Everybody wants crossovers. And that means in all shapes and sizes, down to very small editions, like Mazda’s CX-3 and Honda’s HR-V. Nissan’s responding by bringing its Mexico-made Kicks to the U.S. this coming summer, and it certainly looks like a better option for lots of buyers than the small sedans that most Americans are turning their backs on.
Nissan says Kicks will get very good fuel economy, at 33mpg combined (estimated), and will come with FWD. The lack of AWD may help keep costs down, but Nissan is wisely offering some premium options, like LED low beams; they’re also going to sell Kicks in five two-tone combinations—also wise, with most carmakers in this segment (think Subaru’s Crosstrek) exploring a more creative color palette. Also wise: Like competitors at Hyundai, Nissan is offering Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, which is key for younger buyers. And maybe for those buyers, or for audiophiles, an optional Bose sound system includes speakers in the driver’s headrest, which is either going to be awesome, or ensure you never have to talk to anyone else in the Kicks (which—could also be awesome!).
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