Last year, I had the awesome honor of hosting the U.S. reveal of Nissan’s latest crossover vehicle; the Nissan Kicks. As the livestream host during the L.A. Auto Show, I gave viewers their first peak at the Kicks, which had its original debut in Brazil at the Rio Olympics in 2016. The vibrant, eccentric style mimics Rio’s carnival culture, vibrant, colorful and chic. The crossover is a huge hit on the streets of Brazil where its edgy style, bright color combos and clean lines whipped about the streets of Copacabana and Ipanema beach. Finally, the Nissan Kicks has made its way to the U.S for us to get our chance behind the wheel.
During the live-stream, the anticipation was intense and many viewers wanted the details of the features, the tech, the sound, the drive experience and most of all, the price. Luckily, during my recent visit to San Diego, I got a chance to preview all of those features and much more and I’ll be the first to report that the 2018 Nissan Kicks lives up to ALL the hype.
Now.. onto the features. Of course you can the bumper-to-bumper details at Nissan.com, but there were a few that really stood out to me that I wanted to share with you!
The Technology: Getting behind for wheel for the first time, you’re immediately greeted with the latest technology fully equipped in the Kicks. Kick’s modern and simple “Gliding Wing” instrument panel design is dominated by a centrally mounted 7.0-inch full color display housing a comprehensive infotainment system offering Apple CarPlay™ and Android Auto™ smartphone connectivity”.
The Style and Color Combos: If you’re all about your car expressing your sense of style, then you’ll love the attention to details on the color combos featured in the Kicks. From the sports steering wheel to the vibrant box thread stitching through the vehicle, it really adds to edgy style that pops from the moment you open the door! The 2018 Kicks is offered in a range of seven exterior colors – plus five two-tone combinations. I love that you can make a statement without breaking the bank.
The Space: Can you believe that five people comfortable fit I this crossover? From the outside, you’re not quite sure what the comfort level will be, but the designers managed to utilize every once of space to make comfort a top priority. And YES- there’s ample trunk room as well.
The Sound: One of the game-changing features that caught my eye was the Premium Bose sound found in the premium car package. Carpool karaoke will be at another level behind this car! For the ultimate audio experience, the Kicks SR Premium Package includes the new class-exclusive3 Bose® Personal® Plus sound system with a pair of lightweight 2.5-inch Bose® UltraNearfield™ neodymium speakers located inside the Kicks’ driver’s seat headrest. Among the other on-board technology, Kicks features an available Intelligent Around View® Monitor (I-AVM).
The Price: I still can’t believe that this new crossover starts at under $18,000. Nope! It’s not what you expect from a crossover SUV under 18k. It’s better! Full loaded with impressive technology, BOSE premiere sound, the room for you and your besties to cruise in style, the Nissan Kicks packs major punch! So when can you get behind a Kicks to try for yourself? Making its way to the U.S. for the first time this fall. This entry-level crossover SUV, is perfect for millenials, adventure seekers and anyone interested in making a statement on the road and you can still brag to your friends about how what a steal you got!
For more on the safety features, available colors, powertrain, suspension, technology and more, visit ww.nissanusa.com
Written by Vanessa James.
I was invited by Nissan USA to participate in their press review trip of the Nissan Kicks. All opinions are my own.