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2018 Nissan Kicks

Small car
Crashworthiness
  • Small overlap front
  • Driver-side
    G
  • Passenger-side
    A
  • Moderate overlap front
    G
  • Side
    G
  • Roof strength
    G
  • Head restraints & seats
    G

Crash avoidance & Mitigation
Front crash prevention
Crash avoidance rating
Superior

Headlights
A
only certain
trims/options

Child Seat Anchors (LATCH)
ease of use
G


Ratings shown are the latest available for this model year.
See below for ratings based on manufacture date.

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Model year Small overlap front Moderate overlap front Side Roof strength Head restraints & seats Front crash prevention Headlights LATCH ease of use
Driver Passenger
2018
G
A
G
G
G
G
Crash avoidance rating
Superior
A
G

Applies to 2018 models

Overall evaluation
G
Structure and safety cage
A
Injury measures
Head/neck
G
Chest
G
Hip/thigh
G
Lower leg/foot
G
Restraints and dummy kinematics
G
Important: Frontal crash test ratings should be compared only among vehicles of similar weight.

The Nissan Kicks was introduced in the 2018 model year as a replacement for the Nissan Juke.

Structure

The driver space was maintained reasonably well, with maximum intrusion of the lower interior of 14 cm at the lower hinge pillar. Maximum upper interior intrusion measured 10 cm at the instrument panel.

Injury measures

Measures taken from the dummy indicate a low risk of any significant injuries in a crash of this severity.

Restraints and dummy kinematics

The dummy’s movement was well controlled. The dummy’s head loaded the frontal airbag, which stayed in front of the dummy until rebound. The side curtain airbag deployed and has sufficient forward coverage to protect the head from contact with side structure and outside objects. The side torso airbag also deployed.

Tested vehicle specifications

Tested vehicle 2018 Nissan Kicks SR 4-door
Weight 2,635 lbs.
Side airbags front and rear head curtain airbags and front seat-mounted torso airbags
Wheelbase 103 in.
Length 169 in.
Width 69 in.
Engine 1.6 L 4-cylinder
EPA ratings 31 mpg city / 36 mpg highway

How this test is conducted

Measures of occupant compartment intrusion on driver side

Test ID CEN1807
Lower occupant compartment
Lower hinge pillar max (cm) 14
Footrest (cm) 5
Left toepan (cm) 3
Brake pedal (cm) 3
Parking brake (cm)
Rocker panel lateral average (cm) 5
Upper occupant compartment
Steering column 1
Upper hinge pillar max (cm) 7
Upper dash (cm) 10
Lower instrument panel (cm) 10

Driver injury measures

Test ID CEN1807
Head
HIC-15 108
Peak gs at hard contact no contact
Neck
Tension (kN) 1.4
Extension bending moment (Nm) 7
Maximum Nij 0.25
Chest maximum compression (mm) 25
Femur (kN)
Left 1.4
Right 0.5
Knee displacement (mm)
Left 4
Right 2
Knee-thigh-hip injury risk (%)
Left 0
Right 0
Maximum tibia index
Left 0.42
Right 0.37
Tibia axial force (kN)
Left 0.8
Right 0.8
Foot acceleration (g)
Left 50
Right 40

Applies to 2018 models

Overall evaluation
A
Structure and safety cage
A
Passenger injury measures
Head/neck
G
Chest
G
Hip/thigh
G
Lower leg/foot
M
Passenger restraints and dummy kinematics
G
Driver injury measures
Head/neck
G
Chest
G
Hip/thigh
G
Lower leg/foot
G
Driver restraints and dummy kinematics
G
Important: Frontal crash test ratings should be compared only among vehicles of similar weight.

The Nissan Kicks was introduced in the 2018 model year as a replacement for the Nissan Juke. Passenger-side small overlap frontal ratings are assigned by the Institute based on a test conducted by Nissan as part of frontal crash test verification.

Structure

The passenger space was maintained reasonably well, with maximum intrusion of the lower interior of 17 cm at the lower hinge pillar. Maximum upper interior intrusion measured 13 cm at the dashboard.

