Nissan Kicks Vs. Honda HR-V: Small Bodies, Big Cargo

By Justin Cupler | November 12th, 2018

Small crossovers range from simple to funky, and the 2018 Nissan Kicks skews way toward the funky side. Somewhere in the middle of that spectrum is the 2019 Honda HR-V. Which of these subcompact crossovers is the better buy for car shoppers in the Saginaw, Michigan area? Keep reading to find out.


The subcompact-crossover realm is a space where automakers will try out more extreme designs, and that’s exactly what Nissan did with the 2018 Kicks as this small people hauler boasts a striking design that’s sure to stand out in a crowd. The 2019 Honda HR-V, while not pedestrian in its styling, is far less eye-grabbing than the Kicks. This more timid appearance will help pull in the more reserved buyers, while the Kicks’ striking looks will draw in buyers looking for a few stares.

The 2018 Nissan Kicks and 2019 Honda HR-V are both tiny crossovers, and this shows in their measurements. The 2018 Kicks is 169.1 inches long, 69.3 inches wide, and 62.4 inches tall. This tiny Nissan rides on a 103.1-inch wheelbase. The HR-V is larger in all body measurements at 170.4 inches long, 69.8 inches wide, and 63.2 inches tall. The HR-V’s wheelbase is shorter at 102.8 inches.

Advantage: 2018 Nissan Kicks

  • Smaller body can make it easier to park
  • Longer wheelbase helps with stability

Advantage: 2019 Honda NR-V

  • More traditional styling


Like their exteriors, the interiors of the 2018 Nissan Kicks and 2019 Honda HR-V feature very different looks. The HR-V offers buyers a traditional appearance that will offend no one while still having small touches of style and personality. The 2018 Nissan Kicks, however, delivers a sporty look that’s highlighted by its available flat-bottom steering wheel, contrast stitching, metallic shifter knob, and more.

As subcompact crossovers, the 2018 Nissan Kicks and 2019 Honda HR-V give up a little in interior room. The Kicks has loads of room for buyers of all sizes in the front seats with 40.7 inches of headroom, 43.7 inches of legroom, 50.9 inches of hip room, and 53 inches of shoulder room The 2019 HR-V is a little tighter in headroom and legroom at 39.5 inches and 41.2 inches, respectively, but it makes up with its by offering 53.1 inches of hip room and 56.8 inches of shoulder room.

In the rear is where these smaller crossovers make their greatest sacrifice, and the Kicks is no exception with 38.5 inches of headroom, 33.2 inches of legroom, 49.1 inches of hip room, and 53.2 inches of shoulder room. The 2019 HR-V is lighter in headroom at 38.3 inches and hip room at 47.4 inches, but it makes up for that with its surprising 39.3 inches of legroom and 54.5 inches of hip room.

Though these are small crossovers, the 2018 Nissan Kicks and 2019 Honda HR-V have plenty of cargo room. The Kicks offers 25.3 cubic feet with the rear seats up and 53.1 cubes with the rear seat folded. The HR-V offers 23.2 cubic feet to 57.6 cubes with all-wheel drive, and 24.3 to 58.8 cubes with front-wheel drive.

Advantage: 2018 Nissan Kicks

  • More headroom and legroom up front
  • More cargo room with the seats upright

Advantage: 2019 Honda HR-V

  • Roomier rear seats
  • Better overall cargo-hauling capacity


The 2018 Nissan Kicks comes standard with a 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine that produces 125 horsepower and 115 pound-feet of torque. This engine pairs with an Xtronic continuously variable transmission that ships the power out to the front wheels only.

The 2019 HR-V comes with a 1.8-liter four-cylinder engine with 141 horsepower and 127 pound-feet of torque. This engine also pairs to a CVT that sends power to the front wheels, but it has optional all-wheel drive.

Though power may not be their specialty, these crossovers deliver excellent fuel economy. The 2018 Nissan Kicks checks in with 31 mpg city, 36 highway, and 33 combined, which crushes the front-wheel-drive HR-V, which gets 28 mpg city, 34 highway, and 30 combined. With all-wheel drive, the HR-V’s fuel economy falls to 27 mpg city, 31 combined, and 29 combined

Advantage: 2018 Nissan Kicks

  • Significant fuel-economy advantage

Advantage: 2019 Honda HR-V

  • Additional power
  • Optional all-wheel drive

Pricing and Features

The 2018 Nissan Kicks comes in three trim levels: S, SV, and SR. Prices start from $18,290 and rise to $20,590.

The 2019 Honda HR-V’s robust lineup includes five trims — LX, Sport, EX, EX-L, and Touring — and prices range from $20,520 to $28,540.

