For all intents and purposes, there are few small crossovers better than the 2019 Honda HR-V and Nissan Kicks. But when it comes to spaciousness, capability, and worthwhile features, only one of these subcompact SUVs takes the proverbial cake. Read our HR-V vs Kicks comparison to see which SUV is a smarter choice.

HR-V vs. Kicks: AWD

Subcompact SUVs aren’t typically known for their drivetrains, but the HR-V is an exception. Unlike the 2018 Nissan Kicks’s FWD-only drivetrain, the 2019 Honda HR-V is available with all-wheel drive. The Kicks also lacks in the “engine prowess” department, providing a 1.6L 4-cylinder that makes just 125 horsepower and 115 lb.-ft. of torque. The HR-V, on the other hand, comes with a 1.8L 4-cylinder that produces 141 horsepower and 127 pound-foot of torque.

HR-V vs. Kicks: Space

As far as subcompact SUVs go, both the HR-V and Nissan Kicks are among the most spacious.

The 2019 HR-V, having undergone a slight refresh, offers up to 100.1 cubic feet of passenger volume and seating for five (four adults and a half-adult). In the back, this Honda SUV is one bad mama jama, offering a 24.3 cubic feet of cargo space; fold that back row down, and cargo volume ramps up to a maximum of 58.8 cubes, which is just about as good as it gets. Rear legroom is quite good (39.3 inches), as is shoulder room (54.5 inches).

Nissan’s Kicks is an adequate lil’ crossover, however, it’s a bit less spacious than the HR-V. The 2018 Kicks only provides 33.2 inches of rear legroom, 53.2 inches of rear shoulder room, and just 93.9 cubic feet of passenger space. Its rear cargo area is a bit larger than the HR-V’s (25.3 cu. ft.) but the Kicks only provides 32.3 cubes of space up to the front seat, which is a staggering 22 cubic feet less than the HR-V.

HR-V vs. Kicks: Safety

The all-new Nissan Kicks and Honda HR-V are very safe SUVs. Both crossovers include overlapping safety and driver-assist features, including forward-collision warnings, advanced airbags, blind-spot monitoring systems, and multi-angle rearview cameras.

However, it’s the Honda HR-V that provides a wide web of safety features via its Honda Sensing suite. Depending on trim, the new HR-V comes with daytime running lights, lane-departure warning, road-departure mitigation, lane-keep assist, and adaptive cruise control.

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HR-V vs. Kicks: Features

Heated side-view mirrors, two USB ports, HomeLink Remote, an electric parking brake, HondaLink, moonroof: All are features you’ll only receive with the Honda HR-V. Perhaps the biggest asset that the HR-V can hold over the Kicks, however, is its 60/40 split 2nd-row Magic Seat. Attributing to the enormous cargo capacity, the Magic Seat can be folded in any of three configurations: Long Mode, Utility Mode, and Tall Mode.

  • Long Mode opens the cabin up to store items up to eight feet in length. That means everything from kayaks to 8-foot studs will have room.
  • Utility Mode allows the HR-V to be the hodge-podge transporter you need. Flip one part of the seat down to store rolled-up rugs; flip one seat cushion up to give your bookshelf a secure place to dwell while you move from apartment to apartment.
  • Tall Mode provides 4 feet of vertical space (and over 5 feet of horizontal space), which is perfect for bikes, 4K TVs, and most any other garage-sale find.

HR-V vs. Kicks: Resale Value

As is the case with most Honda models, the HR-V is a resale-value king. According to, the HR-V retains over 36% of its value after 60 months, making it the undisputed #1 subcompact crossover if you plan on selling in 5 years.


Obviously, everyone has their own style. Still, it’s hard to imagine someone choosing the Nissan Kicks over the Honda HR-V. The new HR-V has more space, a great array of features, and superb safety equipment, which is likely a contributing factor to its high resale value. If you’re in the market for the best small SUV in South Florida, look no further than the 2019 Honda HR-V or any older used HR-V models. Take a trip to a South Florida Honda dealership near you to take the HR-V for a test drive today!


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