Nissan Canada is upping the price of one of its most popular vehicles, but it’s also giving consumers more standard safety features for the added cost.
The 2020 Nissan Kicks compact crossover base price is $21,113, delivery included. That’s a $1,000 increase over the 2019 model.
“The price change is to accommodate six advanced safety features in addition to other enhancements, such as additional airbags to our base model Kicks S,” Nissan Canada spokeswoman Jennifer McCarthy said in an email. “We believe this represents a very strong value proposition for our customers.”
Nissan’s Safety Shield 360 is now standard on the base model. The suite is comprised of intelligent emergency braking with pedestrian detection, lane-departure warning, high-beam assist, rear intelligent emergency braking, blind-spot warning and rear cross-traffic alert.
Rear sonar and three additional airbags (passenger knee and rear-door side-impact) have also been added.
Remote engine start is now standard on the SV trim line. It was previously only available on the top SR trim.
Every 2020 Kicks comes with a standard 1.6-litre DOHC 16-valve 4-cylinder engine rated at 122 horsepower and 114 lb-ft of torque.
The Kicks first arrived in showrooms in June 2018 and was almost immediately a hot seller. Nissan sold 16,086 units in 2019 after selling 4,362 in about six months the year before. Only the Rogue and Qasqai outsold the Kicks in 2019.
The Kicks SV will start at $23,813 while the top-line Kicks SR starts at $25,813
The 2020 Nissan Kicks compact SUV is on sale now at Nissan dealers nationwide