 29 mpg

Style and Design of the 2018 Nissan Kicks

One of the main reasons the Nissan Kicks is replacing the Nissan Juke is that the latter model has outdated styling. Today’s consumers prefer models that are sporty and aggressive, while the Juke had a unique design that no longer fit modern aesthetics.

So, how does the Nissan Kicks compare to the Toyota C-HR when it comes to style? Toyota has long been known as a reliable, but boring, brand. The C-HR is an obvious attempt at shedding this reputation, with a design that Toyota markets as “diamond faceted.” The style features strong angles and a bulldog-like front grille that certainly stands out but might be viewed as a bit gaudy.

The 2018 Nissan Kicks keeps its design cues simple, but effective. A chiseled hood leads to boomerang-style headlights that perfectly bookmark the signature V-Motion grille. A floating roofline provides perfect contrast against seven bold color options, along with black rocker panels, wheel arches and bumpers. Altogether, it has design cues that flaunt the Nissan DNA, while still presenting a new option uniquely its own.

Standard features in the 2018 Nissan Kicks will include Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, Bluetooth, power windows and locks, a 7-inch color display and automatic emergency braking. To learn more about the upcoming CUV, contact us here at Glendale Nissan.

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