Kia's newest crossover, the compact Niro offers abundant features and mature styling in an affordable package. While that might be enough for some buyers, its most compelling attribute is a hybrid powertrain that delivers exceptional efficiency.
What's New for 2017
The Niro is an all-new model.
Choosing Your Kia Niro
The Niro achieves a stellar 50 miles per gallon in combined city and highway driving, according to the EPA. The credit goes to a hybrid setup consisting of a 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine and an electric motor which together produce 139 horsepower. Every example gets selectable driving modes (Normal, Sport, Eco, Snow). A six-speed automatic transmission delivers power to the front wheels, but despite the crossover body, Kia isn't offering an all-wheel-drive model.
With the rear seat folded, the Niro can hold 54.5 cubic feet of stuff. That's more than the smallest crossovers, but trails the leading compacts by a significant margin. We consider the Niro comparable to a hatchback or small wagon in terms of versatility.
For its debut season, the Niro comes in five trim levels
The LX comes with the features most buyers want in a small crossover, along with access to advanced safety technology at a reasonable price. It's our pick for best overall value. That said, the EX or Touring might be a better fit for buyers downsizing from a larger crossover or SUV.