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2018 Nissan Kicks vs 2018 Hyundai Kona

2018 Nissan Kicks vs 2018 Hyundai Kona

The compact crossover market is heating up with new competitors every year, and for 2018, two new competitors from crossover heavy-weights have entered the ring. Between Hyundai and Nissan, who will come out on top? Find out with our in-depth 2018 Nissan Kicks vs 2018 Hyundai Kona comparison. We will discuss price, efficiency, capability, and more to help you determine which compact crossover is right for you and your needs.

If looks were enough alone to win a comparison, then we would have to side with the sporty and fun looking Kicks. If looks are enough for you to make a decision, then click the link below to see the new Kicks inventory that we have in stock at Jack Ingram Nissan in Montgomery, AL. Otherwise, keep reading to learn which compact crossover comes out on top.

2018 Nissan Kicks


2018 Hyundai Kona

$17,990 MSRP $19,500
31-City / 36-Highway Fuel Efficiency (MPG) 27-City / 33-Highway
CVT Transmission 6-Speed Automatic
25.3 Cubic-Feet Cargo Room 19.2 Cubic-Feet

How do new compact crossovers from Nissan and Hyundai compare?

When you are looking at the compact crossover market, chances are, price is going to be a big factor in your decision. On that point, the Kicks definitely wins with over a $1,500 price gap on the entry-level models.

At first, you may think that this is just for the entry level, but that price gap only continues to widen as you go up in trim levels. In fact, the top SR trim for the Kicks has an MSRP of just $20,290 which is barely more than the base model cost for the Kona. To contrast, the top trim for the Kona comes with a staggering MSRP of $28,700.

You should also consider how much these vehicles will cost you once you hit the road, and again the Kicks beats out its Hyundai competitor with better standard fuel economy both in the city and out on the highway. The Kicks owes a lot of its efficiency to its innovate continuously variable transmission or CVT. Not only is a CVT efficient but it is also wonderfully smooth and not available at all on the Kona.

Now both of the crossovers can seat five people, but how much cargo can you still fit in the back? In this category, the Kicks offers over 6 cubic-feet of extra space. What’s more, the Kicks also comes standard with roof rails, so you have even more room for cargo up top.

If you would like to learn more about the 2018 Kicks, then click the link below and request more info from your friends at Jack Ingram Nissan in Montgomery.