Passenger injury measures

Measures from the dummy indicate that injuries to the right knee and right lower leg would be possible in a crash of this severity. The risk of significant injuries to other body regions is low.

Passenger restraints and dummy kinematics

The dummy’s movement was well controlled. The dummy’s head loaded the frontal airbag, which stayed in front of the dummy until rebound. The side curtain airbag deployed and has sufficient forward coverage to protect the head from contact with side structure and outside objects. The side torso airbag also deployed.

Driver injury measures

Measures taken from the dummy indicate a low risk of any significant injuries in a crash of this severity.

Driver restraints and dummy kinematics

The dummy’s movement was well controlled. The dummy’s head loaded the frontal airbag, which stayed in front of the dummy until rebound.

Tested vehicle specifications

Tested vehicle 2018 Nissan Kicks SV 4-door
Weight 2,654 lbs.
Side airbags front and rear head curtain airbags and front seat-mounted torso airbags
Wheelbase 103 in.
Length 169 in.
Width 69 in.
Engine 1.6 L 4-cylinder
EPA ratings 31 mpg city / 36 mpg highway

How this test is conducted

Measures of occupant compartment intrusion on passenger side

Test ID VTP1821
Lower occupant compartment
Lower hinge pillar max (cm) 17
Footrest (cm) 7
Right toepan (cm) 4
Center toepan (cm) 4
Rocker panel lateral average (cm) 3
Upper occupant compartment
Center dash (cm) 9
Upper hinge pillar max (cm) 12
Upper dash (cm) 13
Right lower dash (cm) 11

Passenger injury measures

Test ID VTP1821
Head
HIC-15 155
Peak gs at hard contact no contact
Neck
Tension (kN) 1.1
Extension bending moment (Nm) 23
Maximum Nij 0.35
Chest maximum compression (mm) 20
Femur (kN)
Left 2.5
Right 3.9
Knee displacement (mm)
Left 4
Right 13
Knee-thigh-hip injury risk (%)
Left 0
Right 1
Maximum tibia index
Left 0.58
Right 1.02
Tibia axial force (kN)
Left 2.2
Right 1.8
Foot acceleration (g)
Left 46
Right 83

Driver injury measures

Test ID VTP1821
Head
HIC-15 81
Peak gs at hard contact no contact
Neck
Tension (kN) 0.9
Extension bending moment (Nm) 17
Maximum Nij 0.17
Chest maximum compression (mm) 28
Femur (kN)
Left 0.2
Right 0.5
Knee displacement (mm)
Left 1
Right 2
Knee-thigh-hip injury risk (%)
Left 0
Right 0
Maximum tibia index
Left 0.25
Right 0.27
Tibia axial force (kN)
Left 0.2
Right 0.8
Foot acceleration (g)
Left 20
Right 45

Applies to 2018 models

Overall evaluation
G
Structure and safety cage
G
Injury measures
Head/neck
A
Chest
G
Leg/foot, left
G
Leg/foot, right
G
Restraints and dummy kinematics
G
Important: Frontal crash test ratings should be compared only among vehicles of similar weight.

The Nissan Kicks was introduced in the 2018 model year as a replacement for the Nissan Juke. Moderate overlap frontal ratings are assigned by the Institute based on a test conducted by Nissan as part of frontal crash test verification.

Injury measures

Measures taken from the neck, chest, and both legs indicate low risk of injuries to these body regions in a crash of this severity. A high head acceleration occurred when the dummy's head hit the steering wheel through the airbag, indicating that head injuries would be possible.

Restraints and dummy kinematics

Dummy movement was well controlled. The driver side curtain and side torso airbags deployed during the crash. After the dummy moved forward into the frontal airbag, its head contacted the side curtain airbag.

