2018 Nissan Kicks

MSRP $19,990 - $20,590

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2018 Nissan Kicks Price, Review, Ratings and Pictures

Updated on: August 31, 2021

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Nathan Dyer 

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The 2018 Nissan Kicks is an all-new model for this year that has the segment-lowest starting price of $17,990. It is available for sale in three trims namely S, SV, and SR. It is powered by a 1.6L four-cylinder engine that makes 125 hp and 115 lb-ft. of torque. Although the numbers seem less, the Kicks' 0-60 MPH sprint time is 9.7 seconds, which is really great. This underpowered engine also contributes to segment-leading fuel economy. 

2018 Nissan Kicks three-quarter view

The cabin of the Kicks is functional and surprisingly looks upscale. It offers a lot of comfort and technological features for a low price point and also offers a decent trunk volume. The Kicks's safety ratings are good and also offer a good list of driver-assist features. Another main highlight of the crossover is low ownership costs. The Kicks receives rivalry from segment leaders such as the Honda HR-V, the Toyota C-HR, and the Hyundai Kona

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Pros

Terrific fuel economy

Plenty of standard and available features

Comofrtable interior

Ample cargo space

Rides smoothly over uneven pavement

Cons

Not so engaging to drive

Engine feels weak during highway passing

Rear seats don't fold flat

What's New?

All-new model


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$19990

bodystyle

4dr Crossover

passenger capacity

5

top speed

180 mph

drivetrain

rear wheel drive

engine type

displacement

98 cu.in.

horsepower

125 hp @ 5800 rpm

torque

115 lb.-ft. @ 4000 rpm

transmission

6 speed Automatic

chassis

suspension front

Independent front strut suspension w/anti-roll bar

suspension rear

Semi-independent rear torsion beam suspension w/anti-roll bar

dimensions

wheelbase

103 in.

length

169 in.

width

72 in.

height

62 in.

curb weight

2654 lbs.

ground clearance

7 in.

capacity

passenger volume

93.9 cu ft.

cargo volume

32.3 cu ft.

payload capacity

944 lbs.

performance

zero to 60 mph

9.7 sec.

standing 1/4-mile

17.6 sec.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

31/33/36 mpg

warranty

basic warranty

3 yr./ 36000 mi.

drivetrain warranty

5 yr./ 60000 mi.

corrosion warranty

5 yr./ unlimited mi.

roadside assistance

Yes


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Trims

SV$19,990 onwards

SR$20,590 onwards

Colors and Styles

2018 Nissan Kicks in Brilliant Silver color
Brilliant Silver

Vehicle images are guides only and may not reflect the model's exact specifications/features– exact specifications/features should be confirmed with the seller.

Ratings

Features

5.0

Engine and Performance

4.0

Fuel Economy

8.0

Interior

2.8

Exterior

6.0

4.8

OVERALL RATING

Expert Review, Pricing Analysis and Buying Guide

4.8

Overall Rating


With the all-new 2018 Kicks, Nissan doesn't just stick to the formula, it steers headlong into it- CarGurus

With the all-new Kicks, Nissan set out with a pretty straightforward plan, make a car for hip urban people that's affordable, good-looking, and full of safety and tech features. Nissan's made it pretty clear that the Kicks is not a replacement for their older similarly-scaled Juke. But it very much carries on with the Juke's spunky and fun characters. 

When we say the Kicks' affordable, that implies not only for its cheap price tag but also its low ownership costs as well. Considering all the costs such as maintenance, repair, fuel, etc., you may have to shell out nearly $5,480 every year, which is very low compared to its rivals. Due to its fuel-efficient nature, it can drive up to 10.41 miles for every dollar you pay. 


5.0/10
Features

4.0/10
Engine and Performance

8.0/10
Fuel Economy

2.8/10
Interior

6.0/10
Exterior


2018 Nissan Kicks Features

5.0/10

Standard equipment is generous in the Nissan Kicks - Autotrader

Three trims are offered in the Nissan Kicks. These are S, SV, and SR. The Kicks start at $17,990, making it the least expensive subcompact SUV. This price excludes a destination fee of $995. Even if the top-end SR trim is fully loaded, it just costs over $22,000 which is less than its rivals. The Kicks also get few accessories such as floor mats ($215) and a two-tone roof ($150).

2018 Nissan Kicks three-quarter view

The Kicks comes standard with some pretty impressive stuff, the most impressive being automatic emergency braking. In competitors, that's a feature reserved for higher trims. Nissan's Color Studio option is also available with the Kicks, which means you can personalize some accessory items like wheel inserts or exterior mirrors of door handles in five different accent colors. 

