2019 Kicks New Car Test Drive
The 2019 Nissan Kicks is a tidy blend of subcompact hatchback and crossover. Replacing the quirky Juke, the expressive Kicks is definitely not boring.
The front-wheel-drive 2019 Kicks uses a 122-horsepower inline-4 mated to a continuously variable transmission (CVT). It isn't offered with all-wheel drive, but its 25-foot cargo space is anything but small. Up to four adult passengers fit in its cabin, though three smaller people can ride in back in a pinch.
The Kicks is fairly light at about 2,650 pounds, and its steering is light, so it feels quick-witted in the city.
With no changes made for 2019, the Kicks remains a good value, as the SV model at about $21,200 is very well-equipped, including automatic emergency braking.
The Kicks is EPA-rated at 31 mpg city, 36 highway, 33 combined.
The IIHS named the Kicks a Top Safety Pick in 2018, with mostly top 'Good'? scores. In the challenging small-overlap crash test, the passenger side earned an 'Acceptable'? rating.
Standard safety equipment also includes high-beam headlights. Blind-spot monitors and rear cross-traffic alerts come on SV and SR trims..
The Kicks comes in S, SV and SR trims. The base Kicks S costs about $19,500 and has power windows and locks, automatic emergency braking, air conditioning, keyless entry, steel wheels, and a 7.0-inch touchscreen for infotainment with Bluetooth and a USB port. No options are available on the Kicks S.
The SV costs about $21,200 and piles on features, including sophisticated infotainment software with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility, blind-spot monitors, rear cross-traffic alerts, 17-inch alloy wheels, automatic climate control, heated exterior mirrors, keyless ignition, and more.
The Kicks SR offers synthetic leather upholstery, a surround-view camera system, and a few minor features for about $21,900. There is one option package: $1,000 gets Bose speakers and heated front seats.
A stand-alone option costing from $200 to $600 is your choice of paint schemes, including a contrasting roof panel on the Kicks SV and SR..