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2021 Nissan Kicks Complete In-depth Review & Buying Guide

Updated on: October 13, 2020

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Replacing the Nissan Juke in the subcompact crossover SUV segment, the Nissan Kicks has been quite a successful car from Nissan. The Kicks has been in production since 2016 after its original debut of the concept in 2014. The Nissan Kicks debuted in North America and went on sale in June 2018. Still, in its first generation of production, the 2021 Nissan Kicks is also expected to be in the same generation, although the 2021 model is getting a huge facelift, with changes both inside and out. For 2021, Nissan is expected to bring some huge changes to the Nissan Kicks. With an entirely redesigned front fascia with a slightly refreshed interior, the 2021 Kicks should feel refreshed. At the back, the overall design is almost the same with the rear bumper now painted in the body color, and the overall design is wider and longer than before.

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Pros

Strong fuel economy

Larger cargo capacity than many subcompact SUVs

Inexpensive compared to rivals

Cons

Accelerates leisurely

No optional all-wheel drive

Lacks some desirable features

What's New?

The 2021 Nissan Kicks is expected to arrive with refreshed interiors and exteriors. Apart from these nothing much is expected.

The 2021 Nissan Kicks will be part of the first generation introduced in 2018.


2021 Nissan Kicks Latest Update

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2021 Nissan Kicks Interior video

Styles

2021 Nissan Kicks in Super Black color
Super Black

Vehicle images are guides only and may not reflect the model's exact specifications/features– exact specifications/features should be confirmed with the seller.

Ratings

Features

6.0

Engine And Performance

4.0

Fuel Economy

7.6

Interior

4.0

Exterior

5.7

Safety

6.0

Final Verdict

5.2

5.2

OVERALL RATING

Trims and Configurations

MSRP


2021 Nissan Kicks S

S

power
122 hp @ 6300 rpm
fuel
Regular unleaded
mpg
33 combined

$18,870


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
S 4dr SUV (1.6L 4cyl CVT) Starting at $18,870 MSRP (31/33/36) 122 hp @ 6300 rpm, 1.6 L, Inline 4, regular unleaded
1-speed cvt front wheel drive 5

2021 Nissan Kicks SV

SV

power
122 hp @ 6300 rpm
fuel
Regular unleaded
mpg
33 combined

$20,500


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
SV 4dr SUV (1.6L 4cyl CVT) Starting at $20,500 MSRP (31/33/36) 122 hp @ 6300 rpm, 1.6 L, Inline 4, regular unleaded
1-speed cvt front wheel drive 5

2021 Nissan Kicks SR

SR

power
122 hp @ 6300 rpm
fuel
Regular unleaded
mpg
33 combined

$21,120


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
SR 4dr SUV (1.6L 4cyl CVT) Starting at $21,120 MSRP (31/33/36) 122 hp @ 6300 rpm, 1.6 L, Inline 4, regular unleaded
1-speed cvt front wheel drive 5

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With a price range around $20,000 to $22,000, the 2021 Nissan Kicks will face steep competition from other subcompact crossover SUVs in the market like the Toyota C-HR, Hyundai Venue, Ford Ecosport. Although Nissan has released a hybrid version for the 2021 Kicks called the Kicks e-Power in Thailand, it is highly unlikely that the new hybrid variant will make it to the US market as well. That being said, the new hybrid power plant combines a 1.2L three-cylinder engine with a 1.57 kWh battery and an electric motor and unlike other hybrids, the gas engine only acts as a generator for the battery and cannot power the car on its own. 

2021 Nissan Kicks front third quarter view
2021 Nissan Kicks rear third quarter view

6.0/10
Features

4.0/10
Engine and Performance

7.6/10
Fuel Economy

4.0/10
Interior

5.7/10
Exterior

6.0/10
Safety

5.2/10
Final Verdict


2021 Nissan Kicks Features

6.0/10

For the US market, however, Nissan is expected to carry forward the same three trims from the 2020 model year viz. S, SV, and SR, but with some changes and enhancements both inside and out.

