Thanks to its high stance, conservative styling, and a more normal, traditional-acting automatic transmission, the Kia Niro is a genre-splitting hybrid that combines fuel economy with versatility. It uses the same drivetrain as its sibling hybrid -- the Hyundai Ioniq -- and also suffers from some of that car's shortcomings. When compared with conventional wagons and small SUVs, the Niro's 43 mpg overall is impressive.
Alerts
There are 3 recalls on this vehicle. Learn More.

Reliability

Reliability indicates how models have performed in the past, providing the basis for predicting how the vehicles will hold up in the year ahead. These charts provide the most comprehensive reliability information available to consumers. Based on information received from our latest subscriber survey, our reliability history charts give you a rundown on how used vehicles are holding up in 17 potential trouble spots, ranging from the engine, transmission, and brakes to power equipment and the electrical system.

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Reliability indicates how models have performed in the past, providing the basis for predicting how the vehicles will hold up in the year ahead. These charts provide the most comprehensive reliability information available to consumers. Based on information received from our latest subscriber survey for about 420,000 vehicles, our reliability history charts give you a rundown on how 2000 through 2019 vehicles are holding up in 17 potential trouble spots, ranging from the engine, transmission, and brakes to power equipment and the electrical system. NA indicates that we did not receive a large enough sample size to provide data for a specific year. An X indicates that the vehicle was not manufactured for a specific year.

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Owner Reported Trouble Spots

The Reliability score is based on our latest subscriber survey of 2017 Kia Niro owners. The owner comments describe problems respondents experienced with this vehicle.

Body Integrity

Squeaks, rattles, wind noises, loose or cracked seals and/or weather-stripping, air and water leaks.

What Owners Say

Air or water leaks

"wind and road sounds enter the passenger compartment; inadequate door and window seals."

Anonymous, AZ (2017 Kia Niro 1.6-L 4 Cyl hybrid)
Squeaks or rattles

"Vehicle delivered with very audible rattle emanating from rear area of undercarriage. I took vehicle to dealership, which readily acknowledged problem, and made repair to my complete satisfaction. Told couple of bolts needed tightening in rear suspension assembly."

Thomas B., CA (2017 Kia Niro 1.6-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"passenger side door/window"

Robert C., AZ (2017 Kia Niro EX 1.6-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"have a rattle when closing the back hatch door ...will have it checked on next oil service visit"

Jerry M., TX (2017 Kia Niro 1.6-L 4 Cyl hybrid)
Wind noise

"I AM HEARING IMPAIRED. WIND AND ROAD NOISE MAKE IT NEARLY IMPOSSIBLE FOR ME TO CONVERSE WITH PASSENGERS, OR TO LISTEN TO THE RADIO."

Anonymous, AZ (2017 Kia Niro 1.6-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

In-car Electronics

CD or DVD players, radio, speakers, GPS, communication system (e.g., OnStar), display screen freezes or goes blank, phone pairing (e.g. Bluetooth), voice control commands, steering wheel controls, portable music device interface (e.g., iPod/MP3 player), backup or other camera/sensors.

What Owners Say

External music device interface (e.g., smart phone, MP3 player)

"I have a personal and work cell phone. The phones and the car systems don't play well together. Apple Carplay drops the audible book when the Waze app gets an alert. Sometimes Carplay drops even tho plugged into USB port. Sometimes the radio/audio book doesn't mute when I answer a call."

Valarie H., CA (2017 Kia Niro 1.6-L 4 Cyl hybrid)
In-dash navigation system (GPS)

"There have been two updates to the in-dash GPS (that I am aware of) during my ownership of this vehicle. First, a firmware update to addressed voice recognition and system stability. This was applied by the dealership and improved the usability markedly. The second, a map update, has NOT been applied due to EXORBITANT cost - approximately $180 if user installed, significantly more if installed by the dealership. While the navigation works reasonably well vendor lock-in provides a sub-standard product at high price, leading to early obsolescence."

W G., NC (2017 Kia Niro EX 1.6-L 4 Cyl hybrid)
Routine software updates

"I've never been able to use the diagnostics. It will pop up but then not provide a report. I don't think to get software updates I have to take it to the dealer."

Valarie H., CA (2017 Kia Niro 1.6-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

Body Hardware

Power or manual windows, locks and latches, tailgate, hatch or trunk, doors or sliding doors, mirrors, seat controls, safety belts, sunroof, convertible top.

What Owners Say

Glass defects

"minor waviness in windsheild"

Anonymous, AZ (2017 Kia Niro 1.6-L 4 Cyl hybrid)
Locks and latches

"More than one exterior door handle fell off of the car when opened."

Ben A., OK (2017 Kia Niro 1.6-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"Door handle broke, fixed by dealer at no cost"

Anonymous, AK (2017 Kia Niro LX 1.6-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

Drive System

Driveshaft or axle, CV joint, differential, transfer case, 4WD/AWD components, driveline vibration, traction control, electronic stability control (ESC), electrical failure.

What Owners Say

Electrical failure

"Engine computer failure that affected gas to electric transition, eventually leaving the car stalled. Dealer fixed on warranty, provided free loaner, but diagnosis & repair took over 1 week."

Henrik A., CA (2017 Kia Niro 1.6-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

"Electrical relay failed on delivery. Had to drive a loaner for 5 days until my car could be repaired and delivered."

