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Nissan Kicks: Appreciating the unconventional

The new subcompact crossover from Nissan is a study in off-the-wall design.

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Emme Hall

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The Kicks isn't a replacement for the now-defunct Nissan Juke, but you can certainly see its influence in the short wheelbase and sloping roofline.

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Behind those odd-looking taillights is 25.3 cubic feet of cargo space. Folding the rear seats down results in 53.1 cubes.

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It's a good thing the Kicks is small. A 1.6-liter naturally aspirated four-cylinder engine knocks out a mere 125 horsepower and 115 pound-feet of torque.

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The only transmission available is a CVT, which does a fairly decent job at mimicking a traditional automatic.

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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 Nissan Connect infotainment system runs on a 7-inch touchscreen that's standard across the board, while Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are standard in SV and SR trims. 

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For an extra $1,000 you can get a Bose stereo with eight speakers, including two in the driver's headrest.

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Driver's aids are a bit on the light side, although automatic emergency braking is standard on all Kicks. Blind-spot monitoring and rear cross-traffic alert come in on the mid-trim SV, while the top-of-the-line SR gets a 360-degree camera.

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Nissan's Zero Gravity seats are standard in the front. These über-comfy seats are some of the best out there and make the Kicks an easy car to drive long distances.

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The 2018 Nissan Kicks starts at just over $18,000. Keep scrolling for more photos of this value-packed runabout.

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