High in tech and low in cost, the 2020 Nissan Kicks puts modern drivers in a very sweet spot.
What is the Nissan Kicks? Is it an SUV?
Technically, the 2020 Nissan Kicks is a subcompact crossover SUV. With its car-based chassis and city-friendly dimensions, it’s very easy to handle in a tight spot – whether that’s a parallel parking space or a jam-packed highway during rush hour.
Every Kicks comes with the same fuel-efficient powertrain, a 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine mated to a continuously variable transmission. The Kicks serves commuters well, earning 33 mpg combined or 31 city/36 highway mpg. As you cruise winding roads, you’ll appreciate this crossover’s sporty handling and responsive suspension tuning.
The 2020 Nissan Kicks is offered as three trim models: S, SV, and SR. The entry-level Kicks S comes standard with an impressive array of modern features. Outside, it sports automatic headlights and automatic high-beam control.
Inside, features like push-button ignition and Bluetooth smartphone connectivity make life easier. There are even three USB ports for charging multiple devices simultaneously. The 7-inch infotainment interface is another excellent standard feature, serving up intuitive menus and quick response time.
With the midgrade Kicks SV, you get a little more style, including 17-inch alloy wheels and body-painted mirrors and handles. Remote start is another favorite SV feature. Inside, this Kicks includes snazzy chrome accents and comfort features like automatic climate control and padded front door armrests.
Upgrade to the top-trim Kicks SR for all the trimmings. Outside, the SR stands apart with its LED headlights, foglights, and black-painted mirrors. The rear roof spoiler is another stylish touch. Inside, the SR supplies next-level comfort with upgraded cloth upholstery and leather-wrapped steering wheel.
What’s new for the 2020 Nissan Kicks?
This year, every Nissan Kicks trim model comes standard with the latest driver safety aids. Now Nissan’s high-tech features – including lane departure warning and forward collision warning with front and rear automatic emergency braking – help you avoid danger at no extra cost.
Kicks fans will also notice that this crossover no longer comes standard with roof rails. But if you want this sports utility feature, you’ll find it on the midgrade SV and up.
Will the Nissan Kicks get AWD?
No one can know for sure what the future holds, but for now it looks like the Kicks will only offer front-wheel drive. If you can’t live without the winter-friendly safety you get with all-wheel drive, we recommend checking out the 2020 Nissan Rogue Sport, another small crossover that both maximizes fuel economy and offers city-friendly dimensions.
Is the 2020 Nissan Kicks worth buying?
If you’re looking for an excellent price on a fuel-efficient small crossover, you can’t beat the Kicks. Its strong EPA ratings are a big draw for commuters – or anyone with a lot of driving on the agenda. Compared to rivals, it also gives you a bigger cargo hold (25.3 cubic feet behind the rear seats).
On top of all that, the Kicks gives you the latest safety aids at no extra cost. Inside, all the latest infotainment gear and convenience features are available. And this little crossover is big on comfort, too, with plenty of space and the kind of seating support that lasts for hours.