Hyundai Kona vs Nissan Kicks


The 2019 Hyundai Kona was the winner of the prestigious North American Utility Vehicle of the Year Award, while the 2019 Nissan Kicks is an impressive SUV in its own right. But which model is right for your lifestyle? That's exactly why our Norm Reeves Hyundai Superstore team wrote this detailed Hyundai Kona vs. Nissan Kicks comparison.

Check it out, and then contact us to set up your test drive near Downey, Anaheim, and Garden Grove, CA.

Kona vs Kicks: Accolades and Awards

Yet that's not the only award or accolade that the Hyundai Kona has received. Look at these other honors:

  • 2018 GOOD DESIGN® Award from The Chicago Athenaeum: Museum of Architecture and Design1
  • 2019 Best Buy of the Year among Subcompact SUVs according to Kelley Blue Book® on KBB.com2
  • Winner of the Red Dot in the Red Dot Award for Product Design 2018
  • One of the 10 Coolest New Cars Under $20,000 by KBB.com2

Plus, on top of all of that, it was also named the IIHS 2019 TOP SAFETY PICK+ when equipped with optional Automatic Emergency Braking and LED headlights.3 We'll cover more on high-tech safety features in the next section.

Unfortunately, the Nissan Kicks only qualified as an IIHS 2019 TOP SAFETY PICK (when equipped with LED low-beam headlights). It didn't receive the distinctive plus symbol! However, it fared well around the rest of the awards circuit, earning designations from, the Texas Auto Writers Association, and others.

Hyundai Kona vs Nissan Kicks Safety Technologies

Speaking of safety, let's take a closer look at Hyundai's SmartSense suite of smart driver-assistive safety...

Rear Cross-Traffic Collision Warning. Backing out of a parking space or driveway can be easier than ever.

Forward Collision-Avoidance Assist (FCA). And so will avoiding frontal collisions with cars or pedestrians.

Driver Attention Warning. Ditch the fifth cup of coffee and familiarize yourself with Kona's DAW, instead.

Blind-Spot Collision Warning. Visual and audible alerts can warn you when there's a car in your blind spot.

Lane Keeping Assist. Gentle corrective steering cues can help keep you between those dotted lines.

High Beam Assist. One of Hyundai SmartSense's most interesting features can actually temporarily turn your high beams off when it detects another oncoming automobile. Who ever said that courtesy is dead?

Fortunately, the Nissan Kicks offers several comparable safety systems via its Nissan Intelligent Mobility™ platform. For example, their Automatic Emergency Braking is similar to Hyundai's Forward Collision-Avoidance Assist (FCA), while their Rear Cross Traffic Alert is similar to Hyundai's Rear Cross-Traffic Collision Warning. It also comes with a Blind Spot Warning, like Hyundai's Blind-Spot Collision Warning.

Hyundai Kona vs Nissan Kicks: The Verdict

At the end of the day, would you rather drive an SUV that provides you with as much as 45.8 cubic feet of cargo space (with the rear seats folded down) or one that maxes out at just 32.3 cubic feet of cargo space?

If you'd rather have the vehicle that lets you transport more cargo, then the Hyundai Kona is right for you.

Contact us at Norm Reeves Hyundai to test drive this model near Garden Grove, Anaheim, and Downey.


1GOOD DESIGN® is a Federally Registered and Protected Trademark of The Chicago Athenaeum Metropolitan Arts Press, Copyright 1992-2019.

2For more information, visit Kelley Blue Book's Kelley Blue Book is a registered trademark of Kelley Blue Book Co., Inc.

3To qualify for 2019 TOP SAFETY PICK+, a vehicle must earn good ratings in the driver-side small overlap front, passenger-side small overlap front, moderate overlap front, side, roof strength and head restraint tests. It also must earn an advanced or superior rating for front crash prevention and a good headlight rating. For details visit

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