The Nissan Kicks was unveiled during the 2017 Los Angeles Auto Show as the sixth member of the company’s SUV and crossover lineup. Nissan’s sales in these segments are at an all-time high and the automaker hopes the Kicks will generate additional growth. Nissan customers who don’t need something bigger will likely find the new Kicks fits their lifestyle.
“The new Kicks is designed to fit the needs of singles or couples looking for expressive styling, personal technology, smart functionality, and advanced safety features at an affordable price,” explained Michael Bunce, Vice President, Product Planning, Nissan North America, Inc.
The 2019 Nissan Kicks will pack a little punch with its standard 1.6-liter DOHC 16-valve four-cylinder. Complete with a Continuous Variable Valve Timing Control System, the engine generates 122 horsepower and 115 lb-ft. of torque. With an Xtronic transmission, the front-wheel drive Kicks achieves 33 mpg combined. All-wheel drive is not available.
In terms of audio performance, the 2019 Nissan Kicks will crank it up a notch! The SR Premium Package comes with a Bose Personal Plus sound system. The setup includes a pair of 2.5-inch UltraNearfield neodymium speakers inside the driver’s seat headrest.
We’ve come to expect the V-Motion grille, a signature found on every Nissan today. The 2019 Kicks also features unique wheel arches, boomerang headlights and taillights, and a “floating” roof for a “wrap-around visor” look. There are seven different exterior colors and five two-tone schemes on offer, three of which utilize a black roof and contrasting body colors (white, orange, or red). An orange roof with a gray body, or a white roof with a blue body can also be had.
Nissan notes the “Gliding Wing” design of the dashboard, anchored by a seven-inch color display with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility. Nissan says the new Kicks has one of the largest load areas in its class. The vehicle offers an EPA-rated 32.3 cubic feet of cargo space with the rear seats folded down; and has an additional non-EPA-rated 21.8 cubic feet of cargo space in the trunk. In total, the Kicks provides families 53.1 cubic feet of usable cargo space.
“With its good ground clearance, high eye point, electric power steering, and small turning radius, Kicks is a great vehicle for both everyday and weekend adventures,” Bunce added.
Safety & Security
The Kicks comes standard with Automatic Emergency Braking, RearView Monitor, and seven air bags. SV and SR grades add Blind Spot Warning and Rear Cross Traffic Alert.
Pricing & Availability
The 2019 Nissan Kicks is available now and comes in three flavors: S, SV, and SR. The S begins at $18,540, the SV at $20,250, and the SR at $20,870. Tack on another $995.00 for destination and handling.