The 2017 model year marks the end of the Nissan Juke, a quirky little crossover that nevertheless failed to entice North American buyers to buy. Replacing the Juke is the all-new 2018 Nissan Kicks, an equally quirky but less polarizing and more versatile compact crossover.
The Nissan Kicks fits in well with the other crossovers in the Nissan lineup and utilizes a well-done 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine that outputs 125 horsepower (93 kW) and 115 pound-feet (156 Nm) of torque. A continuously variable transmission (CVT) works like an automatic transmission to power the front wheels.
The 2018 Nissan Kicks fits just underneath the new Rogue Sport model for size, offering a more compact vehicle that still retains the popular crossover appeal. Cargo space in the Kicks is about twice that of the outgoing Juke and rear seat legroom and headroom are also greatly improved when compared. This makes the Nissan Kicks far more livable than the Juke and adds a level of versatility that will appeal to buyers.
Setting the Nissan Kicks apart from others in the segment are its exclusive two-tone color options, focus on technology and infotainment, and top-end safety equipment. The Kicks comes standard with a rearview camera, automatic emergency braking, three USB ports, Bluetooth, and more. A 7-inch infotainment touchscreen is standard in the SV and SR models, as are Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.
Also of note is that the 2018 Nissan Kicks is priced lower than was the outgoing Juke, offering more content for a better price.
For many, the most appealing aspect of the new Nissan Kicks is its cross-continental and very American design. The Kicks was primarily designed in Brazil before being polished in the United States. This cross-border work resulted in the Kicks becoming a distinctly American thing. As in all of the Americas. Add in that the crossover is being built in plants in both Brazil and Mexico and the little Nissan Kicks becomes truly made for this side of the globe.
Inside the new Nissan Kicks, roominess is the key ingredient to making this subcompact crossover a great daily driver. The cabin is efficient, but not cramped and offers a lot of configuration and comfort. It’s designed for daily use, not showroom bling, but that doesn’t mean that the 2018 Nissan Kicks is boring inside either. With plenty of tech and lots of space, it balances well between looks and culture.
To sum all of this up, the 2018 Nissan Kicks offers everything buyers in today’s market really want. It looks good, it drives well, and it’s useful and efficient. What more could anyone ask for?