2025 Nissan Kicks: New Update Kicks Subcompact Crossover SUV Reviews

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2025 Nissan Kicks is a subcompact SUV that is increasingly popular in the Automotive world. Many buyers want a vehicle that is easy to park, cheap, and practical. The 2024 Nissan Kicks is one of the most affordable in this segment.

The Nissan Kicks is one of the most affordable SUVs in its class, and with budget savings, this can be a significant advantage. The Kicks’ EPA estimate of 33 mpg in combined city/highway driving is a few mpg better than you’ll get from many other subcompact SUVs, which can help you save more on fuel.

We know that Nissan authorities are serious about updating the Kicks SUV, bringing it closer to its peers. Previous models were challenging to get excited about. This one is different. The range of technology available is very contemporary, but there’s also the reliable option of all-wheel drive.

Nissan has spent the time and money to get the recipe just right. The second generation 2025 Kicks has arrived. It’s bigger, with more space, power, and a new style.

2025 Nissan Kicks Review

The Nissan Kicks will enter a significant refresh phase in the 2025 model year; the Nissan Kicks Subcompact Crossover model will certainly mature by featuring utterly new styling inside and out. The Kicks’ exterior has evolved into a more modern interpretation of last year’s model with a fascia bolder front and back,

The redesigned 2025 Nissan Kicks is an inch or two larger in every dimension, which means 1.7 inches more front shoulder room, 1.9 inches more shoulder room, and 0.9 inches more knee room in the rear. In addition, the New 2025 Kick also features a practical cabin with new infotainment options, including an available 12.3-inch centre screen (7.0-inch screen as standard) and an updated interior design to match the SUV’s exterior aesthetic.

The 2025 Nissan Kicks comes with a new 2.0-litre four-cylinder engine in place of the outgoing model’s underworked 1.6-litre engine, and all-wheel drive joins the options list for the first time.

2025 Nissan Kicks

The latest in the 2025 Nissan Kicks

Comprehensively redesigned for 2025, the new Kicks is more significant, features new styling inside and out, and has a more powerful four-cylinder engine with available all-wheel drive. The 2025 Kicks’ suspension provides 8.4 inches of ground clearance, up from 7.0 inches on the previous model, to make small off-road trips easier.

Nissan’s previously front-only Zero Gravity seats are now standard front and rear, and the top SR trim gets Pro Pilot lane-keeping assist, a first for a Kicks model.

Base Price TBD
LayoutFront-Engine, Fwd Or Awd, 5-Pass, 4-Door Suv
Engine2.0l/141-Hp/140-Lb-Ft Dohc 16-Valve I-4
Transmission6-Speed Auto
Curb Weight 3,000-3,100 Lb (MFR)
Wheelbase104.6 (Fwd)/104.9 (AWD)
L X W X H 171.9 X 70.9 X 64.2 (FWD)/64.0 (AWD) In
0-60 Mph 9.0-10.0 Sec (MT EST)
Epa City/Hwy/Comb Fuel Econ Not Yet Rated
Epa Range, Comb Not Yet Rated
On Sale Summer 2024

News

The fresh news came from Joey Caparella from the online media Caranddriver, who gave us good information. The 2025 Nissan Kicks shines even more, offering AWD and more space. Of course, with some comprehensive upgrades, the Kicks subcompact SUV includes a larger engine, attractive design, and more available technology features.

The new 2025 Nissan Kicks is a transformed small crossover. It looks much more modern than before, but it’s also significantly more extensive, boasts a larger engine, and has a newly available all-wheel drive option.

While the first-generation Kicks was more of an entry-level FWD hatchback with crossover-esque styling, this redesign brings it more into the subcompact-SUV mainstream, where it will compete with models including the Hyundai Kona and Mazda CX-30.

The new model has an attractive design sensibility, with prominent wheel arches, a distinctive grille, and an optional two-tone colour scheme. S, SV, and SR trims will be offered, with the SR pictured here getting 19-inch alloy wheels and unique accent lights under the headlights. Inside, the SR gets sporty design touches, including red stitching and other unique trim.

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The new Kicks also has much greater ground clearance than before, 8.4 inches compared to the previous model’s 7.0 inches. Nissan claims the new model offers more rear seat space and cargo space, and the more extensive interior is also equipped with more standard and optional technology features.