Trim

S

SV

SR

MSRP (Expected)

$20,000

$22,000

$23,200

Key Features

1.6L DOHC 16-valve 4-cylinder engine

In addition to or replaces the S trim features with:

In addition to or replaces the SV trim features with:

 

16” steel wheels with wheel covers

17” aluminum-alloy wheels

Sport cloth seat trim

 

8” touch-screen display

7” Advanced Drive-Assist Display

Leather-wrapped steering wheel

 

Automatic Emergency Braking with Pedestrian Detection

NissanConnect 8” touch-screen display

Intelligent Around View Monitor

 

Lane Departure Warning

Android Auto and Apple CarPlay smartphone integration

Active Ride Control

 

Rear Automatic Braking

 

Intelligent Trace Control

 

Automatic headlights

 

Intelligent Engine Brake

So the 2021 Nissan Kicks should provide their customers with three different trim variants to choose from depending on their budget and requirements.

The base S trim gets a lot of standard features and the range starts off from the $20,000 mark. Most of the driver assistance features are offered as standard in the S trim.

2021 Nissan Kicks

Next in line is the SV trim which starts from $22,000. On top of what you get in the S trim, the SV offers a 7-inch driver display and offers 17 inch wheels instead of the 16s.

Top of the line SR is expected to carry a price tag of around $23,200 and is the fully loaded Kicks available. Much of the options are in fact related to convenience like leather wrapped steering wheel, and sporty cloth upholstery.

2021 Nissan Kicks Maintenance, Reliability and Warranty

The Japanese automakers are known for their build quality and tremendous reliability, and the Nissan Kicks is no exception.

Reliability and Ownership Costs

It is not a surprise that the 2020 Nissan Kicks managed to get a healthy 82 out of 100 in J.D. Power’s Quality and Reliability rating. And since the Kicks doesn’t depreciate quite significantly, it scored a decent 79 out of 100 in the Resale Value category. The 2021 Nissan Kicks should also be more or less in the same ballpark.

Being your typical subcompact crossover SUV, it isn’t very expensive to maintain and you could get along quite well with the car with a bit of proper maintenance and regular servicing. On average, you will have to shell out roughly about $35,000 in 5 years when you buy a brand new Nissan Kicks. It is quite reasonable for a car its size but is hardly a surprise being a well made Japanese crossover SUV.

The average price paid for the 2020 Nissan Kicks is about $17,731. The people from Montana, New Hampshire, Oregon, Atlanta, and Delaware enjoy the lowest prices as they have exempted the sales taxes.

State

Period

Washington

$17,905

Florida

$17,202

California

$17,436

New Jersey

$18,303

Arizona

$17,808

Considering the fact that the 2020 Nissan Kicks have no recalls till now with only a couple complaints from customers regarding minor issues in the car, it showcases the good build quality of the car and the reliability of Japanese engineering.

Warranty

Just like the 2020 model year, the 2021 Nissan Kicks should also be backed up by your regular array of limited warranties, typical for any car in the crossover SUV segment.

The warranties expected to be included for the 2021 Nissan Kicks are:

Criteria

Period

Basic Coverage

3 years/ 36,000 miles

Powertrain Coverage

5 years/ 60,000 miles

Corrosion Coverage (Perforation)

5 years / unlimited mileage

Although the warranty might not be the best in the market, it is also quite good at the same time and is comparable to its competitors at this price range.

Miles Per Dollar

Considering driving for 15,000 miles per year on average, miles per dollar ratio for the Nissan Kicks should stand at 3.13. Which means, for every dollar you spend on the Nissan Kicks, it’ll go for 3.13 miles.

2021 Nissan Kicks Buying Advice

The base S trim should be adequately equipped enough for most people with most of the necessary amenities and features and with most of the advanced safety features as standard as well. But since the difference in prices among the trims is not that much, it is recommended to go full-on and get the range-topping SR trim instead. 

Moreover, the 2021 Kicks SR should also come with an optional SR Premium Package for $1,000 extra that should equip the Kicks with a Vehicle Security System, Heated Front Seats, and a premium 8-speaker Bose audio system.

Is buying a used car Nissan Kicks a good idea?

Since Japanese cars are pretty well made and are pretty reliable, buying a used Nissan Kicks should not be an issue, given the car has been decently well maintained and regularly serviced. 

Although the Nissan Kicks got a very respectable score in J.D. Power ratings for Resale Value and the car comparatively has a low maintenance cost which is preferable for resale, the Kicks does tend to depreciate a lot. For the first year, the Nissan Kicks tend to lose somewhere around 64% of its value which comes out to be around $14,000, which is quite a lot for a comparatively modern car.

