Say what you will about Nissan’s design department, but it is bold. It started with the adorkable Cube compact more than a decade ago, then its quirky Juke and in 2018 the brand introduced the Kicks. Still a compact, still a crossover, but one of the cheapest you can buy. Now just three years down the road, Nissan is upgrading the Kicks for the new decade.
The main changes include standard Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, a standard 7-inch touchscreen with an 8-inch screen on SV and SR trims, three standard USB ports and a USB-c for the SV and SR, new wheel designs, an updated center console and disc brakes (!) for the rear on SV and SR grades. The sheetmetal is also refreshed.
All Kicks come standard with a 1.6-liter four making 122 hp and 114 lb-ft of torque. A CVT sends power to the front wheels only. That combo is good for 31 mpg in the city, 36 on the highway and 33 mpg combined.
Nissan is joining the raft of automakers installing active safety features as standard equipment. Nissan’s Safety Shield 360 includes automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection, lane departure warning, radar-based blind spot warning, rear cross traffic alert, high beam assist and rear automatic braking.
There are three new colors called electric blue metallic, scarlet ember tintcoat and boulder gray pearl. Five two-tone combinations are also offered including super black/scarlet ember, super black/electric blue and super black/boulder gray pearl.
The 2020 Nissan Kicks started at $20,165 with destination, we expect this new 2021 model to stick close to that.
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