Nissan Kicks Review from Cherry the CarChick

OVERVIEW

The Kicks is the newest addition to the Nissan SUV lineup and it’s a delight from the stylish exterior to the perfect size for city living parking. This addition to the subcompact-crossover class checks off all the things a lot of crossover buyers will be looking for when researching a new automobile. The price of gas has a lot of people looking for fuel economy and Nissan delivers with over 31MPG in city/highway. It’s able to fit four adults comfortably, has Apple CarPlay/Android Auto (optional) that automatically links with your phone, lots of legroom and forward collision warning and automated emergency braking (standard).

REVIEW

This is my first press loaner car and I wasn’t sure what to expect from the compact crossover. I’d been at the 2017 LA Auto Show when they revealed the new crossover and I was quite impressed. It has the Bose Personal Plus sound systemwith speakers placed to give you a rich sound in the compact rocket, comfortable well-designed seats, and an interior that was built for the driver in mind. I’ve only test driven Nissan’s at the LA Auto Show but that was usually for about 15 minutes so wasn’t really able to ‘get to know Nissan’. After having the Kicks for a little over a week I now understand Nissan Loyalty and love. I have a major Crossover Crush on the Nissan Kicks!

The car was delivered for a cross California drive from Los Angeles to Camp Navarro (Northern California) so I would be 8 hours behind the wheel of a car. When the Kicks was delivered I loved the bright blue and white hood contrast even more how easy it was to park in West Hollywood (parking is a premium on street cleaning day) but being a compact it slid in like butter. It’s such a eye catching crossover one of my neighbors stopped to congratulate me on the cute car. I had to brag a bit and show off that this small package has enough storage to fit a ‘cherry’! The Nissan Kicks can fit this big bodacious chick without feeling cramped and not many compact cars do that. Being on the larger side I often have problems with the steering column pressing against my long legs but with the telescoping I was able to adjust for my arm length and usually I have to push the seat all the way back because of my long legs.

I packed up and hit the road originally I was planning to take Highway 1 the scenic route with mountains, oceans, nature spots, great food and bridges but than I saw the bridges and took the flat 101. It all worked out because the 125 horsepower made the miles fly as I drove past farmland and it has such smooth acceleration I had to keep an eye on my speed since a few times I inched past 70 a few times trying to keep to my schedule. I was surprised over how many times I’d drive past gas station look down and realized I had plenty of gas. I loved how the Kicks performed on the highway. I was able to keep up with the flow of traffic with just a gentle touch and keep my eye on the road because of ApplePlay. The enterior is a little different than other cars I’ve been in to make more room they got rid of the ‘junk drawer’ and instead has a large compartment with a charger for your tech. It has one armrest but I didn’t use it since I always sit up straight when driving, the cup holders were in the center and an additional charger for backseat passengers. I greatly enjoyed the blindspot warning light, standard 3-month trial subscription to SirrrusXM for tunes as I drove down the lonely two lane highway and that it’s a bit tall so easy in/out (I wasn’t stiff at all on the 8 hour drives).

The Nissan Kicks come in 3 base models (S, SV, SR) and I was loaned the SV trim with all the bells and whistles you want for a little over 20K.

I’d recommend the SV trim that has standard features for city and country living from young singles to retired folk. This will include the dual body and roof contrast, additional color selections and standard features include:

  • 17-inch wheels and proximity entry
  • 7.0-inch digital gauge-cluster display
  • Apple CarPlay and Android Auto
  • Blind-spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert

I recommend the seatbelt extender if you’re a big person, Nissan Wifi, matts, bumper protector and cargo load floor to take advantage of the hatchback.

As I’d mentioned the 125-hp 1.6 liter inline four engine has enough power to get you where you want to go with a smile and thecontinuously variable automatic transmission (CVT) makes for a easy drive as you go about your daily commute. The 9.7 second zero to 60 mph was great for me when hitting the gas from a red light and wasn’t jerky at all (very smooth acceleration). It feels like a bigger engine to me that powers this compact crossover for lots of pep as I drove up hills, took turns on the way to the campground and sudden stops from construction (really impressed with the stops came around blind corners a couple of times that when I hit the brakes weren’t flung forward).

You will get a lot of bang for the buck with the Nissan Kicks subcompact crossover. It’s fun to drive and can fit four adults comfortably, it sips gas like a teetotaler, has the little engine that can be fun to drive and well dangit it’s cute as button! Everyone commented on the car and asked what it was when I stopped so I think I might have made a few sales across California!

Unlimited pizza at A Tutta Pizza. What’s better than that?

By Gigi

To celebrate Mother’s Day, I went to A Tutta Pizza!(LA Foodbowl) This event located in the Hollywood Palladium was sponsored by Nissan, Hornitos, Maker’s Mark, and Italia to name a few. La Foodbowl holds fabulous food events all throughout the LA region for the month of May in hope to help raise awareness and funds to combat food waste, hunger, food insecurity, and promote sustainability.

