I can count on one hand how many pairs of tennis shoes I own. I usually wear high heels or some type of flat. The tennis shoes I do own are trendy, and I have a couple that are great for walking/running. My oldest daughter on the other end, has over 50 pair of shoes, more than half of those are tennis shoes. She’s the Queen of Kicks in our house!
It’s unclear where she got this love of tennis shoes from, but it’s fun to watch her buy them. She’s drawn to various color combinations and can make them rock with any outfit. I love it and think it’s cute!
Earlier this week, Nissan hosted several media outlets to learn more about their new 2018 Nissan Kicks. I immediately thought of my daughter when I saw the fun two-tone colors the crossover came in. She’s 17, and just got her license. She’s been hinting at a car for a while, including showing us how “cute” she looks in the driver’s seat of several cars. And while we can’t make any promises just yet, the 2018 Nissan Kicks sounds pretty tempting.
In the past year, we’ve seen at least 3 major brands introduce new models in the small crossover class. The Hyundai Kona, Ford EcoSport (new to America) and the Nissan Kicks have all debuted this year. And with the already established Kia Soul, the new Nissan Kicks aims to reign over their key competitors with several standard features, targeted marketing and many “best in class” features.
If the edgy vibe and brightly colored material of my daughter’s tennis shoes got together and created a crossover, the Nissan Kicks would be the final product.
With Nissan’s popular Color Studio, customers can personalize their Kicks by choosing one of five different accent colors for the 12 genuine Nissan accessory items. For instance, if the two tone color combinations aren’t spicy enough, you can change the color of the black 17-inch aluminum-alloy wheels with color inserts. It’s a creative and fun way to make the Kicks your very own.
Similar in size to it’s cousin, the Nissan Juke, Nissan chose to add several embellishments to make it appear more sleek and modern. Nissan has incorporated the boomerang headlamps and taillights that we see on other models in their line up. The Kicks also features a dramatic floating roof look with a V-Motion grille and the availability to upgrade to LED headlights.
There a lot of standard features that come with the Kicks. A full color 7-inch touch screen, “Gliding Wing” dashboard design and D-shape sport steering wheel come standard. My daughter loved the touch screen. A lot of cars that we’d consider for her had standard infotainment centers with buttons to control the menus. She liked the look and feel of the screen as it mimicked her phone.
The NASA inspired zero gravity seats can seat 5. She was able to sit comfortably in the both the drivers seat and front passenger seat. The 40/60 split bench seating in the back helps create more room from the rear of the car to the spacious cargo area. And the hatch opens up high enough, that a 6 ft person could easily get items out the back without ducking.
In what can be considered a jump in the right direction for more standardized safety features, the Nissan Kicks features Automatic Emergency Braking standard. This was important to me because everyone gets distracted. From teens to seniors, we are all guilty of being distracted by something on the side of the road or within our car. I feel at ease knowing that a car she is driving would have an available safety feature that would protect her if she becomes distracted.
For a small price, you can add lots of bells and whistles and still stay under most of it’s competitors price tags.
- 7-inch advanced driver assist display
- Bose personal audio system
- Blind spot warning
- Rear cross traffic alert
- Intelligent around view monitor
You’ll be hard pressed to find a CUV that boasts a best in class MPG rating at 33 combined. Even the Kicks competitors can’t attain this without sacrificing other performance features like acceleration. The Kicks 1.6 liter, 4-cylinder engine is comparable to it’s competitors And there is definitely no fast and furious racing with only 125 hp under the hood.
The base model for the Nissan Kicks will cost you around $17,990. And the SR Premium Package tops out around $21,290, which is significantly less expensive than it’s lowest priced competitor (boasting the same features). Budget friendly, consumers that are looking to get a lot of features for a price that won’t hurt their pockets, the Nissan Kicks seems to fit the mold.
What Mommy Loved About the Nissan Kicks
- 3 USB ports (1 front, 2 rear)
- rear pocket cup holders
- interior color stitching
- available Apple Play & Android Auto
- standard automatic breaking system
- exterior color combinations
What Mommy Would Love to See Improved in the Nissan Kicks
- interior door handles are small and shallow, it was hard to open the door
- driver’s adjustable arm rest left little room to remove seat belt when down
- rear seating is cramped if you have a tall person upfront
- a middle console or another closed compartment upfront would be handy
- an audible seat belt warning system should remind customer to buckle up until they do
All in all, we think the 2018 Nissan Kicks is a great entry level CUV for those that are looking for more room than a traditional sedan. It’s perfect for those young at heart and would be a great vehicle to use for those that drive for a living (Uber, Lyft, Amazon). I’d definitely feel safe with her driving around in this.
The 2018 Nissan Kicks is Kicks Approved!