The 2018 Nissan Kicks is the brand’s newest sub-compact SUV, set for release in spring 2018. Replacing the funky and slow-selling Nissan Juke, the Kicks brings forth more conventional styling which should resonate better with consumers. The Kicks will likely be priced close to the Juke’s MSRP of around $20,000. It will have standard automatic emergency braking, while lane depart assist and rear traffic alert will be optional. Available contrasting roof colors make the Kicks stand out. Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and a Bose stereo are on the options list. In the brand’s lineup, the Kicks will slot below the compact Nissan Rogue Sport.
Pros: Efficient Powertrain, Cool Exterior Design, Compelling Available Features, Roomy Interior
Cons: No AWD, Less Powerful Engine Than Juke
Looks Best In: Gun Metallic/Monarch Orange exterior
Competition: Ford EcoSport, Honda H-RV, Toyota C-HR, Mazda CX-3, Subaru CrossTrek
Summary: As the Kicks release date approaches, we’ll have more details on its driving character. Many sub-compact SUVs tend to not to be ideally suited for long drives due to a lack of sound-deadening material and a short wheelbase which can lead to a choppy and uncomfortable experience when used for anything more than running errands around a city. So far the Kicks makes a good impression with its available suite of tech and safety features as well as its handsome and flashy exterior design. The lack of AWD will be a demerit for some drivers in colder climates.
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