Huge cargo area for a car its size; lots of equipment for a low price; high seating position with good visibility; excellent fuel economy
Slow and unusual steering; highway on ramps are not its forte; AWD is unavailable
Other than a $200 price increase, the 2019 Kicks sees no major changes.
Skip the base model. For less than $2,000 more, you get a variety of desirable safety, infotainment and convenience features with the SV. However, even a fully loaded SR comes way under most comparably equipped competitors in the subcompact SUV segment, so it's really hard to go wrong from a value perspective.
The 2019 Nissan Kicks is available in three trim levels: S, SV and SR. The price gap between them isn't that considerable, and there's only one optional package, making your selection rather easy.
The base Kicks S ($19,535) comes standard with 16-in steel wheels, a spare tire, roof rails, automatic headlights, a backup camera, automatic emergency braking, cruise control, a height-adjustable driver's seat, cloth upholstery, a 60/40-split folding back seat, Bluetooth, a 7-in touchscreen, three USB ports and a 6-speaker sound system with a CD player, auxiliary audio jack and a media player interface.
The SV ($21,245) adds 17-in alloy wheels, heated body-colored mirrors, proximity entry and push-button start, blind spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic assist, automatic climate control, a color digital instrument display, a cargo cover, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and satellite radio.
The range-topping SR ($21,865) gains special exterior trim, a rear spoiler, LED headlights, fog lights, surround-view parking cameras, a leather-wrapped steering wheel and simulated leather dash trim. Optional only on the SR is the Premium package, which includes heated front seats, Prima-Tex simulated leather upholstery, a security system and an 8-speaker Bose sound system.
|Basic||3 Years/36,000 Miles|
|Drivetrain||5 Years/60,000 Miles|
|Corrosion||5 Years/Unlimited Miles|
|Roadside Assistance||3 Years/36,000 Miles|
2019 Honda HR-V -- If you like the Kicks' combination of maximum interior space in a minimum exterior package, the HR-V is your best alternative. Its available AWD system gives it a potential advantage.
2019 Honda Fit -- The Fit has basically the same interior space as the HR-V, but comes at a lower price that's more akin to the Kicks' and is only offered in FWD. It would be more fun to drive, but has no SUV pretenses about it.
Used Kia Niro -- Though you could consider a new Niro, this hybrid crossover would be pricier than the Kicks. Still, some should be available used, and with it, you get big-time fuel economy, a pleasant driving experience and plenty of interior room.