Trucks & SUVs

Ditch the Nissan Kicks and Choose One of These Alternatives Instead

The Nissan Kicks is a small SUV that boasts a bold exterior and a budget-friendly price tag. Unfortunately, this year’s new model isn’t the most reliable. Consumer Reports didn’t give it the highest predicted owner satisfaction ratings either. The good news is that there are plenty of alternatives to the Nissan Kicks that are worth your attention. Let’s check them out.

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The Mazda CX-30 is a reliable alternative to the Nissan Kicks

Now, Consumer Reports didn’t give the new Nissan Kicks the highest ratings. In fact, it gave this year’s model a 64 overall score. It also gave this year’s model a two out of five predicted reliability rating and a two out of five predicted owner satisfaction rating. According to Consumer Reports, it’s the Nissan Kicks’ driving experience and overall comfort that kept it from earning higher scores.

The good news is that Consumer Reports gave this alternative to the Nissan Kicks much better scores. Consumer Reports gave the new Mazda CX-30 a 75 overall score, along with a five out of five predicted reliability rating. This year’s model also earned a four out of five predicted owner satisfaction rating. According to Consumer Reports, owners will likely be most satisfied with the CX-30’s driving experience, styling, and overall comfort.

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The Subaru Crosstrek is a rugged alternative to the Nissan Kicks

If you’re on the hunt for a rugged SUV, the Nissan Kicks is probably not the best choice for you. This year’s model comes standard with front-wheel drive. But if you need an all-wheel-drive vehicle? This year’s Kicks isn’t available with it. The good news is that this rugged alternative to the Nissan Kicks comes standard with all-wheel drive. 

Standard all-wheel drive isn’t the only reason to choose the Subaru Crosstrek over the Nissan Kicks either. Much like the CX-30, Consumer Reports gave this year’s Crosstrek much higher ratings than the Nissan Kicks. In fact, Consumer Reports gave this year’s Crosstrek an 84 overall score. It also gave the Crosstrek a four out of five predicted reliability rating and a four out of five predicted owner satisfaction rating.

The IIHS gave this year’s new Crosstrek higher safety ratings than the Nissan Kicks too. While the IIHS recognized this year’s Crosstrek as a Top Safety Pick, the Nissan Kicks could not secure such a high rating.

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The Hyundai Kona delivers better ownership perks than the Kicks

Shopping for a new car and in it for the perks? If you are, Hyundai Kona makes for the ideal alternative to this year’s Nissan Kicks. This year’s model boasts a starting price of $20,500, which is slightly higher than that of the Nissan Kick’s. However, unlike the Nissan Kicks, this year’s Konda comes standard with Hyundai Complimentary Maintenance for three years or 36,000-miles, whichever comes first. 

Complimentary maintenance isn’t all that the Kona has going for it, either. Unlike the Nissan Kicks, this year’s Kona comes driven by a 147-hp engine. And if you need all-wheel drive? While this year’s Kona doesn’t come standard with it, all-wheel drive is available. Unfortunately, the same can’t be said for the Nissan Kicks.

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