Nissan Kicks

The Nissan Kicks is powered by a 1.6L 4-cylinder engine providing 122 horsepower and 114 pound-feet of torque. That power is sent to the front wheels via a continuously variable transmission (CVT) that does its best to maximize fuel economy. With the Kicks' light weight, 122 horsepower and clever engine technology; it yields 31 mpg in the city and 36 mpg on the highway.

The Kicks comes in three trim levels for 2022. The most basic trim level, the Kicks S comes with standard 16-inch wheels, power mirrors, intelligent headlights, a 7-inch touchscreen for the interior, push button start, Bluetooth connectivity, 3 USB ports, steering wheel-mounted controls for the sound system and Apple CarPlay and Android Auto integration.

Standard safety features across all trims include, 10 airbags, a rearview camera, Lane Departure Warning, Blind Spot Warning, Automatic Emergency Braking, Rear Automatic Braking, automatic high-beam, and Pedestrian Detection.

The Kicks SV adds an intelligent key, 17-inch aluminum wheels, heated mirrors, an automatic temperature control system, SiriusXM satellite radio, remote starter, roof rails, body-colored exterior trim, rear disc brakes, 8-inch touchscreen infotainment, rear seat reminder, adaptive cruise control, and an advanced 7-inch driver assist display.

The top of the line Kicks SR adds to the SV by including full LED head lights, LED accent lighting, LED fog lights, rear spoiler, two tone paint, Intelligent Dynamics Control, rear spoiler, leather wrapped steering wheel and shift knob, integrated turn signals in the mirrors, dark chrome accents in the grill, and around view monitor, which uses multiple video cameras to help eliminate blind spots while parking. A SR Premium package is available for this trim and includes mobile hotspot, leatherette seats, heated front seats and steering wheel, Bose premium sound system, connected services and remote monitoring/control via smartphone app.

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