2017 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: The 2017 Kia Niro is an all-new 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 lone transmission. Available safety features include blind-spot alert, rear cross-traffic alert, forward-collision warning, automatic emergency braking, and lane-departure 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 new 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 $22,890
LX: $23,200
EX: $25,700
Touring Launch Edition: $28,000
Touring: $29,650

Base Engine
1.6-liter 4-cylinder/electric
Horsepower
139
Std. Transmission
6-speed automated-manual
Avail. Transmission
NA
EPA City Range (mpg)
46-52
EPA Hwy Range (mpg)
40-49