2019 Nissan Kicks vs. 2019 Ford EcoSport

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

The Kicks has standard Automatic Emergency Braking, which use forward mounted sensors to warn the driver of a possible collision ahead. If the driver doesn’t react and the system determines a collision is imminent, it automatically applies the brakes at full-force in order to reduce the force of the crash or avoid it altogether. The EcoSport doesn't offer collision warning or crash mitigation brakes.

The Kicks SR has a standard Around View® Monitor to allow the driver to see objects all around the vehicle on a screen. The EcoSport only offers a rear monitor and rear parking sensors that beep or flash a light. That doesn’t help with obstacles to the front or sides.

Both the Kicks and the EcoSport have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, driver knee airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, front wheel drive, height adjustable front shoulder belts, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, rearview cameras, available blind spot warning systems and rear cross-path warning.

Reliability

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2018 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Nissan vehicles are more reliable than Ford vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Nissan 10th in reliability, above the industry average. With 19 more problems per 100 vehicles, Ford is ranked 16th.

From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ December 2018 Auto Issue reports that Nissan vehicles are more reliable than Ford vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Nissan 4 places higher in reliability than Ford.

Engine

As tested in Car and Driver the Nissan Kicks is faster than the Ford EcoSport turbo 3 cyl.:

 

Kicks

EcoSport

Zero to 60 MPH

9.7 sec

10.4 sec

Zero to 100 MPH

36.6 sec

39.1 sec

Quarter Mile

17.5 sec

17.9 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

80 MPH

78 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

On the EPA test cycle the Kicks gets better fuel mileage than the EcoSport:

 

 

 

MPG

Kicks

 

FWD

1.6 DOHC 4 cyl.

31 city/36 hwy

EcoSport

 

FWD

1.0 turbo 3 cyl.

27 city/29 hwy

 

AWD

2.0 DOHC 4 cyl.

23 city/29 hwy

To lower fuel costs and make buying fuel easier, the Nissan Kicks uses regular unleaded gasoline. The EcoSport with the 1.0 turbo 3 cyl. engine requires premium for maximum efficiency, which can cost 20 to 55 cents more per gallon.

Transmission

The Kicks has a standard continuously variable transmission (CVT). With no “steps” between gears, it can keep the engine at the most efficient speed for fuel economy, or keep it at its peak horsepower indefinitely for maximum acceleration. The EcoSport doesn’t offer a CVT.

Tires and Wheels

The Kicks has a standard easy tire fill system. When inflating the tires, the vehicle’s integrated tire pressure sensors keep track of the pressure as the tires fill and tell the driver when the tires are inflated to the proper pressure. The EcoSport doesn’t offer vehicle monitored tire inflation.

Suspension and Handling

The Kicks has standard front and rear stabilizer bars, which help keep the Kicks flat and controlled during cornering. The EcoSport 4x2 suspension doesn’t offer a rear stabilizer bar.

The Kicks has vehicle speed sensitive variable-assist power steering, for low-effort parking, better control at highway speeds and during hard cornering, and a better feel of the road. The EcoSport doesn’t offer variable-assist power steering.

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Kicks’ wheelbase is 3.9 inches longer than on the EcoSport (103.1 inches vs. 99.2 inches).

The Kicks SR handles at .83 G’s, while the EcoSport Titanium pulls only .80 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

For better maneuverability, the Kicks’ turning circle is .9 feet tighter than the EcoSport’s (34.1 feet vs. 35 feet).

Chassis

The Nissan Kicks may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 400 to 650 pounds less than the Ford EcoSport.

Passenger Space

The Kicks has 2.8 cubic feet more passenger volume than the EcoSport (93.9 vs. 91.1).

The Kicks has 1.1 inches more front headroom, .8 inches more front legroom, 1 inch more rear headroom and 1.9 inches more rear shoulder room than the EcoSport.

Cargo Capacity

The Kicks has a much larger cargo volume than the EcoSport with its rear seat up (25.3 vs. 20.9 cubic feet).

The Kicks’ liftgate lifts up in one piece, completely out of the way of loading and unloading, while sheltering the cargo loading area. The EcoSport’s swing out door blocks loading from the driver’s side.

Ergonomics

The Kicks’ front power windows open or close fully with one touch of the switches, making it more convenient at drive-up windows and toll booths, or when talking with someone outside the car. The EcoSport’s power window switches have to be held the entire time to close them fully. Only its driver’s window opens automatically.

For greater rear passenger comfort, the Kicks SV/SR has standard rear heat vents to keep rear occupants more comfortable. The EcoSport doesn’t offer rear vents.

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