2019 Nissan Kicks vs. 2019 Hyundai Tucson

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

Both the Kicks and the Tucson have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact 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, crash mitigating brakes, rearview cameras, available blind spot warning systems, around view monitors and rear cross-path warning.

Warranty

There are over 29 percent more Nissan dealers than there are Hyundai dealers, which makes it easier should you ever need service under the Kicks’ warranty.

Fuel Economy and Range

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

 

 

 

MPG

Kicks

 

FWD

1.6 DOHC 4 cyl.

31 city/36 hwy

Tucson

 

FWD

2.0 DOHC 4 cyl.

23 city/30 hwy

 

 

2.4 DOHC 4 cyl.

22 city/28 hwy

 

AWD

2.0 DOHC 4 cyl.

22 city/25 hwy

 

 

2.4 DOHC 4 cyl.

21 city/26 hwy

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 Tucson 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 Tucson doesn’t offer vehicle monitored tire inflation.

Suspension and Handling

For better maneuverability, the Kicks’ turning circle is .8 feet tighter than the Tucson’s (34.1 feet vs. 34.9 feet).

Chassis

The Nissan Kicks may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 650 to 950 pounds less than the Hyundai Tucson.

The Kicks is 7.1 inches shorter than the Tucson, making the Kicks easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

To almost totally eliminate engine vibration in the passenger area, the Kicks has a liquid-filled front engine mount. The liquid helps further dampen engine harshness. The Tucson uses conventional solid rubber engine mounts.

Passenger Space

The Kicks has 1.1 inches more front headroom and 2.2 inches more front legroom than the Tucson.

The front step up height for the Kicks is 3.6 inches lower than the Tucson (15.4” vs. 19”). The Kicks’ rear step up height is 4.2 inches lower than the Tucson’s (15.8” vs. 20”).

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 Tucson’s standard power window switches have to be held the entire time to close them fully. Only its driver’s window opens automatically.

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