Nissan Kicks Vs. Mazda CX-3

By Justin Cupler | April 8th, 2019

Small crossovers like the 2019 Nissan Kicks and 2019 Mazda CX-3 give our Saginaw area buyers the ability to haul their cargo and families without handing a massive SUV. Both crossovers offer great styling and respectable performance, but which one is the better buy for you? Continue reading to find out.

Exterior

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 Nissan Kicks attracts a lot of attention. Some may find its looks a bit over the top, but these buyers are clearly not this funky Nissan crossover’s target market.

The 2019 Mazda CX-3 has its own unique look about it. No, it is not an eyeball grabber like the Kicks, but it stands out in a crowd with its long hood, forward-leaning nose, swoopy roofline, and flowing body lines. Add to that some stunning color options, and you have an upscale-looking crossover with a bargain price.

Optional style upgrades are plentiful in both crossovers. The 2019 Nissan Kicks has available LED lighting, 17-inch alloy wheels, dark-chrome accents, and more. The 2019 Mazda CX-3 matches many of the items on the Kicks’ option list and even exceeds them with available 18-inch wheels, adaptive headlights, LED taillights, and more.

 

Measurement 2019 Nissan Kicks 2019 Mazda CX-3 Difference
Length 169.1 inches 168.3 inches +0.8 inches
Width 69.3 inches 69.9 inches -0.6 inches
Height 62.4 inches 69.6 inches -7.2  inches
Wheelbase 103.1 inches 101.2 inches +1.9 inches
Ground Clearance 7 inches 6.1 to 6.22 inches +0.78 to +0.9 inches
Curb weight 2,639 to 2,672 pounds 2,809 to 2,952 pounds -170 to -280 pounds

 

Advantage: 2019 Nissan Kicks

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

Advantage: 2019 Mazda CX-3

  • Upscale looks
  • Doesn’t attract a ton of attention
  • Big wheel options

Interior

The Kicks’ intense exterior styling does not make it into the cabin, but it has a few sporty features to tie the interior and exterior together. These include its flat-bottom steering wheel, bolstered seats, circular air vents, and available contrast stitching.

Inside, the 2019 Mazda CX-3 continues with its upscale design with its dash-top infotainment screen, thick-rimmed steering wheel, circular air vents, and available premium materials.

The 2019 CX-3 and 2019 Nissan Kicks have 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 CX-3 matches the Kicks’ standard features, but it also has standard keyless ignition, blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, and more.

 

Measurement 2019 Nissan Kicks 2019 Mazda CX-3 Difference
Front headroom 40.7 inches 38.4 inches +2.3 inches
Front legroom 43.7 inches 41.7 inches +2 inches
Front shoulder room 53 inches 53.5 inches -0.5 inches
Front hip room 50.9 inches 52.3 inches -1.4 inches
Rear headroom 38.5 inches 37.2 inches +1.3 inches
Rear legroom 33.2 inches 35 inches -1.8 inches
Rear shoulder room 53.2 inches 50.4 inches +2.8 inches
Rear hip room 49.1 inches 49 inches +0.1 inch
Cargo capacity (behind second row) 25.3 cubic feet 9.6 to 12.4 cubic feet +12.9 to +15.7 cubic feet
Cargo capacity (second row folded) 53.1 cubic feet 41.7 to 44.5 cubic feet +8.6 to +11.4 cubic feet

Advantage: 2019 Nissan Kicks

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

Advantage: 2019 Mazda CX-3

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

Performance

Subcompact crossovers are not shining examples of performance, and the 2019 Nissan Kicks and Mazda CX-3 are no exceptions.

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 Mazda CX-3 boasts a 2.0-liter engine that delivers 148 horsepower. This gets the CX-3 to 60 mph in 9.3 seconds. Beyond being quicker than the Kicks, the CX-3 also has Mazda’s zoom-zoom DNA built in, giving it a little more tossability in the corners.

The Kicks makes up for its slower acceleration by delivering up to an extra 4 mpg across the board.

