If you want a new SUV but don’t have a lot of money, the price of the 2022 Nissan Kicks looks pretty good. It’s one of the least expensive options on the market right now. Even though it doesn’t look like it, the Kicks has a pretty roomy interior despite its small size. The Kicks comes standard with a four-cylinder engine that gets good gas mileage and a continuously variable automatic transmission. However, it only has front-wheel drive, so you can forget about that off-road adventure you had in mind. The powertrain isn’t as smooth as those in more expensive subcompact SUVs like the Mazda CX-30 and Volkswagen Taos, and it doesn’t feel strong enough when merging onto a highway. The real value of the Nissan comes from its long list of standard tech features, such as Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and a number of driver aids.
2022 Nissan Kicks Specs
- MSRP: $21285
- Seating Capacity: 5-passenger
- Engine: DOHC 16-valve inline-4
- Horsepower: 122 hp @ 6300 rpm
- Torque: 114 lb-ft @ 4000 rpm
- Transmission: continuously variable automatic
- Fuel Mileage: 31/36 mpg
- Length: 169.1 in
- Width: 69.3 in
- Height: 63.3–63.4 in
- Wheelbase: 103.1 in
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Engine and Performance
Every 2022 Kicks has a 122-hp four-cylinder engine that gives it decent, but not particularly exciting, speed. The front wheels are driven by a continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT). All-wheel drive is not available. If the Kicks seems slow because it takes 9.7 seconds to go from 0 to 60 mph, that’s because it is. As long as you rev the engine, it feels pretty quick around town. The Kicks is agile and more fun to drive than some larger SUVs, but it’s not exactly a thrill ride on a winding road. The suspension was set up more for comfort, and the ride was smooth. The steering is direct and accurate, but it doesn’t give the driver much feedback from the road.
Interior & Comfort
The interior of the Kicks is not as trendy as the outside, but it is well-built, looks mature, and is easy to use. Because the back seat is big enough for an adult, it can carry people and things without making you feel crammed, like the C-HR might. Splashes of colour in the cabin are a nice way to break up what would otherwise be a black-only interior. When the back seats were folded down, 19 of our carry-on bags fit. Small items are hard to store in the trunk and back seat, but people in the front seats won’t notice because the door pockets and glovebox are big.
Infotainment and Connectivity
The user interface of Nissan’s infotainment system is not among the most aesthetically pleasing of those now available on the market; yet, it is straightforward and simple to master. The entry-level Nissan Kicks S comes standard with a touchscreen measuring 7.0 inches, a six-speaker audio system, and Bluetooth connectivity. The mid-range Nissan Kicks SV and the top-of-the-line Nissan Kicks SR, on the other hand, come with displays measuring 8.0 inches, an additional USB-C port, and access to the NissanConnect telematics and concierge system. Those interested in purchasing an SR have the option of ordering the Premium package, which includes a Wi-Fi hotspot as well as a Bose sound system.
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2022 Nissan Kicks Safety Features
Nissan has a lot of driver-assistance features that come standard, and all of their cars have automatic emergency brakes. Key features are:
- Standard automated emergency braking with pedestrian detection
- Standard lane-departure warning
- Available adaptive cruise control