Tested vehicle specifications

Tested vehicle 2018 Nissan Kicks SR 4-door
Weight 2,672 lbs.
Side airbags front and rear head curtain airbags and front seat-mounted torso airbags
Wheelbase 103 in.
Length 169 in.
Width 69 in.
Engine 1.6 L 4-cylinder
EPA ratings 31 mpg city / 36 mpg highway

How this test is conducted

Measures of occcupant compartment intrusion on driver side

Test ID VTF1821
Footwell intrusion
Footrest (cm) 4
Left (cm) 6
Center (cm) 10
Right (cm) 7
Brake pedal (cm) 4
Instrument panel rearward movement
Left (cm) 3
Right (cm) 8
Steering column movement
Upward (cm) 1
Rearward (cm) 5
A-pillar rearward movement (cm) 0

Driver injury measures

Test ID VTF1821
Head
HIC-15 342
Peak gs at hard contact 78
Neck
Tension (kN) 1.3
Extension bending moment (Nm) 31
Maximum Nij 0.27
Chest maximum compression (mm) 31
Legs
Femur force - left (kN) 0.7
Femur force - right (kN) 0.8
Knee displacement - left (mm) 3
Knee displacement - right (mm) 2
Maximum tibia index - left 0.41
Maximum tibia index - right 0.32
Tibia axial force - left (kN) 1.9
Tibia axial force - right (kN) 1.3
Foot acceleration (g)
Left 43
Right 61

Applies to 2018 models built after May 2018

Overall evaluation
G
Structure and safety cage
G
Driver injury measures
Head/neck
G
Torso
G
Pelvis/leg
G
Head protection
G
Rear passenger injury measures
Head/neck
G
Torso
G
Pelvis/leg
G
Head protection
G
Side crash test ratings can be compared across vehicle categories.

The Nissan Kicks was introduced in the 2018 model year as a replacement for the Nissan Juke. Beginning with 2018 models built after May 2018, design changes were made to the rear door trim to improve occupant protection in side impact crashes. (Information about when a specific vehicle was manufactured is on the certification label typically affixed to the car on the driver door or adjacent B-pillar.)

Two tests of the Kicks were conducted, one built before the rear door trim was modified and one built afterward by Nissan as part of side crash test verification. These vehicles are rated separately, except that the structure, head protection, and driver injury ratings for both vehicles are based on both tests.

Injury measures

Driver — Measures taken from the dummy In both tests indicate a low risk of any significant injuries in a crash of this severity.

Passenger — Measures taken from the dummy in the second test indicate a low risk of any significant injuries in a crash of this severity.

Head protection

Driver — In both tests, the dummy’s head was protected from being hit by any hard structures, including the intruding barrier, by a side curtain airbag that deployed from the roof.

Passenger — In both tests, the dummy’s head was protected from being hit by any hard structures, including the intruding barrier, by a side curtain airbag that deployed from the roof.

Tested vehicle specifications

Tested vehicle 2018 Nissan Kicks SR 4-door
Weight 2,678 lbs.
Side airbags standard front and rear head curtain airbags and standard front seat-mounted torso airbags
Wheelbase 103 in.
Length 169 in.
Width 69 in.
Engine 1.6 L 4-cylinder
EPA ratings 31 mpg city / 36 mpg highway

How this test is conducted

Measures of occupant compartment intrusion on driver side

Test ID VTS1819 VTS1818
B-pillar to longitudinal centerline of driver's seat (cm)
Negative numbers indicate the amount by which the crush stopped short of the seat centerline.
-12.0 -13.0

Driver injury measures

Test ID VTS1819 VTS1818
Head HIC-15 365 260
Neck
Tension (kN) 1.6 1.1
Compression (kN) 0.3 0.2
Shoulder
Lateral deflection (mm) 28 19
Lateral force (kN) 1.4 1.2
Torso
Maximum deflection (mm) 34 30
Average deflection (mm) 32 27
Maximum deflection rate (m/s) 4.29 3.54
Maximum viscous criterion (m/s) 0.57 0.42
Pelvis
Iliac force (kN) 3.1 2.0
Acetabulum force (kN) 2.1 1.7
Combined force (kN) 4.8 3.4
Left femur
L-M force (kN) 0.8 0.9
L-M moment (Nm) 87 104
A-P moment (Nm) -23 43

