2022 Nissan Kicks

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2022 Nissan Kicks Review: Still Kicking

by Michael Butler

We live in the age of the crossover SUV and, for many, the Nissan Kicks represents an entry point to the segment. This Japanese compact crossover starts at just under $20k and is more cheerful than it is cheap. Sure, with only 122 horsepower from its 1.6-liter engine, it won't set your pants on fire, but it sips fuel lightly and gets you from point A to B in relative style. We love the Kicks' bold exterior styling and long list of standard driver-assistance systems. However, it is faced with intense competition from established players such as the Honda HR-V and Jeep Renegade, both of which start over the $20k mark. Has Nissan done enough to give the Kicks a fighting chance against popular rivals? We think it just might.

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2022 Nissan Kicks Changes: What’s The Difference vs The 2021 Kicks?

For 2022, the Nissan Kicks merely takes on the redesigned Nissan logo but otherwise carries over with no significant changes.

Pros and Cons

  • Lots of standard tech
  • Affordable price tag
  • Surprising interior space
  • It's no firecracker
  • No all-wheel-drive option
  • Cheerful, yes, but also some cheap interior bits

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2022 Nissan Kicks Trims

See trim levels and configurations:

Trim Engine Transmission Drivetrain Price (MSRP)
S
1.6L Inline-4 Gas
Continuously Variable Automatic (CVT)
Front-Wheel Drive
$19,990
SV
1.6L Inline-4 Gas
Continuously Variable Automatic (CVT)
Front-Wheel Drive
$21,850
SR
1.6L Inline-4 Gas
Continuously Variable Automatic (CVT)
Front-Wheel Drive
$22,550
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2022 Kicks Exterior

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Dimensions

  • Length 169.1 in
  • Wheelbase 103.1 in
  • Height 63.3 in
  • Max Width 69.3 in
  • Front Width 59.8 in
  • Rear Width 60.4 in
  • Curb Weight 2,682.0 lbs

Exterior Colors

  • Electric Blue Metallic
  • Super Black
  • Fresh Powder
  • Gun Metallic
  • Boulder Gray Pearl
  • Scarlet Ember Tintcoat
  • Aspen White Tricoat
  • Aspen White Tricoat/Super Black
  • Monarch Orange Metallic/Super Black
  • Gray/Super Black
  • Scarlet Ember Tintcoat/Super Black
  • Electric Blue/Super Black

2022 Kicks Performance

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Engine and Transmission

  • Engine
    1.6L Inline-4 Gas
  • Transmission
    Continuously Variable Automatic (CVT)
  • Drivetrain
    FWD

Handling and Driving Impressions

Average crossovers from the 2020s will be remembered for their generally impressive level of comfort and lack of any sort of thrill. The 2022 Nissan Kicks drives precisely how you'd expect from a compact city-slicking SUV. It's cushy and comfortable and soaks up bumps with ease, but all that comfort comes at a price. The driving experience is rather dull, which won't bother the average owner, but those that like to coax a thrill or two out of the car on the daily commute will be disappointed. Steering is direct but ultimately lifeless, and there's a lot of body roll through fast corners, with the eventual outcome of pushing this car too hard being buckets of understeer. The Kicks is a capable cruiser on the highway and should keep you and your family comfortable, even on longer trips.

2022 Kicks Interior

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Seating and Interior Space

  • Seating capacity
    5-seater
  • Front Leg Room 43.7 in
  • Front Head Room 40.4 in
  • Rear Leg Room 33.5 in
  • Rear Head Room 38.5 in

2022 Kicks Trunk and Cargo Space

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2022 Nissan Kicks Maximum Cargo Space
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2022 Kicks Safety and Reliability

Warranty

  • Basic:
    3 Years \ 36,000 Miles
  • Drivetrain:
    5 Years \ 60,000 Miles
  • Corrosion:
    5 Years \ Unlimited Miles
  • Roadside Assistance:
    3 Years \ 36,000 Miles

US NHTSA Crash Test Result

  • Overall Rating
  • Frontal Barrier Crash Rating
  • Side Crash Rating
  • Rollover Rating

Verdict: Is the 2022 Nissan Kicks A Good SUV?

Nissan has managed to put together a convincing package. The 2022 Kicks is hard not to love, and its cheerful character spreads beyond its cute looks and bleeds into the well-equipped interior. You can't expect too much at this price point, but the Kicks surprises with the amount of standard driver-assistance tech and overall build quality and comfort. The Kicks won't set any records around the Nurburgring, but its naturally aspirated 1.6-liter engine has enough go to get it around town and up to highway speeds while returning fuel economy figures above 30 mpg. Most of its competitors offer more power and practicality, but the Kicks is a pretty enticing deal at this price point.

2022 Nissan Kicks Comparisons

Honda HR-V Honda
Nissan Rogue Nissan
CompetitorHorsepowerMPGPrice (MSRP)
Nissan Kicks122 hp31/36 mpg$20,790
Honda HR-V 158 hp26/32 mpg$23,800
Nissan Rogue 201 hp30/37 mpg$27,360

2022 Nissan Kicks vs Honda HR-V

The Honda HR-V is one of the brand's most popular SUV offerings since it represents a highly well-balanced package. The HR-V and Nissan Kicks share similar dimensions, but the Honda HR-V utilizes its space is much better. It can't match the Kicks for front legroom but offers much more rear-seat legroom and loads more maximum cargo space. Under the hood, the Honda HR-V is powered by a 1.8-liter four-cylinder engine producing 141 hp and 127 lb-ft of torque, and it can be had with either front- or all-wheel drive. The HR-V offers excellent build quality, a decent spec sheet, and a superior driving experience, but it does cost slightly more. There's a reason why the HR-V is so popular and we'd choose it between the two.

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2022 Nissan Kicks vs Nissan Rogue

The Nissan Rogue sits two slots above the Kicks and starts with an MSRP of $27,150. Redesigned in 2021, the Rogue competes with other crossover SUVs such as the Toyota RAV4 and Honda CR-V. It's visibly larger than the Kicks and, despite offering slightly less front legroom, it has significantly more rear legroom and cargo space. Under the hood, its turbocharged inline-3 engine produces a strong 201 horsepower and 225 lb-ft of torque, which is sent to the front or all four wheels. Seeing as the Rogue is in a completely different class and price bracket, it comes as little surprise that it presents a more refined interior and standard features. This choice will boil down to price and space requirements, but the Rogue is the better car in general.

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