2020 Nissan Kicks vs. 2020 Jeep Compass

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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 Compass doesn’t offer a back seat reminder.

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 Compass 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 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.

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 Compass doesn’t offer a driver alert monitor.

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 and rearview cameras.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration does 35 MPH front crash tests on new vehicles. In this test, results indicate that the Nissan Kicks is safer than the Jeep Compass:

Kicks

Compass

Driver

STARS

5 Stars

4 Stars

New test not comparable to pre-2011 test results. More stars = Better. Lower test results = Better.

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 Compass was last qualified as a “Top Pick” in 2017.

Reliability

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J.D. Power and Associates’ 2019 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 7th in initial quality, above the industry average. With 14 more problems per 100 vehicles, Jeep is ranked 17th, below the industry average.

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 Jeep vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Nissan 15th in reliability. With 30 more problems per 100 vehicles, Jeep is ranked 24th.

From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ December 2019 Auto Issue reports that Nissan vehicles are more reliable than Jeep vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Nissan 15 places higher in reliability than Jeep.

Engine

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As tested in Motor Trend the Nissan Kicks is faster than the Jeep Compass (automatics tested):

Kicks

Compass

Zero to 60 MPH

9.9 sec

10.5 sec

Quarter Mile

17.6 sec

17.8 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

77.9 MPH

76.1 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

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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

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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.

Brakes and Stopping

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The Kicks stops much shorter than the Compass:

Kicks

Compass

60 to 0 MPH

133 feet

144 feet

Motor Trend

60 to 0 MPH (Wet)

143 feet

151 feet

Consumer Reports

Tires and Wheels

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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

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The Kicks SR handles at .77 G’s, while the Compass Trailhawk pulls only .73 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

The Kicks SR executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver quicker than the Compass Trailhawk (29.2 seconds @ .55 average G’s vs. 29.6 seconds @ .53 average G’s).

For better maneuverability, the Kicks’ turning circle is 1.2 feet tighter than the Compass 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

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The Nissan Kicks may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 500 to 900 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

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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 3.9 inches lower than the Compass (15.5” vs. 19.4”). The Kicks’ rear step up height is 4.8 inches lower than the Compass’ (15.9” vs. 20.7”).

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 Compass’ headlights are rated “Marginal” to “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 Compass only offers an automatic headlight on/off feature as an extra cost option.

Economic Advantages

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IntelliChoice estimates that five-year ownership costs (depreciation, financing, insurance, fuel, fees, repairs and maintenance) for the Nissan Kicks will be $3055 to $8947 less than for the Jeep Compass.

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