2018 Nissan Kicks Key Features and Pricing by Trim

S: $18,290

  • 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine
  • Continuously variable transmission
  • 16-inch steel wheels with hubcaps
  • Hill-start assist
  • Electric power steering
  • Multi-reflector halogen headlights
  • Intelligent Auto Headlights
  • Black, power mirrors
  • Black bumpers
  • Black door handles
  • Chrome grille
  • Roof rails
  • 7-inch touchscreen display
  • Siri Eyes Free
  • Bluetooth connectivity with audio streaming
  • USB data port and two USB charging ports
  • Rearview camera
  • Air conditioning
  • Power windows with one-touch-up/down front windows
  • Power locks
  • Keyless ignition
  • Keyless entry
  • Variable intermittent wipers
  • Four cargo-area tie-downs
  • 60/40 split-folding rear seat
  • Cloth seating
  • Six-speaker AM/FM audio system
  • Steering-wheel-mounted controls
  • Automatic emergency braking with forward collision warning

SV: $19,990

  • All S features, plus
  • 17-inch aluminum-alloy wheels
  • Nissan Intelligent Key
  • Blind-spot warning with rear cross-traffic alert
  • Body-color heated mirrors
  • Body-color door handles
  • Speed-sensitive volume control
  • 7-inch Advance-Drive Assist screen
  • Apple CarPlay and Android Auto
  • SiriusXM
  • Automatic climate control
  • Tonneau cover

SR: $20,590

  • All SV features, plus
  • Leather-wrapped steering wheel
  • High-gloss-black mirror caps
  • Body-color bumper inserts
  • Dark satin-chrome grille
  • LED low-beam headlights
  • LED turn signals on mirrors
  • Fog lights
  • Rear spoiler
  • 360-degree camera
  • Leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob
  • Sport cloth seat trim with orange accents and stitching

2019 Honda HR-V Key Features and Pricing by Trim

LX: $20,520

  • 1.8-liter four-cylinder engine
  • CVT
  • Front-wheel drive
  • 17-inch silver-painted alloy wheels
  • Two-speed intermittent wipers
  • Projector-beam halogen headlights with automatic off
  • LED daytime running lights
  • LED taillights
  • Body-color roofline spoiler
  • Body-color power mirrors
  • Air conditioning
  • Power door locks
  • Power windows with one-touch up/down driver window
  • Cruise control
  • Tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel
  • Front- and second-row 12-volt power outlets
  • Chrome inside door handles
  • 60/40 split-folding Magic rear seat
  • 160-watt, four-speaker audio system
  • 5-inch color touchscreen
  • Bluetooth connectivity with audio streaming
  • 1-amp from USB port
  • Multi-angle rearview camera

Sport: $22,220

  • All LX features, plus
  • Paddle shifters
  • 18-inch machine-finished alloy wheels with matte-black inserts
  • Multi-angle rearview camera with dynamic guidelines
  • Gloss-black side-view mirrors
  • Gloss-black underbody spoilers
  • Roof rails
  • Exhaust tip
  • Fog lights
  • Sport pedals
  • Leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob
  • 180-watt, six-speaker audio system
  • 7-inch high-resolution touchscreen
  • Apple CarPlay and Android Auto
  • HondaLink
  • SMS text messaging function

EX: $23,720

  • All Sport features, plus
  • 17-inch unique silver-painted alloy wheels
  • Forward collision warning
  • Lane-departure warning
  • Automatic emergency braking
  • Road-departure mitigation
  • Lane-keep assist
  • Adaptive cruise control
  • Honda LaneWatch
  • Auto-on/off headlights
  • Heated body-color side-view mirrors with turn-signal indicators
  • Underbody spoilers deleted
  • Power moonroof
  • Smart entry with walk-away automatic locking
  • Tinted rear glass
  • Variable intermittent wipers
  • Automatic climate control with electrostatic touchscreen
  • Keyless ignition
  • Programmable power door locks
  • Heated front seats
  • 1.5-amp front USB port

EX-L: $25,320

  • All EX features, plus
  • Leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob
  • Auto-dimming rearview mirror
  • Leather-trimmed seats

Touring: $28,540

  • All EX-L features, plus
  • All-wheel drive
  • 17-inch machine-finished wheels with gloss Shark Gray inserts
  • LED fog lights
  • LED headlights with automatic on/off
  • Body-color underbody spoilers
  • HomeLink universal remote
  • Eight-way power driver’s seat
  • Satellite-linked navigation

Who Should Buy the 2018 Nissan Kicks?

The 2018 Nissan Kicks is perfect for a buyer looking for a crossover that stands out in a crowd. It’s also a great option for buyers who care more about fuel economy than optional all-wheel drive.

Who Should Buy the 2018 Honda HR-V?

Buyers with teen children or who often haul adults in the rear seats will appreciate the HR-V’s legroom advantage. Also, those who live in a cooler climate with lots of snow and bad weather may prefer the optional all-wheel drive.

Ready to take your daily commute to Saginaw, Midland, or Bay City to a new level of efficiency with the 2018 Nissan Kicks? Come visit the Garber Nissan Hyundai new-car showroom serving the Saginaw area today for a test drive. Can’t make it in today? You can also see what we have in stock using our online inventory system.