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Another edition to Nissan's cross over lineup is provides drivers with distinctive colour options and a two-tone roof, you can personalize it to match your own unique style. Check it out as we show you all the ins and outs of this vehicle. Special Thanks to Kalei for the assistance with the Kicks! Starting MSRP $22,798 Fuel Economy 6.6 Highway 7.7 City Top Selling Points Bose Personal Plus Sound System with 6 speakers 2 UltraNearFieldTM Speakers in Driver's headrest Intelligent Around View Monitor (I-AVM) Blind Spot Warning and Rear Cross Traffic Alert Remote engine starter Prima-Tex-appointed seat trim with orange stitching Features: HR16DE – 1.6-litre DOHC 16-valve 4-cylinder Horsepower – 125 hp @ 5,800 rpm Torque – 115 lb-ft @ 4,000 rpm Continuously Variable Valve Timing Control System (CVTCS) on intake and exhaust valves Naturally aspirated induction system Electronically controlled throttle DRIVETRAIN Front engine/front-wheel drive Xtronic CVT (Continuously Variable Transmission) 10.2" Front vented disc/8.0" Rear drum brakes 4-wheel Anti-lock Braking System (ABS) with Electronic Brake force Distribution (EBD) Electronic Brake force Distribution (EBD) Brake Assist Independent strut front suspension Twist Beam rear suspension Front and rear stabilizer bar Electric power-assisted Steering 17" alloy wheels 205/55 R17 All-season tires Intelligent Auto Headlights LED low beam headlights w/ LED signature accents Fog lights Black painted outside mirrors Dual power outside mirrors Manual folding outside mirrors with LED turn signal indicators Heated outside mirrors Silver painted roof rails Rear roof mounted spoiler 178 mm (7.0") Advanced Drive-Assist Display 7.0" colour touch-screen monitor Apple CarPlay and Android Auto RearView Monitor Intelligent Around View Monitor Bluetooth Hands-free Phone System Air conditioning Automatic Temperature Control (ATC) Power windows with front one-touch auto-up/down with auto-reverse Remote keyless entry with panic alarm Nissan Intelligent Key with Push Button Ignition Remote Engine Start System Cruise control with steering wheel-mounted controls Fine Vision electroluminescent gauges Tilt and telescoping steering column Sun visors with illuminated vanity mirrors and extensions Front map lamps and rear personal lamps Driver seat armrest Four cup holders Driver's seatback pocket Front-passenger seatback pocket 12-volt DC power outlet Four cargo tie-down hooks Cargo cover 6-way manual adjustable driver's seat 4-way manual adjustable passenger's seat Prima-TexTM appointed seats Heated front seats Leather-wrapped steering wheel Leather-wrapped shift knob Prima-TexTM-wrapped instrument panel with orange stitching 60/40-split fold-down rear seatbacks Carpeted trunk lid trim Zero-Gravity Seats AM/FM audio system with 178 mm (7.0") touch-screen display Illuminated steering wheel-mounted audio controls Six speakers Bose Personal Plus Sound system with headrest speakers USB connection port for iPod interface and other compatible devices 2 USB charging points Nissan Advanced Air Bag System with dual-stage supplemental front air bags with seat-belt and occupant-classification sensors extremely cheap insurance rates Driver and front-passenger seat-mounted side-impact supplemental air bags Roof-mounted curtain side-impact supplemental air bags for front- and rear-seat outboard occupant head protection Driver knee airbag Blind Spot Warning (BSW) Rear Cross Traffic Alert Intelligent Emergency Braking (IEB) SUBSCRIBE TO CARS UNLOCKED
The newest member of Nissan's U.S. lineup is the 2018 Nissan Kicks, which I recently got to drive following its 2017 Los Angeles Auto Show debut. While the outgoing Juke was definitely categorized as a compact entry-level SUV, the Kicks isn't so easily placed in any single category. It has more in common with cars like the Hyundai Kona and Kia Soul rather than SUVs like the Honda HR-V and Toyota C-HR. Learn more about the 2018 Nissan Kicks: https://www.cars.com/research/nissan-kicks-2019/ See all Cars.com videos: https://www.cars.com/videos/ Cars.com's Editorial department is your source for automotive news and reviews. In line with Cars.com's long-standing ethics policy, editors and reviewers don't accept gifts or free trips from automakers. The Editorial department is independent of Cars.com's advertising, sales and sponsored content departments.
