Purchasing a car is much like purchasing any consumer good—it costs money. Some cost more than others, which can make you feel like a better quality of life is out of reach. However, what would you say to a vehicle that costs less than the average new model, has highly efficient fuel economy, and affords you the comfort and quality of a subcompact SUV? You might think we were bluffing, but we're not. The 2022 Nissan Kicks is the ideal vehicle for the average consumer who lives within the confines of a budget.
Nissan has always been at the forefront of offering more for a lower price, and now this same offer is extended to you to help you get on the road in a vehicle that's competitively priced and tailor-made just for you. There are already a great many uncertainties that can occur in life, the vehicle you drive shouldn't be one of them. Today, we're going to examine the 2022 Nissan Kicks and explain why it's not just an ideal vehicle, but one of the best investments consumers can make in the upcoming year. Open the hatches and bring the camping equipment; it's time for an adventure!
One of the major concerns that have always faced the average consumer is cost. When it comes to car shopping, this equates to a lot of necessary planning and research to make sure that you're not going to be spending too much. And cost includes much more than just the sticker price. Taking into consideration fuel, repairs, and insurance is just as important as the price tag that's on the windshield. We've done some research and broken down the cost-effectiveness that comes with owning a 2022 Nissan Kicks.
Obviously, we must start with the Kicks' surprisingly low MSRP. Starting at only $19,800, this is considerably below the average price of a new vehicle these days.[a] This price is more than competitive and underbids many popular models from other manufacturers. Case in point, The Nissan Kicks sells at a lower starting price than the Hyundai Kona, Toyota CH-R, Chevy Trax, or Ford EcoSport. That's competitive pricing with the customer in mind.
Of course, one of the major cost concerns for consumers is one that tends to be the most unpredictable—gas. Fuel prices tend to rise and fall at the most inopportune and unexpected times. To give you an idea of the edge the 2022 Nissan Kicks has over the competition, we compared MPG ratings from the Hyundai Kona, Chevy Trax, and Ford EcoSport. These are all models that already sell for a slightly higher MSRP than the Kicks, but that higher price doesn’t translate into better fuel economy. In fact, the results were quite telling, to say the least.
With a combined MPG of 25, the Ford EcoSport scored lowest on our comparison. The Chevy Trax didn't fare much better, with its combined total of 27 MPG. The Hyundai Kona did better than its two competitors, with an improved rating of 32 MPG combined. However, the Nissan Kicks scored highest among these models, with a combined 33 MPG. Such high fuel economy is yet another reason why the Kicks stands out from the competition, and means you can keep more money in your pocket rather than giving it to your local gas station.
The results of the Nissan Kicks' superior fuel efficiency can partially be attributed to its drivetrain and engine. With so many manufacturers opting to have all-wheel drive standard on their models, Nissan has opted to keep the Kicks a front-wheel drive vehicle. Combine a 1.6L 4-cylinder engine with a continuous variable transmission, and the result is a vehicle that can get around on less fuel and is specially formulated for the stop-and-go traffic that comes with the territory when living in an urban (or suburban as the case may be) environment. Between having an affordable MSRP and better fuel efficiency, the 2022 Nissan Kicks proves to be a winning combination of price and fuel economy, two things that consumers are always on the lookout for.
Of course, the other major factor when finding the ideal vehicle to purchase is a comfortable interior that offers comfort, amenities, and storage should the situation warrant some cargo area. We're very pleased to announce that the Nissan Kicks delivers on all these fronts. The Kicks reinforces the idea that you can't, and never should, judge a book by its cover. While its small size might lead you to think that there's not much space to be found within, we assure you, there's more than enough room for you and your friends on your adventures.
Opening the passenger or driver-side door for the first time, you'll be confronted with an interior that's user-friendly and strong on style. The available two-tone patterns on the cloth seats are a nice touch that will cater to the sensibilities of the modern art lover. A special seat design is reserved for the top trim level, which includes stitching to accent the color scheme.
A 12-volt DC power outlet is standard on all trims and will make any bonus goodies you bring with you have a chance to be utilized. Also standard across all levels of trim are Siri eyes-free and Bluetooth hands-free phone integration. The introductory trim features a 7" infotainment screen, while the upper two levels increase its size to 8". The Kicks is also Apple and Android compatible, which means you'll have no problems bringing your favorite tunes along for the ride.
And because no SUV, subcompact or otherwise, is complete without having storage capabilities, the Nissan Kicks offers more than 53 cubic feet of available storage space. This is the most space when compared to any other subcompact SUV in its class. And it's just one more reason why The Kicks is a solid win across the board when it comes to offering what you need at a price that simply can't be beat.
While every driver is different and has their priorities for the ideal vehicle, the importance of safety can never be overlooked when it comes to purchasing the right one. Nissan has always been at the forefront of technological innovation, and the attention to detail when it comes to ensuring the safety of its customers has always been exemplary. The Kicks is no exception to this high standard of quality, and in recent mandated crash testing, the vehicle was awarded a four-star safety rating from the NHTSA.
With Nissan's unwavering dedication to safety, it's only natural that the Kicks would include a wide range of standard and driver assistance features. Automated emergency braking, pedestrian detection, forward collision warning, lane departure, blind-spot warning, and rear cross-traffic alert are all present. Very few companies are even considering offering so much across the board, providing safety without a large price tag. As a matter of fact, almost the only notable safety feature that doesn't come standard is Nissan's intelligent around view monitor. The other feature on the other two trim levels is Nissan's intelligent cruise control, which is often referred to as "adaptive" by competing manufacturers.
One of the safety features that's rather impressive is Nissan's advanced airbag system. While all vehicles on the road are now equipped with these preventative safety measures, Nissan has applied its unique brand of engineering. The occupant classification sensors (OCS) detect whether certain seats are occupied before deploying the airbags. Also standard across the board is a tire pressure monitoring system with fill alert. Knowing when your tires need air while on the road can prevent accidents before they come close to happening. With so much to offer across the board, it's no wonder why Nissan continues to apply its razor-sharp engineering prowess to every area of your commute.