This crossover SUV has taken the Juke’s position to become Nissan's smallest crossover. It is practical, efficient, and stylish. Starting at an affordable price, it is among the new subcompact crossover SUVs that offer value for money. This vehicle offers an outstanding set of standard safety features. For its size, it is surprisingly comfortable. Its interior feels like a day spent in the spa. The 2019 Nissan Kicks is a perfect city runabout car and also a good choice for young drivers. The 2019 version returns with a little less power and a small price hike. It has three trim levels: the SR trim, the SV and the base S.
What is the first thing I should know?
The first thing that strikes you is that the new base S model starts at $19,535 when compared to last year’s model that was $200 cheaper. It is still a good purchase despite the small increase in price. In fact, the Nissan Kicks’ rivals still have more expensive starting prices, including: the Honda HR-V ($21,515), Toyota C-HR ($21,990), 2019 Hyundai Kona ($20,970) and Mazda CX-3 ($21,385). When it comes to the price, it beats its rivals with both of its eyes closed.
What does the interior offer?
This vehicle offers enough space to accommodate five adults. The interior’s aesthetics have been juiced up by a stylish dash design and a sporty steering wheel. Behind the rear seats, it has a cargo room of around 25.3 cubic feet. The new Kicks has many upgrades that include: leather upholstery on seats, steering wheel and the shift knob, heated seats and a 7.0-inch color display. The base S model has many standard features like Bluetooth, automated emergency braking, a backup camera, USB ports, and many others. The SV and SR trims offer more features like remote engine start, Android Auto smartphone capability, many airbags, Apple CarPlay, Blind Spot Warning and Rear Cross Traffic Alert. The SR has a premium package that adds a driver’s seat that is 6-way adjustable and a front passenger seat that is 4-way adjustable. The package enhances equalization with its Bose PersonalSpace Control feature, and it also features an eight-speaker premium surround-sound system. The safety department offers many optional features like Automatic Emergency Braking, Forward Collision Warning and a rear-view mirror. The SR trim allows you to pack in small city spaces thanks to its monitoring system that is known as Intelligent Around View.
What is under the hood?
The original Kicks had an engine that delivered 115 lb-ft and 125 hp. But for 2019, it will make 114 lb-ft of torque and 122 horsepower from its 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine. This output is more than enough for a small crossover. It has maintained its good fuel economy that beats other subcompact rivals. According to the EPA, the combination results in 33 mpg. The front wheels receive exclusive power through its Xtronic CVT transmission.
What about safety?
The 2018 model received a Top Safety Pick award from the IIHS. The new Nissan Kicks is yet to receive its ratings, but we still expect it to get good scores in the crash tests. After all, it is very similar to its predecessor.
Which colors should I expect?
This vehicle has five two-tone combinations and seven exterior colors. Three of the combinations use contrasting body colors (red, orange or white) and a black roof, along with a white roof with a blue body and an orange roof with a grey body.
Who will love it?
This 2019 Nissan Kicks is made for people who are looking for a practical, stylish and efficient small crossover SUV that comes at a good price. You should place it in your must-drive list; it will only cost you $19,535.