Compact SUVs offer a nice balance between maneuverability and space. While subcompact SUVs can feel a little crowded, and larger SUVs feel bulky on the road, a compact SUV is both spacious yet easy to navigate. The 2021 Nissan Kicks is a new, modern compact crossover option that comes with more than just space and maneuverability. The first Kicks model was released in 2016, offering more space than most vehicles in its class. Now, the 2021 Nissan Kicks literally kicks it up a notch with its impressive specs.
The 2021 Kicks comes with some unique features that make it stand out from its competitors. For example, it offers the best legroom space in its class along with the only available Bose personal sound system. This model also includes an Around View Monitor that shows drivers everything around them from a bird's-eye perspective. But it doesn’t stop there. We’re excited to show you why the Kicks is the best available compact SUV option.
The 2021 Nissan Kicks dominates the safety and security category with ease. While most compact SUVs do offer safety features, the Kicks offers a wide range of features that cover almost every aspect of your driving experience. The best part of it all is that it does this at the most affordable price. Nissan believes that safety shouldn’t have to break your bank, and this belief is evident in the new Kicks model.
The 2021 Nissan Kicks includes standard Rear Automatic Braking, which is a feature that most brands charge extra for. Even if you choose a lower Kicks trim, you’ll get Rear Automatic Braking, which automatically stops the vehicle when drivers get too close to an object that you might not see behind you. Automatic Emergency Braking with Pedestrian Detection is also standard on the 2021 Nissan Kicks, which helps prevent front-end collisions with both vehicles and pedestrians.
The 2021 Nissan Kicks includes a lot more safety than what we’ve already mentioned, thanks to the Nissan 360 Safety Shield. It includes Lane Departure Warning, Blind Spot Warning, and Rear Cross Traffic Alert. When you use Lane Departure Warning, you’ll be notified when you start to drift into the wrong lane. Don’t worry, though; this won’t apply when using a turn signal. Blind Spot Warning uses exterior mirrors to flash a warning when a vehicle is approaching your blind spot, and Rear Cross Traffic Alert is most effective in parking lots. It can monitor vehicles in the aisle behind the Kicks, which helps prevent drivers from backing out in front of others.
Finally, the 2021 Nissan Kicks has available Intelligent Driver Alertness on top of all these features, which monitors driving patterns and can warn drivers when they’re not attentive enough. You also have access to the available Intelligent Around View Monitor that gives you a 360-degree bird's-eye view around your vehicle. This is especially useful when you are in any sort of parking situation.
The Kicks also includes non-driver-assist safety features such as anti-lock braking to prevent wheel lockup and an advanced airbag system that provides surround curtain airbags that cover every inch of the interior. Nissan is one of the most safety-driven brands out there, and the 2021 Nissan Kicks is no exception to that fact.
The 2021 Nissan Kicks is known for its compact size yet spacious interior. First off, this model offers more headroom and legroom than you might expect from its compact size. In fact, even people who are as much as 6 feet tall can relax in the Kicks without feeling crowded. With this model, you also get 25.3 cubic feet of cargo space in the trunk that expands to a maximum of 32.3 cubic feet with all of the seats folded down. A fun small cargo bonus is that its center storage console offers a way to hide your wallet or store secret snacks with ease.
While its specs are impressive, the 2021 Kicks offers much more than just an edge over its competitors. Its interior provides seating for up to 5 passengers with heated Zero Gravity seats. Long drives aren’t nearly as intimidating when you’re in a Kicks, and winters are not nearly as dreadful thanks to the Kicks’ remote climate control and heated seating. You can warm up the Kicks and de-ice those seats without even having to step foot outside. Do you want your Kicks to feel really luxurious? Don’t forget to ask about adding a heated steering wheel which is perfect for those cold winter mornings.
This model’s interior is not only comfortable and convenient, but it’s aesthetically appealing as well. Its black and gray leather interior with orange stitching gives it a sporty look, but if you’re not interested in heated seating, the Charcoal Sport Cloth option is great as well. It offers a textured look with black and orange patterns. No matter which Kicks you choose, you’re sure to be rolling with convenience and style.
Second to safety, Nissan’s technology features are part of what makes it such a desirable brand. The 2021 Nissan Kicks is just further confirmation of Nissan’s tech-savvy affordability. Like most new models, you’ll get standard Apple CarPlay and Android Auto music streaming. But what makes the Kicks most unique is its Bose Personal Plus Audio System. You can choose between three settings, which are Forward Frontal State, Increased Envelopment, and Full Immersion. The first option is best for when you’re driving alone. However, the second and third options are good when you have passengers. Streaming your Spotify playlist has never been more fun.
The Hands-Free Text Messaging Assist acts as both a safety and convenience feature, making it easy to avoid phone distractions. Simply respond to text via voice commands and keep in touch with others while still staying safe on the road. Similarly, the Kicks comes with other voice-command-based features like Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant, thanks to NissanConnect. While at home, you can command your vehicle to start or even honk the horn simply by linking your Alexa or Google Assistant to your 2021 Nissan Kicks.
The 2021 Kicks is also ideal for remote workers. While you can’t be typing while you’re driving, you can pull over and use this model’s Wi-Fi hotspot to get work done on the go. Standard USB and USB-C charging ports make this even easier. Whether you’re using a phone, tablet, or laptop, the Kicks has all your charging needs covered.
There are also available emergency assistance technologies for those who want to feel extra secure. These include automatic collision notifications and calls, which will automatically connect you to emergency services. Even if you have a non-accident-related emergency such as a domestic issue or health emergency, you can always hit the SOS button for instant connection as well. For such an affordable model, the 2021 Nissan Kicks includes any tech feature you could ever want or need. Whether you’re trying to have an easy commute or keep your family extra safe, the Kicks has got your back.