2021 Nissan Kicks review

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Nissan Kicks highlights

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  • Lots of standard driver aids
  • Above-average fuel economy rating
  • Easy-to-use controls


  • Uncomfortable seats
  • Slow to accelerate
  • No optional all-wheel drive

Mileage (EPA estimate)

31 city, 36 highway, 33 combined

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The 2021 Nissan Kicks gets standard Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto™

The 2021 Nissan Kicks offers plenty of features and tech wrapped in a stylish design, helping it to stand out from other entry-level subcompact SUVs. On the tech front, Nissan added standard Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto™, and a long list of standard driver aids. Only adaptive cruise control isn’t included on the base S model, but it’s standard on SV and SR trims. The Kicks isn’t stingy with popular features, with the exception of heated seats, which are only available as an option on the top-tier SR trim.

The Nissan Kicks returns good fuel economy, but at the cost of acceleration. In Edmunds testing, it proved to be one of the slowest subcompact SUVs. Still, the Kicks drives smoothly, making it a pleasant enough companion around town. The bigger issue is the unsupportive seats. Depending on your preferred driving position, you may find the front seats uncomfortable for more than a short stint, and the rear bench feels flat and hard.

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What is new for the 2021 Nissan Kicks?

  • Kicks trims have been upgraded with Automated Cruise Control and Front Seat Heaters as standard equipment this year.

2021 Nissan Kicks trims

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  • 122-hp, 114-lb-ft of torque 1.6L
  • Smart Key
  • Rear Defroster
  • Cruise Control
  • Cloth Seats
  • Power Mirrors
  • Traction Control
  • Side Airbags
  • Overhead Airbags
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  • Includes all features available on the S
  • Automated Cruise Control
  • Front Seat Heaters
  • Remote Start
  • Alloy Wheels
  • Satellite Radio Ready
  • Apple CarPlay
  • Android Auto
  • View our Nissan Kicks SR inventory


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5 reasons to buy the 2021 Nissan Kicks

What We Like

Driver aids: The base Kicks comes standard with more driver aids than some competitors offer, and stepping up to the mid-level trim adds adaptive cruise control. It’s an easy choice if driver aids are a must-have for you.

Features: The 2021 Kicks comes with a lot of desirable standard features, including its seven-inch touchscreen. Each trim level has plenty more upgrades, making the Kicks one of the better-equipped vehicles in its class.

Fuel economy: With an EPA-estimated 33 mpg combined, the Kicks is pretty frugal among extra-small SUVs. The tradeoff is slower acceleration and lack of optional all-wheel drive.

What Needs Improvement

Seat comfort: The Kicks’ front seats aren’t particularly supportive, and they lack sufficient adjustability to accommodate every driver. The rear bent is hard and flat, making it particularly unpleasant for road trips or long commutes.

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Ratings & reliability

Customer ratings

4.3 out of 5

6 customer reviews

Nissan Kicks features and specs

SR 2WD 4D Sport Utility

Standard Features

  • ABS Brakes
  • Air Conditioning
  • Alloy Wheels
  • AM/FM Stereo
  • Android Auto
  • Apple CarPlay
  • Automated Cruise Control
  • Automatic Transmission
  • Auxiliary Audio Input
  • Blind Spot Monitor
  • Bluetooth Technology
  • Cloth Seats
  • Lane Departure Warning
  • Overhead Airbags
  • Parking Sensors
  • Power Locks
  • Power Mirrors
  • Power Windows
  • Rear Defroster
  • Rear View Camera
  • Remote Start
  • Satellite Radio Ready
  • Side Airbags
  • Smart Key
  • Traction Control
  • BOSE Sound System
  • Front Seat Heaters
  • Full Roof Rack
  • Heated Steering Wheel
  • Leatherette Seats
  • Rockford Fosgate Sound

Drive Wheels

Front Wheel Drive (2WD)

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Leg room

F 43.7"/R 33.2"

Head room

F 40.7"/R 38.5"

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