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

2022 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 2022 Kia Niro adds an LX-SE trim to the Hybrid line and the EV gains a larger 10.25-inch controls screen. The Plug-in Hybrid is unchanged. 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: $25,985
Hybrid LXS: $27,385
Hybrid LXS-SE: $28,885
Hybrid Touring: $29,565
Hybrid Touring SE: $31,185
Hybrid EX Premium: $33,285
Plug-in Hybrid LXS: $30,885
Plug-in Hybrid EX: $34,685
Plug-in Hybrid EX Premium: $37,785
EV S: $40,385
EV EX: $41,285
EV EX Premium: $45,945

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)
123
EPA Highway Range (MPGe)
102

Kia Niro PHEV
2022 Kia Niro PHEV
Kia Niro EV
2022 Kia Niro EV
NHTSA Ratings
Overall - 4
80%

(5 is the highest rating)

Front Crash - 4
80%
Side Crash - 5
100%
Rollover - 4
80%

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