2022 Nissan Kicks

MSRP $18,870 Est.

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2022 Nissan Kicks Price, Review, Ratings and Pictures

Updated on: May 18, 2021

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Nissan first showcased the Kicks in the year 2018, and it was an instant hit. Nissan Kicks is the replacement of the Nissan Juke. With the growing demand for subcompact SUVs, the company might update the Kicks for the 2022 model year with slight changes to the exterior and interior. The engine and transmission are rumored to remain the same as before, however, there can be some minor tweaks to make the engine more refined. As of now, it is not confirmed whether the US market will get the hybrid version or not.

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Pros

Bold design 

Best in class fuel economy

Comfortable interior

Standard advanced safety features

Cons

Unsatisfactory steering feedback 

Stiff suspension setup

Underpowered engine

No hybrid or AWD option

What's New?

Updated exterior styling

No significant changes for the 2022 model year


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$18870

bodystyle

4dr Crossover

engine type

displacement

98 cu.in.

horsepower

122 hp @ 6300 rpm

torque

114 lbs.-ft. @ 4000 rpm

chassis

brake rotors (f/r)

10.2/8 in.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

31/33/36 mpg

highway range

388.8 mi.

warranty

roadside assistance

No


Pictures


Trims

S $18,870 Est. onwards

122 hp @ 6300 rpm | 1.6L | Inline 4 | regular unleaded

Colors and Styles

2022 Nissan Kicks in Gun Metallic color 2022 Nissan Kicks in Fresh Powder color 2022 Nissan Kicks in Electric Blue Metallic color
Gun Metallic

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Expert Review, Pricing Analysis and Buying Guide


Prices of the 2022 MY are expected to see a slight increase as its outgoing model. Kicks is known for its reliability and low maintenance cost. Also, it has the best-in-class fuel economy, which is far better than other cars available at this price point. With all this, the 2022 Nissan Kicks competes with the subcompact SUVs like Ford Ecosport, Hyundai Venue, and Toyota C-HR. Let's see how it performs in front of the rivals in the segment. 

2022 Nissan Kicks Features

The 2022 Nissan Kicks will see the same trims on offer with a little price bump. The base S trim will start from $21,150 and will go up to $23,500 for the topmost SR trim. The base 1.6-liter inline-4 engine is standard across the trims. The engine is mated to a CVT transmission that sends power only to the front wheels. Thus all the trims are identical mechanically. Standard features include air conditioning, a touchscreen infotainment display, fabric upholstery, keyless ignition, etc.

Trims

S*

SV*

SR*

MSRP

$21,150

$22,900

$23,500

Features

1.6-liter inline-4 engine

Adds or upgrades to ‘S’

Adds or upgrades to ‘SR’

 

16-inch steel wheels

17-inch alloy wheels

Surround-view monitor

 

7-inch touchscreen

Rear disc brakes

Sports front seats

 

Air conditioning

8-inch touchscreen

Leather-wrapped steering wheel

 

Apple CarPlay and Android Auto

Adaptive cruise control

LED headlights

 

Fabric upholstery

Heated mirrors

 

 

Keyless ignition

Center armrest

 

 

 

Keyless entry with remote ignition

 

*Expected

Standard safety features include lane departure warning, rear parking sensor, forward collision mitigation, etc. The optional package available in the SR trim is SR Premium that includes simulated leather upholstery, Bose premium audio, heated front seats & steering wheel, remote monitoring & control via a smartphone app, and a Wi-Fi hotspot. Prices for the package aren’t out yet, so we will update this section once we have them.

We Recommend

We recommend going for the topmost SR trim as the $2,300 premium over the base trim is justified for the additional features like LED headlights, all four disc brakes, surround-view monitor, etc. Another reason for recommending is the availability of the SR premium package on the SR trim that can be added to make the Kicks a better-equipped car.

Price:

The 2022 Nissan Kicks will start from $21,150 for the base trim that is ‘S’. The second trim SV will cost around $22,900, and the top trim SR will come with a price tag of around $23,500. All these trims have the same engine and come only in FWD configuration. These, however, are expected prices and actual prices may differ at the time of launch.

