While it lacks an all-wheel-drive option, the 2019 Nissan Kicks delivers a number of features that should appeal to buyers who want a small, versatile vehicle. This pint-sized crossover offers controlled handling, great maneuverability and a useful cargo hold. The Kicks also represents a strong value. You’ll find that it’s competitively priced, even when loaded with the latest technology and driver-assistance features.
The Kicks is a subcompact crossover with seating for five. It comes in S, SV and SR trims, and all models are powered by a four-cylinder engine and a continuously variable transmission (CVT). Front-wheel drive is standard across the model line.
First introduced as a 2018 model, the Nissan Kicks sees no major changes for its second year of production.
The 2019 Kicks isn’t quite as sleek and sporty as competitors such as the 2019 Mazda CX-3 or Hyundai Kona. However, it still has cheerful exterior styling and some design cues that are unique within this class. Nissan’s V-shaped (and appropriately named) “V-Motion” grille is a prominent feature on the Kicks’ front end, and it’s complemented by a wide lower air intake and boomerang headlights. Blacked-out C-pillars on the sides create a “floating roof” effect, which can also be seen on larger stablemates, including the Nissan Murano.
The base Kicks comes with exterior features that include 16-inch steel wheels, halogen headlights and roof rails. Available features include 17-inch alloy wheels and body-colored door handles, bumpers and mirrors. A rear spoiler, LED low-beam headlights and side-view mirrors with turn signal indicators also are offered.
While there’s no abundance of rear-seat space, the 2019 Kicks treats front-seat passengers to comfortable and supportive seats with generous headroom and legroom. A standard touch-screen infotainment system serves as a focal point of the dash, while quality materials and red contrast stitching provide an upscale look and feel. A flat-bottomed steering wheel is a sporty touch that helps the Kicks stand apart from more mundane subcompact crossovers.
The Kicks’ versatility is bolstered by a deep, usefully shaped cargo area. You’ll find 25.3 cubic feet of room with the rear seats in use. Cargo space expands to 53.1 cubic feet of space with the second row folded.
The base Kicks comes with comfort and convenience features that include full power accessories, air conditioning and cruise control. There’s also cloth upholstery, a six-way manually adjustable driver’s seat and 60/40-split folding rear seats. Optional features include heated front seats, leatherette upholstery, illuminated vanity mirrors, a cargo cover and automatic climate control.
Every Nissan Kicks comes with a 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine that produces 122 horsepower and 114 pound-feet of torque. A CVT and front-wheel drive also are standard across the model line.
Fuel economy is impressive for the class, as the Kicks delivers an EPA-estimated 31/36 mpg city/highway.
Acceleration may not be the Kicks’ strongest suit, but this subcompact crossover offers decent power in stop-and-go traffic. It’s also strong enough to maintain highway speeds on the open road. However, the Kicks’ car-like driving dynamics are what truly make it a standout in the class. A small footprint and a tight turning radius make the Kicks a very easy crossover to drive in congested urban settings. The Kicks also offers controlled handling and responsive steering, which help keep the driving experience fun.
The 2019 Kicks offers a competitive list of technology features, and we found the infotainment system exceptionally easy to use. It features clear on-screen menus, quick response times and desirable smartphone mirroring technologies. That said, we’d like to see a couple additional USB ports in the cabin for passengers. The base Kicks S comes with a six-speaker audio system, Bluetooth, USB and auxiliary inputs and a 7-inch touchscreen. A rearview camera and forward collision warning with automatic emergency braking also are included on the base model.
Higher trims bring in tech features such as keyless access/ignition, satellite radio and Apple CarPlay and Android Auto integration. Blind spot monitoring and rear cross-traffic alert also are included on all but the base model. A surround-view camera system, which is a rare option for the class, is standard on the top-tier Kicks SR. An available SR Premium package adds an eight-speaker Bose audio system, including two speakers that are integrated into the driver’s headrest.
The 2019 Kicks undercuts many of its key competitors with a lower base price. Starting at $18,540 (plus a $995 destination charge), the base Kicks S is priced lower than subcompact SUVs such as the 2019 Honda HR-V, Hyundai Kona and Toyota C-HR. Kicks SV and SR models are priced from $20,250 and $20,870, respectively.
If it were our money, we’d want the additional technology and driver assistance features that come standard with the Kicks SV. These include smartphone mirroring technologies such as Apple CarPlay, and helpful features such as blind spot monitoring.
The Kicks’ lack of an all-wheel-drive option may deter buyers who live in a snowbelt. Additionally, a small back seat means that it might not be the best crossover for family duty. If neither of the shortcomings is a dealbreaker, you’ll find a lot to like about the 2019 Nissan Kicks. It offers a strong list of technology and driver-assistance features at a very competitive price. There’s also a fun driving experience and a stylish cabin that provides decent utility considering this crossover’ small size. We think the result should be an enjoyable ownership experience.
By Jim Sharifi (Last Updated 3/7/2019)
Jim Sharifi leads CARFAX’s editorial efforts, with a focus on vehicle reviews and the CARFAX Blog. Formerly a Senior Editor on the U.S. News Autos team, Jim strives to provide car buyers with helpful, consumer-oriented advice.
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User Reviews for 2019 Nissan Kicks
by Ronald St Martin on April 27, 2020
"Very quiet and comfortable ride. Very comfortable seats and easy to get in and out of. GREAT gas mileage averaging about 40 miles a gallon. A peppy little crossover that gets you where you need to go in comfort and style"
Very comfortable and large for a small exterior
peppy and handles well
very comfortable and spacious interior and large trunk
"Love my Kicks. I wanted something comparable in size to my Mini Cooper Countryman and was it. My 2019 is a great value. Not an option available that I didn’t get- and still extremely affordable. It drives great- so comfortable- and the gas mileage is amazing. "
The stitching detail is fabulous. The sound system is amazing. Everything is within reach
The paint options were great-
Gas mileage is like 34 mpg. Drives great- quiet
Fits my family of 4. Outlets for chargers in the back
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