2023 Nissan Kicks vs Toyota Corolla Cross Comparison: Spec Sheet Battle

Updated Aug 30, 2022

It's a hybrid crossover face-off.

In this article...

  1. Hybrid crossover duel
  2. Exterior
  3. Interior
  4. Safety
  5. Engine
  6. Price
  7. Conclusion

Nissan Kicks e-Power vs Toyota Corolla Cross: Hybrid crossover duel

In recent years, the demand for crossovers has gone full tilt on a global scale. This is of course true also in the local setting. As such, major brands like Toyota have entered the crossover game with the likes of the Corolla Cross. 

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Of note, the Toyota Corolla Cross Hybrid variant now sits as one of the more popular hybrid models one can buy right now. Though more recently, Nissan has also answered the crossover battle with the 2023 Nissan Kicks e-Power.  

The Nissan Kicks of course, is also a hybrid version. And while it is technically under the subcompact crossover segment due to its overall size, we can’t help but compare it to the larger Toyota Corolla Cross Hybrid.  

To find out which of them are better specs-wise, let’s compare the top-spec Nissan Kicks VL e-POWER AT against the Toyota Corolla Cross Hybrid V 1.8 CVT. 

Nissan Kicks e-Power vs Toyota Corolla Cross Hybrid: Exterior

To start this comparison, let’s go over the dimensions. For the Kicks, its top-spec VL variant comes with a length of 4,300mm, a width of 1,960mm, and a height of 1,615mm. It also has a wheelbase length of 2,620mm, and a ground clearance of 180mm. 

The 2023 Nissan Kicks

The 2023 Nissan Kicks e-Power

Compare that to the Corolla Cross 1.8 V which is 4,460mm long, 1,825mm wide, and 1,620mm in height. Its wheelbase then spans 2,640mm, and it also has a ground clearance of 161mm. 

Nissan Kicks VL e-POWER AT 

Dimensions 

Toyota Corolla Cross V Hybrid 1.8 CVT 

4,300mm 

Length 

4,460mm 

1,960mm 

Width 

1,825mm 

1,615mm 

Height 

1,620mm 

2,620mm 

Wheelbase 

2,640mm 

180mm 

Ground clearance 

161mm 

As we’ve mentioned, the Corolla Cross Hybrid belongs to a much larger vehicle class. This of course is reflected on the size figures mentioned above. It is longer and taller than the Kicks, but then the Nissan is a bit wider.  

Furthermore, the Nissan Kicks also has significantly more in the way of ground clearance.  

The 2022 Toyota Corolla Cross

The 2022 Toyota Corolla Cross

For exterior equipment, both the top-spec Kicks and the Corolla Cross V HEV are equipped with LED headlamps, LED daytime running lamps, front fog lamps, power-folding side mirrors, and LED taillights.  

The Corolla Cross V does have rain-sensing wipers which aren’t present on the Nissan hybrid. Also, the Toyota model uses a larger set of 18-inch alloy wheels, whereas the Nissan rides on a set of 17-inch alloy wheels. 

On the flip side, the Kicks gets roof rails, while the Corolla Cross V HEV does not.

Nissan Kicks VL e-POWER AT 

Exterior equipment 

Toyota Corolla Cross V Hybrid 1.8 CVT 

LED 

Headlights 

LED 

None 

Headlight auto-leveling 

With 

With 

Daytime running lamps 

With 

LED 

Turn signal lamps 

LED 

LED 

Taillights 

LED 

With 

Front fog lamps 

With 

With 

Roof rails 

None 

17-inch 

Wheel size 

18-inch 

Alloy 

Wheel type 

Alloy 

Nissan Kicks e-Power vs Toyota Corolla Cross Hyrbid: Interior

Inside, both the Kicks and the Corolla Cross V HEV can seat up to five occupants. Both also have leather-wrapped seats, a 60:40 split folding rear seat, and automatic air-conditioning.  

Inside the Kicks

Inside the Kicks 

For the driver, both hybrid crossovers also provide a push-to-start button, a tilt and telescopic steering column, and a leather-wrapped steering wheel, as well as a decent amount of bottle holders and storage cubby holes.  

