Nissan Prices 2020 Kicks, Adds Safety Tech
Nissan has added Safety Shield 360
Nissan has just revealed pricing for the 2020 Kicks subcompact crossover. For this year, Nissan’s third-best seller gets added standard safety equipment and an increase in price of $1,000 for the base model.
Nissan has added Safety Shield 360 to the Kicks as standard on all grades starting for 2020. That means a host of active driver aids including emergency braking with pedestrian detection, rear emergency braking, lane departure warning, blind-spot warning, rear cross-traffic alert, and high beam assist. For 2019, emergency braking was standard across the board while blind spot warnings and cross-traffic alerts were offered on the top SR trim. The rest of the features are all-new for 2020, and do a lot to explain the price increase. Mid-grade SV sees a price increase of $700 with top-spec SR up $600.
It’s an interesting strategy for Nissan, since the Kicks was just recently unseated by the new Hyundai Venue as the lowest-priced crossover in Canada. Instead of cutting the price, Nissan has upped the content of the cheerful but not all that small Kicks. That makes a Kicks with all of those desirable safety extras at $19,298 start for less than a similarly-equipped Venue. Since Hyundai adds them with the Preferred trim Venue, not the base Essential, Hyundai buyers would be looking at an MSRP of $21,499.
Like last year, the Kicks offers a single powertrain choice, a 1.6L four rated at 122 hp and 114 lb-ft of torque, combined with a CVT. The Kicks is offered only as a front-drive model, common among most of the vehicles in this segment, and a benefit as it seems to increase cargo space in the smallest of vehicles.
Nissan offers the Kicks with a floating roof look as well as five two-tone combinations on top of five solid paint colour options. It offers an available surround-view camera as well as a driver headrest speaker that gives a unique sound field experience. Nissan says that the Kicks also offers best in class front legroom.
The 2020 Nissan Kicks is available at dealers across Canada now.
2020 Nissan Kicks Canadian MSRP
Kicks S $19,298
Kicks SV $21,998
Kicks SR $23,998