2020 Nissan Kicks Performance

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Nissan Kicks Performance Rating

2020 Kicks Performance

Get behind the wheel and you'll soon realize that the Nissan Kicks subcompact crossover is built to tackle the urban jungle and not much more. Its small capacity naturally-aspirated engine doesn't like being rushed. Independent testing reveals a 0 to 60 sprint time of around ten seconds, which sounds slow when compared to the competition, but feels adequate around town. It's when you get onto the highway that things start to get a bit worrisome; the Kicks feels unrefined at top speed and requires a good amount of planning when attempting to overtake. Stick to city roads and the Kicks conceals its lack of power well enough.

2020 Kicks Performance Photos

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Engine and Transmission

All 2020 Nissan Kicks SUVs are powered by the same 1.6-liter double overhead cam 16-valve four-cylinder engine that sends its power to the front wheels via an Xtronic continuously variable transmission. This setup manages to squeeze out 122 horsepower and 114 lb-ft of torque, which doesn't sound like much, because it isn't, and makes us miss the turbocharged four-pot units found in the now discontinued Juke. The small 1.6-liter engine does a fine job of carting driver and passengers around town but when fully loaded, it struggles to merge onto the highway and feels unrefined when pushed to its limit. The CVT transmission is nothing to write home about, and its natural tendency to keep revs in the optimal power range contributes to the unrefined driving experience when pushing on. We understand that Nissan had to go with the smaller powertrain to keep costs low, but it compromises the overall experience of driving the 2020 Kicks.

2020 Nissan Kicks Performance Specs:

Nissan Kicks TrimsNissan Kicks EnginesNissan Kicks HorsepowerNissan Kicks TransmissionsNissan Kicks DrivetrainsNissan Kicks MPG/MPGE
S1.6L Inline-4 Gas122 hp @ 6300 rpmContinuously Variable Automatic (CVT)FWD33 MPG
SV1.6L Inline-4 Gas122 hp @ 6300 rpmContinuously Variable Automatic (CVT)FWD33 MPG
SR1.6L Inline-4 Gas122 hp @ 6300 rpmContinuously Variable Automatic (CVT)FWD33 MPG

2020 Kicks Gas Mileage

So it might not be a rocket ship on steroids, but its lightweight design and small-capacity four-cylinder engine help the Kicks to deliver some pretty impressive gas mileage numbers. The EPA rates the 2020 Nissan Kicks at 31/36/33 mpg city/highway/combined. The 2020 Honda HR-V in FWD CVT guise will return 28/34/30 mpg, while the larger Nissan Rogue in FWD guise with a 2.5-liter four-pot will see 26/33/29 mpg. We think that the Kicks could've sacrificed a few mpg for some added power, though. With a small 10.8-gallon fuel tank, you won't be doing much long-distance cruising; expect a maximum fuel range of about 356 miles.

2020 Nissan Kicks Fuel Capacity

Nissan Kicks TrimsSSVSR
Nissan Kicks Fuel Economy (Cty/Hwy)31/3631/3631/36
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