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2021 Nissan Kicks Complete In-depth Review & Buying Guide

Updated on: June 30, 2020
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The future of mobility! That's what Nissan calls out its widely popular Kicks model, which made its debut in 2017. It was a worthy replacement for the quirky Juke model sold in the US before its introduction. The car has been rolling out pretty high numbers in its sales due to its low price.

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Pros

Excellent infotainment

Intelligent driver assistance

Spacious cabin 

Affordable starting price

Cons

No AWD

Slow steering

Lack of navigation

What's New?

A brand new facelift with the refreshing theme design.

Updated infotainment system

Oned interiors

E-Power technology that depends on a 1.2 liter inline-3 with a 1.57 kWh battery


Pictures

Exterior
Interior

Styles

2021 Nissan Kicks in Cayenne Red Metallic color 2021 Nissan Kicks in Aspen White color 2021 Nissan Kicks in Super Black color
Cayenne Red Metallic

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

Trims and Configurations

MSRP


2021 Nissan Kicks S

S

power
TBD
fuel
TBD
mpg
TBD

$18,870


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
S 4dr SUV (1.6L 4cyl CVT) Starting at $18,870 MSRP TBD TBD
TBD TBD TBD

2021 Nissan Kicks SV

SV

power
TBD
fuel
TBD
mpg
TBD

$20,500


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
SV 4dr SUV (1.6L 4cyl CVT) Starting at $20,500 MSRP TBD TBD
TBD TBD TBD

2021 Nissan Kicks SR

SR

power
TBD
fuel
TBD
mpg
TBD

$21,120


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
SR 4dr SUV (1.6L 4cyl CVT) Starting at $21,120 MSRP TBD TBD
TBD TBD TBD

Expert Review


This year proves to be quite a fruitful one for Nissan, with the introduction of its new e-Power technology, which combines the battery and the engine to give a hybrid driving experience similar to an EV. The exteriors are much sharper and bolder than before, with a wider grille and an attractive theme design.

The 2021 Kicks looks to go head-to-head against its illustrious rivals on the ground of its refreshed exterior design and high-tech infotainment. Please read our detailed analysis to determine the overall package of 2021 Nissan Kicks.

2021 Nissan Kicks Features

The trim structure for 2021 will be similar to the 2020 model of the Nissan Kicks. All the variants will arrive standard with a 1.6-liter I-4 engine, which can also be replaced by the new e-Power technology. Air conditioning is a comfort factor in all trims with auto temperature control available in the SV and SR. Other standard features include a unique grille for the premium trims, along with different accents and styles.

Trim

S

SV

SR

MSRP

$18,870

$20,500

$21,120

Key Features

1.6L I-4 engine

Including/replacing S trim features:

Including/replacing SV trim features:

 

7-inch touchscreen display

17-inch aluminum-alloy wheels

Fog lights

 

Air conditioning

Heated mirrors

Leather-trim steering wheel and shift knob

 

Cloth seat trim

NissanConnect 7-inch touchscreen

LED headlights with accents

 

Intelligent auto headlights

SiriusXMSatellite Radio

Sport cloth seat trim

 

Power mirrors, windows, and door locks

Automatic temperature control

Glossy black colored mirrors with integrated turn signals

 

Six-way adjustable driver’s seat

 

Body-colored front and rear bumpers

We Recommend

The information regarding the production of the Nissan Kicks has been on the sidelines due to the outbreak. But we expect a late 2020 release according to multiple media outlets. A price range of $18270 to $21120 is expected which is pretty close to its previous compatriot. This price range will be a welcome change to every thrifty customer. The S trim starts at a reasonable $18870 while the more premium SV and SR trims start at $ 20500 and $21120 respectively.

2021 Nissan Kicks Engine and Performance

The new e-Power technology is Nissan's new strategy in the hybrid market. The engine will be a 1.2-liter three-cylinder setup, which generates 127 hp. The engine's 1.57 kWh battery is acted upon, and both work in synchronism to give a decent hybrid EV experience.

