2022 Nissan Kicks Trim Levels, Configurations & Comparisons.
The 2022 Nissan Kicks is a subcompact crossover SUV with a unique design and lots of style. It has nimble handling that's perfect for zipping around town. The Nissan Kicks offers great value with a low starting price and plenty of standard features. Nissan has equipped this little SUV with a surprising amount of technology considering its affordable price. The Kicks also offers great fuel-economy numbers that will save owners money in the long run.
The Kicks may be small, but there's ample room for both passengers and cargo. This is the smallest SUV in Nissan's lineup, falling right below the Rogue Sport. It's an easy vehicle to park and maneuver, especially in the city. There's still plenty of power here for highway driving too. The Kicks is a really versatile little vehicle.
The Nissan Kicks has a comfortable and well-designed interior, especially up front. All of the controls are within easy reach and are intuitive to use. There's a great infotainment system here as well. Nissan offers the 2022 Kicks in three different trim levels called the S, SV and SR. Here's a comparison of all three trim levels to showcase what each one has to offer.
Compare the S vs SV Trims. What is the difference?
All three models of the 2022 Nissan Kicks are powered by the same 1.6-liter engine. It's a 4-cylinder engine with dual overhead cams and 16 valves. It produces a solid 122 horsepower with 114 pound-feet of torque at 4,000 rpm (revolutions per minute). According to EPA (environmental protection agency) estimates, any version of the Kicks should see around 31 mpg (miles-per-gallon) in the city and 36 mpg on the highway. That makes for a combined fuel-economy rating of 33 mpg.
All three trim levels share the same Xtronic CVT (continuously variable transmission). All three versions of the Kicks are front-wheel drive vehicles. The S trim has ventilated disc brakes up front and drum brakes in the rear. The SV models get disc brakes for all four wheels and an electronic parking brake. Both models have an Anti-Lock Brake System (ABS), Electronic Brake-Force Distribution and Brake Assist.
The S, SV and even the SR have an independent-strut front suspension with a stabilizer bar. They all get a torsion-beam rear suspension. All three come with electric power steering. At this point, it should be clear that all of the trim levels are mechanically the same. They all have the same performance stats, fuel-economy numbers and driving dynamics.
The 2022 Nissan Kicks is about 169.9-inches long, 69.3-inches wide and 63.3-inches high. The Kicks has a wheelbase of 103.1 inches. The S trim comes equipped with a set of 16-inch steel wheels. The SV gets 17-inch aluminum-alloy wheels. Both have all-season tires.
The S and SV models get halogen headlights with an on/off feature. Both trims have a chrome-covered front grille. Both get power-adjustable outside mirrors, but only the SV trim has heated mirrors for easy defrosting. The door handles and outside mirrors are painted to match the body color for the SV trim level. The SV also gets some silver roof rails for more storage space.
On the inside of the Kicks, there's 92.6 cubic-feet of passenger volume and 25.3 cubic-feet of cargo space. When the rear seats are folded down, the cargo space can be expanded up to 32.3 cubic-feet of volume. Both of these trim levels have a 6-way manual driver's seat and a 4-way manual front-passenger's seat. The S trim has an armrest for the driver while the SV gets an armrest and center console with some extra storage space.
Both models of the Kicks have cloth seat trim. In the back, there's a 60/40 split-folding seat. Both models have metallic trim throughout the cabin. The SV gets some additional chrome trim for the interior, including on the inside door handles. The S trim has a heater and air conditioning with an air micro-filter.
Moving up to the SV trim comes with Automatic Temperature Control. It also gets some extra heating ducts to better warm up the rear-seat passengers. All models get power windows and door locks with an automatic-locking feature. A push-button ignition negates the need for a traditional key.
The base models have Remote Keyless-Entry with a special integrated key. The SV trim makes use of Nissan's Intelligent Key System. This technology allows the user to open doors, open the tailgate and to start the engine without directly using the key, as long as the key is on their person. The SV models also get a Remote Engine Start System with Intelligent Climate Control. This system warms up or cools down the interior, as appropriate, before the driver even enters the vehicle.
All models of the 2022 Nissan Kicks have intermittent windshield wipers with a single intermittent wiper for the rear window. There are plenty of bottle and cup holders to accommodate the passengers up front and in the back. Nissan also includes some cargo tie-downs for the storage area. Sun visors with vanity mirrors and overhead map lights are stock features for all models of the Kicks.
The SV trim level has a rear-door alert that gives an audible warning when the rear doors aren't properly closed. The SV also has a 7-inch Advanced Drive-Assist Display and an 8-inch touchscreen display for its NissanConnect Infotainment System. The S models have one basic 7-inch touchscreen. Audio for both trims comes from an AM/FM radio and six high-quality speakers.