A 7.0-inch touchscreen is standard, but an optional setup on the SR includes two large 12.3-inch displays for the digital gauge cluster and a central infotainment screen. More driver assistance features are also standard, and Nissan’s ProPilot Assist function is a new option. The Optioo system also has a panoramic and a 10-speaker Bose audio system on the roof.

The sole powertrain is a 141 hp 2.0-liter inline four-cylinder engine also f, found in the Sentra compact sedan, and uses a continuously variable automatic transmission. This should provide better acceleration than the old Kicks’ 1.6-litre engine, although the new model will likely be heavier, so it won’t be a drag-racer. Front-wheel drive is standard, as before, but all-wheel drive is now optional on all trim levels. Opting for all-wheel drive reduces cargo space due to mechanical components under the rear floor.

  • Nissan reveals its redesigned 2025 Kicks subcompact crossover.
  • The new model is more significant and offers a more powerful engine and an optional all-wheel drive.
  • The Kicks will go on sale in the US in late summer this year.

2025 Nissan Kicks Redesign

We expect a genuinely stunning redesign of the 2025 Nissan Kicks featuring extraordinary front and rear light designs, interesting angles and shapes, and a “Kicks” nameplate design subtly engraved on the rear window and embossed on the side mirrors.

With the car’s front fascia and rear sides, Nissan designers sought to create a complex yet clean and cohesive single surface. Once again, the design intent stands out in a sea of subcompacts.

In other words, the All-New 2025 Nissan Kicks presents a balanced blend of mature design with fun accents.

2025 Kicks Spyshot

The next-generation Nissan Kicks has been anticipated for some time, especially given that the current model has been on the market for about six years. Surprisingly, these spy photographs are the first time we’ve seen Nissan’s subcompact crossover SUV. It adopts design characteristics shared by the Nissan lineup and what appears to be some extra size.

The Kicks 2025’s front fascia resembles the Ariya EV and Versa. It’s a broad, slatted grin encompassing the grille and headlights. Compared to the existing model, it offers the front end a more comprehensive, rounder appearance.

The profile appears more curvy than today’s more hefty and angular 2025 Kicks. It also looks more upright toward the back and larger overall than it is currently. This prototype is also equipped with some stylish three-spoke alloy wheels.

Next-Gen 2025 Nissan Kicks Subcompact SUV Reviews

The rear spoiler part appears more significant in the tail, and the hatch has a substantial deck area. The taillights mix into this area of the hatch and may continue to be full-width but better integrated than on the present car.

We’ll be interested in the mechanical pieces we can’t see yet. Unlike many other crossovers, the present Nissan Kick 2025 is only available with front-wheel drive, and it appears that an all-wheel-drive option for a new Kick is inevitable.

It will be fascinating to see if this new vehicle retains the present Kicks platform, also used on the Versa, or if it opts for something newer, such as the Renault-Nissan CMF-B platform used by the Nissan Note and Juke. That updated platform may make Nissan’s e-Power series hybrid powertrains available, giving the Kicks a distinct selling feature in the market.

According to previous reports, the new 2025 Kicks will be released next year. Given how far advanced this prototype is, that seems realistic. We also anticipate a price similar to the existing Kicks, slightly below $20,000.

Next-Gen 2025 Nissan Kicks Subcompact SUV Reviews

2025 Nissan Kicks Interior

The interior of the New 2025 Nissan Kicks receives a modernization update. It features a horizontal flat screen slightly tilted towards the driver for better visibility. Meanwhile, the 2025 Nissan Kick has a flat-bottom steering wheel with the same stitching as the dashboard. Nissan’s much-loved zero-gravity seats have been added to increase comfort for rear passengers.

The comfortable Zero Gravity Seat distributes weight and pressure evenly. The SR seat has a lava red weave inside and Bose Personal Plus speakers on the headrest. The materials in this pre-production model feel pleasant, and nothing looks too cheap.

Cargo space configuration varies by trim and whether a vehicle has all-wheel drive. The largest trunk area behind the rear seats is 30 cubic feet, increasing to 60 cubic feet with the seats folded. These numbers are suitable for the class.

In comparison, the previous Kicks had 25.3/53.1 cubic feet. Nissan also claims the most comprehensive cargo area opening in its class, at 40.3 inches, which should make loading a stroller easier.