Trim S SV SR
MSRP (FWD) $17,990 $19,960 $20,290
Key Features 7-inch touchscreen display Adds/ Upgrades to S trim Adds/ Upgrades to SV trim
  6-speaker stereo Blind Spot Monitoring LED headlights
  16-inch steel wheels 7-inch color digital instrument display Fog lights
  Cloth upholstery 17-inch alloy wheels Rear roofline spoiler
 

Rearview camera

Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity Leather steering wheel and shift knob
  Push-button start Satellite radio Simulated leather dash trim
  Forward Collision Warning Cargo cover Surround-view camera
  Automatic Emergency Braking Heated exterior mirrors  
  6-way manually adjustable front seats Automatic climate control  
    Proximity entry  
    Rear Cross-Traffic Alert  

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The SR trim comes nicely loaded with a lot of features and it is smartly priced too. Hence, we suggest you go for this model. This trim adds LED headlights, fog lights, a leather steering wheel and shift knob, and a surround-view camera. Also, upgrade to the $1,000 Premium package that adds heated front seats and an 8-speaker Bose audio system including driver's headrest speakers. 


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2018 Nissan Kicks Engine and Performance

4.0/10
On those urban streets, the little hatch feels right at home- Autoweek

2018 Nissan Kicks Engine and Transmission

Under the hood, you will see a tiny engine which is a 1.6L four-cylinder engine that generates 125 hp and 115 lb-ft. of torque. This engine is paired with an updated CVT with simulated gear changes. All that power is sent to the front wheels and no optional AWD system is offered. This engine is the most underpowered in this segment. 

2018 Nissan Kicks engine

While the Kicks makes less power than most of its rivals, it is important to note that it is pushing somewhere between 200 and 500 pounds less weight than those competitors. Due to this, the Kicks don't feel underpowered and get the job done. The CVT feels pretty natural without that rubber band droning CVTs are known for.  

Models

2018 Nissan Kicks

2018 Honda HR-V 2018 Toyota C-HR 2018 Hyundai Kona

MSRP

$17,990

$20,470 $22,500 $21,000

Engine

1.6L Inline-4

1.8L Inline-4 2.0L Inline-4 2.0L Inline-4
Drivetrain FWD FWD FWD FWD

Transmission

CVT

CVT CVT 6-Speed Automatic

Power

125 hp @ 5,800 RPM

141 hp @ 6,500 RPM 144 hp @ 6,100 RPM 147 hp @ 6,200 RPM

Torque

115 lb-ft.@ 4,000 RPM

127 lb-ft. @ 4,300 RPM 139 lb-ft. @ 3,900 RPM 132 lb-ft. @ 4,500 RPM

With 147 horses under the hood, the Hyundai Kona makes the most power and is the only car with a traditional automatic transmission. The initial price of the Toyota C-HR is very high in its segment and it also makes more power than the Kicks. The Honda HR-V is also slightly powerful but it uses a CVT transmission like the Kicks and C-HR. 

2018 Nissan Kicks Acceleration

 The Nissan Kicks is surely underpowered but on the plus side, a 2,720 pounds of curb weight gives the Kicks a decent power-to-weight ratio. When you push the pedal hard, the Kicks take 9.7 seconds to sprint from 0-60 MPH. That's really good for a vehicle with 125 horsepower. It further covers the quarter-mile in 17.5 seconds. 

2018 Nissan Kicks takes 9.7 sec to reach 60 MPH

The top speed is electronically limited to 115 MPH. The Nissan Kicks has decent acceleration off the line, perfect for navigating city blocks. But in faster situations, it feels underwhelming. Step on the accelerator when you are at speed and not a lot happens except a bit more noise. Therefore, the Kicks is a good vehicle for the city indoors. 

Models

2018 Nissan Kicks

2018 Honda HR-V 2018 Toyota C-HR 2018 Hyundai Kona
0-60 MPH

9.7 sec

9.6 sec 11.0 sec 9.8 sec
Quarter Mile

17.5 sec

17.4 sec 18.4 sec 17.2 sec
Engine

1.6L

1.5L 2.0L 2.0L
Top Speed

115 MPH

119 MPH 115 MPH 120 MPH

Despite being underpowered, the Kicks give a good challenge to their rivals. Both the Honda HR-V and the Hyundai Kona's performance stats are not that impressive although developing more power than the Kicks. The Toyota C-HR is the slowest contender due to its high curb weight and weak engine. 

