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2022 Nissan Kicks

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2.7 (Fair)

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2022 S 4dr Front-Wheel Drive
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Price:   -  From $19,990
2022 SV 4dr Front-Wheel Drive Price:   -  From $21,850
2022 SR 4dr Front-Wheel Drive Price:   -  From $22,550


What's New

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.

Engine Choices

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.

Engine TypeHorsepowerTorqueFuel Economy (City/Highway/Combined)
1.6 16-valve122 hp114 lb-ft31/36/33 MPG

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.

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Safety Features

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.

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2022 Nissan Kicks S – MSRP From $20,925

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.

2022 Nissan Kicks SV – MSRP From $22,775

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.

2022 Nissan Kicks SR – MSRP From $23,465

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.

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CarsDirect Tip

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.

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Expert Review


- Sips fuel
- Competitively priced
- Loads of safety features
- Spacious cargo area


- No all-wheel-drive option
- Where’s the power?
- Uncomfortable rear seats

Expert Rating
2.7 (Fair)

Our expert ratings are based on seven comprehensive criteria: quality, safety, comfort, performance, fuel economy, reliability history and value.

You can interpret our ratings in the following way:

: Outstanding vehicle. Only the most exceptional vehicles achieve this rating.

: Very Good vehicle. Very good and close to being the best vehicle in its class.

: Good vehicle. Decent, but not quite the best. Often affordable, but lacking key features found in vehicles of the same class.

: Below average vehicle. Not recommended, and lacking attributes a car buyer would come to expect for the price.

: Poor vehicle. Simply does not deserve to be on the road.

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Well-Equipped Trims. Despite having an affordable starting price tag of $20,925 with destination, the 2022 Nissan Kicks comes with a lengthy list of standard features. The base S trim comes standard with goodies that include a seven-inch touchscreen, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, three USB ports, and six audio speakers.

The SUV also comes equipped with a comprehensive list of standard safety features that are unordinary for the class. Nissan includes blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, pedestrian detection, lane departure warning, and forward collision warning as standard. The Kicks is also one of the few subcompact SUVs in the class to have standard forward and reverse automatic emergency braking.

For the best bang for your buck, the mid-level Kicks SV is the trim to choose. It adds a larger eight-inch touchscreen and a seven-inch digital instrument cluster for a tech upgrade, while adaptive cruise control and a driver attention monitor are also included. Additional convenience features include automatic climate control, remote start, keyless entry, satellite radio, and heated exterior mirrors. The SV doesn’t hit your wallet too hard either, costing an extra $1,850 over the base trim.

Spacious Cargo Area, Short On Passenger Space. In the subcompact class, the Kicks has one of the larger cargo areas. There are 25.3 cubic feet of cargo space behind the rear seats and a total of 53.1 cubic feet of cargo space. The major downside is that the Kicks’ rear seats don’t fold completely flat.

While the Kicks has a large cargo area, it’s down on passenger space compared to the competition. In the back, passengers get 33.4 inches of rear legroom. That’s enough for adults on a short trip but is down on space compared to the vehicles like the Honda HR-V and Kia Soul that have 39.3 and 38.8 inches of rear legroom respectively.

Nissan is known for having comfortable seats, but the Kicks missed out on the standard. Even the front seats, which tend to be some of the comfiest in any segment of the brand, miss the mark. They’re unsupportive and become uncomfortable on long drives. The rear seats are positioned in a way that requires passengers to sit upright, while the bottoms are hard and flat. These are some of the least uncomfortable seats in the class.

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Economy Car MPG. The Kicks sips fuel like it’s a small economy car, not a subcompact SUV. While this comes at the expense of performance, we think most people will be fine with the compromise.

The Kicks has official fuel economy figures of 31 mpg in the city, 36 mpg on the highway, and 33 mpg combined. These are fantastic figures for the class. The most frugal options in the segment have a combined fuel economy rating of 30 mpg.

Fuel efficiency is one of the Kicks’ strong suits, but performance isn’t. The subcompact SUV’s 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine produces 122 horsepower and 114 pound-feet of torque. The engine is paired with a continuously variable automatic transmission. The Kicks accelerates at a leisurely pace, getting to 60 mph from a standstill in around 10 seconds. This makes accelerating up to highway speed a chore.

Front-Wheel-Drive Only. In the subcompact segment, the Kicks is one of the few options to only be offered with FWD. This isn’t a huge deal, as the SUV makes up for it with excellent fuel economy figures and a decent set of winter tires should make it plenty capable in winter conditions. But for consumers that want the extra safety that all-wheel-drive brings, the Kicks doesn't have it.

With the majority of rivals, offering AWD as an option, we think the commission hurts the Kicks’ appeal. AWD is now being offered on sedans, so not being able to get it in an SUV is a bit of a head-scratcher.

