Nissan Kicks Vs. Chevy Trax

By Justin Cupler | April 8th, 2019

Subcompact crossovers offer great passenger- and cargo-hauling abilities combined with small, easy-to-handle footprints. The 2019 Nissan Kicks and 2019 Chevy Trax offer our Midland area buyers that and more. Find out which is better for you below.

Exterior

In just its second model year, the 2019 Nissan Kicks boasts one of the most unique looks in its class. It shouldn’t be a surprise it’s so unique, as it is the replacement for the in-your-face Juke. The 2019 Kicks may not be as polarizing as the Juke, but it attracts plenty of stares with its stubby nose, forward-leaning rear hatch, floating roof, sharp body lines, black body cladding, and Nissan’s signature boomerang-like lighting.

The 2019 Chevy Trax is about as vanilla as they come in the crossover segment. It does everything possible not to attract too much attention to itself and certainly isn’t one to offend the eye with dramatic styling. While there are shoppers who will find this look boring, this basic styling keeps its fan base wider than the more dramatic Kicks.  

Those who want a little extra style will find plenty of that within the options lists for both subcompact crossovers. The 2019 Nissan Kicks has available LED lighting, 17-inch alloy wheels, dark-chrome accents, and more. The 2019 Chevy Trax matches many of the items on the Kicks’ option list and even exceeds them with available 18-inch wheels and stylish chrome accents.

 

In terms of size, the 2019 Nissan Kicks is longer than the Trax, but it has a lower roofline and is narrower than its Chevy competitor.

 

Measurement 2019 Nissan Kicks 2019 Chevy Trax Difference
Length 169.1 inches 167.6 inches +1.5 inches
Width 69.3 inches 69.9 inches -0.6 inches
Height 62.4 inches 64.8 inches -2.4  inches
Wheelbase 103.1 inches 100.6 inches +2.5 inches
Ground Clearance 7 inches
Curb weight 2,639 to 2,672 pounds 3,124 to 3,344 pounds -485 to -672 pounds

 

Advantage: 2019 Nissan Kicks

  • Stunning appearance
  • Lighter and nimbler
  • Eye-grabbing style

Advantage: 2019 Chevy Trax

  • Shorter and easier to handle
  • Toned-down looks appeals to the masses
  • Big wheel options

Interior

Though the Kicks’ wild styling does not translate into the cabin, it has a few sporty features to make the connection. These include its flat-bottom steering wheel, bolstered seats, circular air vents, and available contrast stitching.

Inside, the 2019 Chevy Trax’s basic looks carry on with its standard-looking dash and lack of anything overly unique. Sure, there are some swoops and curves, but none of them are trendsetters.

Both crossovers feature plenty of tech to fit younger buyers’ desires. Standard features in the Kicks include a 7-inch touchscreen, Siri Eyes Free, Bluetooth audio streaming, a six-speaker audio system, and USB ports. The 2019 Chevy Trax matches the Kicks’ standard features and gets a mild advantage with its standard 4G Wi-Fi, Android Auto, and Apple CarPlay. The Kicks has available Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, but buyer have to move into the midrange SV trim to get it.

 

Measurement 2019 Nissan Kicks 2019 Chevy Trax Difference
Front headroom 40.7 inches 39.6 inches +1.1 inches
Front legroom 43.7 inches 40.8 inches +2.9 inches
Front shoulder room 53 inches 54.1 inches -1.1 inches
Front hip room 50.9 inches 51.7 inches -0.8 inches
Rear headroom 38.5 inches 38.8 inches -0.3 inches
Rear legroom 33.2 inches 35.7 inches -2.5 inches
Rear shoulder room 53.2 inches 52.5 inches +0.7 inches
Rear hip room 49.1 inches 50.1 inches 1 inch
Cargo capacity (behind second row) 25.3 cubic feet 18.7 cubic feet +6.6 cubic feet
Cargo capacity (second row folded) 53.1 cubic feet 48.4 cubic feet +4.7 cubic feet

Advantage: 2019 Nissan Kicks

  • Roomier front seats
  • Larger cargo area
  • More unique cabin

Advantage: 2019 Chevy Trax

  • Big rear legroom advantage
  • Standard Apple CarPlay and Android Auto
  • Higher luxury ceiling

Performance

High-performance is not something you often expect from a subcompact crossover, and the Nissan Kicks and Chevy Trax live up to expectations.

