The Nissan Kicks one of the most fuel-efficient crossovers in its segment and hence an obvious choice for many. Its popularity can also be attributed to its vast list of standard features and the largest cargo capacities in the class. Therefore there is no doubt that Kicks is a practical car. In its 2021 avatar, the Kicks is all set to take the game up a notch.
2021 Nissan Kick Crossover

With the 2020 model's popularity, the 2021 Nissan Kicks has a lot to meet in terms of expectations. First unveiled in the year 2014, the Kicks hit the market in 2016. In 2017, the Kicks entirely replaced the Nissan Juke but wasn't received well due to its dull appeal and design.

However, it seems like Nissan has finally listened, and the 2021 Kicks has undergone a redesign. While it has not been launched in the US market yet, Nissan has unveiled it in Thailand. Hence, we expect Nissan to bring all the changes in terms of design and features to the US soon as well.

What's New

The 2021 Nissan Kicks is ready to compete with its rivals with a fresh new design and some new features. The overall package is more of a carryover from the past model. Nissan has undoubtedly tried to improve on a lot of aspects.

Trims and Prices

The 2021 Nissan Kicks will be available in the same three trim levels: S, SV, and SR, which is right for the 2020 model. The S, even while being the basic trim, offers 16-inch steel wheels, automatic headlights, push-button start, a tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel, a height-adjustable driver's seat, 60/40-split-folding rear seats, Bluetooth, and a 7-inch touchscreen.

Trims

S

SV

SR

MSRP (FWD)

$18,870

$20,500

$21,120

Key Features

Automatic Emergency Braking with Pedestrian Detection

Add/Upgrade from previous trim

Add/Upgrade from previous trim

 

Lane Departure Warning

Nissan Connect 8" touch-screen display

LED headlights with LED signature accents

 

Rear Automatic Braking

Android Auto

Sport cloth seat trim with orange accents and stitching

 

7" Touch-screen display

7" Advanced Drive-Assist Display

Leather-wrapped steering wheel

 

16" Steel wheels with wheel covers

Apple CarPlay

Intelligent Around View Monitor

   

17" Aluminum-alloy wheels

Integrated Dynamics-control Module - Active Ride Control, Intelligent Trace Control, Intelligent Engine Brake

Going for the higher SV trim will get you features such as heated mirrors, keyless entry, remote start, driver's information display, automatic climate control, and satellite radio. The top of the line SR trim offers the most advanced set of features like LED headlights, foglights, a rear roof spoiler, and a 360-degree parking camera. However, for some of the add on features, you would need to opt for the premium package, which adds to its price.

Engine and Transmission

The 2021 Nissan Kicks is expected the same engine as of the 2020 model. It is a 1.6-liter four-cylinder that doles out 122 horsepower and 114 pound-feet of torque, which is paired to a continuous variable transmission or CVT. It will only be offered with a Front-wheel drive.

2021 Nissan Kicks Hybrid Powertrain

There is only one powertrain option, and hence all trims will get the same 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine. It generates 125 hp of power, and the driver feels adequate for the city as well as highway use. However, it can be a bit noisy and requires some effort on the highway. The one thing to look out for will be Nissan's e-Power technology with its 2021 Kicks. 

Models

Nissan Kicks S

Honda HR-V LX

2020 Mazda CX-3

Subaru Crosstrek

Hyundai Kona

MSRP

$18,870

$22,000

$26,200

$23,000 (est)

$20,000 (Expected)

Engine

1.6L Inline-4

1.5L turbo Inline-4

2.0L Inline-4

2.0L/2.5L Boxer-4

2.0 Liter Inline-4

Transmission

Continuously variable-speed automatic

CVT

6-speed shiftable automatic

6-speed manual/CVT

6-speed automatic with manual shifting mode

Power

122hp@6,300rpm

170 hp @ 6200 RPM

148 hp @ 6000 rpm

182 hp (est)

147 hp @ 6200 rpm

Torque

114lb-ft@4,000rpm

140 lb-ft @ 3800 RPM

146 lb. ft. @ 2800 rpm

176 ft-lbs (est)

132 lb. ft. @ 4500 rpm

It is expected to be a hybrid setup that will get a 1.2-liter three-cylinder engine and a 1.57 kWh battery with an electric motor. Now you might wonder what is so special about it? The driver with the e-power tech will be the generator for the battery, and the car will generate 127 horsepower with both engine and battery pack. However, Nissan might not launch it in the US market.