2021 Nissan Kicks Engine

This configuration isn't available for the US yet. They have to settle for the standard 1.6 liters 4 cylinder engine, which powers the car with 122 hp and 114 lb-ft of torque. The transmission is pretty slick too. The Continuous Variable transmission is a good bet for amateur drivers also. The Front-wheel drive helps such drivers to get more control on slippery roads too.

Models

2021 Nissan Kicks (Expected)*

2020 Honda HR-V

2020 Ford EcoSport

2020 Toyota C-HR

MSRP

$18,870

$22,320

$20,485

$21,295

Engine

1.6L Inline-4

1.8L Inline-4

1.0L Turbo Inline-3

2.0L Inline-4

Drivetrain

FWD

AWD

FWD

FWD

Transmission

Continuously variable-speed automatic

Continuously variable-speed automatic

6-speed shiftable automatic

Continuously variable-speed automatic

Power( hp @ rpm)

122@6,300

141@6500

123@6,000

144@6,100

Torque(lb-ft@rpm)

114@4,000

127@4300

125@6,000

139@3,900

*2020 Figures used for reference

The Toyota CH-R has the most powerful engine in this head-on competition. Its horsepower and torque are miles ahead of its competition, although the HR-V offers a slightly better drivetrain.

How quick is the 2021 Nissan Kicks?

The Kicks accelerates from a dead-end to 60 mph in under 10 seconds, which is competitive enough in its segment. The low horsepower output of the engine slows down the Kicks. The rest of the statistics are yet to be tested, with the quarter-mile expected to be under 16 seconds.

Models

2021 Nissan Kicks (Expected)*

2020 Honda HR-V

2020 Ford EcoSport

2020 Toyota C-HR

0-60 MPH (sec)

9.7

8.6

10.4

11

Quarter Mile (sec)

N/A

16.5

16.5

18.4

Top Speed (Mph)

N/A

125

118

111

Engine

1.6L Inline-4

1.8L Inline-4

1.0L Turbo Inline-3

2.0L Inline-4

*2020 figures used for reference

The HR-V is the fastest in its class, predominantly due to its all-wheel drivetrain, with a 0-60 time of 8.6 seconds.

How well does the 2021 Nissan Kicks brake?

The Kicks uses a four-wheel disc brake system that works well enough. The lightweight chassis of the Kicks is an excellent factor to facilitate better breaking. However, a stopping distance of 140 feet from 60 mph to a flat end is somewhat disappointing. The 2021 model might adopt the same breaking mechanism as of 2020. The automatic emergency braking feature plays a crucial part in avoiding mishaps.

Models

2021 Nissan Kicks (Expected)*

2020 Honda HR-V

2020 Ford EcoSport

2020 Toyota C-HR

Brake Front (in)

10.2

11.5

N/A

11.8

Brake Rear (in)

8

11.1

N/A

11.1

Curb Weight (lbs)

2691

3066

3300

3300

60-0 MPH (ft.)

140

N/A

N/A

N/A

*2020 figures used for reference

Multiple driver reviews have determined the Honda HR-V to have the best braking performance in its class.

How well does the 2021 Nissan Kicks Handle?

Horsepower is one of the many factors bugging the Nissan Kicks since its introduction. Its power of 122 hp could make it sluggish while speeding up on the highway. The powertrain is a welcome change, though, and handles the gear shifting effortlessly. The vehicle dynamic control helps you to manage rough stretches on the road like potholes. This system works intelligently to give you stability throughout your ride, even in the case of an unruly driver cutting you out.

The hill start assist feature helps you to climb the unreachable terrains easily without you stressing out. Nissan also provides you with a cruise control option, enabling you to relax while driving on a long highway. The steering occasionally feels slow and unresponsive, but a short turning radius is considerable for a sharp turn.

2021 Nissan Kicks Fuel Economy

Speculation is pretty high regarding the fuel economy of the 2021 model. The new e-Power technology with its hybrid technology might push the Kicks higher on the fuel efficiency spectrum. The 2020 Kicks did underperform in its fuel efficiency while compared to its rivals. Will this situation turn into something fruitful for Nissan this year? We have to wait until the statistics are revealed this year.