The 2019 Nissan Kicks comes standard with a 122-horsepower 1.6-liter engine that sprints it to 60 mph in an estimated 9.7 seconds. The 2019 Chevy Trax features a turbocharged 1.4-liter engine that pumps out 138 horsepower and 148 pound-feet of torque. The latter plays a key role in the Trax being 0.4 seconds quicker to 60 mph than the Kicks.

The Kicks may be slower, but it delivers up to 7 mpg more than the Trax across the board, but the Trax gets another feather in its cap with its available all-wheel drive, which the Kicks does not offer.

 

2019 Nissan Kicks 2019 Chevy Trax Difference
Engine 1.6-liter 4-cyl 1.4-liter turbo 4-cyl
Horsepower 122 hp at 6,300 rpm 138 hp at 4,900 rpm -16 hp
Torque 114 lb-ft at 4,000 rpm 148 lb-ft at 1,850 rpm -34 lb-ft
Transmission CVT 6-speed automatic
Driveline FWD FWD (std.) / AWD (opt.)
0-60 time 9.7 seconds 9.3 seconds +0.4 seconds
MPG City 31 mpg* 24 to 26 mpg +5 to +7 mpg
MPG Highway 36 mpg* 29 to 31 mpg +5 to +7 mpg
MPG Combined 33 mpg* 26 to 28 mpg +5 to +7 mpg

 

Advantage: 2019 Nissan Kicks

  • Big fuel economy advantage

Advantage: 2019 Chevy Trax

  • Quicker to 60 mph

Pricing and Features

The 2019 Nissan Kicks has a simple lineup of three trim levels — S, SV, and SR — and their starting prices range from $18,540 to $20,870**.

 

Three trims make up the 2019 Chevy Trax lineup too: LS, LT, and Premier. Their starting prices range from  $22,295 to $28,595.

2019 Nissan Kicks Key Features and Pricing by Trim

S: $18,540**

  • 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine
  • CVT
  • Front-wheel drive
  • Hill-start assist
  • Front disc and rear drum brakes
  • Electric power steering
  • 16-inch steel wheels
  • Multireflector halogen headlights
  • Automatic headlights
  • Power mirrors
  • Roof rails
  • 7-inch touchscreen
  • Siri Eyes Free
  • Bluetooth connectivity
  • Air conditioning
  • Power windows with driver’s one-touch-down
  • Power door locks
  • Keyless ignition
  • Tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel
  • Steering-wheel-mounted controls
  • Variable-intermittent windshield wipers
  • Intermittent rear wiper
  • 12-volt power outlet
  • Four cargo-area tie-down hooks
  • Six-way manual driver’s seat
  • Four-way manual passenger’s seat
  • 60/40 split-folding rear seat
  • Cloth upholstery
  • Painted shifter bezel with chrome accents
  • Six-speaker AM/FM audio system
  • Bluetooth streaming audio
  • Three USB ports
  • Automatic emergency braking
  • Rearview camera

 

SV: $20,250**

  • All S features, plus
  • 17-inch aluminum-alloy wheels
  • Body-color door handles
  • Body-color, heated outside mirrors
  • NissanConnect infotainment with 7-inch touchscreen
  • Apple CarPlay
  • Android Auto
  • 7-inch advanced driver-information center
  • Automatic climate control
  • Rear heater ducts
  • Keyless unlock
  • Remote ignition
  • Rear cargo cover
  • Chrome interior door handles and parking brake button
  • SiriusXM
  • Blind-spot monitoring
  • Rear cross-traffic alert

 