Brilliance is a Chinese brand that most of you have never heard of, but it exists, and the company even has a partnership with BMW on the former’s domestic market. Together with BMW, Brilliance owns half of BMW Brilliance, which is a joint venture that manufactures, distributes, and sells products of the German brand in China. The Asian corporation also owns a minibus company named Jinbei, which operates on its domestic market. You might think that Brilliance is a small player, but it had the capacity to built 800,000 cars in 2010, and it has since invested in expanding its capabilities. Back in 2007, Brilliance launched a model in Europe, the BS6, which was followed by the BS4. The first of them was crash-tested by Germany’s ADAC, which only gave it a star out of five for its performance. While Landwind was the first Chinese brand that attempted to sell vehicles in Europe and failed, Brilliance Auto got the unwanted change of being second. With the help of BMW, the employees at Brilliance might have a shot at developing models that could attain decent results in European crashworthiness tests, which is an important step that must be undertaken to guarantee a chance of success on the Old Continent. According to reports, the Brilliance V7 is set to become the brand’s most expensive model ever offered. With that in mind, along with BMW’s collaboration with this company, there is a chance that the Chinese might consider selling it in Europe. The latter hypothesis could explain why Brilliance bothers with testing its prototype in winter conditions in Europe, and this could be one of the reasons why they are undergoing these efforts. A look at the spyshots reveals a conventionally-designed SUV, with familiar shapes, but without any blatant copying of Western brands. It features a front grille that reminds us of an older off-roader from Mitsubishi, but with a twist in the form of a triangle-shaped element. Meanwhile, its front and rear lights do not resemble anything else on the European market.
A nomadic central Asian tribe known for its Persian rugs. And one of Britain’s best-selling cars. The Nissan Qashqai is a small SUV or ‘crossover’ that aims to offer “the practicality and desirability of an SUV with the footprint, driving dynamics and running costs of a hatchback” – as, presumably, do all cars of this ilk. When the first Qashqai was launched way back in 2007 it had few competitors. Nowadays there are many – the Seat Ateca, Mazda CX-5 and Volkswagen Tiguan to name but three. All (well, mostly) new versions of each have been launched since the second-generation Qashqai arrived in 2013, so to make sure it stays competitive Nissan’s given its breadwinner an upgrade. The most obvious change is the front-end, which is completely new. Things get less dramatic as you move down the Qashqai’s flanks, but the revised rear-bumper and taillights nonetheless contribute to the overall sense of newness. We think it’s pretty smart. The interior benefits from revised materials and a new, thicker, flat-bottomed steering wheel. Slimmer front seats are supposed to improve rear-legroom, while the Bose stereo is allegedly the “most complete sound system ever offered in a [European] Nissan”. But the big tech’ highlight is ProPILOT, which we haven’t tried and in any case isn’t available until 2018. The system, which is the first bit of commercially-available autonomous tech’ we’ll see from Nissan, “controls the steering, acceleration and braking in a single lane on highways during heavy traffic congestion and high-speed cruising”. We’ll let you know if it works once we’ve convinced Nissan to let us have a proper play. As for engines, you’re looking at the same turbocharged four-cylinder petrol and diesels as before. There have been some refinement and drivability tweaks, but the headline figures remain the same. Greenest is the 1.5-litre diesel, which manages 99g/km even on chintzy 19s. We tested the more powerful 1.6-litre diesel, which can be had with two- or all-wheel drive. Go for the former and, if you really must, you can specify a CVT auto’ instead of the standard six-speed manual. We tried an AWD manual and a 2WD CVT. Of the petrols on offer, we sampled the more powerful 1.6-litre, which is only available with 2WD and the manual ‘box. The lesser 1.2-litre can be had with a CVT, but no petrol can be paired with AWD. Got it? Good. A few months ago we’d have recommended the diesel without a moment’s hesitation. The reality is that, bad PR notwithstanding, it remains the choice engine. A car of this size and type demands a bit of torquey muscularity, and the petrol has none. It’s more refined than the diesel and, if you don’t regularly have to haul many people/things and don’t stray too far from home, it’ll do you fine. But the diesel is more flexible, better