2023 Nissan Kicks

Rating8.2

Ranked #9 in Suv

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$20,520

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Key Spec of 2023 Nissan Kicks
fuel economy

31/33/36

fuel type

-

horsepower

355 hp @ 5600 rpm

basic warranty

-

ProsConsWhat's New

Affordable base price

Lethargic acceleration

No changes for the 2023 model year

ADAS features offered as standard

Engine lacks refinement

Excellent fuel efficiency

Rear seats are short on legroom

Practical cabin with user-friendly controls

2023 Nissan Kicks Price, Review, Ratings and Pictures

Updated on: September 10, 2022

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Nathan Dyer 

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The 2023 Nissan Kicks is here with negligible changes, carrying all the pros of the current model year. With a starting price of $20,290, the Kicks 2023 is $300 more expensive than the 2022 model year. Nissan has not made any changes to the trim lineup either. The S, SV and SR trims continue to offer the same set of specifications and features. All the trims are powered by a 1.6-liter inline-four engine, producing 122 hp and 114-lb-ft of torque. The fuel economy ratings also remain the same at 31/36 mpg in city/highway driving conditions. 

2023 Nissan Kicks For Sale 

The Nissan Kicks 2023 is offered in S, SV and SR trim configurations. The starting msrp range from $20,290 to $22,850. An additional shipping and handling cost of $1,295 will be levied on the base price of the trim. For the 2022 model year, Nissan offers as low as 1.9% APR financing for a term of 36 months for well-qualified buyers. Also, the subcompact SUV can be leased for a term ranging from 24 months to 48 months with monthly payments ranging between $314-$359. We expect similar deals with the 2023 model year or you can check out the used 2022 Kicks as well. 

2023 Nissan Kicks Buying Advice 

The 2023 Nissan Kicks is pretty much unchanged as compared to the previous model year. The S, SV and SR trims also offer the same set of features and specifications. However, as compared to the previous model year, the 2023 Kicks is $300 more expensive. Currently, it's on sale for a starting msrp of $19,990. So, we would suggest picking the current model if you are interested in buying one. Even the base S trim is equipped with Nissan Safety Shield 360 as standard and the NHTSA has given the Kicks a four-star safety rating.

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2023 Nissan Kicks

The 2023 Nissan Kicks is almost the same as the previous year model. So, it can be estimated to be quite reliable and easy on your pocket for a long term. Nissan also offers features like remote engine start, intelligent key, remote engine start in different trims as standard, offering very good value. However, the Kicks faces stiff competition from the likes of Honda HR-V, Hyundai Venue and Toyota C-HR. Let’s see how the Nissan Kicks 2023 fares in our detailed review.


Over All Rating

8.2

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Notable Rankings

#9 in Suv


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Trims

S$20,520 Est. onwards



Colors and Styles

2023 Nissan Kicks in Aspen White color
Aspen White

Expert Review, Pricing Analysis and Buying Guide

The 2023 Nissan Kicks is a subcompact SUV that delivers lots of value and a surprising amount of cargo room for a vehicle this size- Kbb.com 

The 2023 Nissan Kicks is one of the most affordable subcompact SUVs that money can buy. The 1.6-liter engine might sound puny but the output of 122 hp won’t leave you asking for more at least in urban conditions. The driving feel is more like a hatchback or sedan and the non-availability of all wheel drive may disappoint some buyers. However, the Nissan Kicks was never made for your off-road adventures and it is more suitable for use in urban conditions with good maneuverability. 

2023 Nissan Kicks Expert Review 

In the J.D. Power Consumer Rating, the previous model scored an overall 85/100 which can be termed as ‘Great’. For quality and reliability it scored 85/100, while it scored 86/100 for the driving experience. Even for resale it scored 85/100, which is obviously very good. So, with little to no changes, we assume that the 2023 Nissan Kicks will be equally reliable, while being easy on the pocket. The 2023 Nissan Kicks is available now and prospective buyers can build them as well.


Buying Advice
8.0/10

Looking at the pricing and list of features, we would recommend the mid-level SV trim. The 2023 Nissan Kicks SV is priced at $22,150, making it $1,860 more expensive than the base S trim. Above the base S features, the SV trim offers multiple features like 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, rear passenger under-seat heater ducts, push button ignition, remote engine start system and rear door alert as standard.

Features
8.5/10

The Kicks is Nissan's smallest and most affordable SUV option, and it comes with a solid list of standard features that are attractive if you're on a budget- Edmunds.com 

Available in three different trim configurations, namely the S, SV and SR, the Kicks 2023 is well-suited for first-time SUV buyers. Despite being one of the cheapest SUVs in the market, Nissan has made sure to offer a good list of features. The base S trim offers 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. 

