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2018 Nissan Kicks OVERVIEW
Crossovers are mounting a full-scale assault on sedans, and brands are constantly filling out their lineups with more options. Nissan was an early entrant to the compact crossover market, but the polarizing Juke has been replaced by Nissan’s first new nameplate in eight years: the flashy 2018 Nissan Kicks.
What's New for 2018
The Nissan Kicks is an all-new model for 2018.
Choosing Your Nissan Kicks
The Kicks begins with a 1.6-liter engine pumping out an underwhelming 125 horsepower and 115 pound-feet of torque. It makes up for anemic power with impressive mileage: the EPA estimates that the Kicks will get up to 31 miles per gallon city, 36 mpg highway, and 33 combined. All Kicks (Kickses? Kicksi?) are front-wheel drive and get an automatic continuously variable transmission (CVT).
Cargo space also leads the class, with 25.3 cubic feet behind the rear seats. Seating is comfortable for four (though not more). Safety is a priority, with standard automatic emergency braking and forward collision warning, and a full suite of available technologies.
Other standard features include keyless entry, push-button start, and three USB ports. Infotainment runs through a central seven-inch touchscreen. All models also get a few nice bonuses like heated side mirrors, a rearview camera, and automatic headlights.
The rest of the features are divided across three trims: S, SV, and SR.
Unless you want the exterior upgrades, the 2018 Nissan Kicks SV is the sweet spot for trims. For the price, it adds an impressive amount of tech savvy to the Kicks’ practical personality.
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