Nissan Kicks VL e-POWER AT 

Interior equipment 

Toyota Corolla Cross V Hybrid 1.8 CVT 

Leather 

Seat material 

Leather 

Leather 

Driver’s seat adjustment 

Leather 

Tilt and telescopic 

Steering wheel adjustment 

Tilt and telescopic 

Automatic single-zone 

Air-conditioning type 

Automatic dual-zone w/ rear AC vent 

Push-button 

Ignition 

Push-button 

Seating capacity 

The larger Toyota model though, does come with an auto-dimming rearview mirror which isn’t available on the Nissan. Furthermore, the Nissan model’s front seats are manually adjustable, whereas the ones on the Toyota are power adjustable.  

For entertainment, the Nissan Kicks VL gets an eight-inch headunit with Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, USB, Bluetooth, and auxiliary jack connectivity.  It is then linked to a six-piece speaker system. 

The Corolla Cross's cockpit

The Corolla Cross's cockpit

On the other hand, the Toyota Corolla Cross V HEV also gets an eight-inch headunit that also has Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, USB, Bluetooth, and an aux-jack. It also has six speakers. 

Both vehicles also come with a digital gauge cluster. On both models, it’s a seven-inch TFT display. 

Nissan Kicks VL e-POWER AT 

On-board tech 

Toyota Corolla Cross V Hybrid 1.8 CVT 

8-inch touchscreen 

Infotainment system 

8-inch touchscreen 

Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, Bluetooth, USB 

Connectivity options 

Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, Bluetooth, USB 

# of speakers 

With 

Power folding side mirrors 

With 

None 

Auto-dimming rearview mirror 

With 

None 

Rain-sensing wipers 

With 

Nissan Kicks e-Power vs Toyota Corolla Cross Hybrid: Safety

In terms of safety, both vehicles come with what you’d expect from a modern crossover. Both have anti-lock braking with electronic brake-force distribution, stability control, hill-start assist, parking sensors, an engine immobilizer, as well as a car alarm. 

Both also come with several driver assist features. Specifically, both crossovers are kitted out with emergency braking, as well as a forward collision warning system. 

The Kicks' touchscreen display

The Kicks' touchscreen with the 360-degree view monitor on display

The Kicks then gets a 360-degree view monitor, driver attention alert, and a moving object detection system. The Corolla Cross V HEV doesn’t have the aforementioned, but this Toyota-made crossover does get automatic high beams, lane trace assist, blind-spot monitoring, and lane departure alert. In turn, these are not present on the Nissan model.

Both also get cruise control, though the one on the Nissan is a standard cruise control. In turn, the Toyota model uses a more advanced dynamic radar cruise control system. 

Lastly, the Kicks gets a total of six airbags, while the Corolla Cross V HEV comes with a total of seven. 

Nissan Kicks VL e-POWER AT 

Safety equipment 

Toyota Corolla Cross V Hybrid 1.8 CVT 

Airbags 

With 

Anti-lock braking w/EBD 

With 

None 

Reverse camera 

With 

With 

360-degree view camera 

None 

With 

Cruise control 

Dynamic Radar 

With 

Hill-start assist 

With 

With 

Stability control 

With 

With 

ISOFIX 

With 

None 

Lane departure warning 

With 

None 

Blind-spot detection 

With 

With 

Driver attention alert 

None 

With 

Engine immobilizer 

With 

With 

Car alarm 

With 

With 

Emergency braking 

With 

Nissan Kicks vs Toyota Corolla Cross: Engine

Under the hood, the Kicks’ means of main propulsion is the EM47 AC Synchronous motor. It powers the front wheels, and it is powered by a 2.13 kWh battery. The said battery is then topped up continuously by a 1.2-liter inline-3 gasoline engine. At the most, this system can make up to 134 horsepower and 280 Nm of torque. It then uses a single-speed gear reduction tranny. 

The Nissan Kicks' e-POWER system

The Nissan Kicks' e-POWER system

As a whole, this is dubbed as the e-POWER system and it deviates from the conventional definition of what a hybrid is. That is, an electric power working in conjunction with an internal combustion engine (ICE). 

Speaking of which, the Corolla Cross V HEV’s powertrain falls within the latter category. It uses the 1.8-liter inline-4 mill, paired with an electric motor. Combined, this powertrain can deliver 120 horsepower and 142 Nm of torque.  

