Childre Nissan Compares 2020 Nissan Kicks VS 2019 Subaru Outback Near Dublin, GA

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2020 Nissan Kicks

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2019 Subaru Outback

Safety Comparison

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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 Outback doesn’t offer a back seat reminder.

The Kicks SR has a standard Around View® Monitor to allow the driver to see objects all around the vehicle on a screen. The Outback 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 Outback doesn’t offer a driver alert monitor.

Both the Kicks and the Outback have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact 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, crash mitigating brakes, lane departure warning systems and rearview cameras.

Warranty Comparison

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There are over 72 percent more Nissan dealers than there are Subaru dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the Kicks’ warranty.

Reliability Comparison

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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 Subaru vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Nissan 7th in initial quality, above the industry average. With 27 more problems per 100 vehicles, Subaru is ranked 25th, below the industry average.

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

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On the EPA test cycle the Kicks gets better fuel mileage than the Outback 2.5i (31 city/36 hwy vs. 25 city/32 hwy).

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

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The Kicks stops shorter than the Outback:

Kicks

Outback

60 to 0 MPH (Wet)

143 feet

147 feet

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Tires and Wheels Comparison

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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 Outback 2.5i/2.5i Premium’s standard 65 series tires. The Kicks SV/SR’s tires have a lower 55 series profile than the Outback Limited/Touring’s 60 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 Outback doesn’t offer vehicle monitored tire inflation.

Suspension and Handling Comparison

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The Kicks SR handles at .83 G’s, while the Outback 3.6R Limited pulls only .79 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

For better maneuverability, the Kicks’ turning circle is 2 feet tighter than the Outback’s (34.1 feet vs. 36.1 feet).

Chassis Comparison

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The Nissan Kicks may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 950 to 1200 pounds less than the Subaru Outback.

The Kicks is 1 foot, 8.8 inches shorter than the Outback, making the Kicks easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

Passenger Space Comparison

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The front step up height for the Kicks is 3.5 inches lower than the Outback (15.5” vs. 19”). The Kicks’ rear step up height is 3.1 inches lower than the Outback’s (15.9” vs. 19”).

Economic Advantages Comparison

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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 $2427 to $10791 less than for the Subaru Outback.

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