Nissan Kicks

The Nissan Kicks is powered by a 1.6L 4-cylinder engine providing 122 horsepower. That power is sent to the front wheels via a continuously variable transmission (CVT) that does its best to maximize fuel economy. With the Kicks' light weight, 122 horsepower is enough to feel quick, and clever engine technology yields 31 mpg in the city and 36 mpg on the highway.

The Kicks comes in three trim levels for 2020. The most basic trim level, the Kicks S comes with standard 16-inch wheels, power mirrors, roof rails, intelligent headlights, a 7-inch touchscreen for the interior, Bluetooth connectivity, 3 USB ports, steering wheel-mounted controls for the sound system and an auxiliary audio input jack.

Standard safety features across all trims include, 10 airbags, a rearview camera, Lane Departure Warning, Blind Spot Warning, Automatic Emergency Braking, Rear Automatic Braking and Pedestrian Detection.

The Kicks SV adds an intelligent key, 17-inch aluminum wheels, heated mirrors, an automatic temperature control system, SiriusXM satellite radio, a remote starter and an advanced 7-inch driver assist display.

The top of the line Kicks SR adds to the SV by including full LED head lights, LED accent lighting, fog lights, a rear spoiler, a leather wrapped steering wheel and shift knob, integrated turn signals in the mirrors, dark chrome accents in the grill and an around view monitor, which uses multiple video cameras to help eliminate blind spots while parking.

Editors' Review

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When Nissan killed the Juke last year, I'll admit it left a little hole in my heart. The ugly-cute crossover SUV was fun to drive and appealed to my emotions like few crossovers do. Now for 2018, Nissan has launched the Kicks. Yes, in a marketing move sure to upset my grade-school grammar teacher, the Kicks' name is oddly plural (not unlike the Armada and Maxima before it). And while the Kicks is not a flat-out replacement for my favorite Nissan crossover, it's certainly reaching for the same young and young-at-heart audience.

The Kicks, available in S, SV and SR trims, is technically classified as a hatchback by the EPA, but Nissan calls it an entry-level crossover SUV. It's a bit larger than the Versa Note, Nissan's more traditional, economy-minded hatchback, but is shorter in stature than the larger Rogue Sport. Whether you call it a crossover or a hatch, it starts at just a smidge over $18,000, making it one of the least-expensive vehicles out there.

We got our first glimpse of the Kicks way back in 2014 as a concept at the Sao Paulo Motor Show. While its design isn't as crazy-funky as the Juke, you can certainly see the latter's influence. A short wheelbase is capped by a sloping roof, heading into taillights that can only be described as asymmetrical. The Kicks is offered in seven colors, including groovy two-tone combinations, and you can even color-customize parts like door handles and mirror caps in the Nissan Color Studio.

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The Good A great value with excellent fuel economy and solid cargo space.

The Bad Underpowered engine. All-wheel drive is not on the menu.

The Bottom Line The Nissan Kicks is a good combination of utility and efficiency, wrapped in a funky little package.

Editors' Rating
  • Performance 7
  • Features 7.5
  • Design 7
  • Media 7.5

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