Even though the 2022 Model Year of the Nissan Kicks is the smallest among other Nissan SUVs, it still impresses car enthusiasts with the high fuel economy and diverse range of tech and safety features. This super-affordable series might be affordable, but it succeeds in giving practicality and a spacious interior instead.

Asides from more value for your money, the 2022 Nissan Kicks impresses drivers with other specs. Not all features have been announced, but we will explore those that are in this guide.

Overview

If you’re interested in a small SUV, the 2022 Nissan Kicks is a practical and frugal choice for you. Even with its compact size, the crossover manages to offer enough room for adults and cargo, although not as much as in larger vehicles.

As for its performance, the vehicle offers high ride quality, giving you excellent body control as you drive. Even with the criticized stiff steering, you can easily maneuver and park through the city and highway. Plus, the value of the 2022 Kicks is perfect for everyday drivers on a budget.

Characteristics

Power and Performance

Under the hood of the 2022 Nissan Kicks is a 1.6-litre four-cylinder engine, which gives 114 pound-feet of torque and 122 horsepower. This is connected to a continuously variable transmission automatic on the front wheels.

The vehicles don’t offer all-wheel drive but still give you good body control and excellent manoeuvring. With the low engine power, performance is not the best part of the 2022 Kicks. The experience behind the wheel is hindered by the dull steering and it takes a few seconds to accelerate.

Interior, Infotainment, and Cargo

The 2022 Nissan Kicks has a spacious cabin for its small size, although it is not as roomy as its competitors like Toyota C-HR and Honda HR-V. It also features a lot of cargo space for your groceries and will be spacious as long as you’re not carrying a lot of loads daily.

As for the infotainment system, the base model is fitted with a 7.0-inch touchscreen, but you get an 8.0-inch touchscreen on the higher trims. Other standard features include Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, and a six-speaker audio system. You can upgrade the sound to the eight-speaker Bose sound system that reaches the entire cabin.

Fuel Economy

While the 2022 Kicks engine isn’t fantastic for performance, it’s created for fuel economy. The 2021 model gave off 31 mpg on the city and 35 mpg on the highway, and it’s expected that the 2022 model year will have similar ratings.

Warranty and Maintenance

Nissan has decent warranty coverage for the 2022 Kicks, although it does not go further than its competitors. There is no complimentary scheduled maintenance available so you will have to spend on your maintenance from the beginning.

You get up to three years worth of coverage under the limited warranty, which is equivalent to 36,000 miles. As for the powertrain warranty, it adds two more years to your coverage, offering 60,000 miles,

Price

The 2022 Nissan Kicks stands out for its affordable price, as the starting price is expected to be just about $20,000. You won’t be able to find cheaper SUVs with the performance and technology features of the Nissan Kicks. And if you move higher to other trims, you still get a cheaper price than other competitors.

Is the 2022 Nissan Kicks Reliable?

Based on the 2021 Nissan Kicks, it is expected that the 2022 model will offer average reliability. It is fitted with various safety features and a durable design that promises reliability. Beyond the powertrain warranty, the Nissan Kicks can last up to 94,000 miles or more as long as it is properly maintained.

But as there isn’t a lot of information on the 2022 Nissan Kicks, you can only expect that the manufacturer makes it even better than the previous model.

Safety

The crash test results aren’t out yet, but one can expect similar or better results from the previous model year, which were ‘Good’ in all areas.

Asides from this, it is designed with various safety and driving assist functions like emergency braking, lane departure, blind-spot indicator, pedestrian detection, automatic high beams, forward collision warning, rear automatic braking, adaptive cruise control, and rear cross-traffic alert. Not all are available on all trims.

What People are Saying about the 2022 Nissan Kicks

While the 2022 Nissan Kicks is not up for purchase yet, reviewers and enthusiasts already have a lot to say about it. The feature-per-price value is the main selling point of the series, as it features a lower price than its contenders. It features a high fuel economy, different driver-assistance features at standard, straightforward infotainment controls and a spacious cabin.

Discouragingly, the series don’t offer all-wheel drive and achieving the speed you want is tricky because the accelerator takes about ten seconds to pick up. In the interior, the seats are criticized for being uncomfortable.

Competitors

The 2022 Nissan Kicks has a few rivals in the scene of SUVs, especially when looking at the Toyota C-HR and Honda HR-V. While Kicks have a tighter interior space, it makes up for this with better fuel economy. The Kia Soul is also a competitor, providing higher mileage protection.

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