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2021 Nissan Kicks Preview, Price & Release Date

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2021 Nissan Kicks

2021 Nissan Kicks


Introducing Nissan’s newest SUV nameplate: the 2021 Nissan Kicks.

Origins of the 2021 Nissan Kicks: The Nissan Kicks replaced the Nissan Juke as one of the companies subcompact crossover SUV models. This model was first introduced by Nissan in Brazil in 2016, when Nissan was sponsoring the Summer Olympics. The Kicks became available in the United States and Canada as the 2018 model year. The Nissan Kick’s first generation, called P15, is built on the Nissan V platform, which the company commonly uses on its compact and subcompact models.The Nissan Kicks is gaining in popularity due to its low starting price, tons of standard features, and some of the best fuel economy in its class.

What we can expect from the 2021 Nissan Kicks

The Nissan Kicks is one of the newest SUV models in its class, starting out during the 2018 model year. With that in mind, it’s likely that in the coming years, this model won’t see too many major changes. Additionally, it’s hard to make considerable changes to a model that’s so well balanced. The current Kicks model, the 2019 Nissan Kicks, is a well-rounded model that is safe, reliable, fuel efficient, and comes with tons of available features. However, it would be nice to see an all-wheel drive option in the coming years. Nonetheless, U.S. News ranks the 2019 Nissan Kicks fourth in the subcompact SUV class, which is extremely high for a brand new nameplate. The biggest competitors to the 2019 Nissan Kicks, according to the U.S. News rankings, are the 2020 Kia Soul and the 2019 Hyundai Kona. Nissan offers only a front wheel drive version, so it will never be a real SUV in our books.

What are users saying about the Nissan Kicks

As highlighted in the previous section, the Nissan Kicks is an extremely balanced model, and ranks amongst the best in its class. This model offers a similar driving experience to some of the most popular SUV models in the country like the Honda HR-V and the Hyundai Kona. The only real complaint amongst a majority of critics is the modest engine used on this model. While the engine is quiet and sufficient enough for a cruise around the city, it struggles to merge adequately on the highway. Coming off the tremendous success in the first couple years of the Nissan Kicks, the company is likely working on a more efficient engine option to introduce for this model in the coming years.

Nissan Kicks Facts


The current Nissan Kicks model was selected as a 2019 Top Safety Pick by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. The tremendous safety scores and the great number of available safety features make the Nissan Kicks one of the safest models on the market and that isn’t likely to change in the coming years. We expect at least rear cross traffic alert, rear view camera, blind spot monitoring and emergency braking on the safety feature list.

Fuel Economy:

The modest engine on the current Kicks model averages roughly 31 city and 36 highway miles per gallon. These averages rank amongst the best in this model’s class. The Nissan Kicks is one of the most fuel efficient SUV models you can find.


The 2019 Nissan Kick’s interior is high quality in respect to the price of the model. The interior is well designed and uses nice materials, has comfortable seats, and has plenty of room for all passengers. Additionally, this model has tons of cargo space compared to many of its competitors. The rear seats also collapse down allowing for considerably more cargo space. Apple carplay and Android auto are expected to be on the entertainment menu as options for the infotainment system. And for the audio system, details still have to be revealed. The front seat will probably feature seat heating or cooling.


The Nissan Kicks was introduced to replace the outgoing Nissan Juke, so the current Nissan Kick’s exterior design resembles the Juke in many ways. However, the Nissan Kicks has a more sleek, modern look to its exterior than the Juke.


Unfortunately, the 2019 Nissan Kicks only has one available engine option which is a 1.6 liter four-cylinder engine with continuously variable automatic transmission that makes up to 122 horsepower. This modest engine is extremely fuel efficient, but lacks some of the power and acceleration of a lot of models in the subcompact SUV class. The CVT (transmission) on the 2019 Nissan Kicks is extremely quiet, which is a plus. In the future, Nissan is likely to address this with additional engine options, or a more efficient version of this same engine.


J.D. Power and Associates gave the 2019 Nissan Kicks a predicted reliability rating of 3.5 out of five. This is considered an above-average score.

Price and expected release date

Information about the 2020 and 2021 Nissan Kicks has yet to be released. As 2019 draws closer to an end, we will likely begin hearing whispers about the upcoming Nissan Kicks model and the company will surely be ready to release the coming model by January 2020. Unfortunately, that means it’s likely that the 2021 Kicks won’t be released until the end of 2020 or beginning of 2021. The current Nissan Kicks model has an MSRP that starts at $18,640 which is one of the most affordable starting prices in the subcompact SUV class. In the coming years, it’s reasonable to suspect that Nissan will keep this model within the same price range to draw more interest in this new model. Competition will most probably come from the Toyota c hr .

Is it reasonable to assume that Nissan will address the lackluster engine on the Nissan Kicks before the 2021 model year?

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