2021 Nissan Kicks

Rating7.0

Ranked #12 in Subcompact Suv

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Starting MSRP 

$18,870 - $21,120

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Key Spec of 2021 Nissan Kicks
fuel economy

31/33/36

fuel type

Regular Unleaded

horsepower

122 hp @ 6300 rpm

basic warranty

3 yr./ 36000 mi.

ProsConsWhat's New

Updated driving features

Underwhelming performance

The 2021 model offers redesigned interior

Superior fuel economy

NVH levels could be better

Updated exterior styling

User-friendly dash controls

AWD drivetrain not available

Improved infotainment connectivity

Improved cabin quality

Added safety features

2021 Nissan Kicks Price, Review, Ratings and Pictures

Updated on: July 14, 2022

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The 2021 Nissan Kicks has been redesigned and sports updated front fascia, rear tail lamps, front and rear bumpers, and new 17-inch wheels design. Nissan has also added more dual tone color options and updated the interior features, including the infotainment system. With a starting price of $19,600, the subcompact SUV is offered in S, SV and SR trims. All the three trims are powered by a 1.6-liter inline-four engine producing 122 horsepower and 114 lb-ft of torque. With very good fuel economy, decent interior dimensions, multiple standard features and sizable trunk space, the Kicks 2021 ticks many right boxes. 

2021 Nissan Kicks For Sale 

The 2021 Nissan Kicks is more desirable than ever with multiple updated features, exterior styling, and decent gas mileage. The subcompact SUV from Nissan can be financed and leased easily, while offering attractive benefits. The financing offers include as low as 2.0-4.5% APR and $300-$400 monthly payments, depending on the term duration. Nissan’s affordable SUV can also be leased for a term duration of 36 months with an annual mileage limit of 10,000 miles. The monthly payments vary between $350-$450. However, nothing has changed in the 2022 Nissan Kicks except a price hike of $390. So, a used 2021 Nissan Kicks can offer great value. 

2021 Nissan Kicks Buying Advice 

The Nissan Kicks 2021 is one of the cheapest Nissan cars and a very affordable option in its segment. Nissan has worked on improving the aesthetics, interior layout, and additional safety features. Compared to other model years, the 2021 model year has never been recalled as per the NHTSA records. However, there have been 31 complaints and some problems related to mechanical, electrical, structural and safety areas. Considering the sale numbers, that can be considered as acceptable and surely the 2021 model can be opted for. 

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2021 Nissan Kicks 

The 2021 Nissan Kicks might be less exciting to drive, considering its underpowered 1.6-liter inline-four engine with 122 horsepower. However, it more or less makes up for the underwhelming performance with lower fuel consumption, multiple standard features, additional safety features and affordability. The subcompact SUV from Nissan challenges the likes of Honda HR-V, Hyundai Kona and Ford Ecosport. Let's see how it fares in every critical area in our detailed review


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#12 in Subcompact Suv

#21 in Suv


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Trims

S$18,870 onwards

  • 1St row LCD monitor
  • ABS and driveline Traction control
  • AM/FM stereo, Radio
  • Cloth Seat trim
  • Manual front air conditioning

SV$20,500 onwards

  • 2 - 1st row LCD monitor
  • Automatic Front air conditioning
  • SiriusXM AM/FM/Satellite, Radio

SR$21,120 onwards

  • Front Fog/driving lights
  • Heated mirrors
  • Keyfob (all doors) Remote keyless entry


Colors and Styles

2021 Nissan Kicks in Electric Blue Metallic color
Electric Blue Metallic

Expert Review, Pricing Analysis and Buying Guide

Nissan has done a good job updating the look of the Kicks to more closely fit in with the rest of the redone Nissan showroom- Cars.com

Just like the previous year, the Nissan Kicks 2021 is available in three different trim configurations: S, SV and SR. However, the 2021 model is redesigned completely and offers better interior, exterior and safety features while retaining most of its mechanical specifications. With just 122 horsepower on tap, Nissan’s subcompact SUV is not fun-to-drive but offers good reliability and has received zero recalls till date. The NHTSA has registered a few complaints but none of them are major and worrisome. 

