Nissan Color Studio is all about style, color and
personalization. The all-new 2018 Nissan Kicks, with its roots
tracing back to Nissan's Rio de Janeiro design studio's Kicks
Concept car, is also all about style, color and
personalization. It's only natural that the two get together
with the launch of the new Kicks Color Studio.
SAN DIEGO ó
Sometimes you feel that as good as life is, it can always better. Itís
like eating a hamburger and realizing that it would have been
tastier with melted cheese on it. But then you look at the person
seated near you eating a bologna sandwich and realize that things
could always be worse.
unlike travelling abroad.
As nice as it
is to experience different countries, upon returning, you feel lucky
to live in America. Because, for example, if you live in Brazil and
want to buy the new Nissan Kicks, youíll find itís a pricey
premium vehicle, something itís not in the United States. Here,
the new 2018 Kicks is an amazing value that starts at $17,995.
Offered in ascending S, SV and SR models, this vehicle is filled
with features that, for the money, make it a great value, like a 60
percent off sale at Macyís.
every Kicks gets Automatic Emergency Braking, which brakes the car
if it senses a collision is imminent. Bluetooth, three USB ports, a
rearview monitor, keyless entry, push button start, roof rails and
automatic headlights are also standard. Opt for the SV and you get
Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, blind spot warning, rear cross traffic
alert, 17-inch aluminum-alloy wheels, body color heated outside
mirrors and outside door handles, rear tonneau cover, automatic
climate control, seven-inch driver display, SiriusXM satellite
radio, and remote engine start. SR models get additional LED
lighting, fog lights, special trim, leather-wrapped steering wheel
and shift knob, and a monitor that gives a 360-degree view around
the vehicle. It also gives you access to the Premium Package, which
includes a Bose eight-speaker audio system, heated front seats and a
wrapped in a wardrobe that looks modern without seeming goofy, like
the late Nissan Juke. The carís side sculpting gives the car a
deceptively long look. Itís seems sporty yet urbane, even though
it wears the latest in Nissan design hallmarks, including the
floating roof and V-Motion grille. And it comes in seven colors and
five two-tone color combinations.
and youíll find the seats are firm and oddly bolstered but
supportive. The tall seating position and generous headroom lends
the interior a deceptively large feeling. The center console is
padded on the sides where front driver and passengerís knees hit,
a small but important amenity. Legroom is plentiful up front, and
surprisingly good for this carís length. Rear seat passengers
enjoy less legroom, but itís adequate. However, rear seat height
is higher than most competitors, unusual for a class where a too-low
seating position is the norm. Cargo space is a generous 25.3 cubic
There are a
couple sore points, the first being the cup holders. They are buried
in the back of the center console, and are lower than you might
expect. Thankfully, there are others integrated into the door map
pockets. The second is the rearview mirror, which has roughly cut
edges that prove how little Nissan paid for each one.
infotainment touchscreen more than makes up for any quibbles. Itís
responsive and intuitive in operation, while the driverís
instrument cluster offers a lot of display flexibility, providing
ample amounts of information.
peppier than youíd expect given the 125 horsepower from its
all-aluminum 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine. That sounds meager
until you realize that the Kicks weighs 2,672 pounds. Its
continuously variable transmission delivers power to the front
wheels; all-wheel drive and a manual transmission arenít
available. Thankfully, the transmission seems to be in the proper
ratio most of the time, with little of the rubber-banding typical of
CVTs. The engine emits a low moan that never proves bothersome.
Kicks does have an independent front suspension, the rear gets a
twist beam suspension. Steering is fairly quick and nicely weighted
but numb, returning no road feel. Body lean comes on gradually
through corners, but is ever present. Push the car hard and lean
becomes excessive, youíll feel the tires surrender and understeer
kicks in, although it telegraphs these limits far in advance.
Ultimate grip seemed average, although bump absorption was
impressive, lending a ride that felt like a more expensive vehicle.
The front disc/rear drum brakes provide good stopping power. The
cabin is impressively quiet.
expect driving kicks from the Kicks; that is not its mission.
Rather, the 2018 Nissan Kicks offers sophisticated sporty style, a
comfortable ride, generous cabin space and loads of equipment at
prices mere mortals can afford.
remembering to order a hamburger with cheese.