With 25.3 cubic toes of cargo house and cozy seats, the 2023 Nissan Kicks was a superb alternative for a Caliofornia trip.
Contemplating the titanic cash I spent to get my household to Disneyland, the 2023 Nissan Kicks helped ease the ache. With the common worth common working at about $4.40 in Anaheim, California the gas economic system was excellent. Higher nonetheless, it proved to be a superb automobile to haul us round California throughout a few of the worst rains I’ve ever seen within the state. On high of that, it was a cinch to park and maneuver.
Efficiency… effectively, it’s quicker than Disney’s Autopia vehicles.
Highly effective it ain’t, however the 122 horsepower 1.6-liter engine is constructed for effectivity. Sure, 114 lb-ft of torque and a constantly variable transmission (CVT) received’t soften tires, however the powertrain can return 33 mpg mixed. Absolutely loaded, with my household and equipment and my lead foot, we nonetheless acquired a really receptacle 30 mpg over the course of per week. This meant I spent little or no on overpriced gasoline. Yay!
Provided that it was an SR trim, I had the black 17-inch wheels, however the rubber wasn’t broad or aggressive. Nonetheless, regardless of skinny tires with its excessive stance, the Kicks handles extraordinarily effectively. It’s remarkably maneuverable, and a snap to park. That is nice when you will have a grumpy household yelling as you attempt to park amongst 1000’s at a time.
Shortly after our arrival in California, the heavens opened up and we acquired drenched. Regardless of not having all-wheel drive (which makes it a tall hatch in my guide, and never a crossover), the Kicks was assured. It ventured by means of some almost flooded roadway with ease. Deep puddles and potholes have been no biggie, for such a small automotive.
Positive, I’m no fan of the CVT, however the little man had simply sufficient thrust to not embarrass itself in visitors.
For a cheap automotive, the 2023 Nissan Kicks is well-equipped.
The MSRP on our ’23 Kicks SR was $27,515m – that’s with vacation spot. Base pricing begin at slightly below $21,600 for the Kicks S. We had the $1,390 Premium Bundle (on high of others), on the premium-ish SR. This bundle provide the eight-speaker, upper-level stereo system, heated seats and steering wheel. You additionally get the nicer seats and a safety system. Truthfully, that’s the one bundle I might suggest.
The Kicks offers you Nissan Security Protect 360 normal, and also you get a number of security upgrades for the cash. You get Automated Emergency Braking with Pedestrian Detection, and Rear Automated Braking. They added Blind Spot Warning, Rear Cross Visitors Alert, Lane Departure Warning and Excessive Beam Help. A seven-inch contact display screen and Apple CarPlay come normal too.
Verdict: Disneyland was a blast, and the Kicks save us money!
I concluded that, for the cash it value us for 3 days (over the course of per week) that we visited Disneyland, we might have performed Hawaii as an alternative. Nonetheless, we had an incredible time, and all of our gear in some way match within the tiny Kicks. On high of that, we saved tons of on gas prices driving this frugal runabout.
It’s automotive, however not perfect for efficiency freaks – clearly. It’s an excellent choice for a primary automotive for faculty college students, or perhaps a small household. Really, I believe older shoppers would possibly just like the mild-mannered Kicks. I simply want there was an choice for a sunroof – which might assist with its youthful picture.
Nonetheless, it’s an excellent little automotive.