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2019
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2019 Kia Niro Ratings & Reliability
Kia's five-passenger Niro marries good fuel economy with cargo versatility. This front-wheel-drive hybrid uses a 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine, which, in conjunction with the electric drive unit, puts out a combined 139 hp. This combo is mated to a six-speed dual-clutch transmission. Having the lithium-ion battery located under the rear seat creates a flat cargo floor when the rear seats are folded. We got 43 mpg overall, which is good but not as impressive as the Hyundai Ioniq or Toyota Prius. A plug-in hybrid is also available. The handling lacks agility, and the ride is a bit choppy. The optional power driver's seat provides better support than the standard seats. Available safety features include automatic emergency braking, blind spot warning, and rear cross traffic warning, but they push the price to more than $30,000. An EV version with a promised 239-mile range is available in 2019.
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Kia Niro 2018
Kia's five-passenger Niro marries good fuel economy with cargo versatility. This front-wheel-drive hybrid uses a 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine which, in conjunction with the electric drive unit, puts out a combined 139 hp. This combo is mated to a six-speed dual-clutch transmission. Because the lithium-ion battery is located under the rear seat, that creates a flat cargo floor when the rear seats are folded. We got 43 mpg overall, which is good but not as good as the Hyundai Ioniq or Toyota Prius. The handling lacks agility and the ride is a bit choppy. The optional power driver seat provides better support than the standard seats do. A suite of advanced safety features is available, including automatic emergency braking, smart cruise control, and blind-spot detection with rear cross-traffic alert.
Average Retail Price Trade-in Price Reliability Verdict Owner Satisfaction View Local Inventory
2018 $17,850 - $24,325 $15,890 - $22,390
2017 $16,800 - $20,600 $14,040 - $18,740