on fuel and feels quicker. The 1.6 isn’t the best diesel in the world. For all Nissan’s “powertrain calibration improvements” it’s still quite vocal and never feels especially willing to impart its 130 horsepowers. At least once you’ve finished accelerating it fades nicely into the background, when the better sound insulation, additional sealing around the front-doors and thicker glass for the rears mean this is a quieter car than it used to be. The 1.5 was impressive enough in the pre-facelift car that, given the Qashqai isn’t about outright performance, it’s probably still the one to have. Nissan hopes the Qashqai is a better handling car than before, too. It’s careful to label the handling as “confident” rather than “fun”, though, and that’s exactly right. The Qashqai is not as fun a crossover as a Seat Ateca or Mazda CX-5, but drives without serious flaw. Slightly irritating is the steering, which is a bit slow (a twisty road requires much twiddling), but the ride’s agreeable, body control well, erm, controlled and the seats comfy. It’s not an exciting place to while away a few hours, but it’s a comfortable one.
The 2018 Nissan Kicks is a high-riding compact hatchback, but its spec sheet doesn't look very thrilling. The 2018 Nissan Kicks is a far more conventional crossover than its Juke predecessor. That doesn't mean it's a dullard in the looks department, though. On sale in other parts of the world for the last few years, the 2018 Kicks arrives here in the U.S. with dramatic styling not matched by underhood muscle. With just 125 horsepower from its naturally aspirated, 1.6-liter inline-4 engine shuttled to the front wheels via a continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT), the Kicks could probably use a kick in the pants. We'll know more when we drive one soon, but 125 hp and 115 pound-feet of torque puts the Kicks among the least-powerful new cars sold in the U.S. At least initially, the Kicks will not be offered with all-wheel drive. Underneath, a strut-type front suspension and a twist-beam rear axle are economy-car grade. Base versions of the Kicks ride on 16-inch steel wheels, while uplevel SV and SR trims feature 17-inch alloys. Where the crossover stands out is in the looks department. A gaping grille up front and the illusion of a floating roof line help the Kicks avoid the awkward, frog-like appearance of the Juke. From head-to-toe, the Kicks stretches just 169.1 inches, which puts it about three inches shorter than the more bulbous Rogue Sport. The Kicks is just 69.3 inches wide and stands a mere 62.4 inches tall, splitting the difference between subcompact hatchbacks and small crossovers. The sharp uptick to the crossover's belt line ahead of its rearmost roof pillar may cut into rearward visibility, but higher-spec models include blind-spot monitors and a rearview camera is standard on all trim levels. Inside, the Kicks is more conventional. It's technically a five-seater, but the back seat is far more appropriate for two than for three passengers. Front seat riders are treated to supportive seats wrapped in fabric; no leather upholstery is available, further emphasizing the Kicks' entry-level positioning. Rear seat space may be predictably tight, but the cargo area is a surprisingly commodious 25.3 cubic feet with the split-folding second row upright. That's a figure closer to what we'd expect to find in a compact crossover and not a subcompact like the Kicks. The Kicks will be available in S, SV, and SR trim levels. Aside from a few minor options, most Kicks buyers will need only to pick their color and price point. All Kicks crossovers will come standard with automatic emergency braking, automatic headlights, and Bluetooth connectivity. SV trims add Apple CarPlay and Android Auto displayed via a 7.0-inch screen for infotainment, plus alloy wheels, automatic climate control, and keyless ignition. Topping the lineup is the Kicks SR that includes some appearance upgrades like LED accent lights and LED low-beam headlights plus a surround-view camera system, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, and heated exterior mirrors. A Premium Package for the SR adds Bose-branded audio, heated front seats, and a few other goodies. The 2018 Nissan Kicks costs $18,965 to start, and runs up to $21,265 for an SR-equipped version. Read More Review https://www.thecarconnection.com/overview/nissan_kicks_2018 "SUBSCRIBE NOW"
Gone is the Juke. Here instead is the 2018 Nissan Kicks. It’s not a one-for-one trade. The Kicks is built for the 33-million large millennial buyer market rather than being a niche vehicle for the subcompact SUV market. Like the Juke, the Kicks has a quirky side, but it also lacks some of the playful characteristics the outgoing model had. Still, it ticks a lot of boxes for a lot of buyers.