SR: $20,870**

  • All SV features, plus
  • LED headlights with LED accents
  • Fog lights
  • Dark-chrome grille accent
  • High-gloss-black mirrors with integrated turn signals
  • Body-color bumper inserts
  • Silver exterior door trim
  • Rear roof spoiler
  • 360-degree camera
  • Sport cloth seating with orange accents and stitching
  • Leather-wrapped steering wheel
  • Leather-wrapped shift knob
  • Black leatherette accents with orange stitching

2019 Chevy Trax Key Features and Pricing by Trim

LS: $22,295

  • 1.4-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine
  • Six-speed automatic transmission
  • Front-wheel drive
  • Front disc, rear drum brakes
  • Electric power steering
  • 16-inch painted aluminum wheels
  • Auto-on/off halogen reflector headlights
  • Daytime running lights
  • Remote keyless entry
  • Body-color power mirrors
  • Body-color door handles
  • Black beltline moldings
  • Acoustic windshield
  • Rear intermittent wiper
  • Variable-intermittent windshield wipers
  • Four cargo-area tie-downs
  • Chevrolet Infotainment System 3
  • 7-inch touchscreen
  • Apple CarPlay
  • Android Auto
  • Bluetooth connectivity with audio streaming
  • Two USB ports
  • Six-speaker audio system
  • 3.5-inch driver-information system
  • Power windows
  • Single-zone manual climate control
  • Rear heat duct
  • Four-way manual driver’s seat
  • Two-way manual passenger’s seat
  • Satin-silver and chrome shifter knob
  • Tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel
  • Urethane steering wheel
  • Power windows with express up/down driver and express-down passenger
  • 60/40 split-folding rear seat
  • Cloth upholstery
  • Steering-wheel-mounted controls
  • Retractable cargo cover
  • Driver’s seat armrest
  • Power door locks
  • Front and rear carpeted floor mats
  • 12-volt power outlet
  • Remote keyless entry
  • 4G LTE Wi-Fi
  • OnStar Communication
  • Rearview camera

 

LT: $24,195

  • All LS features, plus
  • Halogen projector-beam headlights
  • LED taillights
  • LED daytime running lights
  • Heated mirrors
  • Deep-tinted rear glass
  • Silver-painted front and rear skid plates
  • Roof-mounted side rails
  • SiriusXM
  • Cruise control
  • 110-volt power outlet
  • Remote ignition
  • Deluxe cloth seating
  • Passenger underseat storage drawer

 

Premier: $26,050

  • All LT features, plus
  • 18-inch aluminum wheels
  • Bose seven-speaker audio system with a subwoofer
  • Auto-dimming rearview mirror
  • Keyless open and ignition
  • Six-way power driver’s seat
  • Heated front seats
  • Leatherette upholstery
  • Leather-wrapped steering wheel
  • Power sunroof
  • Illuminated vanity mirrors
  • Fog lights
  • Chrome door handle accents
  • Chrome liftgate applique
  • Bright front sill plates
  • Forward collision warning
  • Lane-departure warning
  • Rear cross-traffic alert
  • Blind-spot monitoring
  • Rear parking sensors

Who Should Buy the 2019 Nissan Kicks?

The 2019 Nissan Kicks and its wild styling is perfect for buyers who like being the center of attention. With its unique appearance, you’re sure to field plenty of stares and questions.

Who Should Buy the 2019 Chevy Trax?

In the Kicks too over the top for you? The 2019 Chevy Trax may be the crossover for you. Its toned-down styling caters to the masses without being overly boring, and its interior is simple and easy to figure out.  

 

Got a daily commute to Saginaw or just need an efficient ride to cruise through the Saginaw area? The efficient and stylish 2019 Nissan Kicks can handle this and plenty of people and cargo too. Head down to Garber Nissan today to test drive the 2019 Kicks around the Bay City area and see what it can do for you. Can’t make it to our Midland area dealership today? Check out our online inventory to see what 2019 Kicks models we have in stock and set up a test drive for later.

 

*2019 EPA Fuel Economy Estimates. Actual Mileage may vary with driving conditions – use for comparison only.

 

**Price is Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (MSRP). MSRP excludes tax, title, license, options and destination charge. Dealer sets actual price.