Subcompact crossover SUVs have gained massive popularity over the last couple of years, thanks to their versatile interiors, elevated ride heights, ease of maneuverability as well as affordable pricing. And the Nissan Kicks is no exception. Apart from the above benefits, this subcompact crossover SUV features an exceptional safety record, has an above-average fuel economy and it's fun to drive. It's also cute and stylish. After all, no one wants to drive an ugly car. If you are looking for a subcompact crossover SUV that is practical, efficient, stylish and competitively priced, then the Nissan Kicks is ideal for your needs.

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Trim Levels and Features

The Nissan Kicks comes in 3 trim variants: S, SV, and SR. Each variant features a 4-cylinder engine, front-wheel drive, and a continuously variable automatic transmission. The base, S trim, comes standard with roof rails, 16-inch steel wheels, automatic headlights, air conditioning, a height-adjustable driver's seat, a tilt-and-telescopic steering wheel, a seven-inch touchscreen, 3 USB ports, Siri Eyes Free integration, and a 6-speaker stereo system. There are no available upgrades for this trim.

If you opt for the SV trim, you will get all the features available in the base trim. This trim also adds 17-inch alloy wheels, keyless entry and ignition, a driver information display, remote start, padded front door armrests, interior chrome accents, automatic climate control, cargo cover, satellite radio as well as Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone integration. Just like the base trim, there are no optional upgrades for this model.

The trim-topping SR variant adds fog lights and LED headlights, a rear roof spoiler, heated mirrors, a leather-trimmed steering wheel, upgraded cloth upholstery, and a surround-view parking camera system. Optional upgrades in this trim include heated front seats, simulated leather upholstery, and an 8-speaker Bose audio system.

When you compare the 3 trims, the SV model appears to offer the best value for money. It comes with a soft and cozy cabin, plenty of tech and infotainment features as well as two key safety features. But ultimately, your choice will depend on the features you are looking for as well as your budget.

Performance and Handling

The Nissan Kicks features a single 1.6-liter, four-cylinder engine, connected to a continuously variable transmission, which works like an automatic. The four-cylinder engine has an output of 125 hp and 115 pound-feet of torque. Its low curb weight, combined with its quick but light steering makes the Nissan Kicks an ideal vehicle for urban commuting. It cuts corners with agility while its compact design helps it to fit into tight parking spots. When you take the used Nissan Kicks for a test ride, you will notice that its transmission operates smoothly and quietly, especially during normal driving conditions.

When it comes to fuel economy, the Kicks has an estimated return of 36 mpg when you are driving on the highway and 31 mpg in city driving, which are great returns for its class. In fact, it has one of the best fuel returns in its segment. While it's not as sporty as large SUVs, this car offers a nimble, fun ride. Its ride quality is also great when you are driving on rough pavements.


The Nissan Kicks earned stellar safety scores, according to crash tests conducted by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. All trims come standard with a rearview camera, automatic emergency braking, and forward-collision warning. If the vehicle detects a potential collision, it will stop on its own, thus averting that danger. Rear-cross traffic alert, blind-spot monitoring, a surround-view parking camera, and rear parking sensors are available.

New Vs. Used Nissan Kicks

The Nissan Kicks was introduced in 2018, as a replacement for the Juke. There were no major upgrades for the 2019 model. This means that when you purchase a used Nissan Juke, you will get almost the same vehicle, but at a cheaper cost. Whether you purchase a new or a used Nissan Juke, you will get a vehicle that offers a supple ride, great maneuverability, and fuel efficiency.


With its catchy styling, a generous list of standard and available features, and an outstanding safety record, the Nissan Kicks is a reliable choice for your commuting and travel needs. It comes with plenty of room for cargo and passengers as well as an excellent fuel economy. As much as its engine is not the most powerful in its class, you will love its balanced handling and comfortable ride, even on rough pavement. It's a good choice for shoppers who are looking for an affordable subcompact SUV.

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