If your favorite pop song were a subcompact SUV, it would be the 2022 Nissan Kicks; a stylish, nimble, and sporty vehicle designed to make you feel good and put a smile on your face. The newest model year offers drivers an exciting assortment of technology and features, following on a completely redesigned look from the previous year. That means that if you enjoyed the more articulated lines, the enhanced double V-Motion grille, and a sportier bumper, you'll absolutely fall in love with the 2022 Nissan Kicks all over again.
You can get the Nissan Kicks in three different trim formats, starting with the entry-level S trim, offering all the basics right out of the gate for SUV shoppers. The SV is the mid-tier trim, upping the number of standard features without raising the price too high. Finally, there is the SR trim, coming packed with the most standard features and highest quality luxury features available for the Kicks.
You can get the subcompact SUV in 12 different colors, which includes five two-tone color schemes. The monotone color options include Scarlet Ember Tintcoat, Electric Blue Metallic, Super Black, Gun Metallic, Boulder Gray Pearl, Aspen White Tricoat, and Fresh Powder. For the two-tone color options, you have Scarlet Ember and Super Black, Aspen White and Super Black, Boulder Gray Pearl and Super Black, Monarch Orange Metallic and Super Black, and Electric Blue Metallic and Super Black, giving you a wide range of sharp exteriors.
The Kicks continues to be an economical choice for those who want something small, sporty, and fuel efficient. With multiple trims, colors, and package options, you have a lot of leeway to scale the Kicks to your desired travel lifestyle. A peppy powertrain and enough interior space for a handful of passengers make it easy to see why Nissan's subcompact is a great segment solution for those who want a little bit of everything without spending a lot to get it.
The Kicks come packed with a 1.6-liter 4-cylinder engine with a dual-overhead 16-valve camshaft and a dual injector system with continuously variable valve timing. That means that those 16 valves are working synchronously so that the intake and exhaust valves are scavenging the most power out of the piston cycle so that you're getting the most efficiency from the 4-cylinder both in terms of power and in terms of fuel economy. In short, the expert engineering of the 2022 Nissan Kicks' powertrain allows it to achieve a remarkable 31 miles MPG (miles per gallon) in the city and up to 36 MPG on the highway.
The subcompact also makes the most use of its 122 horsepower and 114 lb-ft of torque in a front-wheel drive configuration to give you agile performance and smooth handling. The engine is paired up with a continuously variable transmission, so that you get equally smooth performance from the transmission as it cycles through the best gear ratios for the rev output, so the ride never feels jerky. The Kicks is designed to give you the kind of driving experience that feels like you're gliding around town effortlessly without feeling like you're handling a heavy or cumbersome vehicle.
The smooth handling is thanks in part to the suspension stabilization, which consists of a front stabilizer bar, a torsion beam in the rear suspension, and independent struts on the front of the vehicle to reduce the impact of jolts or bumps to the driver. Combine all of that with the electric power steering, and it's easy to see how the Nissan Kicks manages to maintain such an easy-to-handle pace while feeling light and agile on the road. This makes it the perfect kind of vehicle for those who want something accessible, easy, and fun to drive.
The 2022 Nissan Kicks is probably best exemplified with its unique outward style. Instead of simply being yet another boxy SUV with an indistinct visual aesthetic, the Kicks has a very striking visual personality that embodies a youthful design that's chic, hip, and cool. The redesigned double V-Motion fascia and aggressively sporty square-linked grille help embolden the image of the Kicks as an attractively spirited subcompact SUV, while the aerodynamic indentations and relaxed lines along the silhouette give the Kicks the right amount of refinement without being gaudy.
The style of the Nissan Kicks extends beyond just the exterior. The interior is equally stylish, with three distinct interior designs, including the availability of Charcoal Cloth, Charcoal Sport Cloth, and the premium upholstery of Charcoal Prima-Tex. 6-way manual driver and 4-way manual front-passenger seats are complimented with a center console armrest with storage, chrome trimming, and a painted shifter with chrome accents. A tilt and telescoping steering column is standard across the trim line, along with four cargo tie-down hooks, two cup-holders, four bottle holders, and seatback pockets behind the driver and front passenger seats.
You have access to three additional seats in the back, with the Kicks capable of seating up to five people in total. The Kicks also features 25.3 cubic feet of cargo space behind the second row to store items in the rear. With the rear seats folded down, you can expand the cargo volume to 32.3 cubic feet of space, giving you more room to store the items you need, whether for day-to-day errands or a weekend getaway.
Embrace the modern era of travel with the 2022 Nissan Kicks' impressive line-up of safety, convenience, and infotainment technology. On the safety front, you're in good hands with the Kicks, thanks to the Nissan Intelligent Mobility suite of active and passive safety features. Blind Spot Warning, Intelligent Around View monitoring to get a complete 360-degree view of every angle of the Kicks, along with Intelligent Cruise Control, all contribute to a relaxing and partially automated ride to your destination.
The Nissan Safety Shield 360 employs a number of different safety sensors and automated responses based on your driving conditions to ensure you have a safe and enjoyable ride every time you step foot into the cabin of the Kicks. Automatic Emergency Braking with Pedestrian Detection, Rear Cross Traffic Alert, and Rear Automatic Braking all help to ensure that you stay on the road and out of harm's way no matter where you're traveling. With added safety features such as Lane Departure Warning and the Intelligent Driver Alertness features, you'll never have to worry about ending up in a situation you didn't intend to due to drowsiness, sleepiness, or any sort of impairment.
Beyond the safety tech, the Kicks also comes with power windows, intelligent climate control, remote engine start, and air conditioning with particulate matter microfilters. With the available Nissan Connect 8-inch HD touchscreen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto integration, you have easy access to all your apps, media, and connectivity functionality from your smartphone in the comfort of the Kicks' infotainment suite. Added bonus tech such as Siri Eyes Free and Bluetooth wireless connectivity means that you can focus on driving while utilizing voice-activated systems to avoid having to worry about fumbling with buttons and knobs.
Access to multiple USB ports for charging and connecting devices, as well as HD radio, and the availability of a premium Bose Personal Plus audio system, you can turn the Kicks into an audiophile's dream environment while on the go. The added bonus of the availability of SiriusXM Satellite Radio and easy access to streaming makes the Kicks even more valuable to those who enjoy the latest in tech and convenience features in their subcompact SUV. With style oozing from the outside and in, the 2022 Nissan Kicks is the perfect little vehicle for those who want a cool and contemporary sports utility vehicle.