2019 Nissan Kicks - 2 Minute Review

Published June 27, 2019 by Elizabeth Jeneault

The 2019 Nissan Kicks


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Today, we’re looking at an affordable, subcompact SUV. We’re at Chapman Nissan of Philadelphia reviewing Nissan’s smallest SUV, the 2019 Kicks. It’s a bold, inexpensive vehicle aimed at millennials, first time buyers, and people who live in cities. 


There’s three trims to choose from: S, SV, and SR. The SV adds 17-inch Aluminum-alloy wheels, but opting for the range-topping SR (which is still quite affordable) gets the exterior a rear roof spoiler and also LED headlights. Overall, the Kicks is known for its unique, bold look. There’s lots of personalization offered for an affordable vehicle, too. 


Inside, there’s a 7-inch touchscreen that comes standard. A backup camera also comes standard, which is nice! You’ll get an ever better 360-degree camera system, though, if you go with the SR. I’m also a fan of the available Bose Personal Plus Audio System, which puts speakers in the headrests.


Unless you have tall people sitting in the front, you won’t feel too cramped in the back of the Kicks. The Zero Gravity front seats are also nice, but the driver’s seat is only manually adjustable. As for cargo, there’s a surprisingly solid amount of space with 60/40-split rear seats.  


If you’re looking for lots of power, this subcompact SUV isn’t for you. But, at this price, what can you really expect? It’s powered by a 1.6-liter four-cylinder paired to an Xtronic CVT transmission. It produces 122 horsepower and when you go to accelerate, you feel that. The vehicle is noisey when getting it up to speed and steering isn’t the best. It also only comes in front-wheel drive. But, for a city vehicle,  the Kicks is more than adequate. Plus, it gets solid fuel economy. 31 miles per gallon city, 36 highway, and 33 combined. 


I like the fun design, standard backup camera, and the affordable price point of the Kicks. Not crazy about the 122 hp engine, the lack of an all-wheel drive option, and also the lack of a power adjustable driver’s seat. The Kicksranges in price from around $18,500 with the base to just under $21,000 with the SR. At that price, the only true competitor for the Kicks is the Kia Soul. 


I give the 2019 Nissan Kicks an SUVs.com deal score of 88 out of 100. It’s a fun, flashy subcompact SUV that won’t break the bank.


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