On the 2025 Nissan Kicks SR trim, the climate control function is now controlled via a haptic touch panel, replacing the traditional dual dial setup on the previous generation Kicks. Cargo space increases, but selecting AWD takes up less trunk space due to the additional drive hardware.

This Kicks SR features a 12.3-inch infotainment (a more basic 7.0-inch version will be standard on lower trims) and a large panoramic sunroof.

Specifically, there are 29 cubic feet behind the second row on front-wheel drive models and 24 cubic feet with all-wheel drive. Fold the rear seats; you’ll find 59 cubes in the front driver and 50 with all-wheel drive. We’ll do a carry-on suitcase fit test on both models and update this story with the results.

2025 Nissan Kicks

 

Infotainment and Connectivity

The base S comes with a standard 7.0-inch colour touchscreen, while the SV and SR upgrade to a 12.3-inch unit and get wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. The S has one USB type-A port, while the SV and SR get a pair of USB-C ports. The SR also has a pair of USB-C ports for rear passengers.

A four-speaker stereo with Bluetooth and auxiliary input is standard; The SV adds SiriusXM satellite radio, while the SR increases the speaker count to 6. Audiophiles will want to go with the 10-speaker Bose system, which includes headrest-mounted speakers for the front seats.

Storage

The 2025 Nissan Kicks has a trunk with a best-in-class 40.3-inch cargo opening. Overall, the Kicks’ total cargo capacity of up to 30 cubic feet with the rear seats up or 60 cubes with them down is also the best in its class.

2025 Nissan Kicks Exterior

We love how stunning this generation’s design is and how less stunning the previous model was. If this is Nissan’s new design philosophy, we can’t wait to see what it does to the latest generation of Murano.

Size-wise, the new 2025 Kicks grows about an inch in each direction. It’s similar to the Kia Seltos, and both vehicles are smaller than the Honda HR-V. The Kicks now looks more like an SUV than a hatchback, with ground clearance of 8.4 inches (up 1.4 inches).

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2025 Nissan Kicks Engine

The 2025 Nissan Kicks has an upgrade to the 2.0-litre engine, which produces 141 horsepower and 140 lb-ft of torque. This provides a Ride increase of 20 hp and 26 lb-ft.

When the Kicks is equipped with the optional AWD for the first time, a CVT (continuously variable automatic transmission) feature sends torque to the front or all four wheels. AWD-equipped models also get an additional “Snow” driving mode and the standard Normal, Eco, and Sport modes.

Transmission

The new Kicks features a larger 4-cylinder engine: 2.0 litres (up from 1.6), 141 horsepower, and 140 lb-ft of torque (up from 122/114). This applies to the standard front-wheel-drive configuration, although the Kicks now offers an all-wheel-drive option (featuring a Snow mode) with all three trims.

Powertrain

The 2025 Kicks has the potential to provide even more kicks for its drivers. The 2.0-litre engine produces 141 horsepower, 19 hp more than the previous model.

However, we feel obliged to temper that enthusiasm because the new Kicks is heavier, at around 360 pounds. It’s still okay for the class. The base Kia Seltos has 146 horsepower.

What’s spectacular is that the 2025 Kicks now offers an available all-wheel drive (AWD) option on any trim level.

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2025 Nissan Kicks AWD

In addition to its stunning design, the 2025 Nissan Kicks’ wide and 8.4-inch ground clearance suggests its all-wheel-drive architecture has undergone a welcome upgrade. The 2025 model marks the first time Nissan has offered the Kicks with front-wheel drive or AWD.

The 2025 Kicks needs power to all four wheels, so this is a welcome upgrade and a design overhaul.

The 2.0-litre inline-four gasoline engine installed in the New 2025 Nissan Kicks with a transverse position drives the wheels and produces 141 hp and 140 lb-ft of torque, channelled through a six-speed automatic transmission. The latter improves the outgoing continuously variable transmission used in the previous model.

Meanwhile, the new Kicks’ engine output increases by 19 hp and 26 lb-ft over the old model’s 1.6-liter naturally aspirated inline-four.

Not only that, we also expect significant updates to the Nissan Safety Shield 360 features, which are standard across all grades and include automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection, rear automatic braking, blind spot warning, rear cross-traffic alert, lane departure warning, and high beam assistance. The 2025 Nissan Kicks S and SV models will include adaptive cruise control as standard.