Release date:

Nissan hasn’t announced the dates for the launch of 2022 Kicks, but we expect it to roll out into dealerships in early 2022.

2022 Nissan Kicks Engine and Performance

Under the hood, the 2022 Nissan Kicks has the same naturally aspirated 1.6-liter Inline four-cylinder engine that produces 122 horsepower and 114 lb-ft of torque. This engine is mated with Xtronic CVT which delivers the power to the front wheels. All the trims will get the same engine. You won’t feel any power lag in city driving, but on highways, it can feel a bit slow while overtaking. But you can switch to sports mode for a better response from the engine. 

The 2022 Nissan Kicks will go from 0 to 60 mph in 9.7 seconds and quarter-mile comes in 17.5 seconds. The Kicks is fastest in 0-60 mph run, but the Ford Ecosport runs the fastest quarter-mile in 16.5 seconds and goes from 0-60 mph in 10.4 seconds. Hyundai Venue does 0-60 mph in 9.9 seconds and quarter-mile comes in 17.8 seconds. The Toyota C-HR 0-60 mph timing of 11 seconds is the slowest among all.

Models

2022 Nissan Kicks S (expected)

2021 Ford Ecosport S

2021 Hyundai Venue SEL

2021 Toyota C-HR LE

MSRP

$21,150

$19,995

$19,800

$21,595

Engine

1.6-liter Inline-4 

1.0-liter turbocharged Inline-3

1.6-liter Inline-4

2.0-liter Inline-4

Drivetrain

FWD

FWD

FWD

FWD

Transmission

CVT

6-speed automatic

CVT

CVT

Power (hp @ rpm)

122 hp @ 6,300 rpm

123 hp @ 6,000 rpm

121 hp @ 6,300 rpm

144 hp @ 6,100 rpm

Torque (lb-ft @ rpm)

114 lb-ft @ 4,000 rpm

125 lb-ft @ 6,000 rpm

113 lb-ft @ 4,500 rpm

139 lb-ft @ 3,900 rpm

Nissan Kicks misses out on the independent rear suspension and comes with the same suspension setup as the Nissan Versa. It offers acceptable ride quality over bad roads. The seats are not very comfortable, and the overall stiff suspension setup makes this car hate bad roads. That said, the base Kicks equipped with the disc at front and drum brakes at the rear has less braking force, while the higher variants with all four discs do much better in terms of braking.

The 2022 Kicks’ engine is underpowered when compared with the rivals with 122 hp and 114 lb-ft of torque. The Toyota C-HR, owing to its big 2.0-liter inline-4 engine, produces the highest 144 hp and139 lb-ft of torque. Next comes Ford Ecosport with a 1.0-liter turbocharged inline-3 that puts out 123 hp and 125 lb-ft of torque. When comparing the price tag, Toyota is the most expensive option in the competition.

2022 Nissan Kicks Fuel Economy

As the engine is rumored to remain the same as before, the 1.6 L inline-4 engine of the Nissan Kicks returns a fabulous fuel economy. Its EPA-rated fuel economy is 31 mpg in the city, 36 mpg on the highway, and 33 mpg combined. With a 10.8-gallon fuel tank, the Nissan Kicks manages a range of 335/389/356 miles in city/highway/combined respectively from a tankful of gas.

Models

2022 Nissan Kicks S (expected)

2021 Ford Ecosport S

2021 Hyundai Venue SEL

2021 Toyota C-HR LE

MPG (City)

31

27

30

27

MPG (Highway)

36

29

33

31

MPG (Combined)

33

28

31

29

Fuel Capacity (Gallons)

10.8

13.8

11.9

13.2

Range (City/Highway/Combined, in Miles)

335/ 389/ 356

373/ 400/ 386

357/ 393/ 368

356/ 409/ 382

Nissan Kicks returns the best fuel economy compared to its rivals. Hyundai Venue is closest with 30/33/31 mpg of fuel economy in city/highway/combined respectively. Next is the Toyota C-HR with 27/31/29 mpg of fuel economy, followed by Ford Ecosport with 27/29/28 mpg of gas mileage. When comparing the overall range, Ford offers the most at 386 miles.

