Kia Niro Touring Hybrid
Kia Niro Touring Hybrid
Kia Niro Touring Hybrid

2021 Kia Niro Hybrid

Pros: Hybrid fuel efficiency; EV zero emissions; crossover versatility

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

CG Says: The 2021 Kia Niro adds standard rear occupant alert for all models and vehicles with the base 8-inch screen get wireless Apple CarPlay/Android Auto, although vehicles with the 10.25-inch screen still require wires for connectivity. Smart Key equipped Niros now have remote engine start and the available navigation now includes 10 years of map updates. Niro is a compact crossover SUV that comes as a gas/electric hybrid, a plug-in gas/electric hybrid, or a full-electric EV. Niro does not offer a conventional gas-powered version. Unlike most SUVs, the Niro is offered only with front-wheel drive; all-wheel drive is not available. The hybrid’s 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. The plug-in hybrid has an estimated 26-miles of all-electric range. The Niro EV is powered by a 201-horsepower electric motor and has an estimated range of 239 miles. The EV is only available in California, Connecticut, Georgia, Hawaii, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, Oregon, Rhode Island, Texas, and Washington. Available safety features include autonomous emergency braking, lane-keep assist, 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 combines either hybrid fuel efficiency or electric zero emissions with SUV practicality in a stylish package. It should appeal to environmentally conscious buyers who want a vehicle with good interior room that doesn’t scream “EV” or “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 Hybrid LX: $25,865
Hybrid LXS: $27,265
Hybrid Touring: $29,565
Hybrid Touring Special Edition: $32,125
Hybrid EX Premium: $34,125
Plug-in Hybrid LXS: $30,765
Plug-in Hybrid EX: $34,565
Plug-in Hybrid EX Premium: $37,725
EV EX: NA
EV EX Premium: NA

Base Engine
1.6-liter 4-cylinder/electric
Horsepower
139
Std. Transmission
6-speed automated manual
Avail. Transmission
NA
EPA City Range (mpg)
46-53
EPA Hwy Range (mpg)
40-48

Optional Engine
1.6-liter 4-cylinder/electric (Plug-in Hybrid)
Horsepower
139
Std. Transmission
6-speed automated manual
Avail. Transmission
NA
EPA Gas Engine Combined (mpg)
46
EPA Electric Engine Combined (MPGe)
105

Optional Engine
electric motor (EV)
Horsepower
201
Std. Transmission
single-speed
Avail. Transmission
NA
EPA City Range (MPGe)
NA
EPA Highway Range (MPGe)
NA