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2020 Nissan Kicks
Select a Different Model (3 Available): S
Fair Market Price $ 21077
MPG (EPA) 31 CTY /36 HWY
Cargo (Std/Max) 25/53 cu.ft.
Seating (Std/Max) 5/5
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2020 Nissan Kicks MODEL OVERVIEW

Pros

  • Great ride quality, fun to drive
  • Standard driver-assist active safety tech
  • Accessible pricing
  • Strong fuel economy

Cons

  • No available all-wheel drive
  • Plastic-heavy interior
  • Loud cabin

What's New

  • Nissan Safety Shield 360 driver-assist active safety features are now standard

2020 Nissan Kicks Overview

The Kicks replaces the Juke as Nissan's subcompact crossover SUV, though it's fair to label this car as more of a tall hatchback given that it's not offered with AWD. It's the smallest member of Nissan's line of SUVs, below the Rogue Sport, Rogue, Murano, Pathfinder, and Armada. With a base price under $20,000, it's aimed at buyers who can't quite swing a Rogue Sport but want more space and SUV styling than the now-discontinued Versa Note. The Kicks competes with other front-drive subcompact SUVs like the Kia Soul, Honda HR-V, and Toyota C-HR as well as all-wheel-drive models like the Hyundai Kona.

What We Think

Man, cheap cars have become so much better. The Kicks is an excellent example of a well-equipped, fuel-efficient, great-driving economy car. It doesn't offer AWD due to platform limitations, and the interior retains the heavy use of hard plastic typical of the segment, but other than those quibbles there's a lot to like here.

It's downright pleasant to drive. The cabin is light and airy, which does wonders for outward visibility. There's more steering feel than most of its competitors, ride quality is excellent, and despite its meager engine, the low curb weight of the Kicks means it rarely feels underpowered. All models are well-equipped, and the mid-grade SV offers a nice balance of the features you want at the price point you need.

Standard active safety is a huge step forward for the 2020 model year, especially at the Kicks' modest starting price. Combined with everything else we like about it, unless you're in dire need of AWD (and we'll take this opportunity to remind you that better tires or separate summer and winter tires make a bigger difference in traction than extra driven wheels), the Kicks is hard not to recommend.

Performance and Fuel Economy

Every Kicks is powered by a non-turbo, 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine paired with a CVT automatic to turn the front wheels. The little four-banger spins up a modest 122 hp and 114 lb-ft of torque and gets the Kicks to 60 in a lethargic 9.7 seconds. (Don't feel too sorry for yourself, though, the Kicks for the Chinese market has a 1.5-liter that makes less than 100 hp.) Fuel economy is a strong point—the Kicks is EPA-rated at 31/36 mpg city/highway.

Safety

The Kicks performs relatively well in safety tests. In IIHS evaluations, the 2019 model got top marks in all but one—Small overlap front: passenger-side—for which it received the second-best score of Acceptable in  the IIHS' crashworthiness tests. It also receives the top score of Superior for front crash prevention, and it earns the title of 2019 Top Safety Pick when equipped with the SR trim's standard LED headlights. The standard halogen projector headlights are rated as Poor. This model also earns a four-star overall safety rating from NHTSA.

Nissan's Safety Shield 360 suite of driver-assist active safety features is now standard on all models. It includes auto high beams, auto emergency braking with pedestrian detection, rear auto braking, lane-departure warning, blind-spot monitoring, and rear cross-traffic alert.

Utility (Cargo Space and Interior Room)

All Kicks models seat five—two up front and three in the rear bench. Those up front will enjoy a spacious 43.7 inches of legroom while rear seat passengers make do with just 33.2 inches. Cargo capacity is impressive for such a small vehicle with 25.3 cubic feet behind the second row and 53.1 cubes with the seats folded down.

Technology

Even the base Kicks comes equipped with a 7.0-inch touchscreen infotainment system with six-speaker audio. Features like Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and satellite radio compatibility are standard on SV models and above. The SR model boasts a 360-degree camera system and is available with a Bose eight-speaker audio system that includes a clever speaker in the driver's headrest. In our First Drive, we pointed out that the Bose setup sounds better than the base audio system in a $180,000 Bentley Bentayga.

Trim Levels (Interior and Exterior Options)

2020 Nissan Kicks S

The sub-$20,000 base Kicks is pleasantly well-equipped, rocking the 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine and CVT automatic, 16-inch steel wheels with plastic covers, cloth upholstery, a 7.0-inch touchscreen infotainment system with six-speaker audio, plus standard active safety features that include auto high beams, auto emergency braking with pedestrian detection, rear auto braking, lane departure warning, blind-spot monitoring, and rear cross-traffic alert.