Models

2021 Nissan Kicks (Expected)*

2020 Honda HR-V

2020 Ford EcoSport

2020 Toyota C-HR

MPG (City)

31

27

27

27

MPG (Highway)

36

31

29

31

MPG (Combined)

33

29

28

29

Fuel Capacity(in gallons)

10.8

13.2

13.8

13.2

Range (City/Highway/Combined in miles)

335/389/356

356.4/409.2/382.8

373/400/386

356/409/382

*2020 figures used for reference

The Kicks needs to work on its mileage to attract more customers to its doors. The Ford EcoSport is the thriftiest car with its excellent range of 386 miles.

2021 Nissan Kicks Interior

The interior has a modern outlook to it with a redesigned dashboard and steering wheel. The base S trim has a comfortable cloth seat trim with some hard plastic interiors. The interiors feel a bit hard on the touch, but the steering wheel makes amends. The steering wheel is stitched with high-quality leather, which feels soft on the contact. The compact design of the dashboard will be the first impression for most of the users.

The seats and dashboard are colored in a dark brown accent. The premium trims go for an even brighter emphasis like orange color stitching. The SR trim boasts of a sporty cloth trim with orange stitch accents. The buttons are snappy and responsive and are carefully placed as per convenience. The touchscreen is right in the center of the dashboard to give the cabin a more organized look. The headroom and legroom are sufficient enough to fit in a tall 6 feet man.

Models

2021 Nissan Kicks (Expected)*

2020 Honda HR-V

2020 Ford EcoSport

2020 Toyota C-HR

Seating Capacity

5

5

5

5

Front Row (Headroom/Shoulder Room/Leg Room, in inches)

40.7/53.0/43.7

39.5/56.8/41.2

39.6/53.3/42.9

38.1/49.0/43.5

Rear Row (Headroom/Shoulder Room/Leg Room, in inches)

38.5/53.2/33.2

38.3/54.5/39.3

37.5/51.3/36.7

38.3/52.5/31.7

Trunk Capacity (cubic feet)

15

24.3

20.9

19

*2020 figures used for reference

The Kicks offers the most space in the headroom and legroom department to ensure the comfiest of rides.

  • Refreshed dashboard ergonomics
  • Leather-wrapped steering wheel
  • Cloth seat trim with hard plastic interiors

The infotainment system of the 2021 Nissan Kicks

The Nissan Connect is the state of the art infotainment system of the Kicks. Supporting Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, this smart infotainment system connects your phone with your car, keeping you connected. Voice recognition is another standout quality of the Kicks, to make your ride joyful with just the power of your sound. The 3 USB ports and an AUX cable further aid your connectivity. The car also supports remote access using the car fob to rev up your engine from a distance. Groove to your favorite music on the go with the Sirius XM satellite radio.

The Kicks also provides you with a 360-degree lookout. Thanks to its 360-degree camera, which gives you a broad perspective right through the comfort of your infotainment screen. The Bose 8-speaker sound system is your best friend for all those wild outings with your friends. Convert your car into a concert front row anytime, anywhere. The rear door alert helps you to carry any leftover luggage in case you leave them behind.

  • Nissan Connect infotainment system
  • Voice recognition
  • The Bose 8-speaker sound system
  • 360-degree camera

How much cargo can the 2021 Nissan Kicks carry?

The Kicks has a sizable cargo capacity of 25.3 cubic feet, which is enough to fit in 4 full-size suitcases. The rear row of seats can be folded into a 60/40 split to open up more space. This setup frees up the area to give you a maximum of 53.1 cubic feet behind the front seats. The front seats can also be power adjusted with a 6- way power button to accommodate your backpack.

Models

2021 Nissan Kicks (Expected)*

2020 Honda HR-V

2020 Ford EcoSport

2020 Toyota C-HR

Standard Cargo Capacity (ft³)

25.3

24.3

20.9

19

Maximum Cargo Capacity (ft³)

53.1

58.8

50

36.4

*2020 figures used for reference

The Kicks is pretty spacious in its cargo storage and is comparable to its challengers. The Honda HR- V is the most spacious among the lot.