2023 Nissan Kicks Features

The base S trim starts at an msrp of $20,290, while the mid-level SV trim is priced at $22,150. So, for an additional $1,860, buyers get additional list of features like 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, rear passenger under-seat heater ducts, push button ignition, remote engine start system and rear door alert as standard.

Trims

S

SV

SR

MSRP (FWD)

$20,290

$22,150

$22,850

Key Features

16-inch steel wheels

17-inch aluminum alloy wheels

Fully LED headlamps and tail lamps

  Automatic Emergency Braking with Pedestrian Detection Roof rails Blacked-out exterior trims with dark chrome front grille and mirrors
  7" Color touch-screen display Heating function for ORVMs 360-degree surround view camera system
  Lane Departure Warning 7" Advanced Drive-Assist Display Heating function for front seats
  Adaptive cruise control 8-inch touchscreen display with NissanConnect Leather-wrapped steering wheel with heating function
  Rear Automatic Braking Intelligent Cruise Contro

Sport cloth seat trim with orange accents and stitching

The top level SR trim is priced at $22,850. The top-level trim offers the most useful features of the lower trims and upgrades the list with 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. The SR Premium Package is expected to cost $1,200.

Engine and Performance
8.0/10

If you’re looking for lots of horsepower, well, you might want to consider some alternatives- Kbb.com

The 2023 Nissan Kicks does not have enough kick of power and most drivers would be unsatisfied with its performance. The Nissan Kicks 2023 has the same naturally aspirated 1.6-liter inline-4 engine that produces 122 hp and 114 lb-ft. of torque. This engine is mated with X-Tronic CVT which delivers the power to the front wheels. You won’t feel any power lag in city driving, but on highways, it can feel a bit slow while overtaking. As with other Nissan cars, the Xtronic CVT offers Eco, Normal and Sport driving modes. 

2023 Nissan Kicks Engine 

As expected, the performance from the 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine is good for strolling around the town but take it on the highways and you’ll feel the need for more thrust and motivation. 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. 

2023 Nissan Kicks Performance 

Nissan’s subcompact SUV comes with the same suspension setup as the Versa. The Kicks remain planted while going around those twisty roads with minimal body roll. On the other hand, the suspension offers a great and comfortable ride quality, even over bad patches of roads as well. Overall, the Kicks feels more agile and lively while driving as compared to some of its peers.The steering is nicely weighted 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

2023 Nissan Kicks

2022 Honda HR-V

2022 Hyundai Venue

2022 Toyota C-HR

MSRP

$19,900

$21,420

$18,900

$24,130

Engine

1.6L Inline-4 

1.8L Inline-4

1.6L Inline-4

2.0L Inline-4

Drivetrain

FWD

FWD

FWD

FWD

Transmission

CVT

CVT

CVT

CVT

Power 

122 hp @ 6,300 RPM

141 hp @ 6,500 RPM

121 hp @ 6,300 RPM

144 hp @ 6,100 RPM

Torque

114 lb-ft. @ 4,000 RPM

127 lb-ft. @ 4,300 RPM

113 lb-ft. @ 4,500 RPM

139 lb-ft. @ 3,900 RPM

0-60 MPH

9.7 seconds

8.6 seconds

8.8 seconds

11.0 seconds

Quarter Mile

17.5 seconds

16.0 seconds

16.8 seconds

18.4 seconds

Top Speed

110 MPH

116 MPH

113 MPH

110 MPH

The Honda HR-V gets the biggest engine here, a 1.8-liter naturally-aspirated I-4 unit. The motor pushes out 141 horsepower is one of the quickest ones in the segment as well. Even though it is also equipped with a CVT unit, Honda’s excellent optimization utilizes all the torque from the engine efficiently. The Hyundai Venue is marginally less powerful than the Kicks but its acceleration times tell a slightly different story. The Toyota CH-R is the most powerful one here but has the slowest acceleration times, owing to higher curb weight. 

Fuel Economy
8.5/10

Fuel economy is a far better bragging point with the 2023 Kicks- Kbb.com

As the powertrain remains the same, so are the EPA-estimated fuel economy figures. Just like the outgoing model, the 2023 Nissan Kicks offer an EPA-estimated to deliver 31/36/33 mpg in city/highway/combined conditions. One of the reasons behind good fuel efficiency is well-tuned CVT and different driving modes, with Eco Mode calibrated for extracting maximum fuel efficiency. With a fuel tank capacity of just 10.8 gallons, the driving range in city, highway and combined conditions is 335 miles, 389 miles and 356 miles respectively.