Unlike the Kicks, the output of the Corolla Cross Hybrid’s ICE component isn’t for charging a battery, and instead actually powers its fronts wheels in-tandem with the electric motor. Also, it uses a continuously variable transmission instead of the gear reduction tranny that the Kicks uses. 

Based on the figures however, it appears that the smaller kicks can make a bit more horsepower and significantly more torque than the Corolla Cross Hybrid. This is an interesting point since the Kicks is smaller and therefore presumably lighter than the Toyota. As such, one can surmise that the Nissan might be a quicker vehicle. 

The Toyota Corolla Cross Hybrid's 1.8-liter inline-4 engine

The Toyota Corolla Cross Hybrid's 1.8-liter inline-4 engine

Moreover, the Kicks also comes with the e-Pedal step. With this feature, one can accelerate and decelerate the vehicle with just one pedal. This is not available on the Corolla Cross. 

Other than the powertrains, other mechanical bits of the Nissan Kicks and Toyota Corolla Cross Hybrid are actually pretty similar. Both have disc brakes for all wheels, and both use a strut-type front suspension and a torsion beam for the rear.  

For parking brakes though, the Kicks uses an electronic parking brake with auto hold, whereas the Toyota model uses a manually-operated foot pedal parking brake. 

Nissan Kicks VL e-POWER AT 

Mechanical specs 

Toyota Corolla Cross V Hybrid 1.8 CVT 

Inline-3 gasoline w/ AC Synchronous motor e-POWER system 

Engine 

Inline-4 gasoline w/ electric motor 

1.2-liters 

Displacement 

1.8-liters 

Automatic Single speed gear reduction gearbox 

Transmission 

CVT 

134 

Horsepower 

120 

280 Nm 

Torque 

142 Nm 

FWD 

Drivetrain 

FWD 

Nissan Kicks vs Toyota Corolla Cross: Price

Nissan Kicks Variants 

Price 

Kicks EL e-POWER AT 

Php 1,209,000 

Kicks VE e-POWER AT 

Php 1,309,000 

Kicks VL e-POWER AT 

Php 1,509,000 

 

Toyota Corolla Cross Variants 

Price 

Corolla Cross G 1.8 CVT 

Php 1,303,000 

Corolla Cross Hybrid V 1.8 CVT 

Php 1,665,000 

Corolla Cross GR-S 1.8 CVT 

Php 1,774,000 

Nissan Kicks e-Power vs Toyota Corolla Cross Hybrid: Conclusion

Despite both being hybrids and crossovers, the Nissan Kicks and the Toyota Corolla Cross Hybrid are vastly different vehicles. 

For one thing, the Corolla Cross appears to offer more in the way of space as it is a larger vehicle. Features-wise though, the differences are quite marginal. But then each has its own varying safety kits, both of which are more than enough to deal with local traffic. 

Do you like how the Kicks looks from the rear?

Do you like how the Kicks e-Power's looks from the rear?

If you really want power out of a hybrid though, the smaller Nissan Kicks might be more to your liking. It makes a lot more torque than the Corolla Cross Hybrid as well. Also, the e-Pedal step on the Kicks can be helpful for those who need to deal with the endless bumper-to-bumper traffic of large cities like Metro Manila. 

Take note though that the Corolla Cross Hybrid might also offer a vastly different driving experience than the Kicks. Because as we’ve said, the Toyota is more of a conventional hybrid whereas the Kicks uses a rather unique powertrain. In connection to this, do give each a good ol’ test drive before settling on a final choice.  

A picture of the rear of the Toyota Corolla Cross Hybrid.

Or is the Corolla Cross Hybrid's rear end more to your liking?

Lastly, the Toyota model is also slightly more expensive than the Nissan. So that’s another thing to consider as well. Also, it's notable to point out that not all trims of the Corolla Cross are hybrids, while all Kicks variants are hybrids. This presents the argument that if what you’re after is a hybrid with a more affordable price tag, then the Nissan Kicks might be more to your speed. 

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Cesar G.B. Miguel

Cesar G.B. Miguel

Author

Cesar Guiderone B. Miguel was born and raised in Iligan City, Lanao Del Norte. He graduated in 2010 with a Bachelor of Arts in English degree from Mindanao State University - Iligan Institute of Technology. He previously worked as a freelance writer for various websites, as a member of the Iligan City Disaster Risk Reduction Management's training staff, and as a medical sales representative.

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