2020 Nissan Kicks vs 2020 Toyota C-HR

Red 2020 Nissan Kicks vs white 2020 Toyota C-HR

The subcompact SUV segment is ideal for those drivers that want to upgrade from a sedan to a bigger vehicle. Unlike compact and midsize SUVs, these vehicles are nimbler, more fuel-efficient and less expensive, while also providing greater space and comfort than compact cars.

The array of options in the subcompact SUV class is extensive and keeps on growing every year. Two of the top picks are the Nissan Kicks and the Toyota C-HR. They share many similarities, but also differ in some important aspects. This side-by-side comparison between the latest iterations of both models will help you determine which subcompact crossover offers the best value, so you can make the most informed buying decision.

2020 Nissan Kicks


2020 Toyota C-HR

$18,870 Starting MSRP $21,295
1.6L 4-cylinder (122 hp) Base Engine (Horsepower) 2.0L 4-cylinder (144 hp)
31 / 36 / 33 mpg Fuel Economy (City/Hwy/Combined) 27 / 31 / 29 mpg
93.9 cu. ft. Passenger Volume 86.0 cu. ft.
25.3 cu. ft. Cargo Capacity (Behind Second Row) 19.1 cu. ft.
7-inch touchscreen Infotainment System 8-inch touchscreen
Nissan Safety Shield® 360 (6) Driver-Assist Features Toyota Safety Sense™ P (4)

Which Subcompact SUV is Better, the Nissan Kicks or the Toyota C-HR?

The 2020 Nissan Kicks offers a solid mix of quality and value. With a much lower starting price, this vehicle equals many of the features found in the Toyota C-HR, and even steps ahead in some aspects. While it’s true that the Toyota comes with a more powerful engine, the Nissan compensates it with impressive gas mileage. It earns an EPA-estimated fuel economy of 31 mpg in the city, 36 mpg on the highway and 33 combined mpg.

When it comes to capacity, the Kicks also takes the upper hand. By just looking at its exterior, you wouldn’t believe how much space this model offers inside. Its adult-sized rear seats allow passengers to stretch and feel comfortable even on the longest rides. In terms of cargo space, the Kicks not only beats the C-HR but also matches the capacity of larger rivals.

Both models come equipped with a large list of technology features. In terms of connectivity, the Toyota C-HR may seem to offer the best deal thanks to its 8-inch touchscreen. However, the top trims of the Nissan Kicks include features like Apple CarPlay®, Android Auto™, an eight-speaker Bose audio system and satellite radio, still costing less than the base price of its rival. In terms of safety, both models come standard with their suite of driver-assist features, but the Kicks includes more technologies such as Blind Spot Monitoring, Rear Cross Traffic Alert and Rear Automatic Emergency Braking.