2021 Nissan Kicks

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Even with a successful restyle this year, it's hard to get too excited about the 2021 Nissan Kicks. It's a humble tall hatchback marketed as a crossover with 122-horsepower, a CVT and obligatory front-wheel drive. If it hits 60 mph in less than 10 seconds, you were definitely going downhill.  But dang it if the little Kicks isn't a terrific value. At most it just crosses $25,000, but there's very little spread between that ceiling and the $20,650 base model floor. In fact, the SV and SR provide so much extra stuff for so little money, you'd be a little nuts to go with the base car. But even if you did, you'd still find great value in the shockingly spacious cargo area, adult-friendly back seat, abundant standard safety content, excellent visibility and class-besting fuel economy. The latter would be the upside to that glacial acceleration, and honestly, Nissan's engineers have done a good job to ensure the Kicks doesn't feel that slow around town. So although there's not necessarily a lot to get excited about, you can definitely be happy in knowing you've made a smart purchase.    What's new for 2021? The Kicks gets many worthwhile updates and additions. Its significant styling refresh includes an enlarged grille surrounded by prominent black trim (it no longer looks like it just ate something sour) and the taillights have been connected with a matching reflective piece across the liftgate. The interior sees a new center console with improved storage and a proper armrest, while the SR gets the option of a new three-tone color scheme you can see below. The standard infotainment system is now 7 inches and runs both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, while the upgrade system for the SV and SR is an 8-inch screen. Those same trims also now get adaptive cruise control. There are also mechanical upgrades: the steering ratio has thankfully been quickened from the rather truck-like original, while the SV and SR now get rear disc brakes and an auto brake hold – drums remain on the base S. What are the Kicks interior and in-car technology like? The Kicks provides a surprisingly premium environment for its price point. Although there's no shortage of hard plastic about, on the door sills in particular, the areas you prominently see and touch are of a relatively higher quality. Even the base trims come with nifty quilted cloth upholstery and a nicely contoured flat-bottomed steering wheel. That gets wrapped in leather in the SR trim level (pictured above), which also gets orange-accented cloth upholstery or the snazzy "Prima-Tex" simulated leather upholstery in gray and black with orange stitching. We very much appreciate the redesigned center console for 2021 on the SV and SR, which not only adds an armrest but nifty dual-level cupholders. The buttons and knobs throughout move and click in a pleasing way, while the SV and SR trims get a large, configurable display in the instrument panel. The standard 7-inch touchscreen is perfectly straightforward to …
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Even with a successful restyle this year, it's hard to get too excited about the 2021 Nissan Kicks. It's a humble tall hatchback marketed as a crossover with 122-horsepower, a CVT and obligatory front-wheel drive. If it hits 60 mph in less than 10 seconds, you were definitely going downhill.  But dang it if the little Kicks isn't a terrific value. At most it just crosses $25,000, but there's very little spread between that ceiling and the $20,650 base model floor. In fact, the SV and SR provide so much extra stuff for so little money, you'd be a little nuts to go with the base car. But even if you did, you'd still find great value in the shockingly spacious cargo area, adult-friendly back seat, abundant standard safety content, excellent visibility and class-besting fuel economy. The latter would be the upside to that glacial acceleration, and honestly, Nissan's engineers have done a good job to ensure the Kicks doesn't feel that slow around town. So although there's not necessarily a lot to get excited about, you can definitely be happy in knowing you've made a smart purchase.    What's new for 2021? The Kicks gets many worthwhile updates and additions. Its significant styling refresh includes an enlarged grille surrounded by prominent black trim (it no longer looks like it just ate something sour) and the taillights have been connected with a matching reflective piece across the liftgate. The interior sees a new center console with improved storage and a proper armrest, while the SR gets the option of a new three-tone color scheme you can see below. The standard infotainment system is now 7 inches and runs both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, while the upgrade system for the SV and SR is an 8-inch screen. Those same trims also now get adaptive cruise control. There are also mechanical upgrades: the steering ratio has thankfully been quickened from the rather truck-like original, while the SV and SR now get rear disc brakes and an auto brake hold – drums remain on the base S. What are the Kicks interior and in-car technology like? The Kicks provides a surprisingly premium environment for its price point. Although there's no shortage of hard plastic about, on the door sills in particular, the areas you prominently see and touch are of a relatively higher quality. Even the base trims come with nifty quilted cloth upholstery and a nicely contoured flat-bottomed steering wheel. That gets wrapped in leather in the SR trim level (pictured above), which also gets orange-accented cloth upholstery or the snazzy "Prima-Tex" simulated leather upholstery in gray and black with orange stitching. We very much appreciate the redesigned center console for 2021 on the SV and SR, which not only adds an armrest but nifty dual-level cupholders. The buttons and knobs throughout move and click in a pleasing way, while the SV and SR trims get a large, configurable display in the instrument panel. The standard 7-inch touchscreen is perfectly straightforward to …
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Retail Price

$19,600 - $22,140 MSRP / Window Sticker Price
Engine 1.6L I-4
MPG Up to 31 city / 36 highway
Seating 5 Passengers
Transmission 2-spd CVT w/OD
Power 122 @ 6300 rpm
Drivetrain front-wheel
Curb Weight 2,682 - 2,744 lbs
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