The 2025 Kicks SR adds Nissan’s ProPilot Assist feature, which provides steering assistance to help keep the vehicle centred in its lane. Already offered on several other Nissan models, this is the first application of ProPilot Assist on a Kicks, reflecting Nissan’s ethos of implementing technology from more expensive vehicles into entry-level offerings.

2025 Nissan Kicks Models

We expect the new 2025 Nissan Kicks to be available in S, SV, and SR trims, with optional premium offerings at the SV and SR levels. Nissan gave the Kicks SR a little preview with the Premium package, which includes touches like a panoramic sunroof, 10-speaker Bose audio, heated front seats, a heated steering wheel, and a remote engine start. With these features, as well as other areas of the new Kicks.

Aside from that, Nissan also presents elements of technology, design, and comfort from the abovementioned segments.

3-Year/36,000 Mile Warranty

Nissan’s new vehicle warranty is valid for three years or 36,000 miles, whichever comes first. The powertrain, including roadside assistance, is covered for five years or 60,000 miles. These terms are unique to the class—no free scheduled maintenance exists.

Security

Standard safety features include forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, and pedestrian detection. We’re also pleased that blind-spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert is part of the suite. The top SV trim gets ProPilot adaptive cruise control/lane keeping/steering assist—the first time this feature has appeared on the Kicks.

2025 Nissan Kicks Price

For price estimates, we have not been able to confirm the official price because the Nissan authorities have yet to confirm the price. However, we expect the 2025 Nissan Kicks price to start around $23,000 and increase to $26,000, depending on trim and options.

However, pricing for the 2025 Kicks will be available closer to its mid to late-summer on-sale date. The price may increase slightly but remain in the entry-level territory.

Based on this, we still recommend the mid-level SV as the kick of choice. Note that all-wheel drive is optional on all three trims.

S$23,000 (est)
SV$25,000 (est)
SR$26,000 (est)

2025 Nissan Kicks Release Date

We predict the 2025 Nissan Kicks SUV will only reach dealers in late summer 2024.

Verdict

The Kicks is attractive and boasts some of the best amenities and technology in the extra-small SUV class for the money. It’s fuel-efficient, simple to park, and even enjoyable to drive on a winding route. However, it falls short of the competitors in terms of comfort and measurable performance. We’ll be back with more information on the 2025 Nissan Kicks soon, so bookmark our website to keep up to speed on the newest Nissan news and information on other Nissan models.

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People also ask about Nissan Kicks 2025

Q: Will there be a 2025 Nissan Kicks?

A: Seven years on the market is sufficient for any modern vehicle, and Nissan is well aware of this, which is why they are presently working on a new generation of Kicks. The tiny crossover will most likely be produced for the 2025 model year, replacing the existing model introduced in 2016 and facelifted at the end of 2020.

Q: Will there be a 2024 Nissan Kicks?

A: The 2024 Nissan Kicks’ price ranges from $22,155 to $24,715, depending on specifications and options. Even at the cheapest S trim level, the Kicks is well-equipped, with many standard driver-assistance systems.

Q: Is Nissan Kicks being discontinued?

A: Adopting the new, more strict BS6 Phase 2 emissions laws has led to the discontinuation of several vehicles, including the Nissan Kicks. Unfortunately, the withdrawal of the Kicks means that Nissan now has only one model in its range.

Q: What is the downside to the Nissan Kicks?

A: The seatbacks in the back are overly upright, and the bench is flat and unyielding. These are some of the least comfy seats we’ve ever sat on. The Kicks can also be rather loud. Wind noise isn’t too severe and only worsens at highway speeds.

Video Discovery

The 2025 Nissan Kicks SR Is A Bolder Interpretation Of An Affordable Small SUV

Below, we attach a 10:56-second video from the Redline Reviews YouTube channel, which gives us insight into where the Nissan Kicks model has received significant improvements in 2025, increasing in size, technology, and advantages.

The 2025 Kicks SR is the sportiest trim level, and Nissan finally includes AWD as an option, with the Sentra’s new 2.0L 4-cylinder engine under the hood. Expect the new 2025 Kicks to hit stores later this summer, and Happy Wonderful Days.

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Sean Tucker is a writer specializing in consumer-focused coverage of the automotive and energy industries. As an automotive news journalist, I have contributed to US News and World Report, Yahoo Autos, MSN, Dub Magazine, and other publications. He has been on TV news as an expert guest to talk about automobile shopping.