2021 Nissan Kicks

MSRP $18,870 - $21,120

Ranked #14 in Subcompact Suv

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2021 Nissan Kicks Price, Review, Ratings and Pictures

Updated on: August 18, 2021

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Nathan Dyer 

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The 2021 Nissan Kicks is a trendy small SUV with a practical side, featuring a bold outward style and a surprisingly roomy cabin. The Kicks' powertrain leaves a lot to be desired, especially at highway speeds, but as a city commuter, it's a kick. Standard features include driver-assistance features and popular infotainment technologies like Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.

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Pros

It comes with a lot of new advanced driving features

It has a quite good fuel economy compared to other cars in the segment

User-friendly dash controls

Cons

The acceleration isn’t very fast and peppy as it should be

The seats are a bit hard and uncomfortable

There isn’t much legroom in rear seats 

No optional all-wheel-drive which may disappoint the off-road enthusiasts

What's New?

The 2021 model has a completely restyled interior

Updated exterior styling

Improved infotainment connectivity

There have been few upgrades made to the cabin materials


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$20500

bodystyle

4dr Crossover

passenger capacity

5

drivetrain

front wheel drive

engine type

displacement

98 cu.in.

horsepower

122 hp @ 6300 rpm

torque

114 lb-ft. @ 4000 rpm

transmission

1 speed CVT

chassis

brake rotors (f/r)

10.2/NA in.

capacity

passenger volume

93.9 cu ft.

cargo volume

53.1 cu ft.

performance

zero to 60 mph

9.7 sec.

standing 1/4-mile

17.4 sec.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

31/33/36 mpg

highway range

388.8 mi.

warranty

basic warranty

3 yr./ 36000 mi.

drivetrain warranty

5 yr./ 60000 mi.

corrosion warranty

5 yr./ unlimited mi.

roadside assistance

Yes


Pictures & Videos


Trims

S$18,870 onwards

SV$20,500 onwards

SR$21,120 onwards

Colors and Styles

2021 Nissan Kicks in Electric Blue Metallic color
Electric Blue Metallic

Vehicle images are guides only and may not reflect the model's exact specifications/features– exact specifications/features should be confirmed with the seller.

Ratings

Pricing and Features

6.0

Engine and Performance

4.0

Fuel Economy

7.6

Interior

4.0

Exterior

5.7

Safety

6.0

Final Verdict

5.2

5.2

OVERALL RATING

Expert Review, Pricing Analysis and Buying Guide

5.2

Overall Rating


The Nissan Kicks was introduced three years ago in the United States as the entry model to Nissan's lineup of six crossovers and SUVs, has drawn a new generation of youthful, enthusiastic Nissan buyers. To keep the momentum going, Nissan updated the 2021 Kicks with new features, technology, customizable styling, and value that buyers are looking for in a compact crossover. With a starting price of $19,550 the 2021 Kicks competes against the main rivals like Honda HR-V, Hyundai Kona, and Ford EcoSport in the segment. 

2021 Nissan Kicks Crossover front view
2021 Nissan Kicks Crossover rear view

4.0/10
Engine and Performance

7.6/10
Fuel Economy

4.0/10
Interior

5.7/10
Exterior

6.0/10
Safety

5.2/10
Final Verdict


2021 Nissan Kicks Features

The Nissan Kicks is available in three trim levels for 2021: S, SV, and SR. A 122-horsepower four-cylinder engine, front-wheel drive, and a continuously variable automatic transmission are standard on all variants (CVT). It doesn't have traction-enhancing all-wheel drive or the outdoorsy feel that a conventional SUV should have.

Trim

S

SV

SR

MSRP (FWD)

$19,550

$21,350

$21,990

Key Features

Vehicle Dynamic Control (VDC) Electronic Stability Control (ESC)

The new 8.0-inch infotainment display, adaptive cruise control, 17-inch wheels, and a center console armrest.

interior Trim -inc: Prima-Tex Leatherette Instrument Panel Insert, Metal-Look Door Panel Insert, Piano Black Console Insert, and Chrome/Metal-Look Interior Accents

 

Traction Control System (TCS) ABS And Driveline Traction Control

Sport Steering Wheel

Proximity Key For Doors And Push Button Start

 

Dual Stage Driver And Passenger Seat-Mounted Side Airbags

Intelligent Auto Headlights (i-Ah) Auto On/Off Aero-Composite Halogen Auto High-Beam Headlamps

