New to the Nissan family, the 2019 Nissan Kicks is ready to make a connection with C onnecticut drivers. This ride doesn't look like every other small SUV. It has its own personality, color schemes, and architecture. There's no denying that it's made for fun. After you read this review, we invite you for some hands-on research at our Wallingford CT dealership, serving New Haven, Hartford, Waterbury and Meriden drivers.


The Kicks SUV looks fun with its aerodynamic wraparound tail lights and aggressive stance. Sharp, geometric edges are interposed on curvy, sweeping lines. The top trim adds a rear roof spoiler to make this distinctive ride even sportier. Speaking of adding fun stuff, the Kicks Color Studio lets you design your own look. You can choose your favorite finishers and accents. You can add color or chrome to door handles and other accent features. Nissan lets you set your ride apart from the crowd.


Earning 31 mpg in Wallingford driving and 36 mpg on Connecticut highways, you may forget that the Kicks is an SUV. Yet it's sporty demeanor and powerful performance will remind you. The electric power steering will adjust to your speed, making the ride more responsive to its driver. If you hit a bump or take a curve, Active Ride Control and Intelligent Trace Control tries to smooth the SUV's reaction. When you slow down, Engine Brake Control may use the brakes to smooth out your deceleration.


Sporty and fun, the interior matches well with the exterior. There are special upholstery choice with red or orange stitch accents. Nissan has taken care to make these seats worthy of an SUV. Whether you are driving, riding shotgun or sitting in the back, you'll feel supported. Legroom and headroom are generous. The seats are Zero Gravity Chairs, a Nissan exclusive. These were designed using NASA research to reduce stress on the body. The tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel has illuminated duplicate audio controls and cruise control tabs to help you keep your hands on the wheel. To help you manage Connecticut winters, there's automatic climate control and special Comfort heated seats. The rear hatch offers significant storage space (25 cu.ft.), and you can fold the seats to hold more cargo. The lower trunk floor adds to the versatility. Three value-priced trims offer affordable price points for Connecticut car shoppers.


Kicks tech starts with Siri Eyes Free, Bluetooth, and a seven-inch touch display. A rearview camera makes sure you see what's behind you. Stepping up to the Intelligent View Monitor, you have a 360-degree view of your surroundings. The addition of a seven-inch drive display is a contemporary must-have feature. Android Auto and Apple CarPlay make it even easier to harness your smartphone's capability. With the Nissan Intelligent Key, entry is simplified, ignition works with the push of a button, and remote starting is easy. Three USB ports let front and backseat passengers plug in. The available Bose Personal Plus audio system plants eight speakers around the cabin. Ultranearfield™ headrest speakers give the driver a special audio experience every day.


Nissan's emphasis on safety is evident by the way the Kicks uses technology to reduce the chances of an accident. Active Trace Control reduces the chances of sliding off while taking a curve. Engine Brake Control and intelligent electric power steering help your speed match conditions. Nissan Intelligent Mobility now includes an automatic emergency braking system to reduce the chances of an accident on the highway. A blind spot monitor will warn the driver about side traffic while moving forward. Even in your driveway or parking lots, the Kicks can be looking for dangers. A rear cross traffic alert tells drivers when it isn't safe to back out. The Moving Object Detection with the Intelligent View Monitor will let you know is a rolling cart is in your way. This makes your drive safer and helps protect the people on foot and in cars around you. If a crash should happen, the driver has a special knee airbag to reduce the chances of a major injury. Creases and buckles in the car body try to take the impact and keep it from reaching the passengers. Side-door guard beams also try to block intrusion into the cabin.