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.