Passenger injury measures

Test ID VTS1819
Head HIC-15 147
Neck
Tension (kN) 0.3
Compression (kN) 0.8
Shoulder
Lateral deflection (mm) 41
Lateral force (kN) 1.7
Torso
Maximum deflection (mm) 26
Average deflection (mm) 20
Maximum deflection rate (m/s) 3.08
Maximum viscous criterion (m/s) 0.22
Pelvis
Iliac force (kN) 0.3
Acetabulum force (kN) 1.0
Combined force (kN) 1.0
Left femur
L-M force (kN) 2.4
L-M moment (Nm) 241
A-P moment (Nm) 32

Applies to 2018 models built before June 2018

Overall evaluation
G
Structure and safety cage
G
Driver injury measures
Head/neck
G
Torso
G
Pelvis/leg
G
Head protection
G
Rear passenger injury measures
Head/neck
G
Torso
G
Pelvis/leg
M
Head protection
G
Side crash test ratings can be compared across vehicle categories.

The Nissan Kicks was introduced in the 2018 model year as a replacement for the Nissan Juke. Beginning with 2018 models built after May 2018, design changes were made to the rear door trim to improve occupant protection in side impact crashes. (Information about when a specific vehicle was manufactured is on the certification label typically affixed to the car on the driver door or adjacent B-pillar.)

Two tests of the Kicks were conducted, one built before the rear door trim was modified and one built afterward by Nissan as part of side crash test verification. These vehicles are rated separately, except that the structure, head protection, and driver injury ratings for both vehicles are based on both tests.

Injury measures

Driver — Measures taken from the dummy in both tests indicate a low risk of any significant injuries in a crash of this severity.

Passenger — Measures taken from the dummy in the first test indicate that a fracture of the femur would be possible in a crash of this severity. The risk of significant injuries to other body regions is low.

Head protection

Driver — In both tests, the dummy’s head was protected from being hit by any hard structures, including the intruding barrier, by a side curtain airbag that deployed from the roof.

Passenger — In both tests, the dummy’s head was protected from being hit by any hard structures, including the intruding barrier, by a side curtain airbag that deployed from the roof.

Tested vehicle specifications

Tested vehicle 2018 Nissan Kicks SV 4-door
Weight 2,654 lbs.
Side airbags standard front and rear head curtain airbags and standard front seat-mounted torso airbags
Wheelbase 103 in.
Length 169 in.
Width 69 in.
Engine 1.6 L 4-cylinder
EPA ratings 31 mpg city / 36 mpg highway

How this test is conducted

Measures of occupant compartment intrusion on driver side

Test ID VTS1818 VTS1819
B-pillar to longitudinal centerline of driver's seat (cm)
Negative numbers indicate the amount by which the crush stopped short of the seat centerline.
-13.0 -12.0

Driver injury measures

Test ID VTS1818 VTS1819
Head HIC-15 260 365
Neck
Tension (kN) 1.1 1.6
Compression (kN) 0.2 0.3
Shoulder
Lateral deflection (mm) 19 28
Lateral force (kN) 1.2 1.4
Torso
Maximum deflection (mm) 30 34
Average deflection (mm) 27 32
Maximum deflection rate (m/s) 3.54 4.29
Maximum viscous criterion (m/s) 0.42 0.57
Pelvis
Iliac force (kN) 2.0 3.1
Acetabulum force (kN) 1.7 2.1
Combined force (kN) 3.4 4.8
Left femur
L-M force (kN) 0.9 0.8
L-M moment (Nm) 104 87
A-P moment (Nm) 43 -23

Passenger injury measures

Test ID VTS1818
Head HIC-15 200
Neck
Tension (kN) 0.4
Compression (kN) 0.5
Shoulder
Lateral deflection (mm) 47
Lateral force (kN) 1.8
Torso
Maximum deflection (mm) 31
Average deflection (mm) 23
Maximum deflection rate (m/s) 3.24
Maximum viscous criterion (m/s) 0.29
Pelvis
Iliac force (kN) 0.3
Acetabulum force (kN) 0.5
Combined force (kN) 0.5
Left femur
L-M force (kN) 2.8
L-M moment (Nm) 340
A-P moment (Nm) -75

Applies to 2018 models

Overall evaluation
G
Curb weight 2,611 lbs
Peak force 11,530 lbs
Strength-to-weight ratio 4.42
Tested vehicle
2018 Nissan Kicks S 4-door
Roof strength test ratings can be compared across vehicle categories.

