Nissan Kicks Vs. Toyota C-HR

By Justin Cupler | April 8th, 2019

Buying a crossover doesn’t mean it has to be boring. The 2019 Nissan Kicks and 2019 Toyota C-HR are proof of that with their wild, eye-grabbing designs. Which of these standout subcompact crossovers is best for our Bradenton area car buyers? Continue reading to find out.

Exterior

In just its second year, the 2019 Nissan Kicks remains one of the freshest models in the subcompact crossover segment. The Kicks took over for the wildly styled Nissan Juke, so it’s understandable this crossover has such a jarring design. The 2019 Kicks is not as polarizing as the Juke, but it will draw in plenty of looks with its stubby nose, forward-leaning rear hatch, floating roof, sharp body lines, black body cladding, and Nissan’s signature boomerang-like lighting.

Speaking of aggressive styling, the Toyota C-HR is just as wild — maybe even more — as the 2019 Nissan Kicks. Unlike the Kicks, though, the C-HR boasts a sportier appearance with its massive wheels, coupe-like rear glass, hidden-handle rear doors, and lower ride height. This look plays right into the hands of young buyers.

Those looking for even more exterior styling will find it in the 2019 Nissan Kicks and 2019 Toyota C-HR, as both have plenty of stylish options to draw in buyers. The Kicks has available LED lighting, 17-inch alloy wheels, dark-chrome accents, and more. The 2019 Toyota C-HR, on the other hand, features available 18-inch wheels, stunning paint options, piano-black accents and more to spruce it up.

 

In terms of size, the 2019 Nissan Kicks is smaller than the C-HR in every key measurable except height and ground clearance.

 

Measurement 2019 Nissan Kicks 2019 Toyota C-HR Difference
Length 169.1 inches 171.2 inches -2.1 inches
Width 69.3 inches 70.7 inches -1.4 inches
Height 62.4 inches 61.6 inches +0.8  inches
Wheelbase 103.1 inches 103.9 inches -0.8 inches
Ground Clearance 7 inches 5.9 inches +1.1 inches
Curb weight 2,639 to 2,672 pounds 3,300 pounds -628 to -661 pounds

 

Advantage: 2019 Nissan Kicks

  • Smaller and easier to zip around traffic
  • Lighter and nimbler
  • Eye-grabbing style

Advantage: 2019 Toyota C-HR

  • Lower and wider
  • Sportier looks
  • Big wheel options

Interior

The wild styling of the Nissan Kicks’ exterior does not translate into the cabin, but it has a few doses of sportiness. These include its flat-bottom steering wheel, bolstered seats, circular air vents, and available contrast stitching.

Inside, the 2019 Toyota C-HR brings a lot of its exterior character. It features, loads of triangular Easter eggs on the headliner and door panels, a colored accent strip on the dash, bolstered seats, a stubby gear shifter, and more. This all adds up to a crossover that caters to young buyers inside and out.

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 Toyota C-HR matches the Kicks’ standard features and beats it with its standard Apple CarPlay and 8-inch touchscreen. The Kicks comes back in the option department with available Android Auto, which the C-HR lacks.

 

Though it’s smaller than the C-HR, the 2019 Nissan Kicks is roomier in nearly every key interior measurable. The only area the C-HR musters up a win is front hip room, which is 2.1 inches wider than in the Kicks.   

 

Measurement 2019 Nissan Kicks 2019 Toyota C-HR Difference
Front headroom 40.7 inches 38.1 inches +2.6 inches
Front legroom 43.7 inches 43.5 inches +0.2 inches
Front shoulder room 53 inches 49 inches +4 inches
Front hip room 50.9 inches 53 inches -2.1 inches
Rear headroom 38.5 inches 38.3 inches +0.2 inches
Rear legroom 33.2 inches 31.7 inches +1.5 inches
Rear shoulder room 53.2 inches 52.5 inches +0.7 inches
Rear hip room 49.1 inches 48 inches +1.1 inches
Cargo capacity (behind second row) 25.3 cubic feet 19 cubic feet +6.3 cubic feet
Cargo capacity (second row folded) 53.1 cubic feet 36.4 cubic feet +16.7 cubic feet

Advantage: 2019 Nissan Kicks

  • Roomier cabin
  • Available Android Auto
  • Larger cargo area

Advantage: 2019 Toyota C-HR

  • More front hip room
  • Sportier cabin
  • Larger standard touchscreen

Performance

Small crossovers are not known as performance vehicles, and the Nissan Kicks and Toyota C-HR are exactly that.