2021 Nissan Kicks Engine and Performance

4.0/10

The 2021 Nissan Kicks will be powered by the same 1.6L Inline-4 engine across the trim producing 122 hp and 114 lb-ft of torque. As mentioned earlier, a new hybrid powertrain has also been launched for the 2021 Nissan Kicks in Thailand, but the US is not likely to be getting the hybrid variant anytime soon. 

The new hybrid power plant combines a 1.2L three-cylinder engine with a 1.57 kWh battery and an electric motor and unlike other hybrids, the gas engine only acts as a generator for the battery and cannot power the car on its own.

Models

2021 Nissan Kicks 

2020 Toyota CH-R

2020 Hyundai Venue

2020 Ford Ecosport

MSRP

$20,000

$21,295

$17,250

$20,485

Engine

1.6L Inline Four-Cylinder

2/0L Inline Four-Cylinder

1.6L Inline Four-Cylinder

1.0L Turbocharged Inline Three-Cylinder

Drivetrain

FWD

FWD

FWD

FWD

Transmission

CVT

CVT

6-speed manual

6-speed automatic

Power

122 hp @ 6,300 rpm

144 hp @ 6,100 rpm

121 hp @ 6,300 rpm

123 hp @ 6,000 rpm

Torque

114 lb-ft @ 4,000 rpm

139 lb-ft @ 3,900 rpm

113 lb-ft @ 4,500 rpm

125 lb-ft @ 6,000 rpm

Although not one of the most powerful of the bunch, the Nissan Kicks is in a similar ballpark with its competitors when it comes to power output.

2021 Nissan Kicks Acceleration And Braking Performance

The 1.6L Inline-4 mated to an Xtronic CVT transmission sends all the power to the front wheels. With this system, the Kicks should be able to reach 60 mph from a standstill in a steady 9.7 seconds, which although is not very quick at all, but is decent enough for its segment.

2021 Nissan Kicks Accelerate 0-60 MPH Just In 9.7 Sec.

Models

2021 Nissan Kicks 

2020 Toyota CH-R

2020 Hyundai Venue

2020 Ford Ecosport

0-60 (seconds)

9.7

11

9.9

10.4

Quarter-Mile (seconds)

17.5

18.4

17.8

16.5

Top Speed (mph)

110

111

130

118

60-0(ft.)

140

N/A

N/A

N/A

With regards to the brakes in the car, the 2021 Nissan Kicks should be equipped with vented discs at the front with drum brakes at the rear along with 4-wheel ABS with Electronic Brake-force Distribution (EBD) and Brake Assist. Although not a very quick car, the Kicks is quite close to its competition in terms of 0 to 60 times.

2021 Nissan Kicks Fuel Economy

7.6/10

The 1.6L Inline-4 powering the Nissan Kicks is one of the most economical engines on sale today, and since the 2021 model is also getting the same power plant, Gas mileage figures are expected to be the same, returning a combined mileage of 33 mpg on average.

Models

2021 Nissan Kicks 

2020 Toyota CH-R

2020 Hyundai Venue

2020 Ford Ecosport

MPG (City)

31

27

30

27

MPG (Highway)

36

31

34

29

MPG (Combined)

33

29

32

28

Fuel Tank Capacity (Gallons)

10.8

13.2

11.9

13.8

Range (City/Highway/Combined; Miles)

335 / 389

356 / 409

357 / 405

373 / 400

The Nissan Kicks significantly perform better than most of its competitors when it comes to fuel economy. The new hybrid powertrain in the new 2021 Nissan Kicks e-Power, that the US is unlikely to get, should take it up a notch delivering even better fuel economy figures.

2021 Nissan Kicks Interior

4.0/10

The 2021 Nissan Kicks should be getting a slightly refreshed interior with a new 8” NissanConnect infotainment touchscreen display with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay along with a centrally mounted 7” digital instrument cluster. 

Moreover, the car should be equipped with leather seats and a redesigned steering wheel for a more premium look. Overall, the interior of the Nissan Kicks is quite fancy for its price and segment that would appeal to the younger demographic of their customers.