2021 Nissan Kicks Dual-Tone Color Roof Option 

Considering and estimating several factors, the 2021 Kicks is a reasonably easy vehicle to own with respect to five-year ownership period. The depreciation is estimated to be $8,290 and the insurance costs are calculated to be $5,625. The estimated costs for repairs, fuel and maintenance are calculated to be $601, $8,550 and $4,554 respectively. Surely, it is very much less or equal to its well-established rivals.

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

Features
8.0/10

The Kicks is well-equipped even at the base S trim level, which includes a host of standard driver-assistance features- Car and Driver 

The 2021 Nissan Kicks starts at an MSRP of $19,600 for the base S trim, $21,450 for the SV trim and $22,140 for the SR trim. With the 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine, CVT is the only option along with a FWD drivetrain and AWD is not available even as an option. The good thing is that the price difference between all the trims is not drastic and if you are willing to spend more then the SR trim offers many creature comforts and distinctive interior design. 

2021 Nissan Kicks Features

Even the base Kicks S trim offers multiple standard features. Some of the key features are a 7-inch touchscreen display with multiple connectivity options, hill-start assist, automatic emergency braking, rear automatic braking,remote keyless entry with push button ignition and automatic on/off headlights. The SV trim adds 17-inch aluminum alloy wheels, 7-inch advanced drive-assist display, intelligent cruise control, larger 8-inch infotainment screen, intelligent driver alertness, automatic temperature control and many more.

Trim

S

SV

SR

MSRP (FWD)

$19,600

$21,450

$22,140

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

For the zing-seekers, the SR trim offers all the features of the S and SV trims, while adding features like LED headlamps, rear roof spoiler, black roof rails, dark chrome grille, Prima-Tex-appointed dash with contrast stitching, sport cloth trim with orange stitching, and leather wrapped steering wheel. The SR trim can also be equipped with the Premium Package, adding Bose premium audio system, heated front seats, heated steering wheel, and WiFi Hotspot. 

Engine and Performance
8.0/10

Every 2021 Kicks model is powered by a 122-hp four-cylinder engine that provides adequate but far from thrilling acceleration- Car and Driver

The 2021 Nissan Kicks S, Nissan Kicks SV and Nissan Kicks SR are powered by a 1.6-liter inline-four engine producing 122 hp and 114 lb-ft of torque. The power is decent enough for city commutes but go on a highway and you’ll expect more punch for those speedy overtakes. The engine is mated to a CVT which Nissan calls as Xtronic CVT with three drive modes: Eco, Normal and Sport.

 2021 Nissan Kicks Engine 

With a 0-60 mph time of 9.7 seconds, it is one of the slowest cars in its class. It further sprints to complete the quarter-mile in 17.5 seconds. In terms of braking, the Kicks SV and Kicks SR trim come with rear disc brakes which help it to attain a braking distance of 119 feet when stopped from 60 mph. The performance is far from exciting but the Kicks was never designed for outright performance, allowing better fuel efficiency to tackle rising fuel costs. 

2021 Nissan Kicks 0-60 

Nissan’s subcompact SUV comes with the same suspension setup as the Versa. It offers acceptable ride quality over bad roads. When it comes to handling, the Kicks inspire less confidence in the drivers at the corners and there is a noticeable body roll. The steering is nicely weighted, feels precise and direct but it lacks proper feedback from the road. Its light curb weight and compact proportions help it to tackle traffic and meander easily at tight parking spots. 

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)

9.7

8.4

9.2

10.4

Quarter-Mile (seconds)

17.5

15.5

16.8

16.5

Top-Speed (MPH)

110

125

127

110

The 2021 Nissan Kicks is not a performer for sure and it's very clear from the 0-60 mph and quarter-mile run times. The Honda HR-V is the best performer, followed by Hyundai Kona, Nissan Kicks and Ford Ecosport. The Kona excels with higher top speed followed by HR-V, while Kicks and Ecosport top up at 110 mph. The Ecosport is the most powerful, while the Kicks is the least powerful in the competition. The Nissan Kicks can stop from 60 mph to 0 mph in 116 feet, while Ecosport and HR-V takes around 129 feet. 

