New 2018 Nissan Kicks Earns Top Safety Pick Award

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, Automotive Editor - September 11, 2018

The all-new 2018 Nissan Kicks, a more conventional replacement for the Juke in the US, earned a Top Safety Pick award from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS).

A vehicle must meet certain safety standards and ratings to win the award. The Kicks earned a “Good” rating in the driver-side small overlap front, moderate overlap front, and side crash tests, as well as roof strength and head restraint tests. Vehicles must also have an optional front crash prevention system that earns a “Superior” or “Advanced” rating and available headlights that earn a "Good" or "Acceptable" rating.

The Kicks features a “Superior” front crash prevention system as standard. While the entry-level trim earned a "Poor" rating for its headlights, the optional headlights on the SR trim earned an "Acceptable" rating, which ultimately allowed the compact crossover to qualify for the award. However, the Kicks missed out on the Top Safety Pick Plus designation. If the Kicks had better available headlights, it would have qualified for the IIHS' highest award.

The only other compact crossover to receive the Top Safety Pick award for 2018 is the Mazda CX-3, while the Hyundai Kona outperforms the Kicks by earning the Top Safety Pick Plus award. This puts the Kicks in an elite group of compact crossovers with superb safety, besting others like the Toyota C-HR and Honda HR-V.

, Automotive Editor

Anthony Alaniz is an award-winning journalist living in southeast Michigan. His professional writing career spans nearly a decade, ranging from writing for the local newspaper to Autoweek and Motor1. When he's not writing about cars, he covers the horror film genre at Modernhorrors.com.

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