Both models have Bluetooth technology for music streaming. Both have USB ports for charging. The SV trim gets an extra USB-C port. Nissan offers a 3-month trial for SiriusXM® Radio with purchases of the SV trim. Illuminated audio controls are mounted directly to the steering wheel for easy and convenient use.
Both trims have compatibility with Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and Siri Eyes Free. Nissan has also equipped the latest Kicks with plenty of driver-assist technology. The base models have cruise control while the SV trim has Intelligent Cruise Control. All models get Forward-Collision Warning, Lane-Departure Warning and a Blind-Spot Monitor.
The S and SV trims get Automatic Emergency Braking with Pedestrian Detection. There's also Rear Automatic Braking, Rear Cross-Traffic Alert and Hill-Start Assist. The SV trim has Intelligent Driver Alertness to warn drivers when there are signs that they might be nodding off. A rear-view monitor provides a better rear view while the Rear Sonar System gives an audible alarm to stop drivers from backing into or over objects, animals or pedestrians.
Every version of the 2022 Nissan Kicks has both Vehicle Dynamic Control and a Traction-Control System. VDC helps to correct over-steer or under-steer while the traction control makes sure that the right amount of power and torque gets to the wheel or wheels that need them the most.
Nissan's Advanced Airbag System has two bags for front protection of the driver and front passenger. There are also two more bags up front for some side protection. These are mounted to the seats. There are supplemental knee airbags up front too. Finally, there are roof-mounted, curtain-style airbags to give side protection for every occupant inside of this subcompact SUV.
A Tire-Pressure Monitor makes sure the tires aren't over- or under-inflated. Side-door guard beams, hood creases, safety stops and crumple zones channel crash energy away from the driver and passengers. The front seat belts have both pretensioners and load limiters. Every model of the Kicks gets LATCH points for tethering down child safety seats. An engine immobilizer kicks in to shut down the car if it should ever get stolen.
Compare the SV vs SR Trims. What Is the Difference?
The SR trim level is the top of the line version of Nissan's 2022 Kicks. This model comes with the same engine, drivetrain and transmission system as the SV trim. It has the exact same brakes, suspension system and steering system as well. Its horsepower, handling and fuel-economy numbers are no different than before.
On the outside, this top trim level has the same 17-inch wheels and tires as the SV trim.
The SR gets LED headlights with LED signature accents. There are now LED taillights, turn signals and daytime running lights too. The SR also has a Follow Me Home Headlights system. The headlights stay on for a bit and then turn off automatically to provide some extra light when you arrive home at night.
The SR trim gets a unique dark-chrome grille. The exterior mirrors are now a glossy black. There are black roof rails and a rear spoiler for a sportier appearance. This trim level also gets some extra silver trim around the doors.
On the inside, the SR trim level features sport-cloth upholstery with unique stitching and some orange accents. Matching trim can be found throughout the cabin. Heated front seats and a heated steering wheel can be added on to the SR as options. Nissan also offers the choice of upgraded, Prima-Tex upholstery for this trim level.
Most of the interior comfort and convenience features remain the same. The SR has an available cargo cover. The stock infotainment system is the same when comparing these two trim levels. Once again, the SR trim gets some additional options. There's an available BOSE Personal Plus Audio System with eight speakers, including speakers in the driver's headrest.
The SR trim can add on a WiFi hotspot and NissanConnect® Services. The safety features remain the same when comparing the SR trim to the previous SV trim level. The SR does get a new security system to go with the engine immobilizer, however. Most of the driver-assist tech remains unchanged. The SR trim level adds on an Intelligent Around-View Monitor and Nissan's Integrated Dynamics-control Module.
The Integrated Dynamics-control Module has a number of useful tech features. There's Active Ride Control, Intelligent Trace Control and Intelligent Engine Braking. All of these tech features work together for a smooth, comfortable and efficient ride. Many of the optional features for the top trim can be added on with the SR Premium Package.
In addition to the SR Premium Package, Nissan offers a bunch of accessories and options for the SR trim level too. Premium carpeted floor mats or all-weather floor mats can be selected. Door sill plates can be added on from the factory to better protect the car from weather damage. Buyers can even add on interior, ambient lighting for the perfect mood as you drive or ride.
Which Trim to Choose?
The 2022 Nissan Kicks is a solid vehicle no matter which trim level is selected. Moving up from the S to the SV trim is such a small increase in price that it's practically negligible. There's really no reason to settle for the S trim level when they're so close in price. The SV trim will be the best bargain here. The amount of extra features it comes with are well worth the price increase.
While the top trim level offers some interesting perks, most of its really desirable features are exclusive options or part of a package. This makes it hard to justify the price jump from an SV model to the SR trim. As desired options are added on, the price difference will just continue to grow.
The SV trim's upgrade to the infotainment system alone is worth the price increase. The SV trim offers the best value of the three. The SR may be a good option if you want to customize the car more and have the money to do so. For most buyers, however, the SV will be the better choice here.
• 2021 Nissan Kicks Trime Levels