The Kicks SR has a standard Around View® Monitor to allow the driver to see objects all around the vehicle on a screen. The Crosstrek 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.
Both the Kicks and the Crosstrek 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, rearview cameras, available blind spot warning systems and rear cross-path warning.
There are over 71 percent more Nissan dealers than there are Subaru dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the Kicks’ warranty.
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 Subaru vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Nissan 10th in initial quality, above the industry average. With 20 more problems per 100 vehicles, Subaru is ranked 25th, 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 Subaru vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Nissan 10th in reliability, above the industry average. With 34 more problems per 100 vehicles, Subaru is ranked 24th.
On the EPA test cycle the Kicks gets better fuel mileage than the Crosstrek Auto (31 city/36 hwy vs. 27 city/33 hwy).
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 Crosstrek 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 Crosstrek doesn’t offer variable-assist power steering.
For better maneuverability, the Kicks’ turning circle is 1.3 feet tighter than the Crosstrek’s (34.1 feet vs. 35.4 feet).
The Nissan Kicks may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 450 to 550 pounds less than the Subaru Crosstrek.
The Kicks is 6.7 inches shorter than the Crosstrek, 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 Crosstrek uses conventional solid rubber engine mounts.
The Kicks has .9 inches more front headroom, .6 inches more front legroom and .5 inches more rear headroom than the Crosstrek.
The front step up height for the Kicks is 2.1 inches lower than the Crosstrek (15.4” vs. 17.5”). The Kicks’ rear step up height is 2.2 inches lower than the Crosstrek’s (15.8” vs. 18”).
The Kicks has a much larger cargo area than the Crosstrek with its rear seat up (25.3 vs. 20.8 cubic feet).
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 Crosstrek has an automatic headlight on/off feature standard only on the Premium/Limited.
For greater rear passenger comfort, the Kicks SV/SR has standard rear heat vents to keep rear occupants more comfortable. The Crosstrek doesn’t offer rear vents.