Siri eyes-free, audio, and Bluetooth steering wheel switches,

 

Rear Parking Sensors

Seats with /Cloth Back Material

Distance Pacing w/Traffic Stop-Go

 

Automatic Emergency Braking (AEB)

Day-Night Rearview Mirror

Front Bucket Seats -inc: 6-way manual driver's seat w/driver seat armrest and seat lifter and 4-way manual front passenger's seat

 

RearView Monitor Back-Up Camera


 

Automatic Air Conditioning

Body-Colored Front Bumper w/Body-Colored Rub Strip/Fascia Accent and Metal-Look Bumper Insert

 

Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone integration

NissanConnect featuring Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, SiriusXM satellite radio

Illuminated Glove Box

Which Trim should you buy?

We'd recommend you to go for the mid-range SV; it adds desirable items such as the new 8.0-inch infotainment display, adaptive cruise control, 17-inch wheels, and a center console armrest. And it is affordably priced for the features that it has to offer.

2021 Nissan Kicks Engine and Performance

4.0/10

Every 2021 model comes standard with a 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine that is rated to provide 122 horsepower and 114 pound-feet of torque. This is the same engine that is in the Nissan Versa, delivering the same power figures but with slightly varied gear ratios. As in the Versa, in the Kicks, it is paired with Nissan’s Xtronic continuously variable transmission (CVT) and front-wheel drive (FWD).

 2021 Nissan Kicks Crossover engine bay

Models

2021 Nissan Kicks

2021 Honda HR-V

2021 Hyundai Kona

2021 Ford EcoSport

MSRP

$19,550

$ 21,220

$20,400

$19,995 

Engine

1.6L I4

1.8L I4

2 L Inline 4 

2.0L Ti-VCT GDI Inline-4

Drivetrain

FWD

FWD

FWD

FWD

Transmission

Continuously Variable Transmission

Continuously Variable Transmission

6-speed SHIFTRONIC Automatic

6-speed automatic

Power (hp @ rpm)

122 hp @ 6,300 RPM

141 hp @ 6,500 RPM

147 hp @ 6,200 RPM

166 hp @ 6,500 rpm

Torque (lb-ft @ RPM)

114 lb-ft @ 4,000 RPM

127 lb-ft @ 4,300 RPM

132 lb-ft @ 4,500 RPM

149 lb-ft @ 4,500 rpm

0-60 MPH (seconds)

10.7 

8.4

9.2

10.4

Quarter-Mile (seconds)

17.4

15.5

16.8

16.5

Top-Speed (MPH)

110 

125

127

110

The Nissan Kicks significantly perform better than most of its competitors when it comes to fuel economy. Keep the pedal pinned and the 2021 Nissan Kicks will clock the quarter of a mile lap in 17.5 seconds. Flat out, the 2021 Nissan Kicks posts a top speed of 110 mph, which is comparatively the lowest figure in this segment.

How well does the 2021 Nissan Kicks handle?

The Nissan Kicks is a pleasant car to drive in 2021. It has enough oomph to keep you enthralled at all times. The handling is nimble and quick throughout town. While the suspensions absorb practically all of the bumps and undulations, the CVT's seamless response aids in a peaceful ride around town. The Kicks, on the other hand, do not appear to be very stable in tighter corners. In addition, the steering feel is sluggish, which we found to be an issue.

 2021 Nissan Kicks Crossover ride and handling

The Nissan has 17-inch rims, which give it adequate stability to drive about town with confidence. While only available in FWD, the Kicks cruise along city streets with ease, and the handling appears to be accurate. Because of their modest proportions, driving on narrow streets is a joy. Nissan Kicks effortlessly and quickly navigates us through tight parking spaces and narrow road passages.

2021 Nissan Kicks Braking Performance

The Nissan Kicks will get disc brakes in the front and drum brakes in the back in 2021. The front brake rotors are 10.2 inches in diameter, whereas the rear brake rotors are just 8 inches in diameter. The rear drum brakes serve as a reminder that the Kicks is a frugal vehicle. Nonetheless, braking performance is unaltered, and the Nissan Kicks can stop from 60 mph in less than 120 feet. To be explicit, this is not ideal, therefore you must exercise caution at higher speeds. Nissan has a modest list of tech-assistance features, but the good news is that automated emergency braking is standard across the board.

