2018 Nissan Kicks Is A $17,990 Juke Replacement

The 2018 Nissan Kicks will be arriving at U.S. dealerships next month and the automaker has just revealed the model will be priced from $17,990.

Set to become Nissan’s most affordable crossover, the Kicks will slot beneath the Rogue Sport and compete with models such as the Chevrolet Trax, Honda HR-V and Ford EcoSport. The Kicks manages to undercut all three of its competitors by nearly $2,000 and this could bode well for the model.

Nissan hasn’t released detailed specifications but the entry-level Kicks S will come equipped with 16-inch steel wheels, roof rails and automatic headlights. The crossover also boasts three USB ports, Bluetooth connectivity and an automatic emergency braking system.

The mid-level Kicks SV starts at $19,690 and comes more generously equipped as it features body-color mirrors and door handles as well as 17-inch aluminum wheels. The interior gets some nice touches as well including an automatic climate control system, a rear tonneau cover and a 7.0-inch infotainment system with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay compatibility. There’s also a blind spot warning system, rear cross traffic alert and a Nissan Intelligent Key.

The range-topping Kicks SR is the sportiest of the bunch as it has unique bumpers, a tailgate-mounted spoiler and dark chrome grille accents. Other highlights include LED low-beam headlights, fog lights and black mirrors with integrated turn signals.

The interior is a tad sportier as the Kicks SR has a leather-wrapped steering wheel, special fabric and unique trim. There’s also a leather shifter with chrome accents and an Intelligent Around View Monitor.

Each model is powered by a 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine that produces 125 hp (93 kW / 126 PS) and 115 lb-ft (155 Nm) of torque. It is connected to an Xtronic continuously variable transmission which enables the crossover to return an estimated 33 mpg combined. Like the Toyota CH-R, the Kicks will be available exclusively with front-wheel drive.

Note: Prices exclude a $975 destination and handling fee

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  • Mind Synthetic

    dull, juke was actually different and stood out, even if not very pretty

    • Jay

      I was thinking the same. I didn’t like the juke much and I can see this is a toned down version of it. They sold themselves out because the juke was unique. This is meh.

    • BGM

      The white, bottom of the range one looks like it was designed in North Korea. The top of the range looks like it was designed in North Korea but it won a design prize which was *your family gets to eat*.

    • Dennis Scipio

      What?!

    • Mark Hawthorne

      I hated the Duke in every way – the styling was unique but terrible. It sold reasonably well to its target audience in the UK (30-something Evoke-wannabe Mums) but it alienated as many people as it attracted I’d speculate. No surprise the Qashqai outsold it so resoundingly. Just because it’s different doesn’t make it better.

  • Leconte Dave

    Urghh

  • Six_Tymes

    im in for one. Thanks Nissan for not over pricing this

    • pcurve

      can you imagine buying this kind of car for $10,000 back in 1991? Well I can’t. I remember paying $19k for Nissan Maxima with clothes manual seat, manual climate, no sunroof, no nothing back then. Basically $40k in today’s money. With that kind of cash, I can get more or less loaded 320i with some haggling lol.

    • HaltestelleLuitpolthafen

      This thing is a piece of junk, they know they can’t charge a premium for it.

      It has a garbage engine, lowest output in the class, and it has terrible interior materials.

  • Dr Strangefingger

    Dull perhaps, but given what Ford is trying to sell that ecosport for, this is a steal!!!

  • EM1

    For the Northeast and colder regions of the U.S., folks may reject this model due to no AWD. For a little more money, I rather go with the nicer Nissan Rogue Sport.

    • YUDHA BAGASKARA

      in europe rogue sport was already facelifted while american model only received 2014 model in last year

  • Paul

    It’s almost as bad as the Joke er…Juke. They traded curvy for edgy is all.

  • ErnieB

    Nissian so consistent with ugly design.. but honestly I think (not counting the GTR) this is one of the nicer nissans.. it just pained me to say that..

    • Dr Strangefingger

      Dude, you just said that!

      • ErnieB

        I know :/

  • Justin Spencer

    I don’t get why they would make a FWD only Juke replacement?!?!? What a waste!!!

  • PeterMcPumpkinPhD (Harvard)

    I would have named it the Nissan Kickapoo

  • TheHake

    Looks like a Seat Arona.

  • Marty

    Design spec: “Make it look like all the other cars in this segment, but with our new ugly front”

  • scalextric

    Kicks is the Latin American version of the Juke which has been around for a while. Maybe due to looks the original Juke has finally been banned from roads during daylight hours?

  • Christian

    I think they should sell the Kicks in Europe too…

  • Stealth333

    125Hp? I feel like were going backwards in regards to figures or normal cars. I mean…I rather own a small Sub-Compact than these overweight slow boats.

  • smartacus

    not even worth it
    as an artificial reef

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