2020 Nissan Kicks SV

The SV represents a nice balance, upgrading from the base car with 17-inch aluminum-alloy wheels, heated body color side mirrors, body-color door handles, silver-painted roof rails, illuminated sun visor vanity mirrors, a 7.0-inch driver assist instrument cluster display, keyless entry with push-button start and remote start, driver alertness monitor, and compatibility for Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and satellite radio.

2020 Nissan Kicks SR

Top-spec SR models offer styling improvements and tech features that include a rear spoiler, front fog lights, LED headlights, gloss black heated side mirrors with LED turn-signal indicators, dark chrome grille, 360-degree camera system, leather-wrapped steering wheel, and dual map lights.

It's also available with the optional SR Premium package, which adds the better-than-a-Bentley Bose eight-speaker audio system, leatherette upholstery, and heated front seats.

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2020 NISSAN KICKS SPECIFICATIONS
OVERVIEW
FEATURES
WARRANTY/RECALL
SAFETY
REBATES
Engine Name
Engine: 4-Cyl 1.6 Liter
Transmission Name
Transmission, Xtronic Continuously Variable Automatic with Manual Mode
Trim
S
Class
Compact Utility
Horsepower
125@5800
Standard MPG
31/36
Body Style
SUV/Crossover
Drivetrain
FWD
Fuel Type
Unleaded Regular
Seating Capacity
5/5
Package Invoice Retail

Exterior Ground Lighting (PIO)

Opt $275

Interior Electronics Package (PIO)

INCLUDES: Coming Home Device; Garage Door Opener; Interior Ambient Lighting, Door Pocket Light; Rear View Mirror, Automatic
Opt $575

Rockford Fosgate Audio (PIO)

NOT AVAILABLE WITH: [M92] Cargo Load Floor (PIO)
Opt $665

Engine: 4-Cyl 1.6 Liter

Std Std

Transmission, Xtronic Continuously Variable Automatic with Manual Mode

Std Std

Exterior Color, Brilliant Silver Metallic

N/C N/C

Exterior Color, Fresh Powder

N/C N/C

Exterior Color, Gun Metallic

N/C N/C

Exterior Color, Super Black

N/C N/C

Brake Assist System

Std Std

Brakes, 2 Wheel Disc w/ABS

Std Std

Electronic Brake Distribution

Std Std

Hand Brake, Electronic

Std Std

Air Conditioning: Climate Control

Std Std

Bluetooth®

Std Std

Coming Home Device

CONTAINED IN: [N94] Interior Electronics Package (PIO)
Pkg Pkg

Connection To External Entertainment Devices

Std Std

Cruise/Speed Control

Std Std

Cup Holders, Front and Rear

Std Std

Engine Start Button

Std Std

Garage Door Opener

CONTAINED IN: [N94] Interior Electronics Package (PIO)
Pkg Pkg

Media Control with Touch Screen

Std Std

Multi-Function Display Screen, 7.0-Inch

Std Std

Power Locks

Std Std

Power Outlet, 12v: Front(1)

Std Std

Power Windows

Std Std

Text To Speech / Speech To Text

Std Std

Trip Computer

Std Std

Trunk/Hatch Release, Remote

Std Std

Ventilation System With Micro Filter

Std Std

Voice Activating System, Siri Eyes Free, with Phone

Std Std

Axle Ratio

Std Std

Electrical System, 12v

Std Std

External Temperature

Std Std

Fuel Tank, 13.2 Gallon

Std Std

Traction Control, Electronic

Std Std

Drive: Front-Wheel Drive

Std Std

Bumpers, Front and Rear Body-Colored

Std Std

Door Handles (Exterior), Body Color

Std Std

Doors, Front-Hinged Front and Rear

Std Std

Mud Flaps

CONTAINED IN: [B92] Splash Guards (4 Pc) (PIO)
Grp Grp

Privacy Glass

Std Std

Rear Door, Lifting Gate

Std Std

Rear Spoiler (PIO)

Opt $445

Splash Guards (4 Pc) (PIO)

INCLUDES: Mud Flaps
Opt $205

Window, Rear

Std Std

Windows, Rear Side

Std Std

Armrest, Front Seat Center

Std Std

Cargo Load Floor (PIO)

NOT AVAILABLE WITH: [H92] Rockford Fosgate Audio (PIO)
Opt $205

Carpeted Floor Mats w/Cargo Mat (PIO)

INCLUDES: Floor Covering; Floor Mats, Carpet
Opt $225

Center Armrest w/ Storage (PIO)

Opt $320

Console

Std Std

Door Sill Plates (PIO)