Models

2021 Nissan Kicks

2021 Honda HR-V

2021 Hyundai Kona

2021 Ford EcoSport

Brake Rotors: Front (inches)

10.02

11.3

12.2

12

Brake Rotors: Rear (inches)

8.0

10.7

11.8

11.2

Curb Weight (lbs)

2639

3023

3060

2089

60-0 (feet)

115

129

112

129

The Nissan Kicks and Hyundai Kona appear to have taken advantage of their lightweight construction to outperform the other two rivals in terms of stopping power. Due to their heavier weight, the Honda HR-V takes longer to decelerate, the Ford EcoSport on the other hand comes with one of the biggest brakes yet fails to stop quickly and takes the last position.

2021 Nissan Kicks Fuel Economy

7.6/10

The 2021 Nissan Kicks when compared to the Kona or any other vehicle in the same segment, Nissan's power figures are somewhat lower, so this isn't a really amazing figure. The EPA estimates a combined fuel economy of 33 mpg (31 city/36 highway). Fuel efficiency varies greatly depending on driving style, but it doesn't take much to keep the average above 30 miles per gallon.

Models

2021 Nissan Kicks

2021 Honda HR-V

2021 Hyundai Kona

2021 Ford EcoSport

MPG (City)

31

28

27

27

MPG (Highway)

36

36

29

30

MPG (Combined)

33

31

28

30

Fuel Capacity (Gallons)

18.2

13.2

13.8

13.2

Range (City/Highway/Combined, in Miles)

334.8/388.8/370.

370/475.0/356.4

360/434.0/446.4

369.6/422.4/392 

Overall, the 2021 Nissan Kicks is a fairly cost-effective extra-small SUV. The Mazda, on the other hand, is the most impressive because it gets the second-best fuel economy ratings while having significantly more power. However, when it comes to total range, the Kona's large fuel tank aids it in having a range that is about comparable to the Mazda.

2021 Nissan Kicks Interior

4.0/10

The 2021 Nissan Kicks is a completely new design, with a more appealing exterior and a considerably more luxurious interior than the previous model. The interior of the 2021 Nissan Kicks has been updated, featuring a new 8-inch NissanConnect infotainment touchscreen display with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay and a centrally located 7-inch digital instrument cluster. The central console has also been revamped, and it now appears to be much more evolved and mature.

 2021 Nissan Kicks Crossover cockpit area

Models

2021 Nissan Kicks

2021 Honda HR-V

2021 Hyundai Kona

2021 Ford EcoSport

Seating Capacity

5

5

5

5

Front Row (Headroom/Shoulder Room/Leg Room, in inches)

40.7/ 53.0/ 43.7

39.8/58.1/45.5

40/57.9/46.1

39.2/57.8/44.3

Rear Row (Headroom/Shoulder Room/Leg Room, in inches)

36.7/57.1/35.2

37.8/56.4/35.6

38.4/56.1/34.8

37.8/56.9/38.3

Trunk Capacity (cubic feet)

25.3

19.2

20.9

24.2

The dashboard now has a dual-tone interior, giving the car a more spacious sense. The chairs are well-bolstered and will provide excellent support for your body. The back-rest angle is ideal for the elderly in your household. Ingress will not be a concern for them. 

 2021 Nissan Kicks Crossover front seats

When it comes to interior capacity, the 2021 Nissan Kicks can comfortably seat up to 5 passengers. The tall boy-style body helps to free up more room, making the cabin a far more pleasant environment for the passengers than the competition.

  • User-friendly touchscreen menu
  • 6-Way Manual adjustment for Driver’s Seat
  • 4-Way Manual adjustment for front passenger’s seat
  • Push button for Start/Stop
  • Automatic climate control
  • Excellent road visibility and ride height

What’s there to keep you entertained in the 2021 Nissan Kicks?

For the top two trims that come equipped with the current version of Nissan Connect, the 7-inch touch screen has been replaced with an all-new 8-inch screen. The base S trim, on the other hand, retains the same 7-inch display. Physical dials are preferred over touch-type buttons because they are more ergonomically constructed, allowing for a larger screen without making it bulky.

The Nissan Connect's current and most recent iterations have an infotainment system. The interface hasn't changed, but it now has extra features. The 2021 Nissan Kicks comes standard with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, with a wi-fi hotspot available on the top-spec SR variant. The car's center console has three USB type-A power outlets, one of which supports quick charging and the other of which allows smartphone integration when linked to an iPhone or Android device. You'll find 1 x 12-volt DC power outlets in the back, ensuring that you or your passengers don't run out of charge while on the road.

