What is the Nissan Kicks? Hint: It's not an incomplete sentence in need of a direct object. Nope, it's a brand-new small five-seater sport utility vehicle. Slotting just under the Juke, it's marketed as a fun (dare we say "kicky"?), sporty subcompact-lover's dream. In this guide, we'll give you the ins and outs of this all-new vehicle before the Kicks rolls into your local dealership. We think you'll discover, there's a lot to love about this Nissan.
Why Buy the Kicks?
This little SUV is great for city driving, with enough storage space to help you on your errands and enough pep to make going around town a joy. Like the Juke, which the Kicks replaces, this subcompact has quirky flavor, with a boxy-but-not-that-boxy look. Furthermore, this Nissan feels like the next generation of continuously variable transmission (CVT), because the Kicks shifts with nary a shudder or hiccup while still providing great gas mileage.
How Much Will the Kicks Cost?
This is one of the most affordable sport utility vehicles on the market. A well-equipped model will start at just $19,000. That's a great deal in today's automotive world, where your average new small SUV costs upward of $26,000. Even the Juke costs over a thousand more than the cost of the Kicks. Being a bargain is all well and good, but what does your money buy you? Read on and you'll find out.
How Does the Kicks Drive?
The 2018 Nissan Kicks comes with a 125-horsepower 1.6-liter 4-cylinder engine that generates 115 lb-ft of torque. That's not sports car numbers but the Kicks will get you around town just fine. And you'll be happy to visit the gas pump less frequently, as this Nissan gets an estimated 33 miles per gallon combined. The Kicks benefits from the continuously variable transmission, which seems to be the system that's taking the automotive sector by storm. There is no all-wheel drive option yet, lending credence to the idea that this is primarily for urban dwellers.
How Can I Customize my Kicks?
You've got your option of three trim levels: S, SV, and SR. On the base S trim, you automatically get three USB ports, Bluetooth connectivity, automatic headlights, and active safety features, including forward-collision warning and automatic emergency braking.
If you want more, the Kicks SV adds 7-inch touch screen, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, blind-spot monitoring and automatic climate control. The real customizer's dream is found higher up. Climb to the top to get sporty fog lamps, LED low-beam headlights, rear spoiler, and Nissan's Around View rear view camera.