2022 Nissan Kicks Performance

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2022 Kicks Performance

No one will ever expect the Nissan Kicks to do smoky burnouts and stick with Honda Civic Type Rs in traffic, but even small city-orientated crossovers need to be a bit pokey. Unlike some of its competitors who utilize turbocharged engines, the Kicks goes old school with a naturally aspirated engine with a rev-happy nature. This means you'll have to rev the socks off the Kicks if you want it to get anywhere in a hurry; but at least it doesn't feel dead slow. In fact, it feels rather nippy around town, and independent testing has shown that the Kicks can get to 60 mph in 9.7 seconds, making it as quick as a 1982 Chevrolet Camaro Z28. Competitors such as the Honda HR-V offer a slightly bigger naturally aspirated engine and a few more ponies under the hood, but performance is comparable.

2022 Kicks Performance Photos

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Engine and Transmission

Nissan has decided to stick to the basics to keep costs to a minimum and avoid any possible reliability issues. Under the hood of the 2022 Nissan Kicks, you'll find a back-to-basics 1.6-liter naturally aspirated four-cylinder gas engine with 122 horsepower and 114 lb-ft of torque. It isn't even nearly performance-focused, only getting access to its maximum 122 horsepower at a lofty 6,300 rpm, which means you'll have to keep the revs high to get any real pull out of it. Thankfully, this modest engine is mated to an Xtronic continuously variable transmission that does a reasonably good job of keeping the Kicks in this tight powerband. In town, the Kicks will happily sit with traffic. When the car is fully loaded, one can feel the engine straining, especially at higher speeds on the highway, and careful planning is needed to overtake slower-moving traffic. Only front-wheel drive is available.

2022 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

2022 Kicks Gas Mileage

So it might not be the fastest kid on the block, but the Kicks' small-capacity engine and light curb weight are blessings for keeping the fuel bill low. The 2022 Nissan Kicks will manage an impressive 31/36/33 mpg on city/highway/combined cycles, according to the EPA. The most fuel-efficient Honda HR-V, by comparison, only manages 28/34/30 mpg.

With a tiny 10.8-gallon fuel tank, the Nissan Kicks can travel up to 356 miles before requiring a fill-up.

2022 Nissan Kicks Fuel Capacity

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