The Nissan Kicks arrived in 2018 as the more timid replacement for the wild-styled Nissan Juke. Since its arrival, the Kicks has rolled into each model year with only mild updates, and we expect the 2021 Kicks to hit showrooms as a carryover model.
As a carryover, we expect the 2021 Nissan Kicks to retain its looks, which are relatively timid compared to the Juke it replaced. Despite it being a step toward mainstream compared to the model it replaced, the Kicks’ looks are still bold with its contrasting roof, flared wheel wells, large headlights, sporty bumper, forward-raked rear hatch, lower body cladding, and more.
Inside, the 2021 Kicks will also remain unchanged. Unlike its exterior, this design will be far more traditional and toned-down, though it is not without its small doses of sportiness. These light doses include a flat-bottom steering wheel, bold contrast stitching, a clean HVAC interface, circular air vents, and more. We also expect the interior features to remain the same. These include a 7-inch touchscreen a USB port, cloth upholstery, a six-speaker audio system, Bluetooth audio streaming, and more.
We expect the 2021 Nissan Kicks to continue with the same powertrain, which pairs a 1.6-liter four-cylinder that cranks out 122 horsepower and 114 pound-feet of torque to a continuously variable transmission. Front-wheel drive will remain the only choice on the new Kicks
The current Nissan Kicks has not been through full IIHS testing, but the 2019 model was an IIHS Top Safety Pick. This rating required the optional LED projector lights, but the necessary automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection was and remains standard. Other standard safety equipment on the current Kicks includes high-beam assist, rear automatic braking, lane-departure warning, blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, and rear parking sensors. We expect these standard features to remain the same in the 2021 Kicks.