2019 Subaru Crosstrek vs 2019 Nissan Kicks Comparison in Seattle, WA

There's a reason crossover SUVs have had a huge surge in popularity. With the versatility and high profile of SUVs and the handling and fuel efficiency of cars, they're a perfect fit for life in the Pacific Northwest. Whether you're driving around Seattle or headed out to explore the Cascades, the Subaru Crosstrek is the crossover SUV that's just right for any advanture.

Of course, there are other options, like the 2019 Nissan Kicks. Calling the Nissan Kicks a "competitor" hardly seems fair, as it is outclassed by the Subaru Crosstrek in nearly every way. In this article, we compare the two so that you can see for yourself just why Subaru is the best crossover SUV for your needs.

Compare 2019 Subaru Crosstrek vs 2019 Nissan Kicks Interior Styling

2019 Subaru Crosstrek vs 2019 Nissan Kicks: Interior Dimensions

Crossover SUVs have a smaller footprint--that's part of their appeal. However, the Subaru Crosstrek proves that "small" doesn't have to mean "cramped." With 100.9 cubic feet of passenger volume, you and your family will have plenty of room to spread out and enjoy the ride in the Subaru Crosstrek. The 2019 Nissan Kicks, on the other hand, offers only 93.9 cubic feet of passenger volume. That's less than you'll find in the Nissan Versa Note, a subcompact hatchback!


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2019 Subaru Crosstrek vs 2019 Nissan Kicks: Tech Features

Technological connectivity is important these days, and the Subaru Crosstrek comes with plenty of features to keep you connected. Even at the entry level, the Subaru Crosstrek comes with a STARLINK™ Multimedia system that includes features like Apple CarPlay™ and Android™ Auto. These can be found on higher Nissan Kicks trims, but are completely unavailable on the entry-level trim.

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2019 Subaru Crosstrek vs 2019 Nissan Kicks: Performance Specs

When it comes to performance, the Subaru Crosstrek kicks the Nissan Kicks to the curb. The Crosstrek is powered by a SUBARU BOXER® engine that generates 152 horsepower and 145 pound-feet of torque. Compare this to the 122 horsepower and 114 pound-feet of torque you'll get from the Nissan Kicks.

When it comes to safely navigating Pacific Northwest Roads all year, every 2019 Subaru Crosstrek comes with Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive. The Nissan Kicks does not offer AWD at all; it's front-wheel drive only. Then, there are available features like Hill Descent Control and X-MODE® (which optimizes the engine and power output for better traction on slick surfaces) make the Subaru Crosstrek even more capable of off-road adventure. It all adds up to a level of capability and versatility that the small, front-wheel drive Nissan Kicks simply can't keep up with.


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2019 Subaru Crosstrek vs 2019 Nissan Kicks: Safety Ratings

The 2019 Nissan Kicks is a safe vehicle; after all, it earned the 2019 Top Safety Pick award from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. However, the 2019 Subaru Crosstrek did one better: it earned the prestigious 2019 Top Safety Pick+ award! Features like the standard AWD mean that it will keep you safer on all driving surfaces, especially the rainy streets of Seattle.


Compare 2019 Subaru Crosstrek vs 2019 Nissan Kicks Driver Assist Technology

2019 Subaru Crosstrek vs 2019 Nissan Kicks: Driver Assist Technology

As you can see, safety is important to Subaru. That's why even the entry-level Subaru Crosstrek has available EyeSight® Driver Assist Technology. This safety tech includes Adaptive Cruise Control, Pre-collision Braking, Lane Departure and Sway Warning, and Lane Keep Assist. While the Nissan Kicks does have some driver assist features (like automatic emergency braking), it lacks many of the features that the Subaru Crosstrek offers (including adaptive cruise control and lane keep assist).

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Discover the Carter Advantage at Carter Subaru Ballard

When you purchase or lease a new Subaru, you can trust that it will serve you well for years to come--and Carter Subaru Ballard is here for you, too. Since 1960, Carter has offered a hassle-free buying experience. This means that we don't use pushy sales tactics or tricks to try to get you to buy; we let you lead the way, because we value you and your needs. This hassle-free attitude has been recognized with the 2019 Subaru Love Promise Customer Commitment Award, and it's one of the things that sets us apart--but it's far from the only one.

Carter Subaru Ballard cares about the environment and about our local community. We're part of the Subaru Eco-Friendly Retailer Program, and we're also On the Road to Carbon Neutral. When you take a test drive at Carter Subaru Ballard, we'll plant a tree in your name in the Mountains to Sound Greenway. For every car we sell, we plant three more trees. We've planted over 190,000 trees since 2008, and are still going strong!

The quality of Subaru and the care you'll experience from Carter Subaru Ballard go hand-in-hand. We invite you to take a look through our extensive inventory or check out our model information pages to find the Subaru that's just right for you. When you're ready for a test drive, use our convenient online form, give us a call, or just stop by the dealership. We serve Bellevue, Kirkland, and beyond from our convenient location at 5201 Leary Ave. NW, Seattle, WA 98107.