In the test, the strength of the roof is determined by pushing a metal plate against one side of it at a slow but constant speed. The force applied relative to the vehicle's weight is known as the strength-to-weight ratio. This graph shows how the ratio varied as the test of this vehicle progressed. The peak strength-to-weight ratio recorded at any time before the roof is crushed 5 inches is the key measurement of roof strength.

A good rating requires a strength-to-weight ratio of at least 4. In other words, the roof must withstand a force of at least 4 times the vehicle's weight before the plate crushes the roof by 5 inches. For an acceptable rating, the minimum required strength-to-weight ratio is 3.25. For a marginal rating, it is 2.5. Anything lower than that is poor.

How this test is conducted

Applies to 2018 models

Overall evaluation
G
Dynamic rating
G
Seat/head restraint geometry
G
Important: Ratings for head restraints & seats should be compared only among vehicles of similar weight.

Seat type

Manual cloth seat

How this test is conducted

Seat type Manual cloth seat
Geometry
Backset (mm) 21
Distance below top of head (mm) 37
Seat design parameters
Pass/fail Pass
Max T1 acceleration (g) 11.6
Head contact time (ms) 59
Force rating 1
Neck forces
Max neck shear force (N) 32
Max neck tension (N) 519

Applies to 2018 models

System details

  • Standard Autonomous Emergency Braking

Package name

  • Standard S CVT

Overall evaluation

Crash avoidance rating
Superior
5 points total

Forward collision warning

This system meets the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's criteria for forward collision warning.
1 point

Low-speed autobrake

In the 12 mph IIHS test, this vehicle avoided a collision.
2 points

High-speed autobrake

In the 25 mph IIHS test, impact speed was reduced by 13 mph.
2 points

Tested vehicle

2018 Nissan Kicks S 4-door

How this rating is determined

Ratings are given for 2 different headlight variations available for this vehicle.
Trim level(s)
  • SR trim
Low-beam headlight type LED projector
High-beam headlight type Halogen reflector
Curve-adaptive? No
Automatically switches between low beams and high beams (high-beam assist)? No
Overall rating
A
Distance at which headlights provide at least 5 lux illumination:
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Low beams

On the straightaway, visibility was good on both sides of the road. On curves, visibility was good on both right curves, fair on the sharp left curve and inadequate on the gradual left curve.

The low beams created some glare.

High beams

On the straightaway, visibility was good on the right side of the road and inadequate on the left side. On curves, visibility was good on the gradual right and gradual left curves and fair on the sharp right and sharp left curves.

How this test is conducted

Trim level(s)
  • S trim
  • SV trim
Low-beam headlight type Halogen reflector
High-beam headlight type Halogen reflector
Curve-adaptive? No
Automatically switches between low beams and high beams (high-beam assist)? No
Overall rating
P
Distance at which headlights provide at least 5 lux illumination:
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Low beams

On the straightaway, visibility was inadequate on both sides of the road. On curves, visibility was inadequate in all 4 tests.

The low beams never exceeded glare limits.

High beams

On the straightaway, visibility was good on the right side of the road and inadequate on the left side. On curves, visibility was inadequate in all 4 tests.

