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Nissan’s Most Affordable Crossover Is Here To Replace The Juke

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It's safe to say the starting price for the 2018 Nissan Kicks won't break the bank.

Late last year, Nissan killed off the quirky Juke in the U.S. Replacing it is the more conservative-looking Nissan Kicks, which was originally designed for the Latin American market. While the specs of the Juke's replacement have been known for some time, we didn't know how much it will cost – until now. And it's surprisingly affordable. According to Nissan, the 2018 Nissan Kicks S base model will start at just $17,990 in the U.S., plus a $975 destination and handling fee, while the mid-range Kicks SV starts at $19,690.

The top-trim Kicks SR will set you back $20,290. Positioned below the Rogue Sport, the Kicks will become Nissan's most affordable crossover and will be around $2,000 cheaper than its main rivals, the Chevrolet Trax, Honda HR-V and Ford EcoSport. This should put it in a good position when it arrives in U.S. dealerships next month. Each model is powered by a 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine that produces 125 hp and 115 lb-ft of torque. Power is sent exclusively to the front wheels by an Xtronic continuously variable transmission that enables the crossover to return an estimated 33-mpg combined.

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The entry-level Kicks S will come equipped with 16-inch steel wheels, roof rails and automatic headlights, as well as three USB ports, Bluetooth connectivity and an automatic emergency braking system. Further up the range, the mid-level Kicks SV features body-color mirrors and door handles, as well as 17-inch aluminum wheels. Inside, the Kicks has automatic climate control, a rear tonneau cover, and a 7.0-inch infotainment system with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay compatibility. Safety assists include a blind blind spot warning system and rear cross traffic alert. The range-topping Kicks SR is distinguished by unique bumpers, a tailgate-mounted spoiler, and dark chrome grille accents.

Other highlights include LED low-beam headlights, fog lights, and black mirrors with integrated turn signals. Customers can choose from a range of seven exterior colors and five two-tone combinations, three of which utilize a black roof and contrasting body colors. "The new Kicks is designed to fit the needs of singles or couples looking for expressive styling, personal technology, smart functionality and advanced safety features at an affordable price starting under $18,000," said Michael Bunce, vice president, Product Planning, at Nissan North America.