Pumped Up Kicks: 2025 Nissan Kicks Gains Square Styling

Matthew Guy
by Matthew Guy

Leaning into the connection between its name and slang for sneakers, Nissan unveiled the 2025 Kicks in Brooklyn at the opening rounds of this year’s NCAA tourney at Barclays Center.

The compact crossover does move in the right direction in terms of its styling, notably binning the so-called ‘V Motion’ corporate grille in favor of something a great deal more rectilinear. A wider stance and distinct boxiness are a welcome change to these jaundiced eyes, as are the integrated spoiler and hockey stick taillamps which give way to full-width LED lights. Further leaning into an association with sneakers, designers say those three-dimensional accents on the rocker panels are inspired by athletic sneaker soles. Run with it, we say.

Nissan will offer all-wheel drive for the first time on this model, complete with attendant driving modes to help traversing the white stuff. Ground clearance apparently stands at a significant 8.4 inches, which is leagues ahead of most other crossovers of this size. Under the hood we find a 2.0-liter, four-cylinder engine making 141 horsepower and roughly a like amount of torque. The sole transmission choice is a take-it-or-leave it Xtronic.

Its cabin features dual screens, as do most rigs these days, with the driver cluster measuring 7.0 inches while the center touchscreen is either an 8.0- or 12.3-inch tablet depending on trim level and option selection. Both rows deploy Nissan’s zero-gravity seats, a first at this end of the price pool. In keeping with the target market of this thing, interior storage abounds including bottle holders in the doors which are allegedly large enough to fit a 32-ounce Yeti tumbler. We idly muse if the drinks company paid for that product placement. In a fit of punctuation on just how far this segment has moved, a panoramic sunroof is also available.

Certainly, the Kicks is no slouch in Nissan showrooms. A total of 66,823 of them found homes last year, second only to the Pathfinder and Rogue in terms of crossover volume.

The new Kicks will reach Nissan dealerships later this summer in the U.S. and Canada. Full pricing will be available closer to the on-sale date.

[Images: Nissan]

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Matthew Guy
Matthew Guy

Matthew buys, sells, fixes, & races cars. As a human index of auto & auction knowledge, he is fond of making money and offering loud opinions.

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  • MKizzy MKizzy on Mar 22, 2024

    So now even a crossover as small as this trashy looking Nissan Kicks has a hood tall enough to hide a child or wheelchair bound person from its driver's field of vision. Wonderful.

  • FreedMike FreedMike on Mar 22, 2024

    I dig it. Can we get a sport version with a real engine and a non-CVT box?

    • Varezhka Varezhka on Mar 23, 2024

      Jatco's traditional ATs are just as terrible as their CVTs, though.

  • Tassos Maybe Fisker and his buddy Bob Lutz will buy a couple and use them to be BURIED IN THEM.
  • Peter CHAdeMo charging ports. In 2024? I thought everyone quit using those a decade ago. Its almost like Nissan is intentionally trying to go broke.
  • Ron Hartikka the total time for someone charging in this manner would be 11.5 hours from empty to full….wrong, I think, by just being about a factor of 10. At 110V outlet I charge my SV at 2 mph. The range is 212 miles. 212/2=106 hours. Yes it takes 4 days. but it works for me and I love the car which is a 2019
  • Kosmo Anybody else remember that in the very early years of the Leaf that you could lease one for $99 a month?
  • Vatchy I am not anti-EV for everybody - just me. The don't currently meet my needs. Maybe when I'm old and don't go any farther than the nearest grocery store or pharmacy then it will meet my needs.