Models

2023 Nissan Kicks

2022 Honda HR-V

2022 Hyundai Venue

2022 Toyota C-HR

MPG (City)

31

28

29

27

MPG (Highway)

36

34

33

31

MPG (Combined)

33

30

31

29

Fuel Capacity (Gallons)

10.8

13.2

11.9

13.2

Range (City/Highway/Combined; Miles)

335/389/356

370/449/396

345/393/369

356/409/382

The Honda HR-V’s fuel economy figures might fall short when compared to the Kicks’ numbers but those are great considering the performance it offers. Moreover, it gets a sizable gas tank of 13.2 gallons that allows the crossover to cover 370 miles within the city limits in between refueling. The Hyundai Venue takes the middle ground in this department while its overall driving range figures are slightly better than the Kicks numbers. The Toyota C-HR is the least fuel-efficient option here and disappoints when compared to the performance it has on tap.

Interior
8.0/10

The Kicks' cabin is easy to climb in and out of and become familiar with- Edmunds.com 

The interior of the 2023 Nissan Kicks looks and feels less stylish than the vehicle’s exterior design would suggest. The dashboard design is driver-focused with the infotainment screen and the controls slightly aligned towards the driver’s seat to improve accessibility while driving. 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. As expected, there is ample headroom and shoulder room for both the front and rear occupants but the legroom at the back is lower than most of its competitors. 

2023 Nissan Kicks Interior 

The driver’s seat gets a height adjustment function right from the base trim but power adjustment isn’t offered, not even as an option. 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. Inside, 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. 

2023 Nissan Kicks Seating 

The Nissan Kicks 2023 offers a cargo capacity of 25.3 cubic feet which is pretty decent and more than its rivals. Also, the rear 60/40-split seatbacks can be folded down, extending the cargo space to 32.3 cubic feet. However, the rear seats don't fold completely, making it tough to carry big cargo items. Inside the cabin, the large center stack provides the most space for keeping small items. In total, there are driver and passenger seatback pockets, four cup holders, four bottle holders and four cargo tie-down hooks.

Models

2023 Nissan Kicks

2022 Honda HR-V

2022 Hyundai Venue

2022 Toyota C-HR

Seating Capacity

5

5

5

5

Front Row (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (in)

40.4/53.0/43.7

39.5/56.8/41.2

39.4/53.9/41.3

38.1/49.0/43.5

Rear Row (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (in)

38.5/53.2/33.4

38.3/54.5/39.3

38.6/53.7/34.3

38.3/52.5/31.7

Trunk Capacity (cu-ft.)

25.3

24.3

18.7

19.1

The Honda HR-V’s cabin is better appointed than the Kicks’ cabin and the seats offer much better comfort and support too. Moreover, the HR-V offers one of the best rear legroom in this segment and its practicality doesn’t end there. All the controls are well organized and feel slightly less cluttered than the Kicks’ arrangement. The Hyundai Venue offers a decent amount of headroom and legroom at the front but lacks rear seat legroom like the Kicks. Furthermore, the cargo capacity is rather small at 18.7 cu-ft only. The Toyota C-HR also walks the same path as the Kicks and the Venue when it comes to rear-seat legroom and its cargo capacity doesn’t impress either.

2023 Nissan Kicks Infotainment System 

On the technology front, the Kicks gets a 7-inch touchscreen on the S trim and an 8-inch display on other models. Both screens come standard with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. Navigating through the menus is pretty straightforward. The interface is smooth but the graphics seem dated. Some features like SiriusXM satellite radio and three USB-A and one USB-C ports are offered from SV trim. 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 of the key interior and infotainment features available with the 2023 Nissan Kicks include:

  • Height-adjustable driver’s seat
  • Remote central locking
  • Remote engine start
  • Keyless ignition and entry
  • Automatic climate control
  • 7-inch/8-inch touchscreen infotainment display
  • 6-speaker audio system
  • Android Auto and Apple CarPlay
  •  Bluetooth
  • 4 USB ports
  • Satellite radio
  • Wi-Fi hotspot(optional)
Exterior
8.0/10

The Kicks makes a case for itself with a stylish exterior design- Edmunds.com

The Nissan Kicks received a facelift recently back in 2021 and has remained unchanged. The upcoming 2023 model will see no changes either but the crossover doesn’t require any significant update either. The SUV now looks bolder than before with that blacked-out front grille and stretched headlamp units. The black plastic cladding under the vehicle gives a sense of ruggedness that gels in well with the 7-inch ground clearance. The side profile gets a couple of creases that extend all the way to the rear fenders but the rear-end design looks awkward when compared to the striking front design. 

2023 Nissan Kicks Exterior Dimensions

Speaking of exterior dimensions, the Kicks is slightly shorter than the competition. The base S trim gets 16-inch steel wheels, while the SV and SR trim offers 17-inch aluminum alloy wheels. However, it sports a wide wheelbase for stable handling.The single tone color options are White Tricoat, Fresh Powder, Gray Pearl, Gun Metallic, Scarlett Ember Tintcoat, Blue Metallic and Super Black. The two tone color combinations consist of a contrasting black roof, paired with White, Gray, Orange, Ember and Blue. 

