2020 Mazda CX-30 vs. 2020 Nissan Kicks

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Safety

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The CX-30 has standard Whiplash-Reducing Headrests, which use a specially designed headrest to protect the driver and front passenger from whiplash. During a rear-end collision, the Whiplash-Reducing Headrests system moves the headrests forward to prevent neck and spine injuries. The Kicks doesn’t offer a whiplash protection system.

The CX-30 offers all-wheel drive to maximize traction under poor conditions, especially in ice and snow. The Kicks doesn’t offer all-wheel drive.

The Mazda CX-30 has Daytime Running Lights to help keep it more visible under all conditions. Canadian government studies show that driving with lights during the day reduces accidents by 11% by making vehicles more conspicuous. The Kicks doesn’t offer Daytime Running Lights.

The CX-30 has standard E911 Automatic Emergency Notification, which uses a global positioning satellite (GPS) receiver and a cellular system to send emergency personnel to the scene if any airbags deploy. The Kicks doesn’t offer a GPS response system, so if you’re involved in an accident and you’re incapacitated help may not come as quickly.

Both the CX-30 and the Kicks have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, driver and front passenger 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, crash mitigating brakes, lane departure warning systems, rearview cameras, available blind spot warning systems and rear cross-path warning.

The Mazda CX-30 weighs 512 to 717 pounds more than the Nissan Kicks. The NHTSA advises that heavier vehicles are much safer in collisions than their significantly lighter counterparts. Crosswinds also affect lighter cars more.

For its top level performance in IIHS driver and passenger-side small overlap frontal, moderate overlap frontal, side impact, roof strength and head restraint tests, its standard vehicle-to-vehicle front crash prevention system, its standard vehicle-to-pedestrian front crash prevention system, and its available headlight’s “Good” rating, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety grants the CX-30 the rating of “Top Pick” for 2020, a rating granted to only 30 vehicles tested by the IIHS. The Kicks last would have qualified as a “Top Pick” in 2019.

Reliability

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To reliably power the ignition and other systems and to recharge the battery, the CX-30 has a standard 130-amp alternator. The Kicks’ 120-amp alternator isn’t as powerful.

From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ December 2019 Auto Issue reports that Mazda vehicles are more reliable than Nissan vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Mazda second in reliability. Nissan is ranked 11th.

Engine

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The CX-30’s 2.5 DOHC 4-cylinder produces 64 more horsepower (186 vs. 122) and 72 lbs.-ft. more torque (186 vs. 114) than the Kicks’ 1.6 DOHC 4-cylinder.

As tested in Car and Driver the Mazda CX-30 is faster than the Nissan Kicks:

CX-30

Kicks

Zero to 60 MPH

7.5 sec

9.7 sec

Zero to 100 MPH

20.7 sec

36.6 sec

5 to 60 MPH Rolling Start

7.9 sec

10.9 sec

Quarter Mile

15.8 sec

17.5 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

89 MPH

80 MPH

Top Speed

126 MPH

110 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

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An engine control system that can shut down some of the engine’s cylinders helps improve the CX-30 Premium’s fuel efficiency. The Kicks doesn’t offer a system that can shut down part of the engine.

The CX-30 AWD’s standard fuel tank has 1.9 gallons more fuel capacity than the Kicks (12.7 vs. 10.8 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups. The CX-30 FWD’s standard fuel tank has 2.7 gallons more fuel capacity than the Kicks (13.5 vs. 10.8 gallons).

Brakes and Stopping

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For better stopping power the CX-30’s brake rotors are larger than those on the Kicks:

CX-30

Kicks

Front Rotors

11.6 inches

10.16 inches

Rear Rotors

10.4 inches

8” drums

Opt Rear Rotors

11.9 inches

n/a

The Mazda CX-30 has standard four-wheel disc brakes for better stopping power and improved directional control in poor weather. Only rear drums come on the Kicks. Drums can heat up and make stops longer, especially with antilock brakes that work much harder than conventional brakes.

The CX-30 stops much shorter than the Kicks:

CX-30

Kicks

70 to 0 MPH

177 feet

190 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

119 feet

133 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels

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For better traction, the CX-30 has larger tires than the Kicks (215/65R16 vs. 205/60R16).

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the CX-30 Select/Preferred/Premium has standard 18-inch wheels. The Kicks’ largest wheels are only 17-inches.

The Mazda CX-30’s wheels have 5 lugs for longer wheel bearing life, less chance of rotor warping and greater strength. The Nissan Kicks only has 4 wheel lugs per wheel.

