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2019 Nissan Kicks Review

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Nissan’s smallest and least expensive SUV crossover, the Nissan Kicks is a subcompact budget buy for those looking for something other than a sedan. It replaced the Nissan Juke in 2018 as a slightly bigger and more practical vehicle, but it still keeps some fun styling with bold exterior paint options, including  “Monarch orange,” likely inspired by the iconic butterfly color.

2019 Nissan Kicks pricing and trims

The least expensive Nissan Kicks has a manufacturer’s recommended price (MSRP) of $18,640. This price doesn’t go up much for the top-of-the-line SR trim. Each trim up adds to or improves upon the features that came before it — the SV, for example, has all of the features on the S, plus new ones.

Trim S SV SR
Base MSRP $18,640 $20,350 $20,970
Features 7″ Touch Screen, Bluetooth, Automatic Emergency Braking 17″ Alloy Wheels, Apple CarPlay/Android Auto LED Headlights, Intelligent Around View Monitor


But you may not have to pay MSRP. Depending on where and when you shop, you may be able to get a lower price. Check out an industry guide — Kelley Blue Book or NADAguides, for example — to find a fair market price.

Seating. No matter the trim, the Kicks can technically seat five passengers, but three adults in the backseat for any length of time are not going to be happy.

All-wheel drive (AWD). AWD isn’t available on the Nissan Kicks. Looking for a more rugged ride? You could check these best AWD cars.

Special paint job. Want that orange roof? The two-tone paint job is only available on the SV and SR trims and will cost you from $200, or up to $600 if you opt for premium paint. You can choose from options other than “Monarch orange”, including a “deep blue pearl” paint job with a “powder white” roof or “cayenne red” with a black roof.

What’s next? Once you pick out the car you want, a car loan is usually next. Car dealers can and often do raise customer APRs for their own profit, so be sure to also apply for a loan outside of a dealership. Potential lenders could include Nissan financing, your bank, credit union or online lender. You could also fill out an online form at LendingTree where you may receive up to five different, potential loan offers from lenders, based on your creditworthiness.

2019 Nissan Kicks safety

The 2019 Nissan Kicks earned a four-star crash test safety rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and is a Top Safety Pick by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.

Kicks also offers some active driver safety features but lacks Nissan’s full Safety Shield 360 suite available on select grades of the 2019 Altima, Rogue, Rogue Sport, Murano and Maxima. Again, each trim up adds to or improves upon the features that came before it. So the SR trim has the Intelligent Around View Monitor plus all the technology in the lower trims.

S Trim

  • Automatic Emergency Braking. The car apply the brakes if the driver does not and it senses a frontal crash is imminent.

SV Trim

  • Blind Spot Warning. An indicator appears to the driver if there is an object detected in a blindspot. An audio warning will sound if there is a detected object and the driver puts a turn signal on.
  • Rear Cross Traffic Alert. When in reverse, the car can detect and alert the driver of oncoming passing traffic.

SR Trim

  • Intelligent Around View ® Monitor. Offers the driver a 360-degree view around the vehicle.

2019 Nissan Kicks competitor comparison

Compared with other subcompact crossovers, the Nissan Kicks has one of the lowest prices and highest MPGs. Yet experts rated it more harshly than its competitors due to lack of seat comfort, low quality brakes and poor use of what small interior space it has.

Nissan Kicks Hyundai Kona Mazda CX-3 Subaru Crosstrek Kia Soul
Base MSRP $18,640 $19,990 $20,390 $21,895 $17,490
Expert Scores 3.6 4.3 4.2 4.2 4.1
Standard Technology 7″ Screen, Bluetooth, Automatic Emergency Braking 7″ Screen, Hyundai Smart Sense, Apple CarPlay/Android Auto 7″ Screen, Rearview Camera, Smart City Brake Support AWD, Bluetooth, 6.5″ Touch Screen 7″ Touch Screen, Apple CarPlay/Android Auto
Fuel Economy 33 MPG 30 MPG 31 MPG 25 MPG 27 MPG

*Chart data is for base 2019 models. Expert score averages Kelley Blue Book (KBB) and Edmunds expert ratings. Standard technology refers to features included in the lowest trim level for each model at no extra cost (but is not an exhaustive list). Fuel economy is combined city/highway mileage as defined by the EPA.

Just as you compare vehicles, be sure to compare auto loan rates to be sure that you’re getting the best one. You can check out where to find the best auto loan rates in 2019.

The bottom line on the 2019 Nissan Kicks

You might like the Nissan Kicks if you’re looking for an inexpensive subcompact crossover. Because even its base trim has automatic emergency braking and it offers fun exterior paint colors, it might be a good car for a driver that’s young in age or young at heart.  But in a crowded field of crossover SUVs, you have other choices, albeit for a higher price point but more favorable expert ratings, too.

MSRPs in the article are accurate as of the date of publishing.


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