NISSAN KICKS 2021: Top 5 affordable SUVs

Buying a subcompact SUV is often a matter of balancing need and compromise. You need the extra space that this type of vehicle provides over a car, but you also don't want to break the bank to get it.

This is where the Nissan Kicks becomes an interesting deal as the automaker, which has always had a good understanding of its customers' needs, hit a home run by introducing this vehicle in 2018.

If you want to get a better look at it,  L'Ami Junior Nissan, your dealer in Saguenay near Jonquière and La Baie, has a complete inventory of Nissan vehicles. To learn more about our new Nissan models, such as the 2021 Kicks, the 2020 Rogue Special Edition or the Nissan Qashqai, the new vehicle of the year, do it directly online in the comfort of your living room. Take a look at our pre-owned Nissan vehicles - there's sure to be a model that meets your needs.

As for the Kicks, you'll quickly understand why it stands out with its main features, especially when measured against other affordable models in the category, which complete in the top 5 dominated by Nissan; the Mazda CX-3, Honda HR-V, Kia Soul and Toyota C-HR.

Trendy Features

When Nissan designed the Kicks, they knew they were targeting a young, tech-savvy clientele. Consequently, each version of the model offers features that put an emphasis on connectivity. Starting with the entry-level S model, you get Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, as well as Siri Eyes for free. Three USB ports are also on provided for connecting all your devices. The higher-end SV version adds hands-free text messaging and a USB-C port. At the top of the line, the SR Privilege model offers a premium Bose audio system with speakers built into the headrests; no other vehicle offers this much for the price.

Trendy Style

Not only are the Kicks' features considered trendy. Its styling, significantly revamped for 2021, is just as eye-catching. And when you look at the last time aesthetic changes were made to competing vehicles, you'll find models that are getting outdated - 2016 for the Mazda CX-3, 2018 for the Toyota C-HR, 2016 for the Honda HR-V and 2020 for the Kia Soul... which has changed little from the 2014 generation.

The Driving Experience

When shopping for a subcompact SUV, you want to find the same driving experience you get when driving a car. While all of the Top 5 vehicles offer driving experiences that are more car-like than SUV-like, not all of them show the stamina of the Nissan Kicks. In fact, only the Mazda CX-3 can compare to it. The Kia Soul is underpowered compared to the Kicks, the HR-V's soundproofing is lacking, while the Toyota C-HR's interior is mediocre, not to mention the fact that you have poor visibility through the back.

At the wheel of the Kicks, you’ll enjoy exemplary stability. This translates into a reassuring feeling on all fronts, and if you have the misfortune of encountering a winding road, you'll have a great deal of fun going through the turns at high speed without feeling the slightest weakness in the chassis. The Kicks is stable, dynamic and fun.

Fuel Efficiency

Finally, when you buy an affordable car, you don't want to leave your savings at the pump. With the Kicks, you get the best of both worlds; a great price up front, and minimal costs when you fill up, because the low fuel consumption means that you have to fill up less often.

In concrete terms, the average fuel consumption of the Toyota C-HR is 8.2L/100km. The Kia Soul, Honda HR-V and Mazda CX-3 average 7.9L, 7.8L and 7.7L/100km respectively, and the Nissan Kicks is 7.2L/100km; nothing compares.

In conclusion

The Nissan Kicks is by far the most interesting model in its category. The arguments prove it and if you want to see it for yourself, come visit the experts at L'Ami Junior Nissan for an in-depth discovery and a test drive.

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Posted in On May 12, 2021