What are the other storage spaces inside?

The 2021 Kicks won't offer many considerable changes in its small storage options compared to 2020. The doors include a bottle holder at every door. The center console also includes two cupholders and enough storage space to accommodate your phone and other valuables.

2021 Nissan Kicks Exterior

The exterior discards the shabby look of its predecessor and goes for a more modern look. The design looks sharper than before with a refreshing grille curved with sleek LED headlights to perfection. The front bumper is redesigned, too, with its color matching the body color of the car. The rear bumper also attains a similar body color style.

The appearance of the car overall has become longer and broader. A variety of colors is offered for the exterior, in total 6. A two-tone color palette also gives the Kicks a more vibrant appearance to it.

Models

2021 Nissan Kicks (Expected)*

2020 Honda HR-V

2020 Ford EcoSport

2020 Toyota C-HR

Curb Weight (lbs)

2691

3066

3300

3300

Length (inches)

169.1

170.4

161.3

172.6

Width (inches)

69.3

69.8

69.5

70.7

Height (inches)

62.4

63.2

65.1

61.6

Ground Clearance (inches)

7

5.4

N/A

5.9

Wheelbase (inches)

103.1

102.8

99.2

103.9

*2020 figures used for reference

The sharp looks of the new Kicks is a game-changer. The Kicks is also lighter than most of its challengers with its curb weight of 2691 lbs giving it more dimension.

  • Redesigned front and rear bumper
  • Sharper V-motion grille
  • Slim LED headlights

2021 Nissan Kicks Safety

Safety is a trustworthy quality of every top quality car, and the Nissan Kicks justifies its trust among the customers. The vehicle hasn't been tested yet by the IIHS or NHTSA, but one reassuring quality is its top ranking in the 2019 IIHS Safety Pick. The ratings will remain the same this year with many of the top safety features on the play. Some of them include automatic emergency braking and pedestrian detection, which prevents any unintended accident. Other features are also crucial, like the high beam assist and automatic rear braking. Traffic friendly features like a blind-spot monitor with rear cross-traffic alert and helpful parking features like park assist with parking sensors make life easier on the road. New features to help you in difficult terrains are also on the cards.

Highlights:

  • Automatic emergency braking
  • Pedestrian detection
  • A blind-spot monitor with rear cross-traffic alert

2021 Nissan Kicks Competition

2021 Nissan Kicks vs. 2020 Honda HR-V

The Nissan Kicks has a slightly lower curb weight than the HR-V, about 300 pounds less. This may help in better handling theoretically. The Kicks also supports high-beam assist, which helps while driving at night, which the HR-V does not.

However, the HR-V has a much cooler all-wheel drivetrain, which aids better control and stability. Also, the HR-V offers better cargo space with its rear seats folded down. The Kicks also has remote car access, which allows you to start your car from afar. Both cars have its strong points.

2021 Nissan Kicks vs. 2020 Ford EcoSport

The Ford Ecosport sports the 6-speed automatic transmission while the Kicks opts for a smarter CVT. Cargo space is also better on the Kicks.

The Kicks also gears up a more powerful engine than the EcoSport but loses out on fuel economy. The Kicks SR has a standard 360-degree view. The EcoSport only has a rear monitor to sense obstacles.

2021 Nissan Kicks vs. 2020 Toyota C-HR

The Kicks might be smaller in size than the C-HR but is more spacious than its adversary in every other aspect. The wild exteriors of the Kicks might not be appealing for some purists.

The CH-R has a much sportier look to it, which appeals to the young audience. The Kicks is lighter in weight though and is much agile than its Toyota counterpart.

2021 Nissan Kicks Final Verdict

Based on all the hopes and expectations, the 2021 Nissan Kicks is an affordable buy for every middle-class family. The Nissan Kicks offers excellent, intelligent features that no other company provides at a reasonable price. The cabin is comfortable enough to stretch your leg out, and the infotainment is top class. Safety is the best in its class, which is a significant buying strategy for every family man. You should look forward to buying it.