Introduced in 2018, the Kicks is Nissan’s smallest crossover model, a subcompact that effectively replaced the Versa Note hatchback to become one of the brand’s entry-level models.
What’s New/Key Changes From Last Year
For 2021, Nissan has refreshed the Kicks’ appearance to give it a bolder front-end look.
The Kicks range begins with S trim, and also includes SV, SR and SR Premium packages. All trims use a 1.6L engine and a continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT) with front-wheel drive. There is no AWD option.
Standard kit in S trim includes 16-inch steel wheels, auto on/off headlights, power/heated side mirrors, a 7.0-inch touchscreen, Apple CarPlay/Android Auto, air conditioning, power windows/door locks, automatic high beams, cruise control, and a six-speaker stereo.
The standard safety package comprises blind spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, backup sensors, lane departure warning, forward collision detection/avoidance assist, and rear collision intervention.
SV trim gains 17-inch alloy wheels, roof rails, a 7.0-inch drive-assist display, an 8.0-inch touchscreen, automatic climate control, intelligent driver alertness, passive keyless entry, remote engine start, heated/leather-trimmed steering wheel, and heated front seats.
SR’s additions are LED headlights and LED fog lights, body-colour bumper inserts, a dark chrome grille, and an auto-dimming mirror.
Finally, SR Premium gains surround-view cameras, an upgraded stereo with headrest speakers, and prima-tex upholstery.
Nissan’s fuel consumption estimates for the Kicks are 7.7/6.6 L/100 km (city/highway).
The Kicks’ prime competitor is the Hyundai Venue, another tiny utility that only comes with front-wheel drive. Other subcompact crossovers to consider are the Mazda CX-3, the Toyota C-HR, and the Chevrolet Trax.