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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 warning with rear cross-traffic warning, but that tends to push the price to above $30,000.

Road Test

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 --...

Highs

  • Good fuel economy
  • Easy-to-use controls

Lows

  • One can get better fuel economy for the same price
  • Desirable options push price close to $30,000

Best Version to Get

Our choice would be the EX with the Sunroof and Advanced Technology package. This way, you get safety features such as forward-collision warning and automatic emergency braking, along with a 10-way power driver's seat with two-way lumbar support. The EX trims add blind-spot warning, rear cross-tr...

Specifications

Seating
2 front, 3 rear
Drive Wheels
Front
Warranty
  • Basic: 5 year/60,000 miles
  • Powertrain: 10 year/100,000 miles
  • Rust through: 5 year/100,000 miles
  • Roadside aid: 5 year/60,000 miles
Body Styles
wagon
Transmissions Available
  • 6-speed Sequential
Engines Available
  • 1.6-liter 4 hybrid (139 hp)

Ratings

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