How this test is conducted

Trim level(s)
  • SR trim
Low-beam headlight type LED projector
High-beam headlight type Halogen reflector
Curve-adaptive? No
High-beam assist? No
Overall rating
Applies to 2018 models
A
LOW BEAMS Average minimum useful
illumination distance (5 lux)
Amount glare
exceeded threshold
Straightaway right edge 113.2 m 6.0 %
Straightaway left edge 56.3 m 6.0 %
250m radius right curve, right edge 69.3 m 16.0 %
250m radius left curve, right edge 54.8 m 26.3 %
150m radius right curve, right edge 61.0 m 15.3 %
150m radius left curve, right edge 54.4 m 72.0 %
HIGH BEAMS Average minimum useful
illumination distance (5 lux)
Straightaway right edge 163.2 m
Straightaway left edge 110.7 m
250m radius right curve, right edge 84.3 m
250m radius left curve, left edge 79.6 m
150m radius right curve, right edge 63.6 m
150m radius left curve, left edge 61.7 m

Trim level(s)
  • S trim
  • SV trim
Low-beam headlight type Halogen reflector
High-beam headlight type Halogen reflector
Curve-adaptive? No
High-beam assist? No
Overall rating
Applies to 2018 models
P
LOW BEAMS Average minimum useful
illumination distance (5 lux)
Amount glare
exceeded threshold
Straightaway right edge 47.6 m None
Straightaway left edge 26.6 m None
250m radius right curve, right edge 39.1 m None
250m radius left curve, left edge 30.5 m None
150m radius right curve, right edge 33.3 m None
150m radius left curve, left edge 29.2 m None
HIGH BEAMS Average minimum useful
illumination distance (5 lux)
Straightaway right edge 144.2 m
Straightaway left edge 114.7 m
250m radius right curve, right edge 63.8 m
250m radius left curve, left edge 61.7 m
150m radius right curve, right edge 51.6 m
150m radius left curve, left edge 48.7 m

Applies to 2018 models

How this rating is determined

Overall evaluation

G
Vehicle trim S
Seat type cloth

This vehicle has 2 rear seating positions with complete child seat attachment (LATCH) hardware.

It has 1 additional seating position with a tether anchor only.

1 2 3


Good
Acceptable
Marginal
Poor
Seating positions that rely on borrowed lower anchors or have only a tether anchor available are not rated.
Tether anchor
Lower anchors
Lower anchor(s) can be borrowed from adjacent positions(s)
No hardware available

Details by seating position

1
Tether anchor
easy-to-find location
no other hardware could be confused for anchor
Lower anchors
not too deep in seat
not too much force needed to attach
easy to maneuver around anchors
2
Tether anchor
easy-to-find location
no other hardware could be confused for anchor
Lower anchors
none available
3
Tether anchor
easy-to-find location
no other hardware could be confused for anchor
Lower anchors
not too deep in seat
not too much force needed to attach
easy to maneuver around anchors

Seat position 21

3
Lower anchor A
Open access rated No
Depth (cm) 0-2
Force (lbs) 8
Clearance angle (degrees) 82
Lower anchor B
Open access rated No
Depth (cm) 0-2
Force (lbs) 21
Clearance angle (degrees) 78
Tether anchor
Location Middle seatback
Confusing hardware present Yes
Has contrasting label
within 3 inches of tether anchor
Yes

Seat position 22

2
Lower anchor A
No lower latch for this seat position
Lower anchor B
No lower latch for this seat position
Tether anchor
Location Middle seatback
Confusing hardware present Yes
Has contrasting label
within 3 inches of tether anchor
Yes

Seat position 23

1
Lower anchor A
Open access rated No
Depth (cm) 0-2
Force (lbs) 30
Clearance angle (degrees) 78
Lower anchor B
Open access rated No
Depth (cm) 0-2
Force (lbs) 33
Clearance angle (degrees) 84
Tether anchor
Location Middle seatback
Confusing hardware present Yes
Has contrasting label
within 3 inches of tether anchor
Yes
1
Side airbags: front and rear head curtain airbags and front seat-mounted torso airbags
2
Rollover sensor: designed to deploy the side curtain airbags in the event of an impending rollover
3
Driver knee airbag: a separate airbag in the lower instrument panel designed to minimize knee injuries in frontal crashes
4
Electronic stability control
5
Antilock brakes

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