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2017 Nissan Kicks

2017 Nissan Kicks
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Nissan expands is CUV offerings with the new subcompact Kicks

The Kicks is Nissan’s latest crossover offering, and it’s widely based on the 2014 Nissan Kicks Concept that debuted back in 2014 at the Sao Paulo International Auto Show. In essence, the new Kicks CUV is quite similar to the concept, and most of the design cues carry over. As always, the overall design has been toned down a bit because, well, the production models are never as good as the concepts. Major features include a floating roof with a “wrap-around visor,” a comprehensive infotainment system, and best-in-class rear passenger space.

Keno Kato, the Vice President of Product Planning for Nissan, said, “With Kicks, we have developed a compact crossover in the best Nissan tradition, and thanks to the unmatched experience we have in creating vehicles to meet the needs of car-buyers around the world, Kicks will offer best-in-class design, convenience, and technological innovation. And, it will demonstrate Nissan’s commitment to Nissan Intelligent Mobility. Kicks is a car to confidently take on the city.”

So far, we don’t have full details about the CUV, but those should become available closer to its official on-sale date. With the rumors that the Nissan Juke may soon be discontinued, the Kicks may be the replacement for Nissan’s Funky little Juke SUV. So, until we have more information, let’s take a closer look at the Kicks and discuss what we do know about Nissan’s newest offering.

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Best SUVs Under $20,000

Best SUVs Under $20,000

There are really no right or wrong answers here, especially when you factor in how much a person is willing to spend

One of the most difficult questions to answer in the auto industry these days doesn’t involve supercars, luxury cars, or even premium cars. It involves crossovers and SUVs, specifically the question of which is the best of its kind among those priced at a certain cost point. In this case, our cost point is $20,000, which means that a lot of today’s compact crossovers are involved in this difficult, if not impossible, discussion. And like every question posed in this business, answers vary depending on who you ask. In our case, ask us which are the best SUVs under $20,000, and these are our answers.

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2018 Nissan Kicks - U.S. Spec

2018 Nissan Kicks - U.S. Spec

Kicking out the compact crossover jams

Without a doubt, the SUV and crossover market is still running strong, prompting every automaker under the sun to fill their lineups to capacity with fresh tall-riding hatches in a bid to satisfy the public’s seemingly never-ending demand. Nissan is no different, offering U.S buyers no less than six different models in the segment, including the Juke, Rogue, Rogue Sport, Murano, Pathfinder, and Armada. Unfortunately, lovers of the funky and fun Juke won’t see the compact on the roster for much longer, as rumor has it Nissan is showing it the door in 2018. However, in its stead, Nissan will offer something fresh – enter the Kicks. The Kicks is Nissan’s very first new nameplate in 8 years, arriving as a new entry-level model in the Japanese automaker’s lineup with more room and a lower price tag than the Juke. It’s also got some nice technology, both for entertainment and for safety purposes.

The Kicks is already on sale in South America, but arrives stateside more or less unchanged in the hopes of enticing urban consumers, or as Nissan puts it, “singles or couples looking for unique styling, roominess, personal technology, smart functionality and advanced safety features at an affordable price.” So – how does it stack up?

Updated 05/08/2018: Nissan announced prices for the 2018 Kicks. Check the "Prices" section for the full details.

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The 2018 Nissan Kicks Gives Americans a Taste Simplicity in the Modern World

The 2018 Nissan Kicks Gives Americans a Taste Simplicity in the Modern World

A compact crossover for the budge-conscious

Nissan debuted an all-new compact crossover at the 2017 L.A. Auto Show – the 2018 Nissan Kicks. Its designed as a fun, visually appealing city run-about with good fuel economy, room for five people and their stuff, the most desired in-dash technology, and a price that starts “well under $19,000.”

Dan Mohnke, Nissan’s senior vice president of sales, marketing, and operations, says, “As the gateway to Nissan’s adventure-ready sport-utility portfolio – joining Rogue Sport, Rogue, Murano, Pathfinder, and Armada – Kicks is designed to fit the needs of singles or couples looking for expressive styling, personal technology, smart functionality and advanced safety features at an affordable price.”

Notice Mohnke didn’t mention the Nissan Juke. That’s because the Kicks will replace the Juke when it arrives in showrooms later this year – at least that’s the unofficial plan of action. The Kicks will compete with big players like the Jeep Renegade, Toyota C-HR, Honda HR-V, Kia Soul, and new 2018 Hyundai Kona.

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Will the 2018 Nissan Kicks Replace the Nissan Juke?

Will the 2018 Nissan Kicks Replace the Nissan Juke?

There’s no word from Nissan yet, but don’t be surprised if this is the direction it takes

The Nissan Kicks finally made its debut at the 2017 Los Angeles Auto Show. The crossover’s arrival likely means that the Juke crossover is on its last legs. Nissan has given no indication regarding the status of the Juke, but all signs seem to point in that direction. That’s not necessarily a bad thing given how polarizing the Juke has been in the seven years that it’s been around. It’s about time Nissan’s quirky crossover is put to pasture. It makes sense for Nissan to do it now that the Kicks is here with a package that’s admittedly more appealing to customers.

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Is Nissan Debuting the U.S.-Spec Kicks at the Los Angeles Auto Show?

Is Nissan Debuting the U.S.-Spec Kicks at the Los Angeles Auto Show?

Unless it’s a car we’ve never heard of, the odds are on the Kicks

We already know that Nissan is unveiling a new crossover at the 2017 Los Angeles Auto Show. What we still don’t know is the identity of the new crossover. The Japanese automaker did show a teaser of the car, and unless it’s a car we’ve never seen or heard of, chances are that the crossover that’s hiding under that red sheet is the Nissan Kicks.

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2017 Nissan Kicks

2017 Nissan Kicks

Nissan expands is CUV offerings with the new subcompact Kicks

The Kicks is Nissan’s latest crossover offering, and it’s widely based on the 2014 Nissan Kicks Concept that debuted back in 2014 at the Sao Paulo International Auto Show. In essence, the new Kicks CUV is quite similar to the concept, and most of the design cues carry over. As always, the overall design has been toned down a bit because, well, the production models are never as good as the concepts. Major features include a floating roof with a “wrap-around visor,” a comprehensive infotainment system, and best-in-class rear passenger space.

Keno Kato, the Vice President of Product Planning for Nissan, said, “With Kicks, we have developed a compact crossover in the best Nissan tradition, and thanks to the unmatched experience we have in creating vehicles to meet the needs of car-buyers around the world, Kicks will offer best-in-class design, convenience, and technological innovation. And, it will demonstrate Nissan’s commitment to Nissan Intelligent Mobility. Kicks is a car to confidently take on the city.”

So far, we don’t have full details about the CUV, but those should become available closer to its official on-sale date. With the rumors that the Nissan Juke may soon be discontinued, the Kicks may be the replacement for Nissan’s Funky little Juke SUV. So, until we have more information, let’s take a closer look at the Kicks and discuss what we do know about Nissan’s newest offering.

Keep reading for our full review of the Nissan Kicks.

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