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2018 Nissan Kicks

Car and Driver logo Car and Driver 8/30/2018 Drew Dorian
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In the hotly contested subcompact-crossover segment, the Nissan Kicks is a cheeky choice with plenty of practicality. With only 125 horsepower under its grooved hood, the Kicks isn't quick, but it is fuel efficient and proved its proficiency in our real-world fuel-economy testing. The cabin-while not as bold as the exterior design-is made from high-quality materials, is elegantly styled, and is comfortable for four adults. The Kicks represents a strong value among its rivals with both a low starting price and notable standard features such as automated emergency braking, touchscreen infotainment, and a push-button ignition.

What's New for 2018?

The Kicks is new to Nissan's crossover lineup this year, replacing the plucky Juke as the brand's smallest SUV. Unlike its predecessor, the Kicks prioritizes passenger space and fuel efficiency over turbocharged speed and zesty handling.

Trims and Options We'd Choose

The Kicks is an SUV bargain, with the starting price of the base S trim coming in at just under $19,000. We'd upgrade to the mid-range SV, which has a lot more features, including:

• 17-inch wheels and proximity entry

• 7.0-inch digital gauge-cluster display

• Apple CarPlay and Android Auto

• Blind-spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert

Nissan offers quite a few exterior colors, including some cool two-tone options such as Gun Metallic gray with a Monarch Orange roof ($150). Of the many accessory packages offered, we'd keep it simple and select only the Exterior Electronics package, which costs $490 and comes with exterior ground lighting and rear parking sensors. As equipped, our chosen Kicks comes in at $21,325.

Base-Price Comparison

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