2022 Nissan Kicks SV
Class: Subcompact Crossover
Miles Pushed: 212
Gas Used: 6.9 gallons
|CG Report Card|
|Room and Consolation||B|
|Energy and Efficiency||B-|
|Match and End||B+|
|Gas Economic system||B+|
|Report-card grades are derived from a consensus of test-driver evaluations. All grades are versus different autos in the identical class. Worth grade is for particular trim degree evaluated, and will not mirror Shopper Information’s impressions of all the mannequin lineup.|
|Huge & Tall Consolation|
|Huge & Tall consolation rankings are for entrance seats solely. “Huge” score primarily based on male tester weighing roughly 350 kilos, “Tall” score primarily based on 6’6″-tall male tester.|
|Engine Specs||122-hp 1.6-liter|
|Drive Wheels||Entrance-wheel drive|
Actual-world gas financial system: 30.7 mpg
Driving combine: 65% metropolis, 35% freeway
EPA-estimated gas financial system: 31/36/33 (mpg metropolis/freeway/mixed)
Gas sort: Common Gasoline
Base value: $21,550 (not together with $1175 vacation spot cost)
Choices on take a look at car: 2-Tone Paint ($595), carpeted flooring mats with cargo mat ($225), 17-inch black alloy wheels ($495)
Value as examined: $24,040
The nice: Worth pricing, commonplace security options
The great: Good gas financial system with respectable efficiency
The not so good: All-wheel drive isn’t supplied, rear seats don’t fold flat with the cargo flooring
Subcompact crossover SUVs have primarily grow to be America’s entry-level autos of alternative. Whereas the subcompact-car class is all however useless on our shores—the Chevrolet Spark and Hyundai Accent are each being discontinued for the 2023 mannequin yr, and the way forward for the Kia Rio and Mitsubishi Mirage appears shaky at greatest—the subcompact SUV class has proliferated in recent times.
On the low finish of the category are the Hyundai Venue, Kia Soul, and Nissan Kicks—particularly small, inexpensive fashions that don’t supply all-wheel drive like the remainder of the group does (save for the quirky, FWD-only Toyota C-HR, whose future additionally appears questionable). The dearth of accessible AWD is one motive these autos are so inexpensive; the Venue and Soul each begin a bit above the $20K mark, and the Kicks begins somewhat above $21K. That’s nonetheless a great bit pricier than the bottom MSRP of a Mitsubishi Mirage hatchback ($16,125) or Nissan Versa sedan ($16,675), however a substantial variety of buyers apparently worth the SUVs’ larger physique construct, improved passenger/cargo versatility, and spunkier angle sufficient to cough up the additional dough.
The Kicks debuted for the 2018 mannequin yr and underwent a delicate freshening for 2021. It rolls into 2022 with only one minor tweak—it now wears Nissan’s lately revamped company emblem on its entrance grille (and elsewhere). As such, you may take a look at our earlier Check Drive and Check Drive Gallery stories for more information and impressions. In contrast to our earlier Kicks take a look at autos, our 2022 tester was a midline SV mannequin as an alternative of the topline SR trim. The SV comes with a really respectable degree of normal gear, together with 17-inch alloy wheels, rear disc brakes as an alternative of drum brakes, local weather management, keyless entry and beginning, driver-attention monitor, adaptive cruise management, and an 8-inch infotainment touchscreen.
Nevertheless, options resembling LED headlights and fog lights, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, and a 360-degree surround-view monitor are reserved for the SR mannequin, which will also be outfitted with an SR Premium Bundle that provides “Prima-Tex” simulated-leather upholstery as an alternative of fabric, NissanConnect remote-access providers and a Wi-Fi hotspot, heated entrance seats and steering wheel, and an 8-speaker Bose-brand stereo system. No matter which trim degree you select, the Kicks comes with a great degree of options for the cash.
A few our earlier Kicks take a look at autos carried out surprisingly effectively when it comes to gas financial system—with a majority of freeway driving, we exceeded the freeway EPA-estimate quantity by a pair MPG. Nevertheless, with a slight majority of metropolis driving, we didn’t do as effectively with our 2022 tester—we averaged 30.7 mpg, a shade beneath the EPA metropolis estimate of 31 mpg.
Nonetheless, a non-hybrid car that achieves 30-mpg-plus in principally metropolis driving qualifies as fuel-efficient as of late, and never lots of these could be had comparatively effectively outfitted for lower than $25K. The Nissan Kicks can, and it provides a likable persona as well.
2022 Nissan Kicks SV Gallery
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