2018 Nissan Kicks

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$17,990–$20,290 MSRP range
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of the 2018 Nissan Kicks. Base trim shown.

2018 Nissan Kicks First Drive

Brian Wong

If I'm being honest, the prospect of driving the 2018 Nissan Kicks did not have me jumping for joy. Small SUVs might be my least favorite class of vehicles, partly because I think they're usually too expensive and lack the practicality that should be requisite to having "utility" as a part of the vehicle's designation.

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That's why the Kicks felt like such a breath of fresh air to me. It has the right price, the right amount of cabin and cargo room, and the right amount of styling customization to appeal to a wide range of buyers. (It also has a name that's ripe for puns, but I will try to resist.)

Nissan curiously refused to call the Kicks an SUV at the drive event, at least in part because it doesn't offer all-wheel drive (the Kicks is front-wheel drive only) but also because it believes the Kicks can compete with the Hyundai Kona and Kia Soul, which one could argue are more hatchback cars than SUVs. But if you go on Nissan's website, it's listed under "crossovers and SUVs," so who knows. I'll just say this: The Kicks has enough value, features and usable space to work in either vehicle category. 

How It Drives

The Kicks isn't very fun to drive. It shares a platform with the Nissan Versa and Versa Note, two subcompact cars that are better known for being affordable than having any kind of dynamic acumen.

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Consumer Reviews

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What Drivers Are Saying


It is a cute sporty car

by Marie from SANFORD on August 26, 2018

This met my needs. It is good on gas. Perfect size. It is stylish. I like it because it if off the ground, but not too much Read full review


Not a great car

by Json from Kansas city mo on August 20, 2018

The kicks does not have a console compartment, the touch screen is hard to navigate, only 10 gallon gas tank so your always at the gas station, cheap plastic interior, I owned it one month then traded ... Read full review

Safety & Recalls


The 2018 Nissan Kicks currently has 0 recalls

Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

The 2018 Nissan Kicks has not been tested.

Manufacturer Warranty

  • Bumper-to-Bumper

    36 months / 36,000 miles

  • Powertrain

    60 months / 60,000 miles

  • Roadside Assistance

    36 months / 36,000 miles

CPO Program & Warranty

Certified Pre-Owned by Nissan

Program Benefits

24 Hour Emergency Roadside Assistance, Towing Assistance, Trip Interruption Benefits, 3-month free subscription to SiriusXM Satellite Radio on properly equipped vehicles, Complimentary CARFAX® Vehicle History Report™ and 3-Year CARFAX® Buy Back Guarantee

  • Limited Warranty

    7 years / 100,000 miles

    7-year/100,000-mile powertrain warranty from original in-service date; $50 deductible
  • Eligibility

    Under 6 years / 80,000 miles

    Vehicles receive a 167 point inspection and reconditioning.

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Cars.com Car Seat Check

Certified child passenger safety technicians conduct hands-on tests of a car’s Latch system and check the vehicle’s ability to accommodate different types of car seats. The Kicks received the following grades on a scale of A-F.*
* This score may not apply to all trims, especially for vehicles with multiple body styles that affect the space and design of the seating.

Warranty FAQs

What is a Bumper-to-Bumper warranty?

Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.

What is a Powertrain warranty?

Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

What is included in Roadside Assistance?

Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

What other services could be included in a warranty?

Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.

What does CPO mean?

A certified pre-owned or CPO car has been inspected to meet minimum quality standards and typically includes some type of warranty. While dealers and third parties certify cars, the gold standard is an automaker-certified vehicle that provides a factory-backed warranty, often extending the original coverage. Vehicles must be in excellent condition and have low miles and wear to be certified, which is why off-lease vehicles feed many CPO programs.

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