A Tutta Pizza was my first ever food event! I had a lot of fun navigating the scene to make sure I could sample pizza from each of the 20+ pizza vendors on site. Unfortunately, I was not able to achieve that goal, but the next time I attend a similar event I will make sure I visit each table. I enjoyed the carbo-load, and ate every pizza slice in my proximity. 

Not only was there unlimited pizza, but LA Foodbowl also had workshops, panels, a photobooth, and a live DJ. I decided to attend the A’ Pizza! A Pizza Lab with Enzo Coccia workshop. There I was taught how to make pizza dough by hand like a true Italian. The workshop was led by Enzo Coccia. He even chose me to help him make deep fried pizza dough. On top of that, I met Jonathan Gold, renown restaurant critic for the LA Times. We even took a picture together.

I was very excited to see that many tables served margarita pizza, which is my favorite. I’m not ashamed to say, I stuffed my face with a few too many slices. As I said above, I attempted to make it around to each table, so I tried a variety of pizza flavors. I even tried pizza topped with purple brussel sprouts! It sounds crazy, but the pizza was both beautiful and tasty. You can’t say I didn’t eat any vegetables. My favorite pizza came from Ray’s and Stark Bar. Their pizza was topped with cute little purple flowers and the cheese was to die for. Personally the most important part of the pizza is cheese, that’s why I love margarita pizza so much. The Ray’s and Stark Bar pizza left a big impression on me and the other guests. It lined traveled across the festival site. 

For other fun events visit http://lafoodbowl.com. Comment your favorite pizza below; mine is margarita and goat cheese pizza! 

SOLO: A STAR WARS STORY X NISSAN COLLABORATION

This blerd is counting down the days to see the Solo origin story that will show how Han, Chewie and the game with Lando that had them winning the Millennium Falcon! So imagine my excitement when Lucasfilm saying that Denny’s, Esurance, General Mills, Nissan, SOLO Cup and Symantec are working on a worldwide promotional campaign to support “Solo: A Star Wars Story,”opening on May 25.

I’m not sure what the other brands will do but I KNOW Nissan will have this fangirl carchick squealing like a piglet! Nissan’s collaboration from the last two films had me oohing at the LA Auto show with all the cars I’d want if I had a million dollars and a twenty car garage! Heck that Titan Truck At-At had me thinking I might switch sides for the Empire (they have ALL the best toys and the most stylish uniforms).

Really when the Nissan design team collaborates with a film they don’t come to play because the Nissan Leaf car’s designed for ‘A Wrinkle in Time’ impressed me with the spirit of the three guiding women.

“Our six promotional partners for ‘Solo: A Star Wars Story’ have done a fantastic job developing first-class, innovative campaigns in support of the film,” says Lylle Breier, Sr. Vice President, Global Marketing Partnerships, Walt Disney Studios. “We are excited to share the compelling experiences and relevant activations that our partners have created for our fans.”

 

Nissan
In North America, Nissan’s operations include automotive styling, engineering, consumer and corporate financing, sales and marketing, distribution and manufacturing. In calendar year 2017, the Nissan Group sold 1.59 million vehicles in the U.S., setting an all-time record. Nissan has more than 22,000 employees (including 17,000 manufacturing jobs) and four manufacturing plants in the U.S. capable of producing nearly one million vehicles annually. Nissan is dedicated to improving the environment under the Nissan Green Program and has been recognized annually by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency as an ENERGY STAR® Partner of the Year since 2010. More information on Nissan in North America and the complete line of Nissan vehicles can be found online at www.nissanusa.com , or visit the U.S. media sites www.nissannews.com.

About Lucasfilm Ltd.
Lucasfilm Ltd., a wholly-owned subsidiary of The Walt Disney Company, is a global leader in film, television and digital entertainment production. In addition to its motion-picture and television production, the company’s activities include visual effects and audio post-production, cutting-edge digital animation, interactive entertainment software, and the management of the global merchandising activities for its entertainment properties including the legendary “Star Wars” and “Indiana Jones franchises. Lucasfilm Ltd. is headquartered in Northern California.

Lucasfilm, the Lucasfilm logo, “Star Wars” and related properties are trademarks and/or copyrights, in the United States and other countries, of Lucasfilm Ltd. and/or its affiliates. ©2018 & TM Lucasfilm Ltd. All Rights Reserved.

About “Solo: A Star Wars Story”
Board the Millennium Falcon and journey to a galaxy far, far away in “Solo: A Star Wars Story,” an all-new adventure with the most beloved scoundrel in the galaxy. Through a series of daring escapades deep within a dark and dangerous criminal underworld, Han Solo befriends his mighty future copilot Chewbacca and meets the notorious gambler Lando Calrissian, in a journey that will set the course of one of the “Star Wars saga’s most unlikely heroes.

The film stars Alden Ehrenreich, Woody Harrelson, Emilia Clarke, Donald Glover, Thandie Newton, Phoebe Waller-Bridge and Paul Bettany.

