2022 Nissan Kicks SR | Compact But Functional!

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2022 Nissan Kicks SR | Compact But Functional!

The 2022 Nissan Kicks is now available, and if you’re looking for a small, affordable compact vehicle that still offers a lot of features in a small package, the Kicks might be the vehicle for you. In this article, we’ll take a thorough and detailed look at the exterior, then go inside and examine everything on the inside, including all of the features. Lets Discuss 2022 Nissan Kicks SR | Compact But Functional!

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MSRP and exterior details

Let’s look at the outside of this 2022 Nissan Kicks SR. First, let’s go over the trim levels. You have the base, the mid-level SV, and this top-end SR trim that even comes with the premium package. If you want to look at them outside, they were changed last year for the 2021 model. For the 2022 model, there were no major changes. You’ll notice that we even have led headlights and led fog lights on this SR trim level, but they’re only available on the SR trim level.

A turn signal with led lights, which isn’t common on some cars. This is even though this is a less expensive, smaller class of car, because you still get one. That red and black paint option on this kick is called “premium.” It also comes with black wheels and mirror caps. I think they look good with the red-and-black paint on this kick.

So if you want smaller wheels and tires for less money, go for the base Kicks model. But these are 17-inch black wheels on a top SR trim level. In these mirrors, there aren’t any blind spot indicators. The blind spot indicator is built into a part of the door that is inside of the car. Dimensionally, the Kicks are quite small, measuring only 169 inches long and 69 inches wide. The rear end was revised slightly for 2021, but it remains the same for 2022. You’ve got that black spoiler up top and an incandescent signal here. But you’ve also got that v-motion type of tail light back here to mirror the front lights, and how do you think the kicks look overall?

Cargo area

Now, getting into the cargo area, there is no power liftgate, so if you’re looking for a key fob button or a button inside to lift it, it won’t work because it’s all manually controlled. There’s just a little touchpad right here to unlock it and lift it. I wish there was a better grab handle because you have to push and lift with the vehicle’s hard edge right there. I wish it was just a regular handle. There’s a grab handle to pull it down and back here, there‘s a lot more space than I had ever expected for the Nissan kicks.

This is about 25 and a half cubic feet. This is not bad at all. It’s actually fairly wide and deep, so with a fairly standard-sized backpack right there, you can see it does take up a lot of space, but large suitcases or small carry-on suitcases will work. Check it out though. I really like This could be used as a cargo net or for slinging grocery bags on. There’s one on each side, so your groceries don’t roll all over the place even a small cargo light right up there.

There’s also a spare tyre standard and quite a bit of space underneath this whole area. If you wanted to store a couple of items, you could fold the second row down from the back. By the way, this tone cover is also available on the upper trim here, then fold the seat down, then do the same thing on the other side. This is pretty flat right here, although there is a pretty steep drop off to the back, overall you get quite a bit of space in here when you fold everything down, so this could be a pretty practical type of hauling vehicle.

Front and rear seats, as well as a smart key

Every trim except the base model will come with the same key fob, which will be the smart key system. Let me demonstrate how this works, so there are no sensors. So that’s all you need to know: This button locks and unlocks it, so that’s all you need to know. The top two trims have remote start, which works well. To move on to the front seats, we can add c2. You’ll always get six-way manual seats and cloth seats, but with the premium package, we have a few more choices.

Look, you even have a Bose speaker system built into the headrest, and this is Nissan synthetic material. I think this two-tone looks pretty nice as well, and it doesn’t feel super cheap.

You can adjust the height even though these are manual seats. There is no power adjustment and no lumbar support, which is a big deal. As far as comfort goes, I’ve been able to spend a week or so in the kicks several times.

I wish the seating position was a little different, but the only complaint would be the lumbar support. If you really need that, you’ll probably want to look elsewhere or bring your pillow with you. The nice thing is that with the premium package, we get these heated seats. These seats aren’t reclining or sliding forward and backward, but look at how much headroom there is back here.

At least in terms of headroom, you could have some taller guests back there. They could be up to 6 feet 5 inches tall or 10 5/8 inches tall. The only thing that could be bad about this car is that there are no direct air conditioner vents, so you have to use the vents in the front.

Interior features and details

You can start it up now that we’re inside. First of all, there’s a push-button start down there. I’ll go over some of the other features now. First, there’s a door that you can rest your arm on. This is just hard plastic, but there’s soft material on the armrest and a good grab handle. The doors open automatically, and there’s a little storage and a bottle holder, too. It’s okay, but remember that there is a heated steering wheel button right there, as I told you before. For a small car, this steering wheel is both tilt and telescoping, which is a good thing.

Before we go on, we should mention that this has the Nissan Safety Shield 360. In the dark, you can have automatic high beams when you’re driving with your high beams on. You can also have automatic braking when you’re backing up and you’re a little too close to other cars.

There is a lot of information that you can scroll through over here. You can see a speedometer, for example, or you can see some miles per gallon information, or you can even see a standard tachometer. For this small of a car, that’s pretty cool. Nissan gives you either a seven-inch or an eight-inch screen. We have the eight-inch screen on this SR, and it will let us use Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Wiring it up is the only way to do it right now. We have physical buttons over here. It has a volume knob, a tuning knob, and even a button that lets you access your camera right away. This top SR trim level has a top-down 360-degree camera, which is pretty cool.

Because the main screen is a little old-fashioned, it still has everything you need and is easy to use. For example, most Kixes come with a six-speaker audio system. We have the optional eight-speaker Bose audio system, and it sounds good for a small car, even though it costs extra. In case you missed it, the headrests even have a little Bose speaker in them. Plug your headphones in and listen because I’m recording it with binaural audio. Another thing that isn’t standard on this model is that it has an available wi-fi hotspot. This is a possibility. Then below that, Nissan gives you automatic climate control on everything but the base model. It’s all very easy to use. There is no dual-zone climate control, but since this is a small car, you probably don’t need it anyway.

There’s a big enough spot in the middle to maybe put a mug, so these cup holders work well. Then you still get a little soft but padded arm rest. It doesn’t move up and down or it doesn’t slide forward and backwards, so it’s kind of stuck down low. If you’ve got a little tiny storage area right there, you’re not going to find an automatic dimming rear view mirror. It’s just a manual flipping mirror that works just fine. There’s no sunglass holder overhead, but you’ve got your light controls right there.

These are actually some pretty huge visors, and they both have these giant sliding pieces. So you’re covered now, and the visibility out of the kicks is actually really good. You’ve got some pretty good-sized windows, or I should say, good considering the shape of the decent windows out the back.

The weak spot

There are some big flaws or weak points in these kicks when we look under the hood now, and I think that this is probably one of them. It’s not very impressive and doesn’t have much power. It has a 1.6-litre four-cylinder engine, which is small and doesn’t have a turbo. It has 122 horsepower and 114 pound-feet of torque, which isn’t as much as you’d expect for a car this size. We’ll talk about that on the test drive. It only comes with the Nissan CVT transmission, which is a continuous variable transmission, and it only has front-wheel drive. It doesn’t have all-wheel drive like a lot of other types of crossovers do. Miles per gallon is good, but not as good as some small sedans that get 31 city and 36 highway.


In general, this 2022 Nissan Kicks is easy to live with and easy to drive around, and it’s a lot more spacious than most people think. It has a lot of information that you can see in front of you in the display down there, and it’s a lot bigger than people think. There are many good things about this car, but it’s not perfect. For the right person, this could be a very good choice. It would be great to hear what you think of these 2022 Nissan Kicks.

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