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In the past twenty years hundreds of infants and young children have died after being left in vehicles, usually by accident. When turning the vehicle off, drivers of the Kicks SV/SR are reminded to check the back seat if they opened the rear door before starting out. The Trax doesn’t offer a back seat reminder.
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 Trax has a collision warning system without the crash-mitigating brake feature that could reduce stopping distances.
Over 200 people are killed each year when backed over by motor vehicles. The Kicks has standard Rear Automatic Braking that uses rear sensors to monitor and automatically apply the brakes to prevent a rear collision. The Trax doesn’t offer backup collision prevention 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 Trax 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.
The Kicks SV/SR’s driver alert monitor detects an inattentive driver then sounds a warning and suggests a break. According to the NHTSA, drivers who fall asleep cause about 100,000 crashes and 1500 deaths a year. The Trax doesn’t offer a driver alert monitor.
Both the Kicks and the Trax have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front and rear 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 and rearview cameras.
For its top level performance in IIHS driver-side small overlap frontal, moderate overlap frontal, side impact, rear impact and roof-crush tests, its standard front crash prevention system, its “Acceptable” rating in the new passenger-side small overlap crash test, and its available headlight’s “Acceptable” rating, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety grants the Kicks the rating of “Top Pick” for 2019, a rating granted to only 105 vehicles tested by the IIHS. The Trax was not even a standard “Top Pick” for 2016.
The Kicks’ corrosion warranty is unlimited miles longer than the Trax’s (unlimited vs. 100,000 miles).
From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ December 2019 Auto Issue reports that Nissan vehicles are more reliable than Chevrolet vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Nissan 14 places higher in reliability than Chevrolet.
As tested in Consumer Reports the Nissan Kicks is faster than the Chevrolet Trax:
Zero to 60 MPH
Speed in 1/4 Mile
On the EPA test cycle the Kicks gets better fuel mileage than the Trax FWD (31 city/36 hwy vs. 26 city/31 hwy).
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 Trax doesn’t offer a CVT.
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 Trax’s standard 70 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 Trax doesn’t offer vehicle monitored tire inflation.
For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Kicks’ wheelbase is 2.5 inches longer than on the Trax (103.1 inches vs. 100.6 inches).
The Kicks SR handles at .83 G’s, while the Trax LT AWD pulls only .72 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.
For better maneuverability, the Kicks’ turning circle is 2.6 feet tighter than the Trax’s (34.1 feet vs. 36.7 feet).
The Kicks has 1.1 inches more front headroom, 2.9 inches more front legroom and .4 inches more rear shoulder room than the Trax.
The front step up height for the Kicks is 1.3 inches lower than the Trax (15.5” vs. 16.8”). The Kicks’ rear step up height is .9 inches lower than the Trax’s (15.9” vs. 16.8”).
The Kicks has a much larger cargo volume with its rear seat up than the Trax with its rear seat up (25.3 vs. 18.7 cubic feet). The Kicks has a much larger cargo volume with its rear seat folded than the Trax with its rear seat folded (53.1 vs. 48.4 cubic feet).
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 Kicks’ available headlights were rated “Acceptable” by the IIHS, while the Trax’s headlights are rated “Poor.”
While driving with high beams on, sensitive light sensors standard on the Kicks detect other vehicles which could be blinded and automatically switch to low beams. The Trax doesn’t offer automatic dimming high beams.
To shield the driver and front passenger’s vision over a larger portion of the windshield and side windows, the Kicks has standard extendable sun visors. The Trax doesn’t offer extendable visors.
The Kicks SV/SR’s standard automatic temperature control maintains the temperature you set, automatically controlling fan speed, vents and temperature to maintain a consistent, comfortable environment. The Trax doesn’t offer automatic air conditioning.
Insurance will cost less for the Kicks owner. The Complete Car Cost Guide estimates that insurance for the Kicks will cost $75 to $860 less than the Trax over a five-year period.
The Kicks will cost the buyer less in the long run because of its superior resale value. The IntelliChoice estimates that the Kicks will retain 47.01% to 47.03% of its original price after five years, while the Trax only retains 35.97% to 39.45%.
IntelliChoice estimates that five-year ownership costs (depreciation, financing, insurance, fuel, fees, repairs and maintenance) for the Nissan Kicks will be $4085 to $8639 less than for the Chevrolet Trax.
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