Models

2021 Nissan Kicks 

2020 Toyota CH-R

2020 Hyundai Venue

2020 Ford Ecosport

Seating Capacity

5

5

5

5

Front Row (Headroom/Shoulder Room/Legroom; inches)

40.7/53.0/43.7

38.1/49.0/43.5

39.4/53.9/41.3

39.6/53.3/42.9

Rear Row (Headroom/Shoulder Room/Legroom; inches)

38.5/53.2/33.2

38.3/52.5/31.7

38.6/53.7/34.3

37.5/51.3/36.7

Although providing a good amount of front headroom and legroom but compromising a bit in rear legroom, the Nissan Kicks overall is very comparable to its competitors in terms of interior dimensions.

How’s the 2021 Nissan Kicks infotainment system?

As mentioned earlier, the 2021 Nissan Kicks should be getting a slightly updated infotainment system with a new 8” NissanConnect infotainment touchscreen display with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay along with a centrally mounted 7” digital instrument cluster. 

2021 Nissan Kicks Infotainment System

Moreover, it will come equipped with all your typical features such as Bluetooth hands-free phone system, Radio Data System (RDS), USB Ports, auxiliary audio input jack along with illuminated steering wheel-mounted audio controls.

Although music should be managed by a 6-speaker sound system as standard, the top-of-the-line SR trim should have the option to upgrade to a more premium 8-speaker Bose audio system.

2021 Nissan Kicks basic Crossover speaker
2021 Nissan Kicks basic Crossover infotainment screen
2021 Nissan Kicks basic Crossover emblem
2021 Nissan Kicks basic Crossover emblem
2021 Nissan Kicks basic Crossover rear view mirror

2021 Nissan Kicks Exterior

5.7/10

For the 2021 model, the new Nissan Kicks is getting a completely new front fascia, along with a slightly updated rear as well. Changes include a larger and redesigned V-motion grille accompanied by slimmer LED headlights. 

2021 Nissan Kicks Front View

Models

2021 Nissan Kicks 

2020 Toyota CH-R

2020 Hyundai Venue

2020 Ford Ecosport

Curb Weight (lbs)

2,639

3,300

2,557

3,021

Length (inches)

169.1

172.6

159.1

161.3

Width (inches)

69.3

70.7

69.7

69.5

Height (inches)

62.4

61.6

61.6

64.8

Ground Clearance (inches)

7.0

5.9

6.69

NA

Wheelbase (inches)

103.1

103.9

99.2

99.2

The front bumper is redesigned as well along with a more exaggerated floating roof, giving the car a more aggressive and modern look. Over at the rear, the design is almost the same, but the rear bumper now painted in the body color and the overall design is wider and longer than before.

Although quite comparable in terms of exterior dimensions, the Nissan Kicks is definitely in the higher end of the spectrum, with only the Toyota CH-R coming close to it.

2021 Nissan Kicks basic Crossover three quarter view
2021 Nissan Kicks basic Crossover three quarter view
2021 Nissan Kicks basic Crossover front view
2021 Nissan Kicks basic Crossover engine
2021 Nissan Kicks basic Crossover front view

2021 Nissan Kicks Safety

6.0/10

Although Nissan has not skipped on the safety features, the Kicks managed to score 4 out of 5 stars in NHTSA’s crash tests, which is commendable for a modern crossover SUV. That being said, the 2021 model should also be just as safe, if not better. Some of the standout active and passive safety features expected for the 2021 Nissan Kicks include:

  • Lane departure warning
  • Blind-spot monitor
  • Rear cross-traffic alert
  • Forward collision warning with pedestrian detection
  • Front and rear automatic emergency braking

Just like the outgoing model, the 2021 Nissan Kicks should also be equipped with these host of advanced driving aids and safety features to keep its occupants as safe as possible.

2021 Nissan Kicks Competition

2021 Nissan Kicks vs 2020 Toyota CH-R

The Toyota CH-R is probably the closest competing rival for the Nissan Kicks. Although having a subjectively better looking exterior and interior along with a more powerful engine, it falls behind the Kicks in terms of performance and mileage as well.

 2020 Toyota CH-R

2021 Nissan Kicks vs 2020 Hyundai Venue

The Hyundai Venue is quite comparable to the Nissan Kicks in terms of power output and performance figures along with fuel economy as well. Although a well-designed interior, it looks quite bland compared to the interior of the Nissan Kicks, the Hyundai does have the advantage of being more affordable than the Nissan.

