2022 Nissan Kicks Continues To Be An Amazing Bargain

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Official pricing has been released.

The number of new vehicles with starting prices below $20,000 decreases with every new model year. Fortunately, Nissan has managed to retain its entry-level, subcompact crossover's sub-$20k price tag. The Japanese automaker has announced pricing for the 2022 Nissan Kicks and all three trims see a $100 increase compared to last year when it received a mid-life refresh.

Currently on sale in dealerships across the country, the 2022 Kicks S carries a starting sticker amount of $19,700. Last year, it was $19,600. Moving up the trim ladder, the Kicks SV FWD begins at $21,550 while the SR FWD will set you back at least $22,240. None of these figures includes the $1,175 destination fee.

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A Premium Package, the sole option package, is available but Nissan has to announce how much it will cost interested buyers. Regardless of which trim you pick, all 2022 Kicks come powered by a 1.6-liter four-cylinder rated at 122 horsepower and 114 lb-ft of torque. Power goes to the front wheels only (there is no AWD option) through a Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT). The EPA rates the Kicks at 31/36/33 mpg city/highway/combined.

The 2022 Kicks comes standard with a solid list of features such as Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, and the Nissan Safety Shield 360 suite of driver-assist systems that includes automatic emergency braking, high beam assist, lane departure warning, and rear cross-traffic alert.

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A WiFi hotspot and remote vehicle commands like keyless entry also come at no additional cost. What is optional is rear automatic braking and a Bose sound system with speakers located in the driver's seat head restraint.

The Kicks is mostly aimed at a younger crowd, often those buying their first car. The Hyundai Venue, which also has a sub-$20k base price, is one of its prime rivals. Automakers are trying to persuade these potential buyers not to buy late-model used vehicles. Well-optioned and affordable small crossovers like these could serve as an ideal alternative. Plus, who doesn't love that new car smell?

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