The Nissan Kicks has extraordinary gas mileage, especially for an SUV, even beating out compact cars like the Kia Soul. This is partly because of the fuel-sipping engine, but the Kicks also comes with a lightweight design — nearly 600 pounds less than the Kia Soul — to increase fuel economy while improving aerodynamics. The Kia Soul offers an EPA-estimated combined mpg of 281, while the Nissan Kicks boasts an impressive 332.
Nissan is all about high-tech features, which helps to separate the Kicks from the Kia Soul. While both models come with infotainment features, the Kicks utilizes Nissan Intelligent Mobility™: a package of highly-optimized driver-assist and connectivity innovations. For instance, Safety Shield 360 has a suite of driver-assist technologies to alert you to danger and potentially help you avoid a crash. Automatic Emergency Braking and a Rearview Monitor come standard on the Kicks, but you’ll have to fork over more money to equip the Soul with similar tech.