Tech Spec: 2018 Nissan Kicks

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Motor Oil: 0W-20 Capacity 4.375 quarts (4.1 liters) with filter change
The brand-new Nissan Kicks joined Nissan’s lineup of crossovers and SUVs last spring. Kicks is the first new nameplate Nissan has launched in the last eight years.

Kicks is designed to fit the needs of singles or couples looking for unique styling, roominess, personal technology, smart functionality and advanced safety features at an affordable price. The initial Kicks concept was first shown at the 2014 Sao Paulo Motor Show.

The Kicks blends Nissan’s design signatures with modern themes: Nissan’s V-Motion grille, boomerang headlights and taillights, a “floating roof” with “wrap-around visor” and “hidden” C-pillars. Available exterior features include standard intelligent auto headlight with adjustable sensitivity and timing, rear wiper and roof rails — along with available LED low beam headlights with LED signature accents, fog lights, heated outside mirrors with integrated turn signals and rear roof spoiler.

Every 2018 Kicks comes with a standard 1.6-liter DOHC 16-valve four-cylinder with continuous variable valve timing control system. The engine is rated at 125 horsepower and 115 pound-feet of torque. Combined with a smooth, fuel efficient Xtronic transmission, fuel economy is rated at 31 mpg city, 36 mpg highway and 33 mpg combined. Kicks is offered in front-wheel drive only.

Kicks also offers standard traction control system, vehicle dynamic control and hill start assist, front disc/rear drum anti-lock braking system and electric power steering with a tight 34.1 foot turning radius. Kicks SR includes an integrated dynamic-control module, featuring active engine brake, active trace control and active ride control.

Nimble handling is provided by a front independent strut, stabilizer bar suspension matched with rear suspension featuring twist beam and twin-tube shock absorbers. Kicks S grade comes with 16-inch steel wheels, with 17-inch aluminum-alloy wheels standard on Kicks SV and SR grades — mounted with 205/60R16 all-season or 205/55R17 all-season tires, respectively.

Moving to the interior, the Kicks’ instrument panel is dominated by a centrally mounted 7.0-inch full color display housing a comprehensive infotainment system. Kicks offers three interface choices — NissanConnect, Apple CarPlay or Android Auto.

The Kicks SR Premium Package includes the Bose Personal Plus sound system. Part of the Bose Small Vehicle Series, it delivers a superior, driver-focused listening experience using just eight speakers and proprietary Bose signal processing to provide what Bose calls “360 degrees of immersive sound.” Key to its dynamic sound is a pair of lightweight 2.5-inch Bose UltraNearfield neodymium speakers located inside the Kick’s driver’s seat head restraint. The system also includes compact 6.5-inch Bose Super65 speakers in each front door, cross-firing 1.0-inch tweeters in each A-pillar and 5.25-inch wide-range speakers in each rear door. A Bose PersonalSpace Control feature is built into the infotainment system’s audio settings, providing adjustable listening options from front-focused sound to a wider, more enveloping experience. The system also includes a digital amplifier with six channels of custom equalization and digital system processing.

Among the other on-board technology, Kicks features an available Intelligent Around View Monitor, which uses four on-board cameras to present a virtual composite 360-degree bird’s-eye view of the Kicks, with split-screen close-ups of the front, rear and curb-side views. It also gives the driver an on-screen heads-up when it detects moving objects near the vehicle.

The 2018 Kicks is offered in a range of seven exterior colors — plus five two-tone combinations. Three of the two-tone color schemes utilize a black roof and contrasting body colors (white, orange or red), along with an orange roof/grey body combination and a white roof/blue body combination.

The 2018 Nissan Kicks is available in three well-equipped models — Kicks S, Kicks SV and Kicks SR. Among the list of the standard features found on Kicks S are automatic emergency braking, Bluetooth hands-free phone system, three USB ports, keyless entry, push button start, roof rails and intelligent auto headlights.

Kicks SV includes Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, blind spot warning, rear cross traffic alert, Nissan intelligent key, 17-inch aluminum-alloy wheels, body color heated outside mirrors and outside door handles, tonneau cover, automatic temperature control, easy fill tire alert, 7.0-inch advanced driver alert display, SiriusXM satellite radio, remote engine start and more.

Kicks SR adds a sporty flair with the addition of LED low beam headlights with LED signature accents, fog lights, black heated outside mirrors with integrated turn signals, leather-wrapped steering wheel, leather shift knob, SR seat fabric with interior trim and accents, front and rear bumpers with body color inserts, rear roof-mounted spoiler, dark chrome grille accents, intelligent around view mirror and more.

Servicing the 2018 Nissan Kicks

To help ensure smooth, safe and economical driving, Nissan provides two maintenance schedules that may be used, depending upon the conditions under which the vehicle is usually driven.

Additional maintenance items for severe operating conditions should be performed on vehicles that are driven under especially demanding conditions. Additional maintenance items should be performed if the vehicle is primarily operated under the following conditions:

  • Repeated short trips of less than five miles (eight km).
  • Repeated short trips of less than 10 miles (16 km) with outside temperatures remaining below freezing.
  • Operating in hot weather in stop-and-go “rush hour” traffic.
  • Extensive idling and/or low-speed driving for long distances, such as police, taxi or door-to-door delivery use.
  • Driving in dusty conditions.
  • Driving on rough, muddy or salt spread roads.
  • Using a car-top carrier.


Every 5,000 miles (8,000 km) or six months:
  • Replace engine oil
  • Replace engine oil filter
  • Rotate tires
Every 10,000 miles (16,000 km) or 12 months:
  • Inspect brake lines and cables
  • Inspect brake pads, rotors, drums and linings
  • Inspect CVT fluid
  • Inspect drive shaft boots
Every 15,000 miles (24,000 km) or 18 months:
  • Replace in-cabin microfilter
  • Inspect Nissan intelligent key battery
Every 20,000 miles (32,000 km) or 24 months:
  • Inspect EVAP vapor lines
  • Inspect fuel lines
  • Replace brake fluid
  • Inspect exhaust sytem
  • Inspect steering gear and linkage, axle and suspension parts
Every 30,000 miles (48,000 km) or 36 months:
  • Replace air cleaner filter
Every 40,000 miles (64,000 km) or 48 months and then every 10,000 miles (16,000 km) or 12 months:
  • Inspect drive belt
Every 105,000 miles (168,000 km):
  • Replace spark plugs
At 105,000 miles (168,000 km) or 84 months and then every 75,000 miles (120,000 km) or 60 months:

  • Replace engine coolant


Every 5,000 miles (8,000 km) or six months:
  • Inspect brake pads, rotors, drums and linings
  • Inspect steering gear and linkage, axle and suspension parts
  • Inspect drive shaft boots
  • Inspect exhaust system
Every 10,000 miles (16,000 km) or 12 months:
  • Replace brake fluid

Fluids & Capacities

Motor Oil: 0W-20; capacity is 4.375 quarts (4.1 liters) with filter change or 4.0 quarts (3.8 liters) without filter change Coolant: Nissan Long Life Antifreeze/Coolant (blue); capacity is 1.875 gallons (6.95 liters) CVT Fluid: Nissan CVT Fluid NS-3 Brake Fluid: Nissan Super Heavy Duty Brake Fluid or equivalent DOT 3 Air conditioning system refrigerant: R-1234yf

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