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 Toyota C-HR is more powerful at 144 horsepower, but it is 1.4 seconds slower to 60 mph due to its higher curb weight.

The Kicks also delivers up to 5 mpg more than the C-HR, making it the go-to option for commuters looking to save cash.

 

2019 Nissan Kicks 2019 Toyota C-HR Difference
Engine 1.6-liter 4-cyl 2.0-liter 4-cyl
Horsepower 122 hp at 6,300 rpm 144 hp at 6,100 rpm -22 hp
Torque 114 lb-ft at 4,000 rpm 139 lb-ft at 3,900 rpm -25 lb-ft
Transmission CVT CVT
Driveline FWD FWD
0-60 time 9.7 seconds 11 seconds -1.9 seconds
MPG City 31 mpg* 27 mpg +4 mpg
MPG Highway 36 mpg* 31 mpg* +5 mpg
MPG Combined 33 mpg* 29 mpg* +4 mpg

 

Advantage: 2019 Nissan Kicks

  • Big fuel economy advantage
  • More ground clearance

Advantage: 2019 Toyota C-HR

  • Tighter handling

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**.

 

There are three trims in the 2019 Toyota C-HR lineup too: LE, XLE, and Limited. Their starting prices range from  $20,995 to $26,050.

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 Toyota C-HR Key Features and Pricing by Trim

LE: $20,995

  • 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine
  • Continuously variable transmission
  • Front-wheel drive
  • Electric power steering
  • Electric parking brake
  • Four-wheel disc brakes
  • Sport, Normal, and Eco driving modes
  • 17-inch styled steel wheels
  • Aerodynamic rear lower diffuser
  • Lip spoiler
  • Vortex generators
  • Aerodynamic underbody panels
  • Sport front and rear bumpers
  • Projector-beam headlights with auto-on/off
  • Cluster-style LED daytime running lights
  • Body-color outside door handles
  • Body-color, heated, power mirrors with integrated turn signals
  • Variable-intermittent windshield wipers
  • Black lower front grille
  • Acoustic windshield
  • Dual-zone automatic climate control
  • 4.2-inch multi-information display
  • Auto-dimming rearview mirror
  • Urethane steering wheel
  • Tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel
  • Steering-wheel-mounted controls
  • Leather-wrapped shifter knob
  • Six-way manual front seats
  • 60/40 split-folding rear seat
  • Power windows with one-touch-up/down
  • Cargo-area cover
  • Remote keyless entry
  • Dual illuminated vanity mirrors
  • Entune 3.0 Audio infotainment system with App Suite
  • 8-inch touchscreen
  • Scout GPS Link
  • Six-speaker AM/FM audio system
  • Apple CarPlay
  • 2.1-amp USB port
  • Bluetooth with audio streaming
  • Automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection
  • Lane-departure warning
  • Lane-keep assist
  • Automatic high-beam headlights
  • Full-speed dynamic adaptive cruise control
  • Brake hold
  • Hill-start assist

 

XLE: $23,030

  • All LE features, plus
  • 18-inch alloy wheels
  • Touch-to-unlock front doors
  • Touch-to-open liftgate
  • Leather-wrapped steering wheel
  • Keyless ignition
  • Blind-spot monitoring

 

Limited: $26,050

  • All XLE features, plus
  • High-performance LED fog lights
  • Rain-sensing windshield wipers
  • Intermittent rear wiper
  • Red rear bumper garnish
  • Chrome window accent
  • Piano-black B-pillar
  • Leather seating
  • Heated front seats
  • Eight-way manual driver’s seat
  • Entune 3.0 Audio Plus infotainment system
  • Advanced voice recognition
  • In-car Wi-Fi

Who Should Buy the 2019 Nissan Kicks?

Want a crossover that’ll grab eyeballs, but still looks like a crossover? The 2019 Nissan Kicks is the perfect subcompact crossover for you. It may boast a wild style, but it still looks the part of a people hauler. Plus, its roomier cabin can tote those people and cargo around with ease.

Who Should Buy the 2019 Toyota C-HR?

Does form mean more than function to you? If so, the stylish and sporty 2019 Toyota C-HR is the crossover for you. Its body looks like no other subcompact crossover on the market and even makes the Kicks look somewhat traditional.

 

Whether you zoom to Bradenton for work every day or just tinker around in Sarasota on the weekends, the 2019 Nissan Kicks will do it in style and with supreme efficiency. Stop by Nissan of Bradenton serving the St. Petersburg area today to test drive the 2019 Kicks. Can’t make it to our Bradenton area showroom 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.