2019 Nissan Kicks vs. 2019 Jeep Compass

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

The Kicks SR has a standard Around View® Monitor to allow the driver to see objects all around the vehicle on a screen. The Compass 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 Compass 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 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Nissan vehicles are better in initial quality than Jeep vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Nissan 10th in initial quality, above the industry average. With 11 more problems per 100 vehicles, Jeep is ranked 17th, below the industry average.

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 Jeep vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Nissan 10th in reliability, above the industry average. With 55 more problems per 100 vehicles, Jeep is ranked 28th.

From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ December 2018 Auto Issue reports that Nissan vehicles are more reliable than Jeep vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Nissan 8 places higher in reliability than Jeep.

Fuel Economy and Range

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

 

 

 

MPG

Kicks

FWD

Auto

1.6 DOHC 4 cyl.

31 city/36 hwy

Compass

FWD

Manual

2.4 DOHC 4 cyl.

23 city/32 hwy

 

Auto

2.4 DOHC 4 cyl.

22 city/31 hwy

AWD

Manual

2.4 DOHC 4 cyl.

22 city/31 hwy

 

Auto

2.4 DOHC 4 cyl.

22 city/30 hwy

Transmission

The Nissan Kicks comes standard with an automatic transmission, for driver comfort, especially in the city. Automatic costs extra on the Compass.

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 Compass doesn’t offer a CVT.

Tires and Wheels

The Kicks S’ standard tires provide better handling because they have a lower 60 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the Compass Sport’s standard 65 series tires.

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 Compass doesn’t offer vehicle monitored tire inflation.

Suspension and Handling

For better maneuverability, the Kicks’ turning circle is 1.2 feet tighter than the Compass 4x4 Trailhawk’s (34.1 feet vs. 35.3 feet). The Kicks’ turning circle is 2.2 feet tighter than the Compass’ (34.1 feet vs. 36.3 feet).

Chassis

The Nissan Kicks may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 550 to 950 pounds less than the Jeep Compass.

The Kicks is 3.9 inches shorter than the Compass, 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 Compass uses conventional solid rubber engine mounts.

Passenger Space

The Kicks has 1.5 inches more front headroom and 1.9 inches more front legroom than the Compass.

The front step up height for the Kicks is 4 inches lower than the Compass (15.4” vs. 19.4”). The Kicks’ rear step up height is 4.9 inches lower than the Compass’ (15.8” vs. 20.7”).

Ergonomics

The Kicks has a standard automatic headlight on/off feature. When the ignition is on, the headlights automatically turn on at dusk and off after dawn. The Compass has an automatic headlight on/off feature standard only on the Latitude/Trailhawk/Limited.

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