Opt $110

Floor Covering

CONTAINED IN: [L92] Carpeted Floor Mats w/Cargo Mat (PIO)
Grp Grp

Floor Covering, Carpet In Passenger And Load Area

Std Std

Floor Mats, Carpet

CONTAINED IN: [L92] Carpeted Floor Mats w/Cargo Mat (PIO)
Grp Grp

Light, Cargo Area

Std Std

Luxury Trim, None On Doors And Instrument Panel

Std Std

Main Dashboard Display

Std Std

Steering Wheel: Tilt Steering Wheel

Std Std

Vanity Mirror: Driver And Passenger Vanity Mirror

Std Std

Illuminated Kick Plates (PIO)

Opt $460

Interior Ambient Lighting, Door Pocket Light

CONTAINED IN: [N94] Interior Electronics Package (PIO)
Pkg Pkg

Reading Lights, Front

Std Std

Body-Color Driver And Passenger Power Door Mirrors

Std Std

Rear View Mirror

Std Std

Rear View Mirror, Automatic

CONTAINED IN: [N94] Interior Electronics Package (PIO)
Pkg Pkg

Paint, Black

Std Std

Airbag, Front

Std Std

Airbag, Side

Std Std

Airbag, Side Curtain

Std Std

Airbags, 7

Std Std

Airbags, Knee

Std Std

Collision Warning System, Automatic Emergency Braking With Forward Collision Warning

Std Std

Head Restraints

Std Std

Headlight Control, Dusk Sensor

Std Std

Headlights, LED Halogen High Beams

Std Std

Hill Holder

Std Std

Isofix Preparation

Std Std

Lane Departure Warning System

Std Std

Low Tire Pressure Indicator

Std Std

Overtaking Sensor

Std Std

Parking Distance Sensors, Rear View Monitor Camera

Std Std

Passenger Assist Handles

Std Std

Rear Cross-Traffic Alert, Rcta (Rear Cross Traffic Alert) Radar & Camera

Std Std

Seatbelts, Front

Std Std

Seatbelts, Rear

Std Std

Theft Deterrent System

Std Std

Vehicle Dynamic Control (VDC)

Std Std

Windshield Wipers, Variable Intermittent

Std Std

Rear Seats, Split Bench Split Folding

Std Std

Seat Upholstery, Cloth

Std Std

Seat Upholstery/Color, Charcoal Cloth

N/C N/C

Seating, 5

Std Std

Seats, Dual Front Bucket

Std Std

Audio System, AM/FM Radio with Color Touch Screen

Std Std

Remote Audio Controls

Std Std

Six Speakers

Std Std

Power Steering

Std Std

Suspension, Front Strut/Rear Torsion Beam w/ Coil Springs

Std Std

Spare Tire, Limited Use w/Steel Rim

Std Std

Tires, P205/60HR16 All Season BSW

Std Std

Wheels, 16" Steel with Wheelcovers

Std Std

Wheels, Single Rear

Std Std
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Corrosion Warranty Miles
N/R
Maintenance Warranty Months
none
Corrosion Warranty Months
N/R
Powertrain Warranty Miles
N/R
Full Warranty Miles
N/R
Powertrain Warranty Months
N/R
Full Warranty Months
N/R
Roadside Assistance Miles
N/R
Maintenance Warranty Miles
none
Roadside Assistance Months
N/R
IIHS Best Pick
0
NHTSA Rating Front Driver
Not Rated
IIHS Front Moderate Overlap
N/R
NHTSA Rating Front Passenger
Not Rated
IIHS Front Small Overlap
N/R
NHTSA Rating Front Side
Not Rated
IIHS Overall Side Crash
N/R
NHTSA Rating Overall
Not Rated
IIHS Rear Crash
N/R
NHTSA Rating Rear Side
Not Rated
IIHS Roof Strength
N/R
NHTSA Rating Rollover
Not Rated
Amount Description Expiry Date
$750 Nissan announces a Customer Cash offer on select models. [Regional Incentive. See dealer for availability.] 03-02-2020
$0 2.9% Financing availble for varying term lengths : 48, 60 Months - Nissan announces special Dealer Choice APR rates on select models. 03-02-2020
$500 Nissan announces a APR Cash offer on select models when financed with NMAC. 03-02-2020
$500 Nissan announces a Bonus Cash offer on select models for retail sales only. [Regional Incentive. See dealer for availability.] 03-31-2020
$0 3.9% Financing for a maximum term of 72 Months - Nissan announces special Dealer Choice APR rates on select models. 03-02-2020
$0 0.9% Financing for a maximum term of 36 Months - Nissan announces special Dealer Choice APR rates on select models. 03-02-2020
$500 Nissan announces a College Grad/Military discount on select models. 03-02-2020