2018 Nissan Kicks Ride and Handling

Built on the Versa platform, the ride quality of the Nissan Kicks is pretty good. The suspension doesn't feel too hard or too soft and bumps aren't jarring or uncomfortable at all. On the other hand, the steering isn't really superb. There is a lot of play in the steering wheel and it doesn't feel connected.

2018 Nissan Kicks side driving view

Though, when you get up to speed, the electronic steering adjusts and becomes a bit more responsive. The Kicks also benefit from a tight turning radius which is really helpful when you want to park at tight spots. The Kicks feel awkward at corners because the turning is a bit delayed. Therefore, its handling isn't that exciting. 

2018 Nissan Kicks Braking 

The braking performance of the Nissan Kicks isn't that impressive as its acceleration. The front wheels house 10.2-inch ventilated disc brakes while the rear wheels use drum brakes that are 8 inches in size. While decelerating from 60-0 MPH, the Kicks take 126 feet, which is probably the longest in its segment. 

2018 Nissan Kicks brakes

The brakes aren't that responsive because they don't apply strong braking pressure when the pedal is floored. The braking action is a bit delayed but the pedal feels mushy. One positive point of the Kicks over its rivals is that the automatic emergency braking feature is offered as standard while its rivals offer it in higher trims only. 

Models

2018 Nissan Kicks

2018 Honda HR-V 2018 Toyota C-HR 2018 Hyundai Kona
Brakes Front 

10.2 in

11.5 in 11.8 in 11.0 in
Brakes Rear

8.0 in

11.1 in 11.1 in  10.3 in 
Curb Weight

2,720 lbs

2,902 lbs 3,300 lbs 2,890 lbs
60-0 MPH

126 ft.

114 ft.  122 ft. 115 ft.

The Honda HR-V performs great in this field and manages to stop in just 114 feet while the Hyundai Kona is right behind it with 115 feet of braking distance. Surprisingly, the heavier Toyota C-HR also stops quickly than the Kicks and grabs the third spot on the table. Nissan has to improve the braking abilities of the Kicks. 


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2018 Nissan Kicks Fuel Economy

8.0/10

With little power on tap, the 2018 Nissan Kicks is predictably thrifty at the pump- The Car Connection

The payoff for the underwhelming engine is really solid fuel economy. The EPA-estimated MPG figures of the Nissan Kicks include 31 MPG in the city, 36 MPG on a highway, and 33 MPG combined. These fuel ratings are the best in the segment and no other competitor delivers such fuel economy as the Kicks. 

2018 Nissan Kicks side view

 The Kicks gets the smallest fuel tank in this segment that measures 10.8 gallons. Therefore, the driving range is not competitive. The Kicks can deliver a combined range of 362 miles before visiting the fuel station for refueling. Although the driving range is less, your fuel costs will be very less compared to other competitors thanks to its strong efficiency. 

Models

2018 Nissan Kicks

2018 Honda HR-V 2018 Toyota C-HR 2018 Hyundai Kona
MPG (City)

31

28 27 27
MPG (Highway)

36

34 31 33
MPG (Combined)

33

31 29 30
Fuel Tank Capacity (Gallon) 10.8 13.2 13.2 13.2
Range (City/Highway/Combined; Miles) 335/389/362 370/449/409 356/409/384 356/436/396

The only competitor here close to the Kick's fuel economy is the Honda HR-V. it returns 2 MPG combined less than the Kicks. The fuel estimates of the Toyota C-HR and the Hyundai Kona are almost the same but they deliver a better range than the Kicks owing to their large fuel tanks. Keep in mind, a larger fuel tank and less efficiency means more fuel costs. 


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2018 Nissan Kicks Interior

2.8/10
What's best about the interior, however, is that it's a very usable and roomy space for a car this small- CarAndDriver

2018 Nissan Kicks Seating and Comfort

The interior of the Nissan Kicks is simple but it's really well laid out. Not all the surfaces area soft touch but there are some as well as some nice extras like contrast stitching, piano black surfaces, and brushed chrome-like surfaces. Cloth upholstery is standard on all trims but faux leather is also available. The seats are NASA-inspired zero gravity design and they provide utmost comfort.

2018 Nissan Kicks dashboard

Sadly, they are not power-adjustable but heated front seats are an option. Speaking of passenger space, there is ample in the front row. The back seats are technically supposed to fit three people but only two full-size adults can accommodate comfortably. Both head and legroom are adequate for seat an adult. The top-end SR trim also adds rear heat vents. 

