2021 Nissan Kicks Preview for Sale in West Springfield, MA
As the entry-level crossover in Nissan’s lineup, the 2021 Kicks is a great option for drivers who want a vehicle that’s more practical than a sedan or hatchback but don’t want to overspend. For 2021, this personality-filled five-passenger subcompact crossover has been given a refresh with a larger Double V-Motion grille, sleeker headlights and taillights, new front and rear bumpers, and redesigned 17-inch wheels. The SV and SR trims also inherit new rear disc brakes. The interior has been revitalized, too, which we’ll cover in greater detail below. Another standout quality of the Nissan Kicks is the ability to customize its exterior look to complement your individual style using the Kicks Color Studio. This year brings some eye-catching new paint hues – Boulder Gray Pearl, Electric Blue Metallic, and Scarlet Ember Tintcoat – along with the opportunity to choose from a slate of two-tone combos.
Powertrain and Performance
The ’21 Kicks sources its power from a 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine that makes 122 hp and is paired to a continuously variable transmission (CVT) and front-wheel drivetrain. It gets the same exceptional fuel economy as before – an EPA-estimated 31 mpg in the city and 36 mpg on the highway. It comes in S, SR, and SV trim levels.
The ’21 Kicks gains quite a few improvements yet still flaunts a simple but refined layout that’s capitalized by a revamped center console, aesthetically improved HVAC vents, a restyled front-seat console/armrest, and more sophisticated door trim panels. The new silver accents and contrast stitching add to this more upscale look. Nissan clearly prioritizes technology in all of its vehicles; as such, the ’21 Kicks supports customizable digital gauges for a feel that embraces the future. And even though this is Nissan’s smallest crossover, it has plenty of cargo space: when the rear seat is folded, you’ll be able to accommodate a decent amount of luggage, groceries, or other stuff.
Infotainment and Connectivity
We’ll say it again: technology matters big to the Kicks’ primary demographic, and the infotainment system delivers. The base trim level, the S, has a 7-inch touchscreen, while the SV and range-topping SR get a larger (8-inch), tablet-inspired one. The standard inclusion of Apple CarPlay and Android Auto is one of the improvements for this model year; the SV and SR get an extra USB charge port and access to NissanConnect telematics services as well. The SR is eligible for the optional Premium Package, which will add a high-end Bose Personal Plus audio system with built-in driver headrest speakers and a Wi-Fi hotspot.
Active Safety Technologies
Thanks to Nissan Intelligent Mobility, the automaker’s philosophy for safe, comfortable, and eventually automated driving experience, the Nissan Safety Shield 360 bundle of driver assistance features will be standard across the board. This system includes automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection, rear automatic braking, rear cross-traffic alert, radar-enabled blind-spot monitoring, lane departure warning, and high beam assist. A surround-view camera system and adaptive cruise control will be optional.