2020 Nissan Kicks vs. 2020 Fiat 500X

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Safety

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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 500X doesn’t offer a back seat reminder.

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety tests front crash prevention systems. With a score of 5 points, IIHS rates the Automatic Emergency Braking in the Kicks as “Superior.” The 500X scores only 4 points and is rated only “Advanced.”

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 500X 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 500X 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.

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 500X doesn’t offer a driver alert monitor.

Both the Kicks and the 500X have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, driver knee 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 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 500X was last qualified as a “Top Pick” in 2017.

Warranty

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Nissan’s powertrain warranty covers the Kicks 1 year and 10,000 miles longer than Fiat covers the 500X. Any repair needed on the engine, transmission, axles, joints or driveshafts is fully covered for 5 years or 60,000 miles. Coverage on the 500X ends after only 4 years or 50,000 miles.

There are almost 3 times as many Nissan dealers as there are Fiat dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the Kicks’ warranty.

Reliability

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A reliable vehicle saves its owner time, money and trouble. Nobody wants to be stranded or have to be without a vehicle while it’s being repaired. Consumer Reports rates the Kicks’ reliability 40 points higher than the 500X.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2019 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Nissan vehicles are more reliable than Fiat vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Nissan 15th in reliability. With 112 more problems per 100 vehicles, Fiat is ranked 31st.

Fuel Economy and Range

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On the EPA test cycle the Kicks gets better fuel mileage than the 500X (31 city/36 hwy vs. 24 city/30 hwy).

To lower fuel costs and make buying fuel easier, the Nissan Kicks uses regular unleaded gasoline. The 500X requires premium for maximum efficiency, which can cost 20 to 55 cents more per gallon.

Transmission

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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 500X doesn’t offer a CVT.

Brakes and Stopping

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The Kicks stops shorter than the 500X:

Kicks

500X

60 to 0 MPH (Wet)

143 feet

146 feet

Consumer Reports

Tires and Wheels

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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 500X doesn’t offer vehicle monitored tire inflation.

Suspension and Handling

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For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Kicks’ wheelbase is 1.9 inches longer than on the 500X (103.1 inches vs. 101.2 inches).

The Kicks SR handles at .83 G’s, while the 500X pulls only .78 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

For better maneuverability, the Kicks’ turning circle is 2.2 feet tighter than the 500X’s (34.1 feet vs. 36.3 feet).

Chassis

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The Nissan Kicks may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 600 pounds less than the Fiat 500X.

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 500X uses conventional solid rubber engine mounts.

Passenger Space

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The Kicks has 2.2 cubic feet more passenger volume than the 500X (93.9 vs. 91.7).

The Kicks has 1.6 inches more front headroom, 2.3 inches more front legroom, .7 inches more rear headroom and .4 inches more rear shoulder room than the 500X.

The front step up height for the Kicks is 3.9 inches lower than the 500X (15.5” vs. 19.4”). The Kicks’ rear step up height is 3.7 inches lower than the 500X’s (15.9” vs. 19.6”).

Cargo Capacity

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The Kicks has a much larger cargo volume with its rear seat up than the 500X with its rear seat up (25.3 vs. 14.1 cubic feet). The Kicks has a much larger cargo volume with its rear seat folded than the 500X with its rear seat folded (53.1 vs. 39.8 cubic feet).

Ergonomics

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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 500X’s headlights are rated “Poor.”

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 500X only offers an automatic headlight on/off feature as an extra cost option.

For greater rear passenger comfort, the Kicks SV/SR has standard rear heat vents to keep rear occupants more comfortable. The 500X doesn’t offer rear vents.

Economic Advantages

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Insurance will cost less for the Kicks owner. The Complete Car Cost Guide estimates that insurance for the Kicks will cost $140 to $650 less than the 500X over a five-year period.

IntelliChoice estimates that five-year ownership costs (depreciation, financing, insurance, fuel, fees, repairs and maintenance) for the Nissan Kicks will be $9724 to $11570 less than for the Fiat 500X.

Recommendations

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The Nissan Kicks outsold the Fiat 500X by almost 20 to one during the 2019 model year.

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