Vim inspired · Faster as in less keystrokes · Multiple selections · Orthogonal design
Pro Text selection mechanism
Kakoune works on selections, which are oriented, inclusive range of characters, selections have an anchor and a cursor character. Most commands move both of them, except when extending selection where the anchor character stays fixed and the cursor one moves around.
Pro More visual than Vim
Vim commands typically follow a verb/object pattern, meaning you tell Vim to delete and then define what should be deleted. In Kakoune, it's backwards. Kakoune follows an object/verb pattern, so you can select the object first, visually see what is selected to make sure it is exactly what you wanted to perform an action on, and then commit the action.