2021 Nissan Kicks

The Kicks is capable of doing a 0-60 mph in 9.7 seconds, which might seem slow, but considering the segment, it is quite acceptable. In terms of ride and handling, the 2021 Kicks is expected to ship with the same suspension setup. The suspension is tuned for comfort, and hence the car does show some body roll. It is not a car meant to take on a winding section at high speeds. What helps is that the steering is pretty straightforward and feedback-rich. 

2021 Nissan Kicks MPG Figures

When the Nissan Kicks has always shined brightly is in the fuel-economy department. As there will be no changes in terms of powertrain, the fuel economy is expected to be the same. 

Model

Nissan Kicks S 

Honda HR-V LX 

Hyundai Kona SE 

Subaru Crosstrek 2.0i 

Mazda CX-3 Sport 

MPG (city)

31

28

27

23

29

MPG (highway)

36

34

33

29

34

MPG (combined)

33

30

30

25

31

Range (miles) (city/highway)

334.8/388.8

370/449

356/436

382/481

368/432

Tank Capacity (gal)

10.8

13.2

13.2

16.6

12.7

Its combined mileage of 33 MPG is not one of the best, but the best fuel economy you will get in the segment. The only drawback is its small 10.8-gallon fuel tank, which might have been given due to its high fuel efficiency.

Design and Exterior Highlights

The 2021 Nissan Kicks will come with fresh looks and exterior design elements. It will get a more extensive, redesigned front grille flanked by slimmer LED headlights. The front bumper is also redesigned and helps the car look sleeker. The floating roof is also quite evident now, and the Kicks look bolder with a contrasting roof. Elements such as larger headlights, sportier bumper, and a lower body cladding help the Kicks look fresher.

2021 Nissan Kicks

Coming to the rear, the fender is now fully painted, and its overall design is broader and longer. The optional electronic exterior package includes rear parking sensors and exterior ground lighting. All the new additions help the new model look more aggressive and give it a better road presence.

Model

Nissan Kicks S 

Honda HR-V LX 

Hyundai Kona SE 

Subaru Crosstrek 2.0i 

Mazda CX-3 Sport 

Curb weight (lbs.)

2639

2902

2890

3113

2809

Length(in)

169.1

170.4

164.0

175.8

168.3

Width(in)

69.3

69.8

70.9

71.0

69.6

Height(in)

62.4

63.2

61.0

63.6

60.7

Ground clearance (in)

7

7.3

6.7

8.7

6.1

Wheelbase (in)

103.1

102.8

102.4

104.9

101.2

Track width (in) F/R

59.8/60.4

60.4/60.6

62/62.4

61/61.2

60/59.9

In terms of the physical dimensions, the Nissan Kicks is expected to become the most extensive car in its segment. While the Subaru Crosstrek is the highest and the longest car in this comparison. Hence it offers the best road presence in the division.

Interior, Seating, and cargo

In terms of the interior Seating and space, the 2021 Nissan Kicks is expected to receive only minor changes. On the inside, the Kicks does not look as flashy and gets a rather traditional cabin layout. Nissan has attempted to give it a sporty touch with its flat-bottom steering, contrast stitching, and circular air vents.

2021 Nissan Kicks Interior

The features list will include a 7-inch or an 8-inch touchscreen, six-speaker or an optional 8-speaker audio system, ventilated front seats, and much more. It will also get a centrally mounted seven-inch digital instrument cluster with a two-tone black and orange interior color theme for the VL model. The seats provide excellent support, and the ergonomics are well-sorted since the last update.

