The Nissan Kicks is powered by a 1.6L 4-cylinder engine providing 125 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, 125 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 2019. 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. The Kicks S also comes standard with an Automatic Emergency Braking system to supplement its seven airbags.
The Kicks SV adds apple CarPlay and Android Auto, as well as a blind spot warning system, a rear cross traffic alert system, 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, more expensive fabric seats, dark chrome accents in the grill and an around view monitor, which uses multiple video cameras to help eliminate blind spots while parking.
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The Nissan Kicks heads into 2019 with no significant changes after its debut last year.
The Kicks starts at just below $18,000, putting it in competition with other compact crossovers such as the new ford Ecosport and the Chevrolet Trax. However, the Nissan Kicks manages to undercut both vehicles by a couple of thousand dollars, making it a pretty good deal. In addition, the Kicks' styling manages to be both somehow more fun and more mature than most of its competitors, with Nissan managing to make the Kicks look just a little bit more substantial than most other compact crossovers.