Final Thoughts. Few subcompact SUVs are as skilled as the Kicks at being primed for use in urban areas. On small, urban roads, the SUV’s main drawback of performance isn’t as big of a downside. Additionally, urban areas are better at clearing roads during winter months, which makes the lack of AWD a smaller issue. The Kicks’ long list of standard features and spacious cargo area help hide its pitfalls.

For comparison, the Mazda CX-30 is a subcompact SUV that feels luxurious and is sporty to drive. It’s available with far more powerful engines than the Kicks, more impressive tech features, and a premium cabin. The Kia Soul isn’t available with AWD, just like the Kicks, but it has an even more spacious cargo area, roomy rear seats, a rugged design, and more powerful engines.

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Specs & Features

Overall Crash Safety Rating
Engine - Cylinders/Horsepower/Torque
1.6L I-4 / 122 HP / 114 ft.lbs.
2-spd CVT w/OD
Drive Type
Fuel Economy - City/Highway/Combined
31 / 36 / 33 Mpg
Passenger Capacity
Bumper to Bumper Warranty
36 Months / 36,000 Miles
Mechanical Specs
Engine - Cylinders/Horsepower/Torque
1.6L I-4 / 122 HP / 114 ft.lbs.
Drive Type
Fuel Economy - City/Hwy/Combined
31 / 36 / 33 Mpg
Front Disc/rear Drum
Front Suspension
Rear Suspension
Semi-independent Torsion Beam Beam
Spare Tire And Wheel
Compact Steel
Fuel Tank
10.8 Gal.
Recommended Fuel Type
Regular Unleaded
Average Cost To Fill Tank
Dimensions & Capabilities
Maximum Cargo Volume
32.3 Cu.ft.
Passenger Volume
93 Cu.ft.
Exterior Length
169.1 "
Exterior Width
69.3 "
Exterior Height
63.3 "
Front Headroom
40.4 "
Rear Headroom
38.5 "
Front Legroom
43.7 "
Rear Legroom
33.5 "
Front Shoulder Room
53.0 "
Rear Shoulder Room
53.2 "
Front Hip Room
Rear Hip Room
Curb Weight
2,682 Lbs.
Wheel Base
103 "
Turning Radius
17.1 '
Exterior Features
Door Count
4 Doors
16.0 " Steel
Clearcoat Monotone
Exterior Mirrors
Dual Power Remote
Front Body-colored With Metal-look Insert
Grille Moldings
Black W/chrome Accents
Rear Spoiler
Stainless Steel
Interior Features
Passenger Capacity
Seat Trim
Front Seat Type
Heated Front Seats
Front Driver Seat Direction Controls
Front Passenger Seat Direction Controls
Front Armrests
Rear Armrests
Rear Seats
60-40 Bench
Radio & Infotainment
Am/fm, Clock, Seek-scan
6 / 7 Rockford Fosgate
Radio Steering Wheel Controls
Apple Car Play
Android Auto
Bluetooth w/ Hands-Free Connectivity
Convenience Features
Steering Wheel Type
Telescopic Tilt Style
Climate Control
Cruise Control
With Steering Wheel Controls
Sun Roof
Rearview Mirror
Day-night / Auto-dimming Day-night
One Touch Open Window
Driver And Passenger
Tinted Windows
Vanity Mirrors
Remote Keyless Entry
Keyfob (all Doors)
Power Outlets
Safety Features
Overall Crash Safety Rating
Overall Front Crash Safety Rating
Overall Side Crash Safety Rating
Rollover Crash Safety Rating
Front Impact Airbags
Driver And Passenger
Driver Side Impact Airbags
Seat Mounted
Knee Airbag
Driver And Passenger
Passenger Side Impact Airbag
Seat Mounted
Rear Side Airbag
Rear Side-impact Airbag
Seatbelt Pretensioners
Anti-Lock Brakes
4-wheel Anti-lock Brakes (abs)
Forward Collision Warning
Automatic Emergency Braking (aeb) Forward Collision Mitigation
Blind Spot Sensor
Blind Spot Warning (bsw) Blind Spot
Lane Departure Warning
Lane Departure Warning (ldw) Lane Departure
Autonomous Cruise Control
Pedestrian Detection
Automatic Emergency Braking With Pedestrian Detection Front Pedestrian Detection Prevention
Driver Attention Alert
Daytime Running Lights
Auto High Beams
High Beam Assist (hba) Auto High-beam
Adaptive Headlights
Parking Sensors
Security Systems
Panic Alarm
Ignition Disable
Bumper To Bumper Months Miles
36 Months / 36,000 Miles
Major Components Months
60 Months / 60,000 Miles
Included Maintenance Months
Roadside Assistance Months
36 Months / 36,000 Miles
Corrosion Perforation
60 Months / Unlimited Miles
Accessories Months

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