2022 Nissan Kicks Interior

When you step into the cabin of the Nissan Kicks, you will notice that it has much luxury on offer. The Nissan has used soft-touch material inside the cabin. Regardless of its price, it feels premium. Chrome accents on the AC vents feel premium. Kicks gets a sporty flat-bottom steering wheel that has illuminated controls for the audio. The front seats offer a good amount of headroom, legroom, and knee room but lack comfort. The rear seat can accommodate three people but practically only two people can sit comfortably at the rear. Heated front seats and the heated steering wheel are only available on the top-end trim.

Nissan Kicks offers better room on front seats, however, the rear seats offer average headroom and legroom. As for the rivals, the Ford Ecosport has the best legroom in both rows but is too narrow, making it a bit cramped at the rear. The Hyundai Venue has the most well-thought cabin and offers a good amount of shoulder and legroom in both rows. While the Toyota C-HR is the most cramped among all, especially in the rear. The C-HR lacks headroom and shoulder room in the front seats and legroom in the rear seats.

Models

2022 Nissan Kicks S (expected)

2021 Ford Ecosport S

2021 Hyundai Venue SEL

2021 Toyota C-HR LE

Seating Capacity

5

5

5

5

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

40.4/ 53/ 43.7

3.9.6/ 53.3/ 42.9

39.4/ 53.9/ 41.3

38.1/ 49/ 43.5

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

38.5/ 53.2/ 33.4

37.5/ 51.3/ 36.7

38.6/ 53.7/ 34.3

38.3/ 52.5/ 31.7

Trunk Capacity (cubic feet)

25.3

20.9

18.7

19.1

The 2022 Nissan Kicks gets 25.3 cubic feet of cargo space, which is the best among all. Next is Ford Ecosport with 20.9 cubic feet of cargo space, followed by Toyota C-HR with 19.1 cubic feet and Hyundai Venue with 18.7 cubic feet of cargo space. The 2022 Nissan Kicks will get a 7-inch Nissan Connect touchscreen infotainment system, which comes standard with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. It gets a six-speaker audio system as standard, and as you go up the trim ladder, it gets a Bose premium audio system with a front seat headrest speaker. You get Bluetooth, radio, USB, and auxiliary ports as standard. Highlights of the infotainment system include:

  • 7-inch touchscreen
  • Bluetooth Connectivity
  • Apple CarPlay and Android Auto
  • USB ports
  • AUX input jack
  • AM/FM

2022 Nissan Kicks Exterior

The exterior of the Nissan Kicks is one of the best in terms of the overall design. Nissan's signature V motion grille remains the same. It gets new slimmer LED headlamps with signature accents and new fog lamp housing as well. It gets a contrasting dual-tone color which makes the Kicks look more sporty. At the rear, you get new bigger LED tail lamps with a unique design. Between the tail lamps, you get a piano black strip that joins with both the tail lamps and has Nissan badging in between. 

The standard variant gets 16-inch steel wheels, whereas the SV and SR come standard with 17-inch black aluminum-alloy wheels which look ravishing. It comes with a wide range of color options to choose from. You can also get the Kicks customized from Nissan according to your taste. The 2022 Nissan kicks will carry more or less a similar design as the current generation with these styling updates.

