2019 Nissan Kicks SR
1.6-liter inline 4, DOHC (122 hp @ 6300 rpm, 114 lb/ft. @ 4000 rpm)
Constantly-variable transmission, front-wheel drive
31 metropolis / 36 freeway / 33 mixed (EPA Score, MPG)
34.zero (noticed mileage, MPG)
7.7 metropolis / 6.6 freeway / 7.2 mixed (NRCan Score, L/100km)
Base Value: $21,015 US / $25,341 CAD
As Examined: $23,330 US/ $26,164 CAD
Costs embody $1,045 vacation spot cost in the USA and $1942 for freight, PDI, and A/C tax in Canada and, due to cross-border tools variations, can’t be immediately in contrast.
I’m not a well-traveled man. Whereas I’ll fortunately drive for fifteen hours or extra from my Ohio dwelling, I hardly ever fly anyplace — and now that I’ve children, the expense concerned in winging it retains my pockets firmly in my pocket as I gird for some windshield time. Accordingly, apart from a few very temporary hour-long jaunts to Niagara Falls and Windsor, I’ve by no means traveled out of the US.
However this publication — and, in the end, my paycheck — comes from Canada. Thus, I’ve been casually dreaming of a highway journey to the Nice White North, exploring the place many have been earlier than — and doing it like a neighborhood. I’d stuff myself with poutine, Timbits, and donair, all whereas driving the unofficial automotive of Quebec — the dirt-cheap Nissan Micra.
I’ve but to use for a passport. However I’ve Tim Hortons right here in Ohio, and I can drive one thing near the Micra – the 2019 Nissan Kicks. Certain, it’s a crossover relatively than a microcar, however the essence stays. Low-cost, environment friendly, cheerful, and not-at-all sporty make for an interesting bundle to this dad on a funds — particularly as one of many children shall be driving in a few years.
Whereas Nissan is cautious to not name the Kicks a substitute for the still-available-elsewhere Juke, it most definitely is from the view of the patron. It’s not almost as funky wanting — which generally is a double-edged sword. That Nissan gives a few funky colour packages — just like the orange/copper roof atop this gray physique — exhibits they want to seize some eyeballs with an otherwise-conservative crossover bundle.
I’m truly keen on the Kicks’ styling. I’m particularly enamored with the low beltline, permitting for nice visibility to all 4 corners. Whereas it is a low-riding automotive being bought as a crossover, one does get the texture of a better trip peak because the eyes sit excessive up within the cabin. It’s good to have a commanding view even in a subcompact crossover.
Until you reside in a neighborhood dripping with previous Yugos and Geos, you’ll not win any stoplight races within the Kicks. 122 horsepower is ample for many driving wants however, when paired with the usual continuously-variable transmission, it’s not a recipe for fast acceleration. I by no means had issues when merging onto the interstate, although. Simply don’t do it for pink slips.
The dealing with is precisely what one would anticipate from a funds crossover — competent for metropolis and freeway driving, however on no account enjoyable to drive. The steering offers little suggestions, however when paired with the wonderful outward visibility, it’s straightforward to position the Kicks in tight gaps in metropolis site visitors. Utilizing the top-down view from the surround-view digital camera makes parking in tight garages a cinch. No, all-wheel drive isn’t obtainable, and I’m positive that it’s a deal killer for some. Whereas winter had left us in Ohio throughout our take a look at, I’m positive that entrance drive paired with a raised ride-height shall be appropriate for all however the worst snow conditions.
On the freeway, the trip is quiet and managed. Little or no wind or highway noise filters by way of to the cabin. Solely whereas accelerating do you actually hear the racket of the four-cylinder and CVT — and also you do hear it. However in any other case, the Kicks is a nice place to whereas away the miles.
The entrance seats are Nissan’s Zero Gravity seats, and they’re marvelous. They do an excellent job of minimizing fatigue over an extended drive. The children had loads of rear-seat room, as properly — at a bit over six toes and several other bites above my “supreme” weight, I can match within the rear for brief drives, however my knees do press into the motive force’s seatback whereas adjusted to my dimension. Of us beneath the 95th percentile shall be fantastic.
Cargo area is sweet, if not all that extensive because of the intrusion of the wheel wells. Per week’s price of groceries for this household of 4 didn’t tax the hatch, however I did should angle a pair of folding camp chairs throughout the hatch flooring.
The elective Bose audio system fitted to this SR trim is kind of good — because it borrows a trick from my now-ancient Miata. The Bose system locations a speaker within the driver’s headrest to assist put the sound correct the place you need it. I’m positive some audiophiles will chime in right here telling me that it isn’t a great speaker placement — however these audiophiles possible stopped studying once I wrote Bose anyhow. All I do know is the music from the SiriusXM, Bluetooth, or the paired Apple CarPlay/Android Auto sounds fairly good to my unsophisticated ears.
One can certainly get right into a Kicks proper round $19,000 ought to the funds be particularly tight. At that quantity, colours are restricted to silver, white, and black, and bumpers and mirrors are black relatively than painted. You hand over fog lights, the eight-speaker Bose audio (that was elective even on my loaded tester), Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, the nicer 7-inch display, push-button begin, and the top-down digital camera view when parking. The large options that the bottom mannequin lack are blind-spot warning and rear cross-traffic alert — although you naturally have rear-view digital camera. At that value, it’s a compelling bundle — and the roughly 4 thousand greenback soar to this loaded SR trim isn’t too onerous to swallow ought to the fancier bits be enticing.
I’ve but to discover a subcompact crossover that’s good. Some drive superbly however have restricted passenger and cargo area. Others are snug however boring to drive. This Nissan Kicks errs on the comfortably numb facet – but it surely’s a well-priced conveyance for these non-enthusiast automotive patrons who inexplicably can’t rattle off zero-to-sixty instances. Quite, it’s an excellent selection for somebody who simply desires to hop in and drive to discover the continent.
[Images: © 2019 Chris Tonn]