The Nissan Kicks is powered by a 1.6L 4-cylinder engine providing 122 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, 122 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 2020. 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.
Standard safety features across all trims include, 10 airbags, a rearview camera, Lane Departure Warning, Blind Spot Warning, Automatic Emergency Braking, Rear Automatic Braking and Pedestrian Detection.
The Kicks SV adds 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, dark chrome accents in the grill and an around view monitor, which uses multiple video cameras to help eliminate blind spots while parking.
Practical And Spacious Interior
Good Ground Clearance
For 2020 the Nissan Kicks comes standard with Nissan's Safety Shield 360 technology suite. This new addition to the features list helps make the Kicks a safer and easier to drive vehicle by adding automatic emergency braking, a pedestrian detection system, a lane departure warning system, a blind spot warning system, rear cross traffic alert and a high beam assist function. In addition, 2020 models also get a rear door alert system, which should remind owners if they have left something in the back seat and attempted to walk away without it after reaching their destination.
The Kicks is in competition with other compact crossovers such as the ford Ecosport and the Chevrolet Trax. However, the Nissan Kicks manages to undercut both vehicles in price 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.