The 2021 Nissan Kicks is a subcompact SUV. The smallest and most economically priced SUV in Nissan’s stable, the Kicks is ideal for drivers who regularly traverse urban streets and want to experience the advantages provided by an SUV without the bulk of a full-size model. Salinas Nissan shoppers tell us the Kicks has ample cabin space for a vehicle in its class. If you’ve been looking for a small SUV that provides lots of curb appeal, plenty of standard features and outstanding fuel economy, you should place the 2021 Nissan Kicks at the top of your shopping list.
According to the Nissan dealership serving Salinas, there are several changes for 2021. The Kicks gets updated styling, with a new 17-inch aluminum wheel design, a larger grille, restyled front and rear bumpers, and sleek headlamps and taillamps. More exterior paint colors are eligible for the contrasting black roof option. The SV and SR trims get a standard 8.0-inch infotainment system, and all models now come with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. The range-topping SR gets an optional Wi-Fi hotspot. Inside, the center console, front-seat armrest, dash air vents and door-trim panels all get restyled. New available features include an electronic parking brake with auto brake-hold and adaptive cruise control.
The Nissan Kicks remains a favorite of the automotive press. Forbes wrote: “For someone looking for an entry level crossover with a new car warranty, room for four adults and their stuff, the 2021 Nissan Kicks remains a great option with a bit more style and some useful updated interior details.”
The 2021 Nissan Kicks seats five and comes in three trim levels: S, SV and SR. Under the hood is a 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine that generates 122 horsepower and 114 lb-ft of torque, teamed to a continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT). Front-wheel drive is standard. Fuel economy is exceptional. The 2021 Nissan Kicks gets EPA-estimated fuel economy rated at 31 mpg city/36 mpg highway.*
Standard features for the base S trim include a tilt/telescopic steering wheel, air conditioning, an integrated key with push-button start, roof rails, cruise control, Siri Eyes Free, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, steering-wheel-mounted audio controls, Bluetooth and USB connectivity. Also standard is the Safety Shield 360 system.
The SV comes with 17-inch alloy wheels, automatic climate control, disc brakes at all four corners, a center console with an armrest, intelligent key, an electronic parking brake with a hill-hold function, intelligent cruise control, NissanConnect Services and an 8-inch touchscreen.
The top-line SR gets LED headlamps, taillamps and fog lights. Other standard features include dark chrome accents, a leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob, a roof spoiler, painted roof rails and upgraded seat fabric. The SR also comes with an intelligent 360-degree around-view monitor.
Buyers can choose the optional Premium Package, which adds several features to the SR trim, including heated Prima-Tex faux leather front seats, a heated steering wheel, a Bose Personal Plus Audio system with eight speakers, a Wi-Fi hotspot and a new security setup.