2020 Hyundai Venue

2021 Nissan Kicks vs 2020 Ford Ecosport

A worthy competitor from Ford in the subcompact crossover SUV segment, the Ecosport is a unique car on its own. Although the smaller 1.0L turbocharged Inline-3 engine is designed to be more fuel economical, it still falls behind most of its competitors in terms of fuel economy with their more refined engines.

2020 Ford Ecosport

Nonetheless, power output and performance figures are decent and are comparable to other cars in its segment.

2021 Nissan Kicks Final Verdict

5.2/10

The Nissan Kicks has always been a strong contender in the subcompact crossover SUV segment, and the new facelift and updates for the 2021 model will make it even better. With the new aggressive and sharp look combined with the funky looking interior, it is targeted more towards the younger demographic of its customer base. 

With an expected release date sometime around fall 2020, the 2021 Nissan Kicks is definitely worth the wait for its refreshed fascia and the newly added features. Although there are other very capable crossover SUVs out there in the market, the Nissan Kicks has a value proposition of its own and has the capability to give its competition a run for their money.

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2021 Nissan Kicks Overall Reviews


EM

Edward M. Minor

2020 Nissan Kicks

SR 4dr SUV (1.6L 4cyl CVT)

10

User Overall Rating

Posted On: October 7, 2020

A single flaw

Pros - Smooth and linear driving dynamics, handles well on corners, automatic emergency brakes

Cons - Cupholders aren't a thing for rear seats, not ingeniously placed in the first row as well

Overall Review

10 /10 Overall Rating

Smooth driving because of the transmission that never actually shifts but keeps on driving in the same gear. Easy to handle around those hairpins and in city as well

10/10
Features
9/10
Interior
10/10
Design
10/10
Safety
9/10
Reliability
10/10
Deal Value
9/10
Dealer Review

EP

Eric N. Peppers

2020 Nissan Kicks

SR 4dr SUV (1.6L 4cyl CVT)

10

User Overall Rating

Posted On: August 10, 2020

A single flaw

Pros - Smooth and linear driving dynamics, handles well on corners, automatic emergency brakes

Cons - Cupholders aren't a thing for rear seats, not ingeniously placed in the first row as well

Overall Review

10 /10 Overall Rating

Smooth driving because of the transmission that never actually shifts but keeps on driving in the same gear. Easy to handle around those hairpins and in city as well

10/10
Features
9/10
Interior
10/10
Design
10/10
Safety
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Deal Value
9/10
Dealer Review

SC

Scott D. Cunningham

2020 Nissan Kicks

SV 4dr SUV (1.6L 4cyl CVT)

9

User Overall Rating

Posted On: August 10, 2020

The best budget crossover

Pros - Price, Siri, fuel efficiency

Cons - Center screen glare, tire size doesn't match the built, tank size

Overall Review

9 /10 Overall Rating

Wonderfully priced crossover from a make like Nissan that actually drives better than its price tag. Sure could improve a couple of things but nothing for driving as I happen to be writing. So many features make the driving a bit more fun and easy. All this with 30'ish mpg average, sounds like some deal to me. Albeit I'm sure tank size could have been better in size. Its a little dinky for this body class

8/10
Features
9/10
Interior
9/10
Design
10/10
Safety
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Deal Value
10/10
Dealer Review

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10

User Overall Rating

A single flaw

Smooth driving because of the transmission that never actually shifts but keeps on driving in the same gear. Easy to handle around those hairpins and in city as well

by Edward M. Minor

10

User Overall Rating

A single flaw

Smooth driving because of the transmission that never actually shifts but keeps on driving in the same gear. Easy to handle around those hairpins and in city as well

by Eric N. Peppers

9

User Overall Rating

The best budget crossover

Wonderfully priced crossover from a make like Nissan that actually drives better than its price tag. Sure could improve a couple of things but nothing for driving as I happen to be writing. So many features make the driving a bit more fun and easy. All this with 30'ish mpg average, sounds like some deal to me. Albeit I'm sure tank size could have been better in size. Its a little dinky for this bo...

by Scott D. Cunningham

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