Model

Nissan Kicks S 

Honda HR-V LX 

Hyundai Kona SE 

Subaru Crosstrek 2.0i 

Mazda CX-3 Sport 

Passenger capacity

5

5

5

5

5

Front (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (In.)

40.7/53/43.7

39.5/56.8/41.2

39.6/55.5/41.5

39.8/56.7/43.1

38.4/53.5/41.7

Second (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (In.)

38.5/53.2/33.2

38.3/54.5/39.3

37.8/54.5/34.6

38.0/55.6/36.5

37.2/50.4/35.0

Nissan seems to have taken complete care regarding the storage space as you get large door pockets and glovebox. The current model offers the biggest boot in the segment, and things will be no different with the 2021 model. Its 25.3 cubic feet of cargo space is ample for long trips and many nifty cubbyholes for small items.

Model

Nissan Kicks S 

Honda HR-V LX 

Hyundai Kona SE 

Subaru Crosstrek 2.0i 

Mazda CX-3 Sport 

Cargo Volume (ft.3)

25.3

24.3

19.2

20.8

12.4

Even while the Nissan Kicks looks like a compact crossover, it offers ample room on the inside. Nissan has managed to liberate quite a lot of space on the inside. However, the Subaru Crosstek provides the most premium cabin but is also the most expensive car on the list. Honda's HR-V also scores well in terms of cabin space, while the Hyundai Kona feels a bit cramped. Overall, the Kicks are at par with the segment in terms of cabin fit/finish and space.

What's there to keep you entertained?

The 2021 Nissan Kicks will offer you an 8-inch touchscreen, which will be an inch bigger than the 2020 model. It is fluid to use and feels snappy. The interface is expected to be the same but might offer more features. It will Nissan's Connect infotainment touchscreen, which will support Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. The 8-speaker audio unit also gets crisp output.

2021 Nissan Kicks Interior

Key Infotainment Features

  • 7" Advanced Drive-Assist Display
  • 7" Touch-screen Display
  • Apple Carplay and Android Auto
  • Bluetooth
  • Bose Personal Plus Audio system with 8 speakers
  • Three USB ports and Auxiliary input jack

Safety Features and Ratings

The 2021 Nissan Kicks is expected to get advanced safety features such as a fully digital rearview mirror. The 2019 Nissan Kicks was an IIHS Top Safety Pick, which shows that it is quite safe. However, this rating is reached with optional LED projector lights and other features. Standard safety features include automatic high-beam control, lane departure warning, a blind-spot monitor, rear cross-traffic alert, rear parking sensors, forward collision warning with pedestrian detection, and front and rear automatic emergency braking.

  • Cruise control
  • Six airbags (front, side, and curtain),
  • Forward collision warning
  • Emergency braking
  • Blindspot warning
  • Rear cross-traffic alert
  • Around view monitor with moving object detection 
  • Digital rearview mirror

Verdict

While there is no official release date for the 2021 Nissan Kicks, we expect it to be launched in the US market in late 2020. Pricing is expected to remain almost the same, which shall be in the range of $19,000 to $22,500. The Nissan Kicks is not only one of the most affordable SUVs in its class but also the fuel-efficient. Hence it is undoubtedly a practical as well as an economical car. While offering a value proposition, the Kicks does not skimp on safety features. With the 2021 Kicks, Nissan has only spiced up the game even more, and all it's updated make it an easy recommendation.

FAQ's

Is the Nissan kicks a reliable?

The Nissan Kicks is a great subcompact SUV because of its solid blend of character and value. I fare well in the J.D.Power Reliability test.

Do Nissan kicks come in the all-wheel-drive?

No, Front-wheel drive is standard and all-wheel-drive is not even an option.

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2020 Nissan Kicks Complete In-depth Review & Buying Guide