2020 Nissan Kicks  RealSafeCars69Safety Rating

#72 of 2020 Sedan/Hatchback/Wagons

#163 of all 2020 vehicles

The Kicks, introduced by Nissan in 2018, is a small hatchback with seating up to 5. Exceeding the average MPG (miles per gallon) for its class, it reduces fuel costs and the carbon footprint. The Kicks has technology that is now expected: Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. Nissan offers a 3-year, 36,000-mile basic warranty, and a 5-year, 60,000-mile powertrain warranty on its lineup.

The 2020 Nissan Kicks is somewhat unsafe compared to all vehicles.

Comparison to all vehicles.  This plot shows RSC safety scores on the horizontal axis vs. the number of vehicles with each safety score (depicted by bar height and percentages at the bottom). Colors reflect vehicle safety, ranging from red (not that safe) to green (safer). For reference, a score of 0 implies a 0.15% chance of driver death (13% chance of driver injury) over 15 years, and a score of 100 reflects a 0.016% chance (1.4% chance of driver injury). The 2020 Nissan Kicks has a score of 69, implying a 0.057% chance of driver death (5.1% chance of injury).

We estimate that the 2020 Nissan Kicks has a vehicle lifetime fatality chance of 0.0569% and a vehicle lifetime injury chance of 6.4949%, meaning the average driver has a 0.0569% chance of dying in an accident if they drive the car under regular conditions for fifteen years, and a 6.4949% chance of being injured.

Compared to the average vehicle, the 2020 Nissan Kicks is 19% more likely to result in a fatal accident. Compared to other sedans, hatchbacks, and wagons, the 2020 Nissan Kicks is 11% more likely to result in a fatal accident.


Active safety features with Nissan's Safety Shield 360 can substantially reduce the risks of harm to vehicle occupants by preventing severe accidents. Active safety systems that are standard on the Nissan Kicks include: Automatic Emergency Braking w/ Pedestrian Detection, Lane Departure Warning, and Blind Spot Warning.

Another advanced safety feature --- while not cutting edge --- can still improve vehicle safety. Side mirror turn signals are optional on the Nissan Kicks. They alert other vehicles of your intention to switch lanes, which allows the other vehicle's driver to prevent an impending accident with you.

But it is about as safe as many comparable models.

9545Hyundai AccentToyota YarisKia RioChevrolet SonicHonda FitHyundai KonaToyota C-HRMazda CX-30Chevrolet TraxMazda CX-3Honda HR-VNissan KicksComparison to similar models.  This plot compares the RSC rating of the 2020 Nissan Kicks with its main competition. Models are plotted on a scale from 45 to 95. The 2020 Nissan Kicks is safer than the 2020 Hyundai Accent, the 2020 Toyota Yaris, the 2020 Kia Rio, the 2020 Chevrolet Sonic, and the 2020 Honda Fit and less safe than the 2020 Mazda CX-3, the 2020 Chevrolet Trax, the 2020 Mazda CX-30, and the 2020 Toyota C-HR. It is about as safe as the 2020 Honda HR-V.

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