2023 Nissan Kicks Exterior Design

The S trim offers halogen headlamps and power outside mirrors. The SV trim gets roof rails while the SR trim gets a blacked-out treatment for the ORVMs and the roof rails along with getting a roof-mounted spoiler. The SR trim also gets full LED headlamps and tail lamps too along with LED fog lamps. The exterior dimensions of the Kicks are decent enough to fit almost anywhere within the urban limits and the ground clearance helps it to scale most of the bad patches of the tarmacs easily.

Models

2023 Nissan Kicks

2022 Honda HR-V

2022 Hyundai Venue

2022 Toyota C-HR

Curb Weight (lbs)

2,682

2,906

2,612

3,300

Length (in)

169.1

170.4

159.1

172.6

Width (in)

69.3

69.8

69.7

70.7

Height (in)

63.3

63.8

61.6

61.6

Ground Clearance (in)

7.0

7.3

6.7

5.9

Wheelbase (in)

103.1

102.8

99.2

103.9

The Honda HR-V might not score any points in the design department if assessed in terms of SUV appeal but it is more streamlined than the Kicks. Moreover, it has a slightly shorter wheelbase than the Kicks but manages to offer excellent legroom for the rear passengers. The Hyundai Venue is the smallest one here in terms of exterior dimensions and has a forgettable design as well. The Toyota C-HR manages to turn heads with its aggressive front-end design but it looks more like a big hatchback than a crossover.

Some standout exterior features of the 2023 Nissan Kicks include:

  • 16-inch steel wheels/17-inch alloy wheels
  • Power-operated ORVMs
  • LED headlamps, tail lamps, and fog lamps
  • Blacked-out chrome front grille
  • Rear roof-mounted spoiler
Safety
8.5/10

Nissan’s affinity for making safe vehicles that are affordable has gained enough fame and the Nissan Kicks is an excellent example. The safety scores of the 2023 Kicks aren’t available at the moment but the 2022 Kicks performed brilliantly in the crash tests conducted by the NHTSA and the IIHS. Apart from gaining commendable crashworthiness ratings, the Kicks is equipped with ADAS technology (Nissan Safety Shield 360) right from the base trim onward, a rarity in its class. 

Nissan Kicks Safety Ratings

Some of the standout safety features of the 2023 Nissan Kicks include:

  • Forward collision mitigation
  • Lane departure warning
  • Reverse automatic braking
  • Blind Spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert
  • Adaptive cruise control
Competition
8.0/10

2023 Nissan Kicks vs 2022 Toyota C-HR

The Toyota C-HR was launched in the same year as the Nissan Kicks but the latter is clearly the better option. The C-HR focuses more on the exterior design aspect and fails to provide adequate practicality with its sub-par cargo capacity and below-average fuel economy numbers. The Nissan Kicks also lacks in terms of rear seat legroom but manages to offer a decent cargo space and impresses with its segment-leading fuel economy numbers.

2022 Toyota C-HR

2023 Nissan Kicks vs 2022 Honda HR-V

The Honda HR-V is quite an old player in the market and still enjoys a respectable spot despite facing fierce competition. When compared with the Kicks, the HR-V is more powerful, quicker, and offers proper legroom for the rear passengers. Moreover, the interior of the HR-V is well-built and well-appointed than the Nissan Kicks’ cabin too. However, the Kicks still get a couple of cookies for its impressive fuel economy numbers.

2022 Honda HR-V

2023 Nissan Kicks vs 2022 Hyundai Venue

The Hyundai Venue is a rather new entrant in the segment but it doesn’t truly impress in any aspect. Apart from delivering decent fuel efficiency, it lacks in terms of interior design, and rear seat legroom, and has a sub-par cargo capacity too when compared to the other option in this segment. In the performance department too, the Venue takes a middle ground with its uninspiring acceleration and handling.

2022 Hyundai Venue

 

Final Verdict
8.0/10

The Nissan Kicks has been a preferable option for mainstream compact crossover shoppers, especially due to its affordable base price. Moreover, it offers a better value for the money than most of its competitors due to the handsome list of features and standard ADAS features. It also scores high on the fuel economy part and makes up for its lethargic acceleration with its lively handling and ride comfort. If you can compromise a bit on the rear legroom, the 2023 Nissan Kicks would be a great option; otherwise, the Honda HR-V is the one to go for.

Features

vehicle bio
base price

$20520

body style

dr Crossover

engine type
horse power

355 hp @ 5600 rpm

torque

114 lb.-ft. @ 4000 rpm

transmission

Continuously Variable Transmission

dimensions
length

169.1 in

wheelbase

103.1 in

width

69.3 in

curb weight

2639 lbs

Height

62.7 in

Ground Clearance

7 lbs

capacity
passenger capacity

5 Seats

fuel economy
city/combined/highway

31/33/36 mpg


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