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2018 Nissan Kicks SR FWD — Will millennials buy its style, safety, technology and value?

Nissan recently invited me to participate in a media drive event for the first ever 2018 Nissan Kicks in Baltimore, Maryland.

The Kicks, which Nissan calls “The Expressive CUV” joins the Nissan line up as the smallest vehicle under the Rogue Sport and the Rogue, Nissan’s Sales leader. The Kicks replaces the more expensive Juke with its love-it or leave-it styling and turbo powered Nismo variant.

All Kicks have the same drive train consisting of a  1.6-liter DOHC 16-valve 4-cylinder engine and an Xtronic CVT transmission and front wheel drive.  All wheel drive is not offered, nor is a manual transmission.  The engine cranks out 125 horsepower and 115 lb-ft of torque.  The Kicks fuel economy is rated at 31 city, 36 highway or 33 mpg combined. Will millennials buy the Kicks?

2017 Mazda CX-5 Grand Touring AWD - A Strong Contender

I spent a week getting to know the all new 2017 Mazda CX-5 Grand Touring AWD compact crossover decked out in Soul Red Crystal Metallic and Parchment Leather.  The CX-5 is Mazda’s sales leader and a player in the highly competitive compact crossover market.  Does the 2017 CX-5 deliver what it takes to continue to lead sales in the Mazda line up and beat out the competition for market share?  Is the CX-5 a contender?