Nissan has released the pricing on the 2018 Kicks and have made good on hints that they would bring it in well below $19,000.

2018 Nissan Kicks compact CUV

The 2018 Nissan Kicks is said to target active urban-dwelling singles and couples looking for that right first new vehicle that meets their needs at an affordable price.  With entry level pricing starting at $17,990, Nissan expects that this low starting price – along with its Brazilian influenced styling, roominess, smart technology, functionality and advanced safety features will attract those buyers.

The first new Nissan nameplate in eight years, Kicks joins Rogue and Rogue Sport in their competitive compact crossover (CUV) lineup.  The arrival of Kicks brings to six the number sport-utility offerings from Nissan.  In addition to the two Rogue models, the line includes Murano, Pathfinder and Armada.

2018 Nissan Kicks
2018 Nissan Kicks
Kicks Pricing and Detail

2018 Nissan Kicks Pricing as announced is: Kicks S MSRP $17,990, Kicks SV MSRP $19,690 and Kicks SR MSRP $20,290

The Kicks boldly displays those roots with seven exterior colors and five two-tone combinations. Three of the two-tone color combinations have a black roof with choice of white, orange or red body colors.  Adding a twist, Kicks also offers an orange roof with gray body, and a white roof/blue body combination.

Kicks features familiar Nissan design signature elements like the V-Motion grille, boomerang headlights and taillights and its floating roof with its wrap-around visor look to the windscreen and side glass. Uniquely the wide C-pillar, somewhat concealed by a black finish, blends into the tailgate glass which exaggerates the distinctive look of the floating roof.

2018 Nissan Kicks compact CUV
2018 Nissan Kicks compact CUV

Dynamic crossover styling elements include bold wheel arch fenders and a rising character line on the bodysides that accentuate its crossover stance.  Already with a 7-inch ground clearance and dark lower body trim that magnifies that body height, that high waistline allows for a more confident passenger experience with good visibility for all.

2018 Nissan Kicks compact CUV

Other Kicks features – important in an urban compact crossover – include comfortable room for up to five passengers and a rear hatch that opens high enough for six-footers to load and unload without head bumps.  Noting the ‘coupe-look’ roofline, Nissan says the flat floor design does provide ample head and leg room in the rear seats.

2018 Nissan Kicks compact CUV
2018 Nissan Kicks compact CUV

The 2018 Kicks is front-wheel-drive only and powered by a 1.6L DOHC 16-valve 4-cylinder with Continuous Variable Valve Timing Control System (CVTCS) engine. It is rated at 125 horsepower and 115 lb-ft of torque. Equipped with the smooth and efficient Xtronic transmission, Nissan says they expect Kicks to deliver 33-mpg combined.

Kicks also offers standard Traction Control System (TCS), Vehicle Dynamic Control (VDC) and Hill Start Assist (HSA), front disc/rear drum Anti-lock Braking System (ABS) and electric power steering.

Nimble handling, enhanced by the 34.1-foot turning radius, is provided by a strut front suspension with stabilizer bar, matched by a twist-beam rear with stabilizer bar and twin-tube shock absorbers. Depending on the trim level, Kicks will ride on 205/60R16 all-season or 205/55R17 all-season tires.

2018 Nissan Kicks compact CUV
2018 Nissan Kicks compact CUV
Kicks Lineup 

Kicks S (MSRP $17,990 FWD) comes with 16-inch steel wheels and will feature Automatic Emergency Braking (AEB), Bluetooth Hands-free Phone System, three USB ports, roof rails and Intelligent Auto Headlights (I-AH) to name just a few.

2018 Nissan Kicks compact CUV
2018 Nissan Kicks compact CUV

Kicks SV (MSRP 10,690 FWD) adds the following:  Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, Blind Spot Warning (BSW), Rear Cross Traffic Alert (RCTA), Nissan Intelligent Key, 17- inch aluminum-alloy wheels, body color heated outside mirrors and outside door handles, rear passenger under seat heater ducts, tonneau cover, Automatic Temperature Control, Easy Fill Tire Alert, 7.0-inch meter display, SiriusXM satellite radio Remote Engine Start and more.

2018 Nissan Kicks compact CUV
2018 Nissan Kicks compact CUV

Kicks SR ($20,290 FWD) ups the sportiness factor by adding LED low-beam headlights with LED signature accents, fog lights, black heated outside mirrors with integrated turn signals, flat-bottom leather-wrapped steering wheel, leather shift knob with chrome accents, SR seat fabric with interior trim and accents, front and rear bumpers with body color inserts, rear roof-mounted spoiler, dark chrome grille accents, Intelligent Around View   Monitor (I-AVM) and more. The Kicks SR also includes an Integrated Dynamic-Control Module (IDM), featuring Active Engine Brake, Active Trace Control and Active Ride Control, to help provide a higher level of driving enjoyment.

Our Recommendation

Personally, as very active empty nesters with an urban lifestyle, we intend to buy a suitable and affordable last new vehicle in the not too distant future. On the surface, and at first look, we think the Kicks may well fit need for us.

We like the Kicks SR trim level with its $20,290 MSRP.  Further, we would add the SR Premium Package (pricing not yet available) that includes heated Prima-Tex appointed front seats and the Bose Personal Plus sound system, Bose digital six-channel signal processing and six unique ‘Bose Small Vehicle Series’ speakers including a pair in the driver seat headrest.

We think Nissan should spend some money marketing Kicks to active lifestyle empty nesters too.  There are a whole lot of us out here and we have cash to spend.

Additional information on other packages and options to be available are expected just before arrival later this Spring.

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