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2023 Nissan Kicks

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

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: 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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2023 S 4dr Front-Wheel Drive
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Price:   -  From $21,925
2023 SV 4dr Front-Wheel Drive Price:   -  From $23,785
2023 SR 4dr Front-Wheel Drive Price:   -  From $24,485


What's New

Nissan has not made any changes to the Kicks for the 2023 model year. Having launched as a fully redesigned model in 2021, the Kicks still feels fresh for the subcompact class. The only change consumers will notice for 2023 is a higher price tag, as the Kicks is now $660 more expensive than last year.

Choosing Your Nissan Kicks

The subcompact Kicks is available in three trims: S, SV, and SR. Pricing starts at $21,585 for the S, $23,445 for the SV, and $24,145 for the SR. Prices include the mandatory $1,295 destination fee.

Engine Choices

There’s only one available powertrain for the Kicks. Performance for the SUV is modest, though the Kicks has great fuel economy figures. Unlike most of the subcompact SUVs in the class, the Kicks is only available with front-wheel drive. A continuously variable automatic transmission is standard.

Engine TypeHorsepowerTorqueFuel Economy (City/Highway/Combined)
1.6 four-cylinder122 hp114 lb-ft31/36/33 MPG

Passenger and Cargo Capacity

As one would expect from a subcompact SUV, the Kicks isn’t the most spacious SUV available, but it does offer surprisingly roomy accommodations for adults in both rows. The Kicks has seating for up to five people. When it comes to cargo capacity, the Kicks offers up to 25.3 cubic feet of cargo space behind the rear seats and a total of 32.3 cubic feet of space with the rear seats folded.

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Safety Features

Every Kicks comes with Nissan’s Safety Shield 360 safety system. The suite includes forward and reverse automatic emergency braking, pedestrian detection lane departure warning, blind spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, and automatic high-beam assist. Rear parking sensors are also standard. Adaptive cruise control and a driver attention monitor are standard starting on the SV trim. A surround-view camera is saved for the SR trim.


A seven-inch touchscreen is standard on the Kicks. The subcompact SUV comes with Nissan’s older infotainment system that includes six audio speakers, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, three USB ports, and Bluetooth. Moving up to the SV trim nets an eight-inch touchscreen, a seven-inch digital instrument cluster, a satellite radio, and an extra USB port.

The available SR Premium Package on the SR trim brings a Bose eight-speaker audio system, a Wi-Fi hotspot, and NissanConnect services. The package is priced at $1,390.

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2023 Nissan Kicks S – MSRP From $21,585

Despite its price increase for 2023, the base Kicks still represents good value. The base S trim comes with cloth upholstery, manually adjustable front seats, push-button start, remote keyless entry, power door locks and windows, a tilt-and-telescoping steering column, air conditioning, cruise control, and 16-inch steel wheels.

2023 Nissan Kicks SV – MSRP From $23,445

Choose the Kicks SV and the trim adds roof rails, 17-inch alloy wheels, heated exterior mirrors, and rear disc brakes. On the inside, the trim comes with automatic climate control, keyless entry and ignition, and remote start.

2023 Nissan Kicks SR – MSRP From $24,145

Beyond being the range-topping trim, the SR stands out for having a sporty design. The SR trim comes with LED headlights, signature LED accents, black exterior mirrors, LED fog lights, dark chrome trim, and a rear spoiler. The interior of the SR trim gets sport cloth upholstery with orange accents, heated front seats, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, and a heated steering wheel.

The available $1,390 SR Premium Package adds synthetic leather upholstery with orange accents and stitching, heated front seats, a heated steering wheel, a speaker in the driver’s headrest, a cargo cover, a Bose audio system, a vehicle security system, and a Wi-Fi hot spot.

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CarsDirect Tip

With the larger eight-inch touchscreen, standard adaptive cruise control, and interior convenience features like automatic climate control, the 2023 Nissan Kicks SV trim stands out as the best option. Drivers that live in cold climates or prefer the Kicks SR’s sporty design will find the range-topping model to be a worthwhile upgrade for just $700 more than the SR.