Models

2018 Nissan Kicks

2018 Honda HR-V 2018 Toyota C-HR 2018 Hyundai Kona
Passenger Capacity

5

5 5 5
Front Row (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (in)

40.7/53.0/43.7

39.5/56.8/41.2 38.1/49.0/43.5 39.6/54.1/40.8
Second Row (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (in)

38.5/53.2/33.2

38.3/54.5/39.3 38.3/52.5/31.7 38.8/52.8/35.7

The Honda HR-V shines in this section as it offers the most passenger space in the rear row. The Hyundai Kona also offers decent space at the back but it compromises on the front legroom. Meanwhile, the Toyota C-HR's rear row is cramped and is not suitable for grown adults. 

2018 Nissan Kicks Infotainment System

A standard 7-inch touchscreen is fixed at the center of the dash. Some automakers claim that by placing the touchscreen at the top of the dash, the driver's eyes and road level. But the move back to the center is a welcome change of pace and is frankly more visually appealing. The touchscreen is easily navigable while the interface is straightforward and easy to use thanks in large part to the physical button on either side of the screen.

2018 Nissan Kicks infotainment system

A 6-speaker stereo is standard but you can upgrade to an 8-speaker Bose audio system for a better music experience. This system also comes standard with Siri Eyes Free for iPhone users but to get Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, you'll have to move to the SV trim. Behind the steering wheel, the speedometer is analog but the rear is a 7-inch digital screen which you can configure using the buttons on the steering wheel. 

2018 Nissan Kicks Interior Features

Some of the comfort and technological features of the Kicks' cabin are mentioned below:

  • Tilt & telescopic multi-function leather steering wheel
  • 4-way manually adjustable front cloth seats
  • Remote engine start
  • Automatic climate control
  • Proximity keyless entry
  • Push-button start
  • 7-inch touchscreen display with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto
  • 6-speaker stereo
  • Wi-Fi hotspot
  • Satellite radio

2018 Nissan Kicks Cargo Volume

The Nissan Kicks is one of those CUVs that's actually got room for cargo and passengers at the same time. Behind the second row, you get 25.3 cubic feet, which bests most of its rivals. This space expands to 53.1 cubic feet, which is good for a subcompact SUV. The rear seats are pretty easy to lay flat. 

2018 Nissan Kicks cargo space

The low load floor makes it easy to stuff your bags into it. The loading lip is flat which comes in handy while loading the cargo area. The Kicks also offers plenty of storage options inside the cabin as well. The center cupholders are a bit shallow but the bottle holders in the door are huge. The small cubbies can be used for keeping your phone. 

Models

2018 Nissan Kicks

2018 Honda HR-V 2018 Toyota C-HR 2018 Hyundai Kona

Cargo Volume (ft.3)

25.3

24.3 19.0 19.2
  53.1 58.8 36.4 45.8

The Honda HR-V, once again, leads the pack by offering the most cargo space with the rear seats folded while the Kicks stand behind it on the table. With the rear seats up, the Toyota C-HR and the Hyundai Kona stand at the same level in terms of space but once folded, the Kona is the winner. 


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2018 Nissan Kicks Exterior

6.0/10
To our eye, the new Nissan Kicks is among the best looking subcompact SUVs- Kelly Blue Book

2018 Nissan Kicks Dimensions and Weight

The exterior design of the Nissan Kicks is not as polarizing as the Juke but it certainly has a bold look. Upfront, you can see there's a lot going on with the soft U-shaped grille and oversized headlights. The top-end SR trim gets darkened chrome on the grille and most importantly, halogen headlamps are changed out for more modern-looking LED ones. Along the bottom, you have a back bumper except on the SR trim where you get body-colored accents and fog lights. The high ground clearance of the Kicks doesn't mean it's an off-roader. 

2018 Nissan Kicks front angle view

its wheelbase is mostly on par with some of its rivals. On the side, the blacked-out C-pillars make for a floating roof effect. If you want to stand out from the crowd, Nissan will paint the roof a totally different color for a small extra charge. The base S trim sits on 16-inch steel wheels while the other two trims get 17-inch alloy wheels. Around the back, there is an interesting shaped tailgate with a large window and the typical Nissan boomerang taillights. Just like the front end, the rear black bumper will have body-colored accents only on the SR trim. 

