2021 Nissan Kicks Review: Rebranding the Modern City Car

“If you don’t like what’s being said, change the conversation.”

Mad Men’s Don Draper is not a role model by any stretch, but this quote of his is sage advice. If the car-buying public is running away from small cars in favor of crossovers, well, turn the former into the latter. That’s what Nissan did when it debuted the Kicks a few years ago, and now the brand has freshened up its smallest offering for the 2021 model year.

Comfortable, practical, and affordable, this latest Kicks makes a strong case for itself as a first car for younger folks. Beyond that, it’s well enough equipped to appeal to the pragmatist: the Kicks has everything you need in a new car, and nothing you don’t.

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Detailed Specs

Price / $20,290 - $22,850
Engine / 1.6-liter 4-cylinder
Power / 122 hp
Torque / 114 lb-ft
Drivetrain / FWD
Transmission / CVT
Fuel Economy (city/hwy) / 31 mpg / 36 mpg
Cargo Capacity / 25.3 cu ft

Our Final Verdict

Nissan Kicks

3.8
Performance 7.0
Features 7.0
Comfort 8.0
Quality and Styling 7.0
Value 9.0