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The second-generation Niro once again offers buyers three efficient modes of transport, with traditional hybrid, plug-in hybrid, and fully-electric models. The hybrid and plug-in hybrid use a 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine and electric drive mated to a six-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission, producing 139 hp and 180 hp, respectively.
It's estimated that the plug-in version can drive up to 33 miles on electric power. The EV version produces 201-hp, with an estimated driving range of 253 miles. As before, the Niro comes only with front-wheel drive. Inside the cabin, the Niro can be outfitted with dual 10.25-inch screens for the instrument cluster and infotainment system, as well as a head-up display. Wireless Android Auto and Apple CarPlay capability are standard. Standard active safety features include FCW, AEB with pedestrian detection, BSW, RCTW, LCA, and LKA.
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2022
Kia's five-passenger Niro hybrid marries good fuel economy with cargo versatility. The 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine and electric drive unit put out a combined 139-hp.
This combo is mated to a six-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission. We got 43 mpg overall, which is good but not as impressive as the fuel economy of the Hyundai Ioniq or Toyota Prius. A plug-in hybrid and an EV version with a 239-mile range are 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 do. Recent updates included new headlights, a standard 8-inch touch screen, and various exterior styling details. Available active safety features include AEB and BSW. A 2023 redesign is around the corner.
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2017-2021
2017 Redesign Year
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.  A plug-in hybrid and full electric version were also offered. Updates for the 2020 model include new headlights, a standard 8-inch touch screen, and various exterior styling details.
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2021 Kia Niro
$27,375 - $40,175
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2020 Kia Niro
$24,875 - $37,400
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2019 Kia Niro
$22,050 - $34,700
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2018 Kia Niro
$19,475 - $25,225
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2017 Kia Niro
$17,775 - $22,050
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