Used 2019 Nissan Kicks Hatchback
Which Kicks does Edmunds recommend?
For our money, the SR is the way to go. The base S and the SV are fine, but the SR doesn't cost a whole lot more and adds nicer interior appointments and LED headlights, which come in handy on moonless nights. It also paves the way to the SR Premium package, should you also want heated front seats and a banging Bose audio system.
Edmunds' Expert Review
- High fuel economy estimates
- Larger-than-average cargo capacity
- Inexpensive compared to rivals
- Leisurely acceleration
- All-wheel drive isn't available
- Missing a few desirable features
- It's slightly less powerful than last year
- Part of the first Kicks generation introduced for 2018
|Overall||7.1 / 10|
Outright performance isn't the Kicks' forte, but it utilizes what little it has well. Its low weight and steering play heavily into that. And aside from lackluster braking performance, all other metrics are relatively middle-of-the-road. Bottom line: The Kicks is more fun to drive than the numbers indicate.
Subcompact vehicles often have to compromise on some comfort, but you will want to kick these exceptionally poor seats to the curb. Ride comfort and cabin noise are much more palatable, as is the single-zone climate control that's simple to operate.
The Kicks' cabin is easy to climb in and out of and become familiar with. Visibility is pretty good, too. Taller drivers, and drivers with big feet, may have issues with the driving position, and rear-seat kneeroom is less generous than most in this segment of extra-small players.
As a compact crossover, the Kicks shouldn't be expected to carry everything and the kitchen sink, but there are a few areas that we found lacking. The seatback is split 60/40, but it would be even better if it had a center pass-through for longer items. Most of the small storage areas could stand to be more functional.
While it doesn't have an available built-in navigation system, the Kicks has everything else a modern smartphone-using driver needs. The screen is large, but sun glare can be a problem. Aside from the analog speedometer, the instrument panel is digital and configurable. Cool tech for an inexpensive car.
Most helpful consumer reviews
SR 4dr Hatchback (1.6L 4cyl CVT)
I love this car. I am attracted to Nissan for some reason but the Rogues are too boring and you see them EVERYWHERE! The Murano was my first choice but so expensive and then I also started seeing them everywhere I looked. The Kicks was a great find. The style is what caught my eye, it looked like a Mini but more stylish in my opinion. I loved that i hadn't seen many on the road and the price was so much better than the Murano. I wasn't quite ready to go from a car to an SUV so this was a good compact crossover for me. We have 2 small children and it fits both of their carseats perfectly. The only thing I am not thrilled with is that it doesn't have a navigation system and the plastic on the doors does feel a bit plasticky, but then again.. the price! Overall I give this car 5 stars. In some areas it lacks it exceeds in others. We are very happy with our first new car purchase!
SV 4dr Hatchback (1.6L 4cyl CVT)
I owned a 2019 Kicks for about four months after trading in a used SUV and going with something brand new. I bought it basically for the excellent value, for all the tech and features you get for the price and the unique exterior styling. But after a few weeks of owning it I found the interior left a lot to be desired. The Apple Car play and Android Auto were great features. The stereo sounded good but not great, only sounded great when used with the Sirius XM radio demo that you get for free for three months with buying the car. The AC/heat was not very precise, it either was too cool or a little too warm, we had to finagle with it by manually adjusting it every time to get comfortable, compared to our older SUV which provided us a constant stable temperature. The Kicks is considered a crossover but I found it more to be on the car side than the sport utility side. It was more like a raised car and reminded me of my old Kia Soul. I didn't have any of the problems other Kicks owners had such as having to replace the front sensor, or any of the struts due to noise. I took it on a long cross country trip and it did have excellent gas mileage, but the 10 gallon tank was too small for my taste, as I felt I had to fill it up quite often for an economy vehicle despite the great mileage, because of the small tank. The interior was nice but the seats were a little hard and started getting used to it the more we sat on them, but it really did feel more like a car than an SUV. I didn't like the simulated digital tachometer on the left side of the dashboard, I feel that tachometers should always be analog because of my old school preference with cars. There was really no center console and I didn't like that the cup holders being lined one after the other and too far back, as opposed to side-by-side for driver and passenger, and there were no rear cup holders except at the door. I did like the two USB ports in the back of the middle divider for the rear passengers, the large cargo room in the rear for a car its size, and overall interior room for a car its size. The oil and filter were real easy to change as well, don't even need to raise it with a jack to get to the drain plug and oil filter. But I tried to like the car, and I really did like it's stylish exterior, but the interior was not enough for me to want to keep it for the long term to continue making payments on it, so I traded it in for a Rogue Sport, which met more of my interior and comfort needs, and I felt I was actually in a SUV in the Rogue Sport as opposed to a raised car in a Kicks. In additon to the Kia Soul I mentioned earlier, the Kicks reminded me too much of a Nissan Versa Note with a facelift. But I would recommend the Kicks for the value and styling and great commuter car, and looking back would spend for the top of the line SR trim instead of the SV I had, but if you're going to spend that much for an SR and want a more refined vehicle, you might as well would move up to a Rogue Sport or above, unless you want to stay with the shape of the Kicks which had more of an edge, rather than the more subtle sophistication of a Rogue Sport.I don't really have complaints in the performance side of things as i don't expect much out of an engine in a vehicle in this class, I was mainly more focused on the exterior look, which was great, and interior feel, which was not as great, of the Kicks.
Daniel B Wolfberg,03/02/2019
SR 4dr Hatchback (1.6L 4cyl CVT)
This is an inexpensive car that gives you much more for your money. In particular the active front collision; the side and rear collision alert; along with the excellent 360 camera system; and the touch/infotainment system, all make this car seem like it should cost a lot more. It uses regular gas, and gets great mileage. This car is a value.
SR 4dr Hatchback (1.6L 4cyl CVT)
Spend the extra money and get the SR! There's not much extra coin to get tons of really great Tech stuff. The 360 degree camera, which I thought "who needs that in such a small car", is extremely useful. As is all the other safety and security stuff you get with the upgraded model. The Rockford Fosgate sound system upgrade is really nice for a small sub box and tuned door speakers. It's by no means a full system with tons of watts and a gigantic subwoofer, but it's enough to shake the mirror and really balance out the sound in such a small SUV. This vehicle is a definate thumbs up for me, and unlike the professional reviews I find the seating comfy and the noise level tolerable, not to mention I'm 6 foot tall. The seats, although not power are way more adjustable than most, I find the race inspire side bolsters keep me planted quite well.
Features & Specs
Our experts like the Kicks models:
- Forward Collision Warning
- Warns if a front collision is imminent with audible and visual alerts.
- Automatic Emergency Braking
- Applies the brakes at full force if the forward collision warning is triggered and the driver does not respond in time.
- Blind-Spot Warning
- Alerts the driver if a vehicle is lurking in a blind spot.