Kia's five-passenger Niro hybrid marries good fuel economy with cargo versatility.
The 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine and electric drive unit puts out a combined 139 hp.
This combo is mated to a six-speed dual-clutch transmission.
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.
An EV version with a 239-mile range is also available.
Updates for the 2020 model include new headlights, a standard 8-inch touch screen, and various exterior styling details.
Available safety features include automatic emergency braking, blind spot warning, lane keeping assistance, and rear cross traffic warning, but they push the price above $30,000.