The Kicks SUV is a subcompact SUV that is a fairly new addition to Nissan’s vehicle lineup. It first debuted in 2019 for the 2020 model year, but its sales figures in 2020 fell short of expectations—largely because Nissan didn’t invest much effort or funds into marketing the 2020 Kicks after its initial debut. 

In fact, many drivers had never even heard of the Kicks before its 2021 model was debuted. Pitted against more heavily-marketed SUVs from other major automakers in a very competitive vehicle class, the Kicks SUV definitely underperformed on the mainstream auto market throughout 2020.

2021 Nissan Kicks

2021 Nissan Kicks

However, everything seems to have turned around for the almost-forgotten Nissan Kicks for the 2021 model year. In fact, it has already been named the winner of the 2021 ‘Technology of the Year’ award from the prestigious Automotive Researchers’ and Journalists’ Conference of Japan (RJC). 

2021 Kicks Wins ‘Technology of the Year’ Award in Japan 

Although the 2021 Kicks is not expected to hit the auto market in the United States until early 2021, it debuted in Japan in summer of 2020—so panelists who were a part of the decision-making part of the RJC for 2021 were able to choose the Kicks as its winner based on several months of experience with the unique technology the 2021 Kicks offers. 

The 2021 Nissan Kicks comes equipped with an e-Power system that includes both an electric motor and a gasoline engine—like a standard hybrid vehicle. What makes Nissan’s e-Power system so unique is how the motor and the engine in the Kicks work together in order to maximize fuel efficiency while enhancing acceleration and general performance on the road for this subcompact SUV. 

The gasoline engine in the 2021 Nissan Kicks generates electricity for its electric motor, which in turn directly delivers power to the wheels of this subcompact SUV. Because its wheels are controlled only by its electric motor, the 2021 Kicks is able to act as a fully electric car. This subcompact SUV’s gas engine simply charges the car’s battery, and it does so on a variable scale—operating at lower frequencies at lower speeds—in order to maximize the fuel efficiency of the Kicks SUV.

This unique e-Power system results in an ultra-fuel-efficient, smooth and quiet ride that is enjoyable for everyone in the vehicle. 

Recognition for the Kicks is Stacking Up 

Not only did the Automotive Researchers’ and Journalists’ Conference of Japan choose the 2021 Kicks as the winner of their 2021 ‘Technology of the Year’ award, they also listed the Kicks as one of the top 6 ‘Best Cars of the Year’ for 2021. 

While the ‘Technology of the Year’ award was bestowed upon the 2021 Kicks because of how it utilizes Nissan’s unique e-Power system, the all-new Kicks was listed as one of the top 6 vehicles on RJC’s 2021 ‘Best Cars’ list for its performance in a broad variety of categories—including its design and overall performance on the road. 

The exterior of the 2021 Kicks looks futuristic with LED headlamps and a floating-roof design. This SUV has bold style, and it is both fun to drive and practical at the same time. Its cabin is spacious—giving passengers plenty of leg- and head-room while also offering a good amount of cargo space—and is equipped with ultra-comfortable exclusive Nissan Zero Gravity seats that are designed specifically to reduce fatigue in order to keep drivers and passengers comfortable even on longer rides. 

Based on its current ratings and the awards the all-new Kicks has already received, things definitely seem to be looking up for the 2021 Nissan Kicks for the upcoming 2021 model year. 

If you’re in the market for a subcompact SUV in the near future, don’t cross the Kicks off your list just based on its disappointing sales performance in 2020. 

Experts and everyday drivers alike around the world finally seem to be recognizing the Nissan Kicks for what it is—a high-performing, high-tech and trendy subcompact SUV that any driver would be lucky to have in their garage.