Suspension and Handling

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For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the CX-30’s wheelbase is 1.4 inches longer than on the Kicks (104.5 inches vs. 103.1 inches).

For better handling and stability, the track (width between the wheels) on the CX-30 is 1.8 inches wider in the front and 1.2 inches wider in the rear than on the Kicks.

The CX-30 Premium AWD handles at .84 G’s, while the Kicks SR pulls only .83 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

The CX-30 Premium AWD executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 1.8 seconds quicker than the Kicks SR (27.4 seconds @ .62 average G’s vs. 29.2 seconds @ .55 average G’s).

Passenger Space

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The CX-30 has 3.7 inches more front hip room, 2.6 inches more front shoulder room, 3.1 inches more rear legroom, 4.1 inches more rear hip room and .4 inches more rear shoulder room than the Kicks.

Cargo Capacity

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To make loading and unloading groceries and cargo easier, especially for short adults, the CX-30 Premium has a standard power liftgate, which opens and closes automatically by pressing a button. The Kicks doesn’t offer a power liftgate.

Ergonomics

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When two different drivers share the CX-30 Preferred/Premium, the memory seats and mirrors make it convenient for both. Each keyless remote activates different, customized memories for the driver’s seat position and outside mirror angle. The Kicks doesn’t offer a memory system.

The CX-30 Premium has a standard heads-up display that projects speed and other key instrumentation readouts in front of the driver’s line of sight, allowing drivers to view information without diverting their eyes from the road. The Kicks doesn’t offer a heads-up display.

The CX-30’s power parking brake sets with one touch and releases with one touch or automatically. The Kicks has a lever-type parking brake that has to be strenuously raised to engage properly. It has to be lifted up more and a button depressed to release it.

The CX-30’s front and rear power windows all 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 Kicks’ passenger windows don’t open or close automatically.

The CX-30’s rain-sensitive wipers adjust their speed and turn on and off automatically based on the amount of rainfall on the windshield. This allows the driver to concentrate on driving without constantly adjusting the wipers. The Kicks’ manually variable intermittent wipers have to be constantly adjusted.

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) conducts detailed tests on headlights for their range both straight ahead and in curves and to be certain they don’t exceed acceptable amounts of glare to oncoming drivers. The CX-30’s available headlights were rated “Good” by the IIHS, while the Kicks’ headlights are rated “Acceptable” to “Poor.”

To help drivers see further while navigating curves, the CX-30 Premium has standard adaptive headlights to illuminate around corners automatically by reading vehicle speed and steering wheel angle. The Kicks doesn’t offer cornering lights.

When the CX-30 Preferred/Premium is put in reverse, both rearview mirrors tilt from their original position. This gives the driver a better view of the curb during parallel parking maneuvers. Shifting out of reverse puts the mirrors into their original positions. The Kicks’ mirrors don’t automatically adjust for backing.

The CX-30 Select/Preferred/Premium has a standard center folding armrest for the rear passengers. A center armrest helps make rear passengers more comfortable and it can provide a boundary between children. The Kicks doesn’t offer a rear seat center armrest.

The CX-30 Select/Preferred/Premium’s standard dual zone air-conditioning allows the driver and front passenger to choose two completely different temperatures so people with different temperature preferences won’t have to compromise. This makes both the driver and front passenger as comfortable as possible. The Kicks doesn’t offer dual zone air-conditioning.

Both the CX-30 and the Kicks offer rear vents. For greater rear passenger comfort, the CX-30 Select/Preferred/Premium has standard rear air-conditioning vents to keep rear occupants cool in summer or warm in winter. The Kicks SV/SR doesn’t offer rear air-conditioning vents, only heat vents.

To keep a safe, consistent following distance, the CX-30 has a standard Radar Cruise Control, which alters the speed of the vehicle without driver intervention. This allows the driver to use cruise control more safely without constantly having to disengage it when approaching slower traffic. The Kicks doesn’t offer an adaptive cruise control.

To direct the driver from any location to a given street address, a GPS navigation system is available on the CX-30. The CX-30’s navigation system also has a real-time traffic update feature that offers alternative routes to automatically bypass traffic problems. (Service not available in all areas.) The Kicks doesn’t offer a navigation system.

With standard voice command, the CX-30 offers the driver hands free control of the radio and the navigation computer by simply speaking. The Kicks doesn’t offer a voice control system.

To quickly and conveniently keep personal devices charged without cables tangling and wearing out, the Mazda CX-30 offers an optional wireless phone charging system (Qi) in the center console. The Kicks doesn’t offer wireless personal charging.

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