Cheap Kicks: The 2020 Nissan Kicks SR


2020 Nissan Kicks SR front 3/4 view

Sobering statistic in a year full of them: The average price of a new car in 2020 is north of $38,000. The hottest segment is smallish crossover SUVs.


This is a very good time to talk about the $21,120 Nissan Kicks SR.

2020 Nissan Kicks SR rear 3/4 view

The Kicks is exactly the type of car people are buying right now---and it's also an absolute verifiable bargain. In fact, if you go for the base S model instead of the top-of-the-line SR that we tested, the price of entry drops to $19,070.

2020 Nissan Kicks hood up

2020 Nissan Kicks SR engine

Under the hood is a 1.6-liter, dual overhead cam, 16-valve, four-cylinder engine that makes 122 horsepower. No, that's not a lot. Sixty miles from a standing start is 9.5 seconds. That is, however, a touch quicker than other cars in its class (Honda C-HR, Chevy Trax, Ford EcoSport), and, even with its continually variable transmission, it feels a bit quicker than it actually is. Fuel economy is the beneficiary of the low-output engine, with an EPA-estimated 31 miles per gallon city/36 highway.


But the best part of the Kicks is its ride and handling---the ride smooth and firm and the handling tight and playful. The Kicks loves a good sweeping on-ramp.

2020 Nissan Kicks SR rear liftgate open

2020 Nissan Kicks SR cargo area

2020 Nissan Kicks SR interior

2020 Nissan Kicks SR rear seat

2020 Nissan Kicks front seat

The window sticker is at the end of this review so you can see for yourself, but among the highlights of the standard equipment you get for $21,120 in the 2020 Nissan Kicks SR are 17-inch alloy wheels, automatic climate control and a six-speaker touchscreen audio system.

2020 Nissan Kicks SR instrument panel

2020 Nissan Kicks SR gauge cluster

2020 Nissan Kicks SR infotainment and HVAC

Our tester also had extra-cost options, including $615 for the Exterior Package (crossbars, rear bumper protector and exhaust finisher), $595 for the two-tone white and black paint job and rear roof spoiler, $225 for carpeted floormats and a cargo mat, $460 for illuminated kick plates, $575 for the Interior Electronics Package (20-color interior ambient lighting, door pocket light, frameless auto-dimming rearview mirror with universal remote), $320 for a center armrest with storage, $1,000 for the Premium Package++ (an upgraded eight-speaker Bose Personal Plus audio system with amplifier and a speaker in the driver's headrest, Prima-Tex appointed seats, heated front seats and a security system), $275 for exterior ground lighting and $495 for 17-inch black alloy wheels.

2020 Nissan Kicks SR front view

2020 Nissan Kicks SR side view

2020 Nissan Kicks SR rear view

With $1,095 destination charges, the as-tested price of the 2020 Nissan Kicks SR is $26,775. It'd be pretty easy to get that down under $25,000 with some restraint on the options.


It's never going to be the car 14-year-old boys have on a poster on their wall (do 14-year-old boys still do that?), but the Kicks is honest value and more fun than it needed to be. Nissan deserves points for that.


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