Pumped Up Kicks: Nissan Thinks Larger

March 28th, 2024 by

This summer, Nissan is Kicking back against stagnant vehicle design. Larger, more powerful, and altogether transformed from its 2024 edition, the 2025 Nissan Kicks is an upgrade in every sense of the word. 

With this glow up, Nissan’s compact crossover SUV receives its cleanest, most cohesive exterior design yet. Although it loses none of the fun-size personality it’s become associated with, this version of the Kicks is larger than ever before, with a more powerful engine – and for the first time, optional all-wheel drive. 

Kicked Up a Notch 

Nissan has been careful not to tinker with the core tenants of what people love about the Kicks – namely, its low price and quirky design. But this year’s model is a natural evolution, starting with its revamped exterior. The 2025 Kicks features pronounced wheel arches, a distinctive grille, and optional two-tone color schemes. It’s also significantly higher off the ground, with 8.4 inches of ground clearance compared to the 2024’s 7.0 inches. 

The “go bigger” philosophy extends under the hood. The engine is getting a massive upgrade in the form of a 2.0-liter unit rated for 141 horsepower and 140 lb.-ft. of torque. Optional all-wheel drive is included for the first time, and there is now a “Snow” drive mode in addition to the standard Normal, Eco, and Sport modes. 

While you could easily qualify past models of the Kicks as a crossover or hatchback, there’s no mistaking the 2025 Kicks as anything other than a subcompact SUV. This is a vehicle meant to pack the kids into for a weekend trip, whether up Route 9 towards Old Bridge or down to the Jackson area and Six Flags Great Adventure. 

An Expanded Interior 

The Kicks’ expanded size naturally leads to increased space in the interior – specifically, 1.7 inches more front shoulder room, 1.9 inches more rear shoulder room, and 0.9 inches more knee room in the rear. Rear passengers also get to enjoy Nissan’s zero-gravity seats, an example of the modernization on display with the exterior continuing into the cabin. 

New infotainment options are available this year. In addition to the standard 7.0-inch display, you get an available 12.3-inch center screen. More diver-assistance features come standard this time around, including: 

  • Automated emergency braking with pedestrian detection 
  • Lane-departure warning 
  • Available adaptive cruise control with lane-centering 

Kick It into High Gear at Raceway Nissan of Freehold 

Much like the 2025 Kicks, we believe in going big here at Raceway Nissan of Freehold. That includes our comprehensive inventory, stocked with over 400 new, used, and certified pre-owned Nissan vehicles. In addition to the 2024 Kicks, you can check out our full lineup of crossovers and SUVs, including the best-selling Nissan Rogue and Rogue Sport. 

Stop by Raceway Nissan of Freehold today, and we’ll put you in the Nissan model you’ll be driving for years to come. Of course, you’re always welcome to stop by and browse. You know – just for Kicks.