2019 Nissan Kicks vs. 2019 Subaru Outback

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 Outback only offers a rear monitor and front and rear parking sensors that beep or flash a light. That doesn’t help with obstacles to the sides.

Both the Kicks and the Outback have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, 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 and rear cross-path warning.

Warranty

There are over 72 percent more Nissan dealers than there are Subaru dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the Kicks’ warranty.

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 Subaru vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Nissan 10th in initial quality, above the industry average. With 30 more problems per 100 vehicles, Subaru is ranked 28th, 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 Subaru vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Nissan 10th in reliability, above the industry average. With 34 more problems per 100 vehicles, Subaru is ranked 24th.

Fuel Economy and Range

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

 

 

 

MPG

Kicks

 

 

1.4 turbo 4 cyl.

31 city/36 hwy

Outback

 

 

2.0 DOHC 4 cyl.

25 city/32 hwy

 

 

3.6 DOHC 6 cyl.

20 city/27 hwy

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 Outback 2.5i/2.5i Premium’s standard 65 series tires. The Kicks SV/SR’s tires have a lower 55 series profile than the Outback Limited/Touring’s 60 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 Outback doesn’t offer vehicle monitored tire inflation.

Suspension and Handling

The Kicks SR handles at .83 G’s, while the Outback 3.6R Limited pulls only .79 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

For better maneuverability, the Kicks’ turning circle is 2 feet tighter than the Outback’s (34.1 feet vs. 36.1 feet).

Chassis

The Nissan Kicks may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 1000 to 1250 pounds less than the Subaru Outback.

The Kicks is 1 foot, 8.8 inches shorter than the Outback, making the Kicks easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

Passenger Space

The front step up height for the Kicks is 3.6 inches lower than the Outback (15.4” vs. 19”). The Kicks’ rear step up height is 3.2 inches lower than the Outback’s (15.8” vs. 19”).

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 Outback’s standard passenger windows don’t open or close automatically.

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