  • 8-inch high-resolution touchscreen
  • Apple CarPlay
  • Android Auto
  • Bluetooth hands-free phone connectivity
  • AM/FM stereo/HD Radio
  • 8 speaker-Bose Personal Plus Stereo System
  • Steering mounted audio controls
  • Auxiliary and USB Inputs

2021 Nissan Kicks Exterior

5.7/10

The 2021 Nissan Kicks is the brand's most affordable SUV, albeit it could be mistaken for a tallish hatchback due to its front-wheel drive only. The Kicks is well-equipped for the price, and the modestly powered engine yields good fuel economy. Nissan refreshes the interior and exterior look of the Kicks for 2021, as well as adding a slew of new amenities.

 2021 Nissan Kicks Crossover 

Models

2021 Nissan Kicks

2021 Honda HR-V

2021 Hyundai Kona

2021 Ford EcoSport

Curb Weight (lb)

3438

3558

3336

3676

Length (inches)

169.1 

170.4 

192.9

191.7

Width (inches)

69.1 in

69.8 in

73.2

75.2

Height (inches)

63.3 in

63.2 in

56.9

58.1

Ground Clearance (inches)

5.1

5.3

5.3

5.2

Wheelbase (inches)

103

110.4

102.8 in

112.2

On the Kicks, Nissan's V-shaped grille is double-breasted and flanked by vertical intakes that don't take in anything; it puffs out the face. It's cute, though, as a little guy in a big suit. The Juke is channeled in the new LED taillights. The base S model comes with 16-inch steel wheels, while the SV and SR trim come with 17-inch alloy wheels as standard.

  • LED Headlights with signature LED DRLs
  • Redesigned 16 and 17-inch alloy wheels
  • Intelligent Auto Headlights
  • Redesigned black chrome grille
  • Heated ORVMs
  • Integrated roof rails

2021 Nissan Kicks Safety

6.0/10

Nissan includes a slew of standard driver-assistance features, including automated emergency braking on all models. The Nissan Kicks passed the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety's crash testing with flying colors, receiving a Top Safety Pick designation but losing out on a Top Safety Pick+ distinction by two tests. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gave it a four-star rating. Needless to say among its competitors Nissan Kicks has a better overall safety rating.

  • Vehicle Dynamic Control (VDC) and Traction Control system (TCS)
  • Automatic Emergency Braking with Pedestrian Detection
  • Rear Automatic Braking
  • Intelligent Around View Monitor
  • Lane Departure Warning

2021 Nissan Kicks Competition

Nissan Kicks vs Ford EcoSport:

Because the Ford EcoSport has a larger head- and legroom than the Nissan Kicks, backseat passengers will be able to stretch out a lot more. However for the front seat passengers, Nissan Kicks has more front head- and legroom than the Ford EcoSport, it will appeal to taller drivers.

Ford EcoSport

The Nissan Kicks has far less torque than the Ford EcoSport, which means it will struggle to keep up with the Ford.

Nissan Kicks vs Hyundai Kona:

The Hyundai Kona is available in three trim levels, with the base model starting at $17,350 and rising to $22,050, which is less than the Kicks top trim. This car's design is highly user-friendly; the front looks really beautiful and simple with its wide grille, incredibly nice daytime led lamps, and nice curves that run from the front to the back. Overall, the design is fantastic and this design provides a stiff competition to Kicks

Hyundai Kona

Nissan kicks vs Honda HR-V:

The 2021 Nissan Kicks is the brand's most affordable SUV, yet because it's front-wheel-drive only, the engine gets good gas mileage and the Kicks is well-equipped for the price. The little engine in the Honda HR-V for 2021 isn't a barn-burner, but all-wheel drive is a benefit. The Honda gets fewer miles per gallon than the Nissan, and the interior room isn't much difference between the two SUVs. The Kicks would be a decent pick for less money if you prioritized practicality over power.

Honda HR-V

 

2021 Nissan Kicks Final Verdict

5.2/10

The Nissan Kicks has always been a strong contender in the subcompact crossover SUV sector, and the 2021 model will be even better thanks to a fresh look and improvements. It is aimed more at the younger demographic of its client base with the new aggressive and crisp design mixed with the funky-looking interior. Despite the fact that there are other capable crossover SUVs on the market, the Nissan Kicks offers a unique value proposition and has the potential to outperform its rivals.

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