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2021 Nissan Kicks Minor Updates Review


Sep 24, 2020
2021 Nissan Kicks changes

The 2021 Nissan Kicks will be the smallest crossover in the lineup. The company is focused on the updates on other vehicles, so the subcompact model remains the same. Ever since the Kicks replaced Juke, the Japanese didn’t make huge moves on this mini SUV. The crossover is not too exciting, since it lacks power. But, it is a downside of the entire class. On the other hand, the vehicle is perfect for city cruising, thanks to 31 mpg. With 33 miles per gallon on average, there are no needs for the hybrid unit.

The only powertrain for the 2021 Nissan Kicks remains a 1.6-liter four-cylinder unit. In the future, the crossover will evolve into an all-electric model. Meanwhile, potential buyers will have to be happy with 122 hp and sluggish acceleration. The company will make the crossover available in three trim levels: S, SV, and SR. Since there are no cosmetic changes, we can expect some special edition.

2021 Nissan Kicks changes


The base crossover is available with sub-par equipment. There are cruise control and keyless start at the entry-level trim, though. But, the price tag of $19,000 will tell you a lot of about the 2021 Nissan Kicks. You cannot expect too much from such a low price. Safety Shield 360 system is also there, as well as the 2WD. It will be worth investing into the SV package. Highlights of this one are a larger touchscreen (7-inch display) and Nissan Connect multimedia. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are standard here. The company also adds heated mirrors and a 17-inch wheel, which makes the 2021 Nissan Kicks a lot more aggressive. Top of the class version is the SR with LED lamps, a 360-degree camera, spoilers, and fog lights. Orange stitches are one of the reasons to add some funds and buy this version of the crossover.

2021 Nissan Kicks Nismo

One of the biggest disappointments, when the Kicks replaced Juke, is the drop of the Nismo package. The funky crossover became more appealing with special upgrades around the body and a more potent engine. Well, you shouldn’t expect some stunning numbers, but the performance-oriented version will add extra power. The 2021 Nissan Kicks Nismo is not confirmed yet, but rumors are reporting the new model will help the vehicle draw more buyers.

2021 Nissan Kicks facelift


Under the bonnet of the 2021 Nissan Kicks is a 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine. It is not delivering impressive numbers, with only 122 hp and 115 lb-ft. Still, no one expects too much from the subcompact crossover. The highlight is gas mileage, with 31/36 mpg coming from the small block. Kicks is one of the rare models in the segment which is offering an all-wheel drive. Of course, front-wheel drive system is standard. Nismo version will offer a more potent drivetrain, but we still don’t know what unit will take place in the engine room. A new 1.3-liter is an option and 160 hp is enough for a small SUV.

Why Buy 2021 Nissan Kicks?

The new model will carry over all the advantages of the previous version. Maneuvering is definitely one of the reasons why you should consider this crossover, especially if you drive a lot in urban areas. The 2021 Nissan Kicks will be only 170 inches long. Although small, it can take quite a lot of cargo. The capacity is 25 cubic feet with the rear row folded. The infotainment system is excellent, and in the future, Nissan will develop even smarter features. A self-driving Level 4 system is possible, but not so soon. Safety is pretty decent for a small vehicle, and it gets better with optional upgrades. The same is with infotainment (we recommend Bose audio). We already mentioned the base price and gas mileage as the best things about the 2021 Nissan Kicks.

There are a few downsides on the crossover, though. One of them is fixed, and the upcoming Kicks will be available with an AWD. It will be standard for the Nismo version. Still, acceleration remains the biggest problem. You will need 10 seconds to hit 60 mph from zero. The small crossover sits pretty low and the ground clearance is under 7 inches. You won’t go too far off-road with the 2021 Nissan Kicks.

2021 Nissan Kicks interior

2021 Nissan Kicks Prices

The entry-level crossover will cost under $19,000, but without the destination fee. The SV is bringing the cost over $20k, while the SR adds another $1,000 on the price. A few premium features will push the offer further, but the heavily loaded Kicks stays under $23,000. Resale value is good, so it is a wise choice to go after a new model. On the other hand, the redesign will happen soon, so you could consider waiting for the new version or the Nismo model.

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