 

2019 Nissan Kicks 2019 Mazda CX-3 Difference
Engine 1.6-liter 4-cyl 2.0-liter 4-cyl
Horsepower 122 hp at 6,300 rpm 148 hp at 6,000 rpm -26 hp
Torque 114 lb-ft at 4,000 rpm 146 lb-ft at 2,80 rpm -32 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* 27 to 29 mpg +2 to +4 mpg
MPG Highway 36 mpg* 32 to 34 mpg +2 to +4 mpg
MPG Combined 33 mpg* 29 to 31 mpg +2 to +4 mpg

 

Advantage: 2019 Nissan Kicks

  • Big fuel economy advantage
  • Higher ride height

Advantage: 2019 Mazda CX-3

  • Quicker to 60 mph
  • Nimbler

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 Mazda CX-3 lineup too: Sport, Touring, and Grand Touring. Their starting prices range from  $20,390 to $25,745.

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 Mazda CX-3 Key Features and Pricing by Trim

Sport: $20,390

  • 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine
  • Six-speed automatic transmission with Sport mode
  • Front-wheel drive
  • Speed-sensitive power steering
  • Four-wheel anti-lock disc brakes
  • Hill-start assist
  • 16-inch alloy wheels
  • Body-color bumpers
  • Body-color door handles
  • Daytime running lights
  • Black fog light bezels
  • Black grille
  • Auto-off halogen headlights
  • Power mirrors with integrated turn signals
  • Black side molding
  • Rear roof spoiler
  • Two-speed variable-intermittent windshield wipers
  • Intermittent rear wiper
  • 12-volt power outlet
  • Manual air conditioning
  • Outside temperature display
  • Cargo area light
  • Cruise control
  • Steering-wheel-mounted controls
  • Rear heater ducts
  • Power door locks
  • Push-button start
  • Remote keyless entry
  • Tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel
  • Center console armrest with storage
  • Rear seat center armrest
  • Dual vanity mirrors
  • Power windows with one-touch driver’s window
  • 60/40 split-folding rear seats
  • Silver inside door handles
  • Cloth upholstery
  • Electric parking brake with brake hold
  • Six-way manual driver’s seat
  • Urethane steering wheel and shifter
  • Six-speaker AM/FM audio system
  • Aha, Pandora, and Stitcher internet radio capable
  • Bluetooth connectivity with audio streaming
  • 7-inch touchscreen
  • USB port
  • Rearview camera
  • Blind-spot monitoring
  • Rear cross-traffic alert
  • Low-speed automatic emergency braking

 

Touring: $22,475

  • All Sport features, plus
  • 18-inch alloy wheels
  • Silver fog light bezels
  • Automatic-on/off lighting
  • Heated mirrors
  • Chrome side molding
  • Chrome bumper garnish
  • Rain-sensing wipers
  • Automatic climate control
  • Overhead console with sunglass holder
  • Mazda advanced keyless entry
  • Soft-touch panel with stitching
  • Red door armrests
  • Leatherette door panels
  • Heated front seats
  • Leatherette seating
  • Leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob

 

Grand Touring: $25,745

  • All Touring features, plus
  • Silver grille
  • LED daytime running lights
  • LED fog lights
  • LED auto-leveling headlights
  • Adaptive front lighting
  • Piano-black pillar garnish
  • LED taillights
  • Paddle shifters
  • Active Driving Display
  • Power moonroof
  • Cargo cover
  • Bright inside door handles
  • Luxe suede door trim
  • Leather seating
  • Bose seven-speaker audio system
  • HD radio
  • SiriusXM
  • Digital speedometer
  • Full-speed dynamic cruise control
  • Automatic high-beam headlights
  • Lane-departure warning
  • High-speed automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection
  • Forward collision warning

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 Mazda CX-3?

The Mazda CX-3 has a unique look too, but its appearance is nowhere near as in your face as the Kicks. The uniqueness of the CX-3 lies in its long hood, swoopy roofline, and premium look-good bits. This makes the CX-3 a great buy for shoppers looking for a premium look without a premium price tag.

 

Make your daily commute to Saginaw a little more exciting in the 2019 Nissan Kicks. It can get you around the Bay City and Midland areas without issue. It can also make your life cruising around the Saginaw area a little more efficient with its great fuel economy. Come on down to Garber Nissan Hyundai serving the Bay City and Midland areas today to test drive the 2019 Kicks. Can’t make it to our 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.