Models

2022 Nissan Kicks S (expected)

2021 Ford Ecosport S

2021 Hyundai Venue SEL

2021 Toyota C-HR LE

Curb Weight (lbs)

2,682

3,021

2,612

3,300

Length (inches)

169.1

161.3

159.1

172.6

Width (inches)

69.3

69.5

69.7

70.7

Height (inches)

63.3

64.8

61.6

61.6

Ground Clearance (inches)

7.0

N/A

6.7

5.9

Wheelbase (inches)

103.1

99.2

99.2

103.9

Speaking of the dimensions, the Nissan Kicks is 169.1-inches in length, 69.3-inches wide, 63.3-inches tall, and has a 103.1-inches of wheelbase. The Toyota C-HR is slightly bigger with 3.5-inches more in length, 1.4-inches wider, but is shorter in height compared to the Kicks. Next is Ford Ecosport that is 7-inches shorter in length, has almost the same width, and is 1.5-inches taller than the Kicks. 

The Ecosport and Venue have similar 99.2-inches of wheelbase, which is the smallest compared to the C-HR’s longest wheelbase of 103.9-inches. That said, while the Nissan Kicks has the highest ground clearance of 7-inches which is 0.3-inches more than what Venue offers and 1.1-inches more than C-HR’s ground clearance. Highlights of the exterior include:

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

2022 Nissan Kicks Safety

The 2022 Nissan Kicks hasn’t been tested yet, but the 2021 Nissan Kicks was crash tested, and IIHS has rated it ‘Good’ in almost every category. It loses the ‘Top Safety Pick’ title due to its poor headlights in the standard variant. NHTSA has rated it with five stars for the overall crash rating and four stars rating for rollover rating and frontal barrier crash ratings.

The 2022 Nissan Kicks come with all basic and advanced safety features. It has ABS, EBD, Electronic Stability Control, Traction Control, Blind Spot Warning, Low tire pressure warning, Automatic Emergency braking, Lane Departure Warning, Dual stage driver and passenger airbags, side curtain airbag for all occupants, knee airbag, and side-impact airbags. Highlights of the safety system include:

  • 6 Airbags
  • Lane departure warning
  • LATCH System
  • Blind-spot monitor and Rear cross-traffic alert
  • Intelligent Surround View Monitor
  • Forward collision warning with pedestrian detection
  • Tire Pressure Monitoring System
  • Front and rear automatic emergency braking
  • Vehicle Dynamic Control and Traction Control System

2022 Nissan Kicks Competition

2022 Nissan Kicks vs 2021 Ford Ecosport

The Ford Ecosport is a tall crossover SUV but is not much wide due to which it feels cramped on the inside, while the Nissan Kicks is just the opposite. The turbocharged engine of the Ecosport puts out more power compared to the naturally aspirated Kicks’ engine. But the Kicks is more fuel-efficient which is a plus. Overall the Kicks is a spacious crossover with the biggest cargo. The Ecosport has sorted dynamics and ride quality but lacks in terms of space and fuel economy. 

2022 Nissan Kicks vs 2021 Hyundai Venue

The Hyundai Venue is very similar to the Nissan Kicks in terms of engine, performance, and fuel economy. But the Venue is a small car, which shows in its smaller interior space. Kicks, on the other hand, has better space and more cargo area. The Venue gets a bigger fuel tank compared to the Kicks, resulting in a better range from a tankful. That said, there is very little to differentiate here except for a few tidbits. 

2022 Nissan Kicks vs 2021 Toyota C-HR

The 2022 Nissan Kicks looks better, and it offers more value-for-money features. Both the Toyota C-HR and Nissan Kicks offer fabulous ride quality, but the C-HR lacks rear-seat space. The Kicks come loaded with features from the base trim compared to the C-HR. Also, it gets a bigger boot space than the C-HR. Thus the Kicks is a better car compared to the C-HR here.

2022 Nissan Kicks Final Verdict

The Nissan Kicks is a compact SUV that not only looks good but offers much more features from the base trim itself. The cabin is small but offers many features inside. It can seat up to five people, but practically, only four adults can sit comfortably. It gets a decent amount of cargo space behind the rear seats. Under the hood, it has a 1.6L inline four-cylinder engine which is a bit underpowered compared to its rivals. Kicks will have minor cosmetic changes for the 2022 model. As for now, Nissan will not launch the Kicks hybrid in the US market. Overall it is among the best compact SUVs available in the market.

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