Fuel Economy
9.0/10

The benefit of seemingly being powered by a band of lethargic gerbils is fuel economy that tops the list of competitors- Cars.com

The 2021 Nissan Kicks offers much better fuel economy than its rivals. With an EPA-estimated gas mileage of 31/36/33 mpg in the city/highway/combined conditions, Nissan’s subcompact SUV can be a great option in times of rising fuel prices. With a fuel tank capacity of 10.8 gallons, the Kicks 2021 can offer a maximum driving range 335 miles, 389 miles and 370 miles respectively. The range is on the lower side, considering the smaller size of the fuel tank.

Models

2021 Nissan Kicks

2021 Honda HR-V

2021 Hyundai Kona

2021 Ford EcoSport

MPG (City)

31

28

27

23

MPG (Highway)

36

36

29

29

MPG (Combined)

33

31

28

25

Fuel Capacity (Gallons)

10.8

13.2

13.8

13.8

Range (City/Highway/Combined, in Miles)

334.8/388.8/370.

369.6/475.2/409.6

372.6/400.0/386.4

317.4/400/345

Overall, the 2021 Nissan Kicks comes with a lower fuel consumption and is the most fuel efficient SUV in the comparison. The 2021 Honda HR-V, 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 good range. The Ford Ecosport offers the least fuel economy and the leasr combined range as well. The Honda HR-V offers the maximum range, courtesy of good fuel economy and well-sized fuel tank. 

Interior
8.0/10

The 2021 Nissan Kicks comes with an updated interior design. However, it does not offer the quirkiness of the exterior inside the cabin. The cabin layout is more functional than fancy. The choice of materials and colors is well-thought off and we can’t complain much at this price point. The entire dash is covered with soft-touch material and attention to details like chrome accents on the AC vents, illuminated physical controls, and flat-bottom steering wheel help it to differentiate from its rivals.The outside visibility is good and the front seats provide good comfort and support.

 2021 Nissan Kicks Crossover cockpit area

Nissan offers three different types of upholstery, namely the Charcoal Cloth upholstery, Charcoal Sport Cloth upholstery and Charcoal Prima-Tex upholstery. The first one is reserved for the S and SV trims, while the third one is reserved for the top SR trim. The third type is optional for the SR trim and is a part of the Premium Package. Nissan offers multiple interior features like push button ignition, remote keyless entry, power windows, driver’s armrest and 60/40-split folding seat as standard. Yes, the Premium Package does add heated steering wheel and heated front seats but sunroof is not available. 

2021 Nissan Kicks Seating 

With Nissan Kicks Color Studio, buyers can customize their vehicle with a selection of multiple accents and finishes for the cabin and the same color accents carry forward to the exterior as well. The cargo space is decent as well for its size. With all seats in place, the 2022 Kicks offers a cargo capacity of 25.3 cubic feet. The cargo volume can be extended even further by folding the rear 60/40-split seatbacks. The maximum cargo space is 32.3 cubic feet. For additional storage Subaru offers driver and passenger seatback pockets, four cup holders, four bottle holders and four cargo tie-down hooks. 

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

23.2

20.9

24.2

 

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. The Kicks 2021 offers the maximum trunk space followed by Ford Ecosport, Honda HR-V and Hyundai Kona. The Ecosport excels at rear seat legroom, with HR-V and Kicks following closely. The Kona lacks with rear seat legroom and cargo space too. 

2021 Nissan Kicks Infotainment System

Starting with the base S trim , Nissan offers a 7-inch touchscreen display with multiple connectivity options and support for Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. The SV and SR trims come with an 8-inch screen and adding features like SiriusXM satellite radio and three USB-A and one USB-C ports. A 6-speaker stereo is standard but audiophiles can upgrade to an 8-speaker Bose sound system and WiFi hotspot available on the SR trim. Some other features like rear view monitor, steering mounted controls, and Siri Eyes Free are standard across all the trims. 

Some of the key interior features of the 2021 Kicks are: 

  • 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
  • 8-inch high-resolution touchscreen
  • Apple CarPlay
  • Android Auto
  • 8 speaker-Bose Personal Plus Stereo System
Exterior
8.0/10

The 2021 Nissan Kicks has been updated and it now looks similar to other Nissan cars following the new global design language. The front grille, headlights, front trim, bumper and fog lights have been redesigned. The basic body shape and profile is very similar to the previous model. However, the new styling elements accentuate the Kicks appearance. With the Nissan Kicks Color Studio, buyers can now customize their car with respect to colors of wheel caps, inserts, mirrors, interior vents and some more.