The Rogue is Nissan’s sales leader in North America, with sales over 403,000 for 2017. It’s no surprise then that Nissan listened to buyers who arrived at dealers and upon seeing how spacious the Rogue is, started looking for something smaller. The Juke was not the answer. The Rogue Sport filled a bit of that gap, but now the Kicks is securely in the space. Like with Juke, Rogue Sport and Kicks are two totally different vehicles aimed at different audiences.
Rogue Sport buyers are family starters or empty nesters. They require something comfortable and a little plush with available all-wheel drive. Most importantly perhaps, they are willing to spend a little more to get it than the $17,990 Kicks starting price.
Offering two-tone roofs, a safety-centric ad campaign, and an emphasis on value, Kicks is looking to take a bite out of Hyundai Kona, Ford EcoSport, and Kia Soul sales. The company has openly said that they’re expecting 60-percent of buyers to be conquest sales, meaning they decide on a Nissan after owning other brands.
What will drive them to the Kicks? With the model, which is new to North America but has been sold worldwide since 2017, Nissan has created an attractive package from the inside out. Starting with how it is viewed at curb height, Kicks designers based in Brazil but imported from North America, Latin America, and Japan were conscious of how the SUV would be viewed by bystanders and café goers in urban situations. They added a rear bumper cover that rises high on the rear to help protect the car from rough roads commonly found throughout the global marketspace.
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From the back, which appears influenced by European mass market car design, dynamic and attractive body paneling gives your eye something to keep it entertained until you reach the signature V-Motion grille at the front of the Kicks. The company’s hallmarks of a floating roof and boomerang headlamps have also made it to the Kicks allowing for two-tone paint jobs for just an additional $150 where the roof and body are two different colors.
Nissan has taken the fun a step further offering their Color Studio for the Kicks and filling it with unique colored accents like wheel inserts, air vent rings, and spoiler covers that are genuine accessories.
On the inside, Kicks tones down the uniqueness for a mature, well-equipped interior compared to other vehicles in its class. In the place of rubber or hard plastics, you’ll find the Gliding Wing dashboard covered in a leather-like material with contrast stitching. A 7-inch touch screen dominates the center stack but it is less satisfying to use than the available Bose Personal Plus sound system which offers 360-degrees of sound and puts speakers in the head rests of the vehicle for added sound dynamism. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are standard on every trim above the base model.
The flat-bottomed steering wheel is a welcome addition to the Kicks, which is low on space as its category suggests but feels roomy and comfortable to the average passenger thanks to NASA-inspired Zero Gravity seats. Cargo space behind the second row is some of the best among its competition and it offers best-in-class front head- and legroom. Despite all the space, there’s still only one arm rest in the front row, for the driver, and I found it to be a little too high to be comfortable.
Powering the Kicks is a 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine mated to a continuously variable transmission that delivers fine power in city driving situations. Its 125 horsepower and 115 pound-feet of torque ratings are made better by the vehicle’s low 2600-pound curb weight. The Kicks is easy to get off the line but struggles on uphill climbs and on-ramps, as one might suspect. Once up to speed, passing on the highway isn’t a problem.