“Solo: A Star Wars Story” opens in U.S. theaters on May 25, 2018.

First Impression of Nissan Intelligent Mobility

I was invited to celebrate Nissan and the Last Jedi in Hollywood for the second year collaboration with the iconic film series. They had two days of celebration with the Light Side and the Dark Side of the Force. I despite being a Jedi missed the Light Side so had to turn to the Dark of the Empire. Happily it was in a Nissan Rogue that had me impressed from the moment my eyes saw them in the Roosevelt Hotel Parking lot. Nissan brought the new redesigned 2018 Nissan Leaf and Nissan Rogue. I was very impressed seeing the new design and direction of Nissan that is embracing useful technology to improve the lives of drivers. This was my second spin in Nissan after test driving the 2018 Nissan Leaf that was quite a delight with it’s pep, increased mileage and the fact that it’s damned sexy for an affordable EV and in North America you get free charging for two years!

I am fascinated by Nissan Intelligent Mobility I noticed the display at the 2017 LA Auto Show but it wasn’t until I was a passenger that I saw it first hand. I consider myself someone who embraces technology so at first my curiosity thought it was simply a better display, new navigation system or better blind spot warnings. No Nissan Intelligent Mobility is so much more than that as I got quite the surprise on the 101 highway in Los Angeles. I was the passenger looking at the new interior and chatting with my co-pilot when she say’s ‘look’. I glanced over and realized her hands were not on the steering wheel in bumper to bumper rush hour traffic. Like all of you I immediately said ‘look out we’re going to get in an accident’. Again she says ‘look’ and than she wiggles her legs. The car was driving itself and

as a geek I was very excited but as an LA driver I was freaking out. But than she explained that it is able to ‘see’ the lines so it would ‘drive’ down the road as well as the system was able to retain a distance from other autos. My mind was blown as Ilooked at her feet and hands. She explained that you can set the system to drive the speed limit and I thought what will Nissan think up next since this felt very futuristic to me!!!

Now I have to say getting used to Nissan Intelligent Mobility will be a little hard for me but if I could have the option on my car or suv well sign me up. I’m lucky to live in LA the land of the eternal sun but sometimes during the rare rainstorm I’d love to have that assurance that I’d make it home. So I am very curious how the system works in adverse weather from rain to sleet to snow as well as driving at night. Now this isn’t a situation where you can take a nap in the backseat and program the car to drive you to the next county but it definitely is a useful upgrade for those who drive and want to have extra safety features. I would love to have this for a long drive on the highway to really see how it works. It was very simple to use and for the couple of miles we went down the road was mesmerizing. I literally couldn’t take my eyes off the steering wheel and kept glancing at the brakes.

My first impression of Nissan Intelligent Mobility is curious fascination. I think it would take a while for me to feel confident using this tech that is completely new to me but I’m very adaptable so know that I would adjust pretty quickly. If you are looking for a new car/suv/truck and enjoy new tech this is something you have to check out. I think it’s work the money since it would be useful for driving around town and on the highway. The only way I could adore it more is if it spoke in the R2D2 voice!

 

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Fangirling with Nissan Rogue: Rogue One Star Wars Limited Edition at LA Auto Show 2016

Nissan has done something no other film and car company collaboration has done. They have the very first Star Wars branded automobile with the 2017 Nissan Rogue: Rogue One Star Wars Limited Edition package.

 

If you have seen the Nissan commercial you may have thought is the Nissan Rogue IN the new film??? ‘No it is not says Jeremy Meadows, Senior Manager who worked with Lucas Films to bring the crossover to dealerships across North America. The commercial uses the Nissan navigation system to keep the driver safe in a galactic war zone from the new film. It’s quite mesmerizing so I’ve watched it a few times as I count the days to the premier.

Of course now I’m counting down the days and trying to save money for the down payment of this limited edition crossover. As you can see from the video it’s not in your face but instead has simple touches that are noticeable by fan boys/girls but the average person may not realize what rear images mean but the nameplate … well that’s an easy giveaway for even the most casual fan. You can order the special edition starting at $28,950 (front wheel) that comes standard with Galactic Empire and Rebel Alliance logos for the D-pillar, Rogue One badges on the front doors, backlit Star Wars doorsill plates, Rebel Alliance and Galactic Empire logos in the cupholders and logo floor mats.

This trim is only available in Magnetic Black and Glacier White but both colors come with the numbered full-size Death Trooper helmet that will be mailed once you pick up your Rogue from the dealership. If you want to order the Rogue in All Wheel drive that will be an additional price.

 

Do not hesitate to add your name to the list of Jedi, Rebel, Mord Sith or Empire lovers since only 5000 will be produced for the U.S. market and additional 400 for Canada. I checked on the Nissan site but they don’t have the pre-order option up quite yet. 

What color would you buy and are you Rebel or Empire??? Leave a comment below if you plan to buy a 2017 Nissan Rogue: Rogue One Star Wars Limited Edition or cosplay when you head to the LA Auto Show and dream about having your own.