Eric's Autos: 2019 Nissan Kicks
Crossover SUVs have become as popular as fireworks on the Fourth of July, which is why the cost of crossovers continues to increase.
But there is an antidote to the high cost of being popular.
It's the Nissan Kicks.
What It Is
The Kicks is Nissan's newest, smallest and most affordable crossover SUV.
It's similar in general layout and size to other compact crossovers like the Honda HR-V and Subaru Crosstrek, but it costs significantly less -- $18,540 to start for the base S trim versus $20,520 for the base trim Honda HR-V and $21,895 for the base trim Crosstrek. A top-of-the-line Kicks SR costs $20,870.
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The Kicks doesn't offer all-wheel drive, as some rivals do. But it does come standard with class-best fuel economy (31 mpg city and 36 mpg highway versus 28 mpg city and 34 mpg highway for the HR-V, and 23 mpg city and 29 mpg highway for the Crosstrek), class-best legroom up front (43.7 inches) and class-best cargo space behind its second row (25.3 cubic feet).
It also has a smaller overall footprint (169.1 inches bumper to bumper) and a very tight turning radius (34.1 feet) versus that of its rivals, making it exceptionally easy to park and maneuver in heavy urban/suburban traffic.
The Kicks was introduced as an all-new model for 2018, so other than a few trim/color changes, the 2019 carries over largely the same.