2022 Nissan Kicks Evaluation – Stays In Its Lane

2022 Nissan Kicks Evaluation – Stays In Its Lane


2022 Nissan Kicks SR

1.6-liter twincam 4 (122 hp @ 6,300 rpm, 114 lb-ft @ 4,000 rpm)

Repeatedly-variable transmission, front-wheel drive

31 metropolis / 36 freeway / 33 mixed (EPA Ranking, MPG)

7.7 metropolis / 6.6 freeway / 7.2 mixed. (NRCan Ranking, L/100km)

Base Value: $23,415 US / $27,558 CAN

As Examined: $25,930 US / $30,123 CAN

Costs embody $1175 vacation spot cost in the USA and $2060 for freight, PDI, and A/C tax in Canada and, due to cross-border tools variations, can’t be instantly in contrast.

Legal professionals are the enjoyable police, aren’t they? All the time getting in the best way of you doing one thing fascinating and/or silly, proper? Each week after I get a brand new automobile to check, it’s prefaced by a couple of pages of legalese to be electronically signed, with a lot of restrictions and prohibitions on what you may and can’t do with the automobile.

Upon scheduling the supply of this 2022 Nissan Kicks, I spoke with a Nissan consultant, pondering I would be capable to weasel my well past a kind of lawyerly traces preserving my teenage daughter, turning 16 the day the Kicks arrived, from driving the smallest Nissan. No cube, I’m afraid, so I needed to put myself (figuratively, in fact) into her footwear, imagining what the Kicks may be like for a brand new driver.

The dad inside me takes a fast take a look at the spec sheet and likes what he sees – the driving fanatic, not a lot. The 122 horsepower four-cylinder driving the entrance wheels appears adequate – although when hauling 4 individuals that may add bit to the curb weight of a bit beneath 2,800 kilos, the acceleration is greatest described as deliberate. The standard Nissan CVT transmission is slightly unobtrusive on this software – in different automobiles, the engine noise will get thrashy because the CVT winds up and down the ratio unfold, however right here it’s greater than tolerable.

Dealing with is equally unremarkable – that is no sporty little hot-hatch, and that’s fantastic. The brief wheelbase does result in a barely uneven trip if the interstate is cursed with a number of growth joints, however the Kicks isn’t any worse than another automobile or small crossover on this value vary. A teen headed to and from college and extracurriculars gained’t complain – the drive to and from school with a hatch filled with soiled laundry needs to be fantastic, too.

Passenger consolation is the place the Kicks shines. The entrance and rear leg and headroom are stellar, and the entrance seats are as comfortable as the remainder of Nissan’s lineup. With the rear seats folded, there’s room for 53.0 cubic toes of soiled laundry, for journeys to IKEA to outfit the primary residence, or to sneak in that new pet that you just don’t need the owner to learn about.

Infotainment controls work effectively – the non-compulsory eight-inch touchscreen responds rapidly to inputs, with knobs for quantity and tuning. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are commonplace throughout the board. HVAC controls are proper beneath the display screen, and equally work effectively – nothing is complicated or prone to distract the brand new driver. Audio high quality is nice – although highway noise does come via the cabin at occasions.

The Kicks does have an fascinating non-compulsory Bose Private Plus sound system – it locations audio system within the driver’s headrest to assist direct the sound on the individual most utilizing the automobile. Jogs my memory of the headrest speaker setup in my thirty-plus-year-old Miata – in each circumstances, inserting audio system proper by the ears does make a distinction in overcoming highway noise.

Look, I’m not going to inform you that the Nissan Kicks is the best automobile on this planet. It’s kinda gradual, not tremendous roomy, and is certainly constructed to a value. However for the best purchaser – particularly one procuring on the entry value of proper round $20k – it makes a variety of sense.

[Exterior images: © 2022 Chris Tonn, interior images courtesy Nissan]

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September 2022