Models

2018 Nissan Kicks

2018 Honda HR-V 2018 Toyota C-HR 2018 Hyundai Kona
Curb Weight (lbs)

2,720

2,902 3,300 2,890 
Length (in)

169.1

169.1 171.2 164.0
Width( in)

69.3

69.8 70.7 70.9
Height (in)

62.4

63.2 61.6 61.0
Ground Clearance (in)

7.0

6.7 5.9 6.7
Wheelbase (in)

103.1

102.8 103.9 102.4
Track Width (in) F/R

59.8/60.4

60.4/60.6 60.6/60.6 61.4/61.7

Due to its heavy curb weight, the Toyota C-HR has weak acceleration. The short height of the Hyundai Kona impacts the headroom in the front row. The Honda HR-V's ground clearance is 0.3 inches lower than the Kicks. Therefore, getting in and out of the vehicle would be easy. 

2018 Nissan Kicks Exterior Features

Some cool exterior features of the eye-catching Kicks' design are:

  • LED headlamps
  • LED fog lights
  • LED DRLs
  • Heated exterior mirrors with integrated turn signals
  • Aluminum body side moldings
  • Black fender lip moldings
  • Black grille with chrome accents
  • Rear roofline spoiler
  • Black window trim
  • 16 & 17-inch wheels

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2018 Nissan Kicks Safety

Forward collision warning with automatic emergency braking is standard, which is a nice touch- Edmunds

Only IIHS has conducted crash tests on the Nissan Kicks. It was honored with the Top Safety Pick award, which is considered the agency's second-highest accolade. That's because the SUV has scored 'Good' ratings in almost all crash tests, an 'Acceptable' rating for the passenger's side crash test, and a 'Superior' rating for the front crash prevention. 

2018 Nissan Kicks IIHS crash test

The SR trim was given an 'Acceptable' rating regarding headlights while the S and SV trims were rated 'Poor'. When it comes to driver assistance features, the Kicks comes with a decently loaded. Also, a suite of seven airbags is packed inside the SUV to reduce the severity of injuries in the event of an accident. The list of safety features available in the Kicks are given below:

  • Rearview Camera
  • Blind Spot Monitoring
  • Rear Cross-Traffic Alert
  • Rear Parking Sensors
  • Surround-View Camera
  • Forward Collision Warning
  • Automatic Emergency Braking

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2018 Nissan Kicks Competition

2018 Nissan Kicks vs 2018 Honda HR-V

The Honda HR-V develops more power than the Kicks but its performance is not appreciable. However, it is more fun to drive than the  Kicks. The HR-V is not as efficient as the Kicks but it offers spacious rear seats. The HR-V lacks behind the Kicks in terms of technological features but excels in cargo space. Moreover, the HR-V is short on driver aids and only offers a blind spot camera.

2018 Honda HR-V 

2018 Nissan Kicks vs 2018 Toyota C-HR

The Kicks is higher-ranking than the Toyota C-HR in almost all factors. Although it is powerful, it delivers weak acceleration and is less fuel-efficient than the Kicks. It is also less engaging to drive. Moving to the interior, the C-HR's rear row is cramped while its cargo space is the least in this segment. The main winning points of this SUV are more standard safety features and good reliability. 

2018 Toyota C-HR

2018 Nissan Kicks vs 2018 Hyundai Kona

The Hyundai Kona is the most powerful SUV in this competition and yet, it is on par with the Kick in terms of performance. Its fuel efficiency is also less. Inside, the Kona offers more rear legroom and an array of standard features. However, its cargo volume is poor. The Kona is superior to the Kicks with regards to driver-assist features as it offers a lot of them. Its warranty coverage is also longer than the Kicks. 

2018 Hyundai Kona

2018 Nissan Kicks Final Verdict

The 2018 Nissan Kicks is a really great example of engineering, design, and marketing teams all sitting down in the same room and absolutely nailing the brief. Even when fully loaded, the Kicks is pretty affordable. The Kicks is a crossover for people who know they don't need a car to ever go off-road or even be that sporty. It's a better subcompact car than anything Nissan has right now. 

2018 Nissan Kicks three-quarter view

2018 Nissan Kicks FAQs

Does the 2018 Nissan Kicks have 4WD?

No, the 2018 Nissan Kicks comes standard only with an FWD drivetrain.

Does the 2018 Nissan Kicks have heated seats?

Heated front seats are an option only on the top-end SR trim. 

Is the Nissan Kicks roomy?

The Nissan Kicks has a spacious front row good for six-footers while the rear row offers enough space for grown adults. 

Does the 2018 Nissan Kicks get a navigation system?

No, the navigation system is not offered in the 2018 Nissan Kicks. 

Do the Nissan Kicks have leather seats?

For a car that has a starting price of $17,990, leather seats are hard to come by.   

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