After launching last year, Nissan’s Kicks SUV has no changes to the 2022 model year. This three-trim range remains the most affordable subcompact on the market, with prices up by just $100 compared to 2021.
Choosing Your Nissan Kicks
The Kicks range kicks off with S trim, costing $20,925 including destination. Mid-range SV will set you back $22,775, while the most expensive model is the $23,465 SR model. There are no choices regarding engine, transmission, or drivetrain.
As you’d expect from a $20,000 subcompact, performance is modest. The 1.6-liter 16-valve gas engine produces 122 horsepower and 114 lb-ft of torque, feeding its power through the front wheels via an automatic transmission. EPA-estimated fuel economy stands at 31 miles per gallon city, 36 mpg highway, and 33 combined.
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Passenger and Cargo Capacity
Cargo capacity for the five-seater Kicks stands at 25.3 cu ft with the rear seats in place, and 32.3 cu ft once they’re dropped.
It’s a measure of how far vehicular safety has advanced in recent years that even the most affordable Kicks comes as standard with Nissan’s Safety Shield 360 system. This combines front and rear automatic braking, blind-spot and rear cross-traffic alerts, lane departure warning, and high beam assist. Driver aids include traction control and hill start assist, though S models miss out on rear disc brakes or intelligent cruise control. At least it has ten airbags, while driver alertness and rear door monitoring come on SV and SR models.
A seven-inch touchscreen underpins the Kicks’ infotainment system, which offers smartphone mirroring, Bluetooth, and three USB ports on every model. SV comes with satellite radio and a USB Type-C port for both data and charging. However, you’ll pay extra to add an eight-speaker Bose audio system to SR models, incorporating a speaker in the driver’s headrest.
Considering its affordability, it’s surprising to find features like keyless entry and push-button start on the standard equipment list. Other notable specifications include automatic headlights, a D-shaped steering wheel facing onto a driver’s seat with six-way manual adjustment, and wireless smartphone capabilities.
There are no packages available on S or SV models.
The extra $1,850 required for SV models is justified when you consider this model rides on 17-inch aluminum-alloy wheels, with roof rails and heated outside mirrors. Satellite radio and a USB Type-C port are fitted alongside automatic temperature control and remote engine starting.
Aimed at buyers who want a sporty-looking subcompact, SR models have LED headlights and signature LED accents with matching fog lights, plus black-capped heated outside mirrors with integrated turn signals. Inside, you find bespoke SR seat fabric and a leather-wrapped steering wheel, while Nissan’s Intelligent Around View 360-degree bird’s-eye camera system makes squeezing into tight parking spaces child’s play.
The $1,200 SR Premium Package combines an alarm and heated front seats with a Bose audio system including a driver’s seat headrest speaker and a six-channel digital amp. Other goodies include a heated steering wheel and front seats, with the latter clad in orange-accented Prima-Tex trim. It’s an exceptional value.
SR trim with the optional Premium Package gives you a surprisingly well-appointed car for less than $25,000. For us, it’s worth the upgrade over the less impressively specified S and SV models.