2020 Kicks New Car Test Drive
The 2020 Nissan Kicks is a front-wheel-drive hatchback with trendy looks, good gas mileage, and a bevy of safety technology.
For 2020 the Kicks gets automatic emergency braking, blind-spot monitors, and lane-departure warnings as standard equipment.
The Kicks engine is a 1.6-liter inline-4 that makes 122 horsepower, mated to a continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT). It's fairly quick and nimble around town, but out on the highway it runs out of steam.
The Kicks cabin seats four, if two of them are children. There's good cargo space behind the back seat, which gets better when it's folded, making the Kicks fine for young or old couples, young or old singles, or maybe first-time buyers.
The EPA rates the Kicks at 31 mpg city, 36 highway, 33 combined, which is about tops in the class.
The IIHS called the Kicks SR a Top Safety Pick thanks to good crash-test scores, headlights that rate 'Acceptable,'? and automatic emergency braking rated 'Superior'? at avoiding forward crashes. The headlights on S and SV models rate lower.
The NHTSA gave the Kicks a four-star overall score, including four stars for front crash protection and rollover prevention.
The Kicks is offered in S, SV, and SR trim levels from less than $20,000 to more than $22,000. There aren't a lot of options, not even all-wheel drive, so buying is simple.
The Kicks S costs $19,965 including destination, and includes the active safety features, cloth upholstery, a 7.0-inch touchscreen for infotainment, one USB port, Bluetooth connectivity (but not other smartphone software), and 16-inch wheels with plastic covers.
At $21,595 the Kicks SV adds 17-inch wheels, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility, automatic climate control, a 7.0-inch digital instrument screen, and remote start.
At $22,215 the SR adds a leather-wrapped steering wheel, remote start, and a surround-view camera system. An options package adds premium audio by Bose and heated seats for $1,000.