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2019 Nissan Kicks

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$14,812 — $24,185 NEW and USED
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5 Seats
33 MPG
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2019 Nissan Kicks Review

from the Cars.com expert editorial team

By Brian Normile

Most significant changes: Safety Shield 360 suite of safety features now standard on all trim levels of the Kicks; upper trims get Rear Door Alert standard

Price change: S model prices increase by $230, SV and SR models by $150

On sale: Now

Which should you buy, 2019 or 2020? 2020, thanks to the addition of standard safety features for a modest price increase

Nissan’s subcompact “SUV” — that’s in quotation marks because the Kicks doesn’t offer the key SUV ingredient of all-wheel drive — gets just a few meaningful changes for the 2020 model year, but one is a doozy: Safety Shield 360, what Nissan calls its safety technology package, is now standard on all models.

Related: 2020 Nissan Sentra Review: From Bad to Good

Buyers will be able to purchase a Kicks S for just under $20,000 that includes automatic forward emergency braking with pedestrian detection, reverse automatic braking, blind spot warning, lane departure warning and high-beam assist. Standard on the higher SV and SR trim levels for 2020 is Nissan’s Rear Door Alert system designed to help drivers remember not to leave anything — or anyone — in the backseat.

All Kicks models are powered by a 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine that’s good for 122 horsepower and 114 pounds-feet of torque; it comes paired with a continuously variable automatic transmission. Buyers can choose paint options that include five two-tone color schemes for a little added fun.

As we mentioned, the starting price for a 2020 Kicks S is less than $20,00...

Most significant changes: Safety Shield 360 suite of safety features now standard on all trim levels of the Kicks; upper trims get Rear Door Alert standard

Price change: S model prices increase by $230, SV and SR models by $150

On sale: Now

Which should you buy, 2019 or 2020? 2020, thanks to the addition of standard safety features for a modest price increase

Nissan’s subcompact “SUV” — that’s in quotation marks because the Kicks doesn’t offer the key SUV ingredient of all-wheel drive — gets just a few meaningful changes for the 2020 model year, but one is a doozy: Safety Shield 360, what Nissan calls its safety technology package, is now standard on all models.

Related: 2020 Nissan Sentra Review: From Bad to Good

Buyers will be able to purchase a Kicks S for just under $20,000 that includes automatic forward emergency braking with pedestrian detection, reverse automatic braking, blind spot warning, lane departure warning and high-beam assist. Standard on the higher SV and SR trim levels for 2020 is Nissan’s Rear Door Alert system designed to help drivers remember not to leave anything — or anyone — in the backseat.

All Kicks models are powered by a 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine that’s good for 122 horsepower and 114 pounds-feet of torque; it comes paired with a continuously variable automatic transmission. Buyers can choose paint options that include five two-tone color schemes for a little added fun.

As we mentioned, the starting price for a 2020 Kicks S is less than $20,000, coming in at $19,965. The mid-level SV model will cost $21,595, and the range-topping SR model will be priced from $22,215 (all prices include the $1,095 destination fee).

Cars.com’s Editorial department is your source for automotive news and reviews. In line with Cars.com’s long-standing ethics policy, editors and reviewers don’t accept gifts or free trips from automakers. The Editorial department is independent of Cars.com’s advertising, sales and sponsored content departments.

Consumer Reviews

What drivers are saying

4.3
60 reviews — Read All reviews
Exterior Styling
(4.4)
Performance
(4.3)
Interior Design
(4.5)
Comfort
(4.6)
Reliability
(4.4)
Value For The Money
(4.3)

Read reviews that mention:

(1.0)

Good on gas but not a safe car

by Mikey from Peoria, Illinois on August 24, 2020

My company has 20 of these cars we have had four rool over in accidents for no reason. I guess they are top heavy the milage was ok it's real small in side but they keep rolling over but I guess they ... Read full review

(5.0)

I love this car!! So reliable, nice, great price!

by Jerry from Orland Park IL on June 6, 2020

This car is amazing. It is clean, low mileage and great condition. I am shocked at how amazing this car is. Super new and clean Read full review

Safety

Recalls and crash tests

Recalls

The 2019 Nissan Kicks currently has 0 recalls


Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

Based on 2019 Nissan Kicks S

IIHS rates vehicles good, acceptable, marginal, or poor.

Child Seat Anchors (Latch)

Ease of Use
good

Crash Avoidance and Mitigation

Front Crash Prevention
superior

Head Restraints and Seats

Dynamic Rating
good
Overall Rear
good
Seat Head/Restraint Geometry
good

Headlights

Overall Rating
acceptable

Moderate overlap front

Chest
good
Head/Neck
acceptable
Left Leg/Foot
good
Overall Front
good
Restraints
good
Right Leg/Foot
good
Structure/safety cage
good

Other

Roof Strength
good

Side

Driver Head Protection
good
Driver Head and Neck
good
Driver Pelvis/Leg
good
Driver Torso
good
Overall Side
good
Rear Passenger Head Protection
good
Rear Passenger Head and Neck
good
Rear Passenger Pelvis/Leg
good
Rear Passenger Torso
good
Structure/safety cage
good

Small Overlap Front - Driver Side

Chest
good
Head/Neck
good
Hip/Thigh
good
Lower Leg/Foot
good
Overall Evaluation
good
Restraints and Dummy Kinematics
good
Structure and Safety Cage
acceptable

Small Overlap Front - Passenger Side

Overall Evaluation
acceptable
Structure and Safety Cage
acceptable

Small Overlap Front - Passenger Side - Driver Injury Measures

Chest
good
Head/Neck
good
Hip/Thigh
good
Lower Leg/Foot
good
Restraints and Dummy Kinematics
good

Small Overlap Front - Passenger Side - Passenger Injury Measures

Chest
good
Head/Neck
good
Hip/Thigh
good
Lower Leg/Foot
marginal
Restraints and Dummy Kinematics
good
Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) is a nonprofit research and communications organization funded by auto insurers.

Warranty

New car and certified pre-owned programs by Nissan

New Car Program Benefits

  • Bumper-to-Bumper

    36 months / 36,000 miles

  • Powertrain

    60 months / 60,000 miles

  • Roadside Assistance

    36 months / 36,000 miles

Certified Pre-Owned Program Benefits

  • Maximum Age/Mileage

    6 years/less than 80,000 miles

  • Basic Warranty Terms

    N/A

  • Powertrain

    84 months/100,000 miles (includes LEAF electric vehicle system and powertrain)

  • Dealer Certification Required

    167-point inspection

  • Roadside Assistance

    Yes

  • View All CPO Program Details

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Cars.com Car Seat Check

Certified child passenger safety technicians conduct hands-on tests of a car’s Latch system and check the vehicle’s ability to accommodate different types of car seats. The Kicks received the following grades on a scale of A-F.*

Latch or Latch system

B

Infant seat

C

Forward-facing convertible

(second row)

B

Rear-facing convertible

C

Booster

(second row)

B
* This score may not apply to all trims, especially for vehicles with multiple body styles that affect the space and design of the seating.
For complete details,

Warranty FAQs

What is a Bumper-to-Bumper warranty?

Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.

What is a Powertrain warranty?

Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

What is included in Roadside Assistance?

Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

What other services could be included in a warranty?

Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.

What does CPO mean?

A certified pre-owned or CPO car has been inspected to meet minimum quality standards and typically includes some type of warranty. While dealers and third parties certify cars, the gold standard is an automaker-certified vehicle that provides a factory-backed warranty, often extending the original coverage. Vehicles must be in excellent condition and have low miles and wear to be certified, which is why off-lease vehicles feed many CPO programs.

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