The 2021 Nissan Kicks represents a new generation of technology-focused subcompact designs aimed at a market of drivers that want something hip, stylish, and cool. The latest iteration of this popular crossover SUV comes equipped with a cluster of new offerings, making it a great model to bring home. These features include all-new standardized infotainment features across all trims, brand new interior amenities, improved exterior stylings, new wheel designs, trimming, and comfort accessories. The Nissan Kicks is jam-packed with all of the great features and technology you could expect from a modern-day SUV.
This fuel-efficient crossover is available across three trims, including the base S trim, which comes with all of the standard technology and safety features you could want from a subcompact SUV. The SV trim features additional upgrades, advancements, and some extra convenience enhancements, while the higher-end SR trim combines the genius of a subcompact design with plush luxury amenities. The 2021 Nissan Kicks is designed to appeal to those who want a crossover SUV that looks as well as it handles and comes packed with plenty of features inside.
The 2021 Nissan Kicks comes with a single powertrain consisting of a 1.6-liter DOHC 16-valve 4-cylinder engine with 122 horsepower and 114 lb-ft of torque. The engine is designed to accommodate the size and usage of the Kicks as an economical vehicle, especially when it comes to fuel conservation.
Several engineering systems have been implemented to ensure maximum fuel economy. This includes a dual injector system that reduces the number of fuel droplets put into the intake valve, yet it increases the efficiency of the cylinder strokes by using two nozzle injectors for the fuel droplets. This is because the dual injector more precisely applies the fuel droplets directly into the intake valve with a more narrow spray pattern than a typical wide-angle fuel injector, thus increasing the combustion process's efficiency and reducing the amount of fuel required to achieve optimal performance.
The dual injector is paired with Nissan's continuously variable valve timing control system (also known as CVTCS) for the intake and exhaust valves. What this does is improve the camshaft timing in order to increase the efficiency of the combustion process by dynamically altering the timing ratios for fuel injection based on engine performance; this way, the engine isn't needlessly burning fuel. This also helps with the reduction of gasoline consumption and an improvement in the overall fuel economy.
Speaking of fuel economy, the 2021 Nissan Kicks is one of the more fuel-efficient subcompact crossover SUVs on the market, managing near-sedan levels of gas mileage at 31 miles per gallon in the city and up to 36 miles per gallon on the highway.
These ranges are achieved thanks in part to an expertly crafted front-wheel drivetrain powered by a Nissan's Xtronic CVT or continuously variable transmission. Utilizing Nissan's D-Step Logic Control mechanism, this electronic control device dynamically measures acceleration, pedal positioning, and vehicle momentum to determine optimal gear ratio changes. This allows for optimal torsional transference to the axles, meaning that you maintain choice acceleration without wasted energy from either the engine or the transmission.
Nissan designed the 2021 Kicks to provide drivers with immediate feedback and reliably snappy performance without the crossover being a gas guzzler on the road.
The 2021 Nissan Kicks' powertrain is powered by an aggressive series of technological advancements to ensure that it not only responds well to driver input but that it also delivers the kind of performance that crossover SUV drivers expect. That technology isn't just limited to the powertrain, though.
Nissan has laced the Kicks with all sorts of bells and whistles to ensure that driving the SUV is an experience like no other. This includes trim-standard features such as electric power steering, cruise control, and intelligent cruise control. The latter utilizes driver-assist technologies such as limited automated braking to ensure you have a safe journey while on the road.
Additional driver-assist tech includes an automatic brake hold, forward collision warning, hill start assist, automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection, blind-spot warning, and lane departure warning. Rear automatic braking and rear cross-traffic alerts assist when driving in reverse or backing out of parking lots, driveways, or intersections. And the intelligent driver alert system keeps drivers aware of driving conditions and their eyes focused on the road. Vehicle dynamic control with a traction control system also comes standard across all trims, making sure that the 2021 Nissan Kicks stays centered and stable at all times, and that it never intentionally loses grip on the road. With rear sonar, you also know what's around and about the vehicle as you drive, while the rearview monitor allows you to see what's behind the vehicle and in blind spots.
For the SR trim, the Intelligent Around View monitor allows you to get a better perspective of the Kicks from all sides and angles, including from above, making it the perfect aid for rear and parallel parking. The SR trim also comes with an integrated dynamics control module with active ride control, intelligent trace control, and intelligent engine braking for optimal performance and stability while driving. You also don't have to worry about theft, as the Nissan vehicle immobilizer theft-deterrent system ensures that no unauthorized persons will be able to access or drive the vehicle anywhere.
There's a lot of buzz about the 2021 Nissan Kicks and its exterior overhaul. The new design includes a complete update to the front fascia that puts a much larger grille on the crossover, all-new halogen headlight designs with intelligent auto headlights, and completely redesigned front and rear bumpers for a sleeker, more hip look. However, the interior upgrades are just as significant as the exterior upgrades, if not more so for the 2021 model year. These upgrades include an all-new 8-inch NissanConnect touchscreen infotainment display, with the availability of NissanConnect Wi-Fi hotspot connectivity, and SiriusXM Satellite Radio.
Trim-wide integration of Apple CarPlay and Android Auto is now a standard feature for all 2021 Nissan Kicks trims, along with Bluetooth connectivity, which includes hands-free phone calls and voice-activated app access thanks to the Siri Eyes Free implementation. Bluetooth connectivity also enables app and media streaming from smart devices throughout the cabin of the Kicks, and the audio quality is duly amplified to the availability of a Bose Personal Plus surround sound audio system that includes up to 8-speakers and the Bose UltraNearfield driver headrest speakers.
Up to three USB ports come standard for device charging, along with auxiliary audio input and illuminated audio controls that are mounted to the steering wheel for easy media access. Ride comfort has also been greatly improved, with a passenger volume of 93.9 cubic feet of space for up to 5 passengers. This includes up to 32.3 cubic feet of cargo volume with the rear seats folded. When it comes to seating, there is standard 6-way manual driver seat positioning with 4-way manual front passenger seat positioning. The S and SV come with cloth seat trimming, but the SR trim is given a sport cloth seat trimming with orange accents and specialized stitching. There's also the availability of PrimaTex upholstery for those who want to spice up the interior of the Kicks.
Heated front seats and heated steering wheel for the SR trim are also available, while chrome interior door handles and a chrome parking brake are standard for the SV and SR trim. Automatic temperature control, power windows with one-touch auto up and down help to keep the interior cabin of the Kicks circulating air, while the rear passenger under-seat heater ducts are essential for keeping the Kicks warm during cold-weather runs. Push button ignition is standard across all trims, along with power door locks with auto-locks and a telescoping steering with tilt. This easily makes the 2021 Nissan Kicks a great subcompact crossover SUV for anyone looking for an affordable vehicle laced with all the latest amenities and comfort features.