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Expert Review

  • Affordably priced and well equipped
  • Quite stylish outside
  • Reasonably spacious inside
  • Ride quality is impressive
  • Japanese rivals are better all-rounders
  • Feeble performance
  • Safety is underwhelming
  • Seat comfort is sorely lacking
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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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You get what you don’t pay for. Any criticism of a compact SUV like the Nissan Kicks must be taken in context of its bargain-basement price. You can put a brand-new Kicks on your driveway for just $21,585, with a three-year warranty and that unmistakable new car smell. Once the aroma wears off, you’re left with a decent little car that does nothing particularly exciting, and only two things particularly badly. We’ll get to them in a moment.

For now, it’s worth noting that the three-model Kicks range has a single engine, transmission and powertrain combination. Your main decisions in the dealership will involve paint color and whether to add an options package that includes a Bose audio system, heating elements in the front seats and steering wheel, and synthetic leather upholstery.

Slowly does it. The first major drawback is performance – specifically the lack of it. Floor the throttle above 55 miles an hour with a full complement of passengers, and the speedometer needle will barely move. The 122 hp 1.5-liter gas engine has nothing else to give. That’s good if you’re fanatically against speeding, but less so if you live at the top of a hill. The lack of responsiveness above town speeds is aggravated by a CVT transmission which prefers to play hunt-the-ratio instead of letting the strangled engine deliver whatever power it can muster up.

Sedately progress around town is fine, but on a busy freeway, the Kicks occasionally feels alarmingly out of its depth. Nor can you do anything about the lack of torque or acceleration, because there are no other engine or transmission options available. The upside is that you’re never going fast enough to tax the modest 16 and 17-inch tires, which also contribute to decent ride comfort. If only the seats were more comfortable – those in the back are likely to end up shifting from side to side on long journeys, trying to reduce discomfort.

Toys for the boys (and girls). The remarkably low sticker price might suggest Kicks ownership is a featureless desert of blank dashboard switches and manual adjustment levers. In fact, this is a surprisingly well-appointed little car. Even base S models come with air-con and smartphone mirroring through a seven-inch touchscreen, while mid-range SV increases the screen to eight inches while adding adaptive cruise control. For our money, SR justifies its modest price premium, combining climate and a surround-view camera system with a leather-wrapped steering wheel and LED exterior lights.

Safety equipment includes blind spot monitoring and automatic emergency braking on every model. Yet despite auto high beams being standard even on S models, the Kicks only received a four-star NHTSA rating and a slew of ‘Good’ results in its IIHS testing. Ironically, the headlights held it back from achieving the latter’s coveted Top Safety Pick status.

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Rivals are more spacious (and comfortable). Funky external styling means the interior is limited in terms of space. In the trunk, big wheel arches eat into the available room, while the rear seatbacks collapse onto fixed bases. This creates a stepped and sloping cargo area that’s only seven cubic feet bigger than the 25 cubes available with the seats in place. The plastics back here are especially cheap, and the dash does a better job of hiding its budget origins.

There’s reasonable space inside the cabin, again considering the car’s modest external dimensions. You won’t feel claustrophobic in the back thanks to plenty of glass, and there’s decent forward visibility. However, the Kicks’ other Achilles heel is its seats, which lack pretty much everything – adjustment, bolstering, lumbar, and padding. You don’t even get a front seat armrest on S models. It’s ironic that the Kicks lacks power because its occupants will generally be desperate to reach their destination.

Final thoughts. We said at the outset that any criticism of the Kicks had to be weighed against its cost, but there are two areas that still disappoint – performance and seat comfort. If you have granite buttocks and a relaxed attitude to punctuality, you’ll be fine. Everyone else is advised to take a lengthy test drive and ensure they can live with these issues long-term before slapping down a deposit on a Kicks. It’s clearly a better second car than a main vehicle, and should be viewed as an urban runaround rather than a long-distance traveling companion.

Everything else about this budget Nissan is either inoffensive or perfectly decent, from space and styling to refinement and ride quality. The standard equipment levels are generous even if safety ratings pose some question marks, and the lack of handling prowess is forgivable in such an affordable vehicle. That said, the Mazda CX-30 and Hyundai Kona don’t make as many compromises despite their similar price points, while Toyota’s Corolla Cross is considerably safer and better equipped.

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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
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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