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2019 Nissan Kicks Review and Compare | Highlands Ranch, CO

2019 Nissan Kicks Review and Comparison in Highlands Ranch, CO

Kicks to the rescue: the aging Nissan JUKE gets fully replaced by the new Kicks SUV

For every one person who was enraptured with the unique and bamboozingly charming looks of the Nissan JUKE, there were five who were, to put it mildly, not. So, when it was announced that Nissan was unveiling an all-new subcompact crossover to slot in under the Rogue/Rogue Sport--and that the JUKE wouldn't be returning for another model year run--it wasn't too much of a surprise.

The Nissan Kicks features a lot of the cool, sporty attitude of the JUKE, with a lot less bulldog. You still get sharp styling and some fresh and funky angles--but it's a design that's a lot more easily digestible. And a lot more usable. The JUKE, with all of its swagger and sharpness, left a lot on the table. It gave up about 10 cubic feet of cargo space in the far back, and only managed about 36 cubes with the rear seat folded. Compare that to the new 2019 Kicks, with up to 53.1 cubic feet inside and more than 32 cubes just behind the rear seat, and it makes the new Nissan Kicks a pretty easy pill to swallow.

This is the second year of production for the first-ever generation of the Nissan Kicks.

Any updates for 2019?

There are only two changes for 2019 vs 2018:

  • A higher price tag (slightly increased to adjust for inflation/materials)
  • 3 less horsepower

What can we take away from this? Well, that it might be a great time to grab deals on any remaining 2018 Kicks inventory in stock at your local Nissan dealer--you'll get a better price and slightly more horsepower. However, newer is always better, and the 2019 Kicks still has plenty to offer. Exterior colors for the 2019 Kicks include Cayenne Red Metallic, Fresh Powder, Gun Metallic, Aspen White TriCoat, Brilliant Silver Metallic, Deep Blue Pearl, and Super Black.

Trim levels and features

There are three trim levels currently available in the 2019 Nissan Kicks lineup: the S, SV, and SR. The Nissan Kicks S comes comfortably well-equipped with the typical run of features--Siri Eyes Free, Bluetooth, a Rearview Monitor/backup cam--and starts at just $18,540. That's well below what many of its subcompact crossover rivals will cost you, and this base model includes something a lot of them don't: Automatic Emergency Braking and Forward Collision Warning. That's some entry.

The Nissan Kicks SV bumps up the price tag over $20,000 but gives you a lot for it. You'll get shiny 17" aluminum-alloy wheels, an Advanced Drive-Assist Display, and smartphone integration for Android and Apple phones. The Nissan Kicks SR takes it to the top, with all of the features you'll get in the SV, plus LED headlights with signature accents and a nifty rear roof spoiler. Inside, this top-of-the-line trim (that'll still cost you almost $3,000 less than a base-level Jeep Renegade) gives you a Sport seat trim that features stylish orange accent stitching.

I'm not sure when orange stitching became synonymous with "sports", but--here we are. It looks cool.

The way it drives is distinctly city-centric

Standard power for the 2019 Nissan Kicks comes from a 1.6-liter 4-cyinder engine, and that's the only powerplant available for the time being. I hold out hope that Nissan sees it in their heart of hearts to introduce a NISMO Kicks sometime in the future, because that would be awesome, but no word of that yet. This highly efficient little four stomps out a practical 122 horsepower and 115 pound-feet of torque (that's actually 3 HP less than last year--I'm not completely sure where those ponies ran off to) which, admittedly, is pretty low for its segment.

But, there's a catch and a perk. This demure powertrain means better numbers for fuel economy. This bantam crossover serves up a piping hot 36 miles to the gallon on the highway, with a tasty 31 miles to the gallon in the city. Average it, and you get up to 33 mpg combined. That's huge. And it really shows who the Nissan Kicks was designed for: not those hot-blooded youths with dreams of street racing, but the budget-minded buyer who wants an attractive daily driver that won't eat up their paycheck with a gas-guzzling appetite. This SUV was made for the city-dweller, as made even more evident by its range of Nissan Intelligent Mobility features, including Intelligent Around View® Monitor, Blind Spot Warning, and Rear Cross Traffic Alert.

So if you're looking for an affordable, fuel-efficient, and fun-to-look-at crossover, the 2019 Nissan Kicks really does deserve a consideration.

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