2020 Hyundai Kona vs. 2020 Nissan Kicks

2020 Hyundai Kona in Murfreesboro, TN 2020 Nissan Kicks

Driving around the Murfreesboro, TN area, you probably have seen SUVs up and down the highway. You love the look and feel of them but realize you don't necessarily need all the space that some of the bigger models in this segment offer. A subcompact SUV may just be the vehicle for your needs and wants. If the word 'subcompact' gives you pause, then think again. These models, while smaller than the full-size SUVs, definitely do not substitute anything when it comes to amenities. This class is also a lot of fun to maneuver. The real question now is, which subcompact SUV should you get?

If you have spent any time doing research on subcompact SUVs, then you have undoubtedly come down to the Hyundai Kona and the Nissan Kicks. The Hyundai and Nissan brands both are allotted praise for their vehicles, so it may seem difficult narrowing down to which model you should choose.

Wilson County Hyundai has taken that burden off you by comparing the 2020 Kona and 2020 Kicks side-by-side. Keep reading to figure out which model deserves to be parked in your driveway.

Interior Comparison

Knowing that you'll be spending some time inside your vehicle, you want the interior to provide the comfort and quality features you'd expect from this class. Both subcompact SUVs have many of the same standard features. You can find amenities such as Bluetooth®*, a rearview camera, and a six-speaker audio system.

While there are similarities between the two, there are several differences. The 2020 Kona has Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto integration standard in the base trim, whereas in the 2020 Kicks, you have to go up a trim to get Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto. Both the Kona and Kicks' interior comes in standard cloth upholstery, but leather upholstery is available in the 2020 Kona and synthetic leather is offered in the 2020 Kicks. The 2020 Nissan Kicks does offer Siri Eyes Free and one USB port more than the 2020 Hyundai Kona, however, the Kicks has been heavily criticized for its hard plastic features.

The Nissan Kicks technically offers more cargo space at 25.3 cubic feet and 53.1 cubic feet with the rear seats folded down, however, the rear seats do not actually fold all the way down where occupants can take full advantage of the space. The Hyundai Kona, though only offering 19.2 cubic feet with 45.8 cubic feet when the rear seats are folded down, makes use of its space with seats that fully fold down and with its adjustable load floor.


A key feature that any good potential vehicle owner looks for is actually something that you feel rather than physically see. We are talking about a powerful driving performance. While you are on your way to work or simply cruising near Murfreesboro, TN, you want to be assured that your vehicle can get up and go.

The 2020 Hyundai Kona receives high marks for its maneuverability. The 2020 Kona's standard available engine is a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine mated to a six-speed automatic transmission and offers 147-horsepower. There is also the optional 1.6-liter turbocharged four-cylinder that has a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission which provides 175-horsepower.

The 2020 Nissan Kicks on the other hand comes with a four-cylinder engine which is paired with a continuously variable automatic transmission and offers only 122-horsepower.

Safety Features

Hyundai and Nissan both take safety seriously, so you can have peace of mind behind the wheel of either the 2020 Kona or the 2020 Kicks. The Kona standard safety features include forward collision warning, driver attention monitor, automated emergency braking, and lane-keeping assist. If you go up the trim level you can access other safety features such as rear cross-traffic warnings, blind-spot warning, lane change assist, and new for 2020, adaptive cruise control.

The 2020 Kicks offers the Nissan Safety Shield® 360 package that includes safety features such as blind-spot warning, lane departure warning, automatic emergency braking, rear automatic braking, rear cross traffic alert, and high beam assist. Kicks also provides Intelligent Around View Monitor, Advanced Drive-Assist® Display, and Intelligent Driver Alertness.

While the 2020 Nissan Kicks comes with more safety features than the 2020 Kona, the 2020 Hyundai Kona has received a superior rating from experts for Front Crash Prevention Results whereas the 2020 Kicks isn't even rated in that category.

The Hyundai Kona is Here at Wilson County Hyundai

If the 2020 Hyundai Kona seems to be the vehicle for you, feel free stop by Wilson County Hyundai near Murfreesboro, TN. Our friendly staff will happily show you around and answer any questions you may have for the Kona or any other vehicle in our inventory.

Not only do we have a handsome selection of new Hyundai vehicles and pre-owned inventory, but we also offer financial aid to help you get the vehicle of your dreams. What are you waiting for? Stop by Wilson County Hyundai today.

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