Pros/ Cute design, lightweight and fun to drive, stellar fuel economy
Cons/ Low power, no AWD, can get noisy on highways
Bottom Line/ The Nissan Kicks is a cute, happy-go-lucky crossover in a world full of serious, joyless appliances.
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2021 Nissan Kicks Review: Rebranding the Modern City Car
“If you don’t like what’s being said, change the conversation.”
Mad Men’s Don Draper is not a role model by any stretch, but this quote of his is sage advice. If the car-buying public is running away from small cars in favor of crossovers, well, turn the former into the latter. That’s what Nissan did when it debuted the Kicks a few years ago, and now the brand has freshened up its smallest offering for the 2021 model year.
Comfortable, practical, and affordable, this latest Kicks makes a strong case for itself as a first car for younger folks. Beyond that, it’s well enough equipped to appeal to the pragmatist: the Kicks has everything you need in a new car, and nothing you don’t.
|Price /||$20,290 - $22,850|
|Engine /||1.6-liter 4-cylinder|
|Power /||122 hp|
|Torque /||114 lb-ft|
|Fuel Economy (city/hwy) /||31 mpg / 36 mpg|
|Cargo Capacity /||25.3 cu ft|
Our Final Verdict
|Quality and Styling||7.0|