Ben A., OK (2017 Kia Niro 1.6-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

Transmission Major

Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.

What Owners Say

Clutch replacement

"Car would near stall when going up hills and lose speed."

Anonymous, OR (2017 Kia Niro EX 1.6-L 4 Cyl hybrid)
Torque converter

"On a hill, vehicle races for an extended period before engaging in a gear., especially when the hill is taken from a slow start. Very detrimental to fuel consumption. I was told by the dealership that Kia is aware of this problem, and that it requires a software fix. So far, that fix has not been forthcoming."

Anonymous, UT (2017 Kia Niro EX 1.6-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

Exhaust

Muffler, pipes, catalytic converter, exhaust manifold, leaks.

What Owners Say

Other/unsure

"Not sure where to list this. It was a recall issue related to the restraint systems for child seats. The recall notice said to not allow children to ride in the car until fixed. The dealer had to take pieces apart to determine which part was needed, and then order the part, which was slow to arrive because the person doing the ordering left the company."

Anonymous, AK (2017 Kia Niro 1.6-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

Suspension

Shocks or struts, ball joints, tie rods, wheel bearings, alignment, steering linkage (includes rack and pinion), power steering (pumps and hoses, leaks), wheel balance, springs or torsion bars, bushings, electronic or air suspension.

What Owners Say

Power steering pumps and hoses

"manufactetrer recall. fixed at no expense"

Anonymous, AZ (2017 Kia Niro FE)

Climate System

Blower (fan) motor, A/C compressor, condenser, evaporator, heater system, automatic climate control, refrigerant leakage, electrical failure.

Fuel System

Check engine light, sensors (includes O2 or oxygen sensor), emission control devices (includes EGR), engine computer, engine computer, fuel cap, fuel gauge/sender, fuel injection system, fuel pump, fuel leaks, stalling or hesitation.

Electric System

Alternator, starter, hybrid battery and related systems, regular battery, battery cables, engine harness, coil, ignition switch, electronic ignition, distributor or rotor failure, spark plugs and wires failure.

Engine Minor

Accessory belts and pulleys, engine computer, engine mounts, engine knock or ping, oil leaks.

Power Equipment

Cruise control, clock, warning lights, body control module, keyless entry, wiper motor or washer, tire pressure monitor, interior or exterior lights, horn, gauges, 12V power plug, remote engine start, alarm or security system

Transmission Minor

Gear selector or linkage, leaks, transmission computer, transmission sensor or solenoid, clutch adjustment, rough shifting, slipping transmission.

Brakes

Antilock system (ABS), parking brake, master cylinder, calipers, rotors, pulsation or vibration, squeaking, brake failure or wear.

Paint/Trim

Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling), loose interior and exterior trim or moldings, rust.

Engine Cooling

Radiator, cooling fan, antifreeze leaks, water pump, thermostat, overheating.

Engine Major

Engine rebuild or replacement, cylinder head, head gasket, turbo or supercharger, timing chain or timing belt.

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This score shows whether the model had more or fewer problems overall than the average model of that year, calculated from the total number of problems reported by subscribers in all 17 trouble spots.
Recalls
PROVIDED BY
HYBRID PROPULSION SYSTEM
Sep 25 2018
The increased electrical resistance can overheat the rear seat which is above the PRA, increasing the risk of a fire.
Summary:
Kia Motors America (Kia) is recalling certain 2017-2018 Kia Niro hybrid electric vehicles. The Main Relay within the Power Relay Assembly (PRA) may have inadequate connections between its contacts, causing increased electrical resistance.
What should you do:
Kia will notify owners, and dealers will inspect the Power Relay Assembly (PRA) for damage. If no damage is found, the main relay will be replaced. If damage is found, the PRA will be replaced. These repairs will be performed free of charge. The recall began November 23, 2018. Owners may contact Kia customer service at 1-800-333-4542. Kia's number for this recall is SC168.
For more information:
Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 18V666000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 27030
HYBRID PROPULSION SYSTEM
Apr 20 2018
An electrical short can increase the risk of a fire.
Summary:
Kia Motors America (Kia) is recalling certain 2017 Kia Niro vehicles. The Hydraulic Clutch Actuator (HCA) inner oil seal may leak, allowing oil to accumulate in the cap area, possibly resulting in an electrical short.
What should you do:
Kia will notify owners, and dealers will inspect the HCA caps for leaked oil and replace the HCA assembly if needed, or replace the HCA cap with additional sealant. These repairs will be performed free of charge. The recall is expected to begin June 15, 2018. Owners may contact Kia customer service at 1-800-333-4542. Kia's number for this recall is SC163.
For more information:
Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 18V257000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 27029
STEERING:ELECTRIC POWER ASSIST SYSTEM
Mar 10 2017
Loss of power steering assist would require higher steering effort, especially at lower speeds, which may increase the risk of a crash.
Summary:
Kia Motors America (Kia) is recalling certain 2017 Niro vehicles. The affected vehicles may have a damaged Motor Driven Power Steering (MDPS) connector resulting in a loss of electric power steering assistance.
What should you do:
Kia will notify owners, and dealers will replace the MDPS motor, free of charge. The recall began April 3, 2017. Owners may contact Kia customer service at 1-800-333-4542. Kia's number for this recall is SC145.
For more information:
Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 17V159000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 135
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