 2021 Nissan Kicks Crossover 

Nissan has also extended the dual tone color options and it's now available with Scarlet Ember Tintcoat, Boulder Gray Pearl, and Electric Blue Metallic. The side profile flaunts newly designed 17-inch aluminum alloy wheels, while the rear profile boasts of newly designed tail lamps and rear bumpers with updated trim inserts. The 2021 Nissan Kicks are offered in different and attractive colors like White, Fresh Powder, Gray Pearl, Gun Metallic, Super Black, Ember Tintcoat, and Blue Metallic. 

Models

2021 Nissan Kicks

2021 Honda HR-V

2021 Hyundai Kona

2021 Ford EcoSport

Curb Weight (lb)

2682

2906

2890

3300

Length (inches)

169.1 

170.4 

192.9

191.7

Width (inches)

69.1 

69.8 

73.2

75.2

Height (inches)

63.3 

63.2 

56.9

58.1

Ground Clearance (inches)

7.0

6.7

6.69

N/A

Wheelbase (inches)

103.1

110.4

102.8 in

99.2

The 2021 Nissan Kicks is the lightest in its class, owing to the smallest engine. It is followed by Hyundai Kona, Honda HR-V and Ford Ecosport. The Honda HR-V sits on a longer wheelbase, followed by Hyundai Venue, Nissan Kicks and Ford Ecosport, offering better rear seat legroom. All the SUVs offer similar ground clearance, while the Hyundai Kona is the longest and Ford Ecosport is the tallest. 

Some of the key exterior features of the 2021 Kicks are: 

  • LED Headlights with signature LED DRLs
  • Redesigned 17-inch alloy wheels
  • Intelligent auto headlights
  • Redesigned black chrome grille
  • Heated ORVMs
  • Integrated roof rails
Safety
6.0/10

Nissan includes a slew of standard driver-assistance features, including automated emergency braking on all models. Some other features like forward colision warning, rear automatic braking, lane departure warning, high beam assist, blindspot warning, rear cross traffic alert, and rear sonar system are standard as well. 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 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.

Some of the key safety features of the 2021 Nissan Kicks are: 

  • 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
Competition
8.0/10

2021 Nissan Kicks vs 2021 Ford EcoSport:

As 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.

2021 Ford Ecosport

The Nissan Kicks has far less torque than the Ford EcoSport, which means it will struggle to keep up with the Ford. The Nissan Kicks is far more fuel efficient than the Ecosport and offers better cargo capacity as well. The new facelift will appeal to younger buyers and with Kicks Color Studio, the Kicks wins the aesthetics game. 

2021 Nissan Kicks vs 2021 Hyundai Kona:

The Hyundai Kona'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. The Nissan Kicks offers better fuel economy. 

2021 Hyundai Kona

The Nissan Kicks is more practical with better cargo capacity and rear seat legroom. However, the Hyundai Kona's warranty coverage is much better as compared to the Nissan Kicks. The Hyundai Kona packs a bigger engine and offers better performance too. 

2021 Nissan kicks vs 2021 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.

2021 Honda HR-V

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.

Final Verdict
5.2/10

The Nissan Kicks has always been a strong contender in the subcompact SUV segment, and the 2021 model is even better. It brings fresh and updated styling to the table along with improvements in specifications and safety features. 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. 

Features

vehicle bio
base price

$18870

body style

4dr Crossover

engine type
displacement

98 cu in

horse power

122 hp @ 6300 rpm

torque

114 lb.-ft. @ 4000 rpm

transmission

1-Speed CVT

dimensions
length

169.6 in

wheelbase

103.1 in

width

69.3 in

curb weight

2682 lbs

Height

63.3 in

Ground Clearance

7 lbs

capacity
passenger volume

93.9 cu ft

cargo volume

53.1 cu ft

passenger capacity

5 Seats

fuel economy
city/combined/highway

31/33/36 mpg

highway range

388.80 mi

warranty
basic warranty

3 yr./ 36000 mi.


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