The Kicks SR has a standard Around View® Monitor to allow the driver to see objects all around the vehicle on a screen. The CR-V only offers a rear monitor.
Both the Kicks and the CR-V have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact 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, rearview cameras, available blind spot warning systems and rear cross-path warning.
J.D. Power and Associates’ 2017 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Nissan vehicles are better in initial quality than Honda vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Nissan 10th in initial quality, above the industry average. With 12 more problems per 100 vehicles, Honda is ranked 20th, 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 Honda vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Nissan 10th in reliability, above the industry average. With 7 more problems per 100 vehicles, Honda is ranked 12th.
On the EPA test cycle the Kicks gets better fuel mileage than the CR-V LX FWD (31 city/36 hwy vs. 26 city/32 hwy). The Kicks gets better fuel mileage than the CR-V 1.5T FWD (31 city/36 hwy vs. 28 city/34 hwy).
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 CR-V LX’s standard 65 series tires. The Kicks SV/SR’s tires have a lower 55 series profile than the CR-V EX/EX-L/Touring’s 60 series tires.
The Kicks SV/SR 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 CR-V doesn’t offer vehicle monitored tire inflation.
The Kicks has vehicle speed sensitive variable-assist power steering, for low-effort parking, better control at highway speeds and during hard cornering, and a better feel of the road. The CR-V doesn’t offer variable-assist power steering.
For better maneuverability, the Kicks’ turning circle is 3.3 feet tighter than the CR-V’s (34.1 feet vs. 37.4 feet).
The Nissan Kicks may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 650 to 850 pounds less than the Honda CR-V.
The Kicks is 11.5 inches shorter than the CR-V, making the Kicks easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.
The Kicks has .6 inches more front headroom and 2.4 inches more front legroom than the CR-V.
The front step up height for the Kicks is 3.6 inches lower than the CR-V (15.4” vs. 19”). The Kicks’ rear step up height is 2.2 inches lower than the CR-V’s (15.8” vs. 18”).
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 CR-V’s standard passenger windows don’t open or close automatically. The CR-V EX/EX-L/Touring’s rear windows don’t close automatically.
The Kicks’ variable intermittent wipers have an adjustable delay to allow the driver to choose a setting that best clears the windshield during light rain or mist. The CR-V LX’s standard fixed intermittent wipers only have one fixed delay setting, so the driver will have to manually switch them between slow and intermittent.
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 CR-V has an automatic headlight on/off feature standard only on the EX/EX-L/Touring.