The 2022 Nissan KICKS is an entry-level SUV that packs plenty of standard safety features, fresh exterior styling, a more than decent infotainment system into a subcompact crossover SUV package that should make people think twice about buying a used car. The perfect size for navigating the streets and roads in and around Gainesville, Cumming, and Duluth, the Nissan KICKS spans the line between hot-hatch and small SUV in a way that’s bound to appeal to a wide audience and an equally broad demographic.
The 2022 Nissan KICKS family is almost as compact as the vehicle itself, with three straightforward trim levels to choose from this year. The entry-level and most affordable version of the Nissan KICKS is the S, the mid-range trim is the SV, and the top-of-the-range version of the subcompact SUV is called the SR. With prices of all three grades being extremely competitive, it would be easy to skip straight to the range-topping SR.
A relatively tall stance makes it clear the designers wanted to plant the 2022 Nissan KICKS firmly into the small SUV realm, but elsewhere, the little Nissan manages to avoid some of the typical SUV styling cliches, and that’s part of what makes this model so refreshing. Some will see it as a small SUV, and others will see the KICKS as a tall hatchback, but either way, this is an extremely fresh design that’s hard to ignore.
Once you’ve got to grips with the simple trim level configurations of the Nissan KICKS, it shouldn’t be too much a shock to learn Nissan has pursued the same philosophy with the little SUV’s powertrain. All models come with a 1.6-liter inline-four under the hood that puts out 122 horsepower and 114 lb.-ft. of torque, which gets sent exclusively to the front wheels through a continuously variable transmission (CVT).
Because it tips the scales at a very modest 2,700 pounds, the 2022 Nissan KICKS gets away from the line in a lively fashion. However, small cars are often about fuel economy, and the numbers associated with the KICKS are very wallet-friendly. The EPA-estimated fuel economy ratings are 31 mpg in the city, 36 mpg on the highway, and 31 mpg combined, which is very competitive in the class.
Under normal circumstances, many buyers might look at the base model’s generous list of standard equipment and think that will do very nicely. However, the 2022 Nissan KICKS is so affordable that most people will probably be happy to pay the extra small amount for an SV or an SR.
The base S model comes with standard 16-inch wheels, a six-speaker sound system, auto on/off headlights, power mirrors, air conditioning, remote keyless entry, pushbutton start, and 7.0-inch touchscreen infotainment with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility. Mid-range SV models add 17-inch alloys, a larger 8.0-inch touchscreen, intelligent cruise control, climate control, remote start, and a 7.0-inch Advanced Drive-Assist Display. However, go all out for the SR, and you then get to enjoy standard LED headlights and daytime running lights, dark chrome grille, a rear roof spoiler, sport cloth seat trim with orange accents and stitching, and a leather-wrapped steering wheel.
The 2022 Nissan KICKS isn’t the biggest, fastest, or the most luxurious model in the subcompact crossover SUV segment, but then again, that’s not what it’s trying to be. The Nissan KICKS is a superb blend of style, originality, fun, economy, and value for money. Come and try it on for size for yourself with a test drive from Jim Shorkey Gainesville Nissan here at 2400 Browns Bridge Road, Gainesville, GA, or call us at (770) 532-6335 for more information and to book a test drive for a time that suits you.