2020 Chevy Trax vs 2020 Nissan Kicks – Albany, NY

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  • 2020 Chevy Trax

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    2020 Nissan Kicks

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    138 HPHorsepower122 HP
    148 LB-FTTorque114 LB-FT

    The compact SUV market has never been hotter. Manufacturers around the world are moving away from sedans and instead shifting to compact crossovers. This means you have more options to choose from than ever before. Over the last few years, two of the top-selling vehicles in the category are the Chevy Trax and the Nissan Juke. Now, the thing is, the Nissan Juke will not be made available in the United States for 2020. It will be for sale in Europe (and other regions), so it is possible to import the model; however, Nissan has replaced the Juke with the Kicks. To figure out which of the two compact crossovers works best for you, here is a direct comparison between the 2020 Chevy Trax vs 2020 Nissan Kicks. From engine performance and cargo space to fuel economy and trim features, with this analysis, you'll discover which of the two stands out.

    Up until 2019, Nissan sold its Nissan Juke, as well as the Kicks as a direct competitor to the Tax. However, Nissan has since pulled the plug on the Juke in the U.S. However, the compact is still available in Europe, so if you loved the funky look with the emphasized bubble features throughout (bubble headlights, bubbled hood, and so on), it is possible to import one from Europe, although that would cost a pretty penny. Instead, the Nissan Kicks is now the only compact crossover SUV Nissan offers. It isn't as funky as the Juke, but Nissan believes it will sell better, especially with a lower price tag. 

    First, the starting MSRP on the 2020 Chevy Trax begins at $21,300 for the LS trim model. The starting trim for the Kicks is the S, which has an entry MSRP of $18,870. 

    The top tier trim for the 2020 Chevy Trax is the all-wheel drive Premier. This model comes with a starting MSRP of $27,600. As for the Nissan Kicks, the top tier is the SR, which has a base MSRP of $21,120.

     As you can see, the base Chevy Trax compact crossover has a slightly higher MSRP than the top-tier Nissan Kicks. Due to this, you'll need to take a deeper dive into the features and performance of the Chevy Trax to see why the added price point is worth it.

  • Engine Performance and Drivetrain

    A black 2020 Chevy Trax, which wins when comparing the 2020 Chevy Trax vs 2020 Nissan Kicks, is driving on a highway with a city skyline in the distance.

    The engine comparison between the 2020 Chevy Trax and the 2020 Nissan Kicks is relatively straightforward as each vehicle comes with one engine option, regardless of the trim.

    Available Engines 

    The 2020 Chevy Trax uses a 1.4L Turbo ECOTEC I4 engine, which produces up to 138 horsepower and 148 lb-ft of torque. The 2020 Nissan Kicks uses a 1.6L I4 gasoline engine. While slightly larger, it is not turbocharged, so the performance does take a bit of a dip down to 122 horsepower and 114 lb-ft of torque.

    FWD or AWD

    One of the best features on the 2020 Chevy Trax is your ability to select the drivetrain of your choice. Front-wheel drive is the base offering on all the trim packages. However, you can spring for an all-wheel drive option for all of the trims as well. And let's face it. Those New York winters can be brutal, so having AWD sure makes driving in snowy conditions all that much easier. The 2020 Nissan Kicks doesn't have this option at all. Even if you go with the top-tier trim, you're forced into front-wheel drive.

  • Cargo Volume and Exterior Features

    The liftgate of a 2020 Chevy Trax is open with a table in the cargo area.

    If you're looking for an SUV that’ll fit the family, gear, and keep everyone comfortable, you’ll want to look into the available cargo volume. This will provide enough space for your luggage, soccer balls, baby strollers, and everything else you need. 

    Cargo Volume in the Chevy Trax and Nissan Kicks

    In terms of cargo space on the 2020 Chevy Trax, when the back seat is upright, there is a total of 18.7 cubic feet of cargo volume in the back of the vehicle. After folding down the back seat, the cargo space does increase to 48.4 cubic feet. With the 2020 Nissan Kicks, the rear cargo volume with the back seat up does start out with more at 25.3 cubic feet. However, you don't gain much with the back row folded down, as cargo volume only moves to 32.3 cubic feet. This means if you need additional cargo space, the Chevy Trax provides just over 16 cubic feet of cargo space more than the Kicks.

    Exterior Features of the Chevy Trax and the Nissan Kicks

    As for exterior driving features, the 2020 Chevy Trax comes standard with aluminum wheels, all-season tires, a compact spare, and a tire pressure monitoring system. When buying a new vehicle, make sure to check in on the spare. A number of manufacturers are removing the spare and replacing it with a repair kit. 

    Wheel locks are optional on the base Trax, as is privacy glass (slightly tinted glass). As for the base Kicks, it comes with steel wheels, a compact spare, all-season tires, a pressure monitoring system, and optional rear spoiler. However, it does not come with an optional wheel lock feature. 

    Top-Trim Exterior Features

    The Premier Trax includes performance tires (while keeping the aluminum rims). Privacy glass becomes standard, and it comes with a sunroof. The SR Nissan Kicks trim does thankfully upgrade you away from steel wheels and hubcaps and into aluminum wheels, although there is still no locking option. The rear spoiler also comes standard, but you will need to pay extra for any sunroof options or privacy glass, which will boost the price rather significantly. 

  • Entertainment Features

    The front black interior of a 2020 Chevy Trax is shown with an infotainment system and driver's display.

    Entertainment Features Standard on the Chevy Trax

    The base Chevy Trax comes with some solid entertainment features. The base model features not only an AM/FM stereo, MP3 compatibility, AUX input for connecting your favorite external devices, and smart device integration via Bluetooth, but a WiFi hotspot. WiFi is not an add-on or secondary feature, it comes standard. You will need to activate a data plan, but this is a beneficial feature for streaming music while also letting your kids stream their favorite shows on their devices.

    Entertainment Features Standard on the Nissan Kicks

    The 2020 Nissan Kicks is pretty spartan when it comes to entertainment features. It has an AM/FM stereo, AUX input, Bluetooth, and MP3 compatibility. That's it. There is no WiFi hotspot feature. You can pay extra for a premium sound system, which does upgrade the speakers, but in reality, you'll need to upgrade the entire entertainment system.

    Top-of-the-Line Entertainment Features

    If you were to upgrade to the Premier trim of the Chevy Trax you'd receive the same base features, plus satellite radio and a premium sound system (which is a Bose premium 7-speaker audio system). The top-tier trim package for the Nissan Kicks comes with the same features as the base model, plus smart device integration via Bluetooth, and satellite radio. There is no WiFi option available on the Nissan Kicks.

    When keeping this in mind, you'll start to see that the base trim for the Chevy Trax is outperforming the top-tier Kicks package in entertainment, engine performance, towing potential, and it has an AWD option.

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