2018 Kia Niro

Pros: Hybrid fuel efficiency; crossover versatility; less expensive than Prius v

Cons: All-wheel-drive is not available; fuel economy of Touring models is significantly lower than base models

CG Says: A Kia Niro plug-in hybrid with an estimated 26-miles of all-electric range is expected during the 2018 model year. Autonomous emergency braking, lane-keep assist, and adaptive cruise control are now standard on the topline Touring model. The 2018 Kia Niro is a compact crossover SUV that comes solely in gas/electric hybrid form. Unlike most SUVs, the Niro is offered only with front-wheel drive; all-wheel drive is not available. The lone powertrain is a 1.6-liter four-cylinder gasoline engine paired with an electric motor for a combined 139 horsepower. A six-speed automated-manual is the only transmission. Available safety features include blind-spot alert, rear cross-traffic alert, forward-collision warning, and adaptive cruise control. Keyless access and starting, heated/ventilated front seats, and heated steering wheel are among the available comfort features. An Eco-DAS (Driver Assistance System) helps achieve maximum fuel economy. A coasting guide tells the driver the best times to coast and brake, while Predictive Energy Control anticipates topographical changes to road ahead to optimize hybrid efficiency. The Kia Niro offers hybrid fuel efficiency and SUV practicality in a stylish package. It should appeal to environmentally conscious buyers who want good fuel economy in a vehicle with good interior room that doesn’t scream “hybrid.”

The Facts
Class Compact SUV
Body Style(s) 4-door wagon
Passenger Count 5
Drive Wheels front-wheel drive
Manufacturer Kia
Nation of Manufacture South Korea
Base Prices FE: $24,180
LX: $24,490
EX: $26,990
Touring: $32,84
Plug-in Hybrid LX: $29,235
Plug-in Hybrid EX: $32,440
Plug-in Hybrid EX Premium: $35,440

Base Engine
1.6-liter 4-cylinder/electric
Std. Transmission
6-speed autoimated-manual
Avail. Transmission
EPA City Range (mpg)
EPA Hwy Range (mpg)

Optional Engine
1.6-liter 4-cylinder/electric (Plug-in Hybrid)
Std. Transmission
6-speed automated-manual
Avail. Transmission
EPA Gas Engine Combined (mpg)
EPA Electric Engine Combined (MPGe)

2017 Niro
2018 Kia Niro
NHTSA Ratings
Overall - NA

(5 is the highest rating)

Front Crash - NA
Side Crash - NA
Rollover - NA

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