Nissan has released pricing information for the newest member of its crossover lineup, the 2018 Kicks. The Kicks appears to be the more conservative replacement for Nissan's other small crossover, the Juke. While the Juke has funky styling and a more engaging driving experience, the Kicks will put an emphasis on practicality with a more efficient powertrain (33 combined mpg versus 29 for the Juke) and a more conventional shape, which allows for better cargo and passenger room.
The Kicks will be offered in three trim levels: S, SV and SR. When Nissan introduced the Kicks at the 2017 Los Angeles Auto Show, it said that pricing would start "well below" $19,000 and ... well I wouldn't call this "well below," but it's still much more affordable than the Juke. S models start at $18,965; the SV will cost $20,665; and the SR tops the lineup at $21,265 (all prices include a $975 destination charge).
All Kicks models are front-wheel-drive-only and come with the same powertrain, a 125-horsepower, 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine making 115 pounds-feet of torque and mated to a continuously variable automatic transmission. When I first saw the Kicks, it impressed me with its interior layout and backseat legroom and headroom, two areas where many of its competitors struggle. It also has 25.3 cubic feet of cargo room behind the backseat, which beats the Toyota C-HR handily (19.0 cubic feet) and crushes the outgoing Juke (10.5 cubic feet).
It's also worth highlighting the Kicks updated technology offerings, which include Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. Nissan didn't specify if those will be standard, but what will be is automatic forward emergency braking, a feature that we like for its ability to lower the possibility or severity of collisions.
Nissan says 2018 Kicks sales kick off this spring, which means the small crossover should reach dealerships soon.
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