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Behind The Wheel: 2018 Nissan Kicks SR

Today, we are looking at the 2018 Nissan Kicks. I really did get a kick out of this compact crossover. Sorry I had to do the pun once to get it out of the way. On to the Kicks. The model we tested is the 1.6L SR with a CVT. This model features a 1.6L 4 cylinder with 125 HP and 115 LB-FT Torque. Which equals an average of 7.7MPG City and 6.6MPG highway.

When you think of compact crossover most of the time you think of super small and tight compact on steroids. But the Kicks is anything but that. The way the Kicks is laid out it feels quite roomy. I am l bigger guy and was able to fit me, my wife, and our son in his car seat in the back. But if you have a newborn car seat it may be too tight, but a booster seat fit just fine.

As for the features of the Kicks it comes equipped with these features:

  • 7” infotainment display.
  • 6-Way adjustable front driver seat.
  • Leather interior.
  • Apple Car Play & Android Auto.
  • Intelligent Around View Monitor with Moving Object Detection.
  • Remote Start.

They do have many other features to the list, but these are a few to set this one out. I’d have to say one of my favorite features of this model was the Bose sound system which has speakers IN the driver’s headrest which for someone like me that’s amazing because I love my music!

When driving the Kicks, it felt like a well-rounded vehicle. When using all the added safety features the car practically drives itself. But I don’t trust the features that much I was leery about relying on the Kicks to guide me surprise to me it did very well.

The Nissan Kicks is a solid compact crossover, with a lot to offer in a small package it also holds a small price tag the MSRP for this model starts at $22,798. So, I say if you are in the market for something small and peppy but don’t want to get a compact car, go-to your local Nissan dealer and give one a spin!    

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