Pricing for the Kia Niro starts at $24,280 for an entry-level hybrid FE, and runs up to $35,835 for an EX Premium plug-in hybrid finished in optional Snow White Pearl or Aurora Black Pearl. Like all Kias, the Niro comes well equipped. The usual power features are present as well as dual-zone automatic climate control (with a driver-only function), automatic headlights, satellite radio, Bluetooth, Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, a seven-inch touchscreen, and a rearview camera.
Although the plug-in is priced well, we'd pick the more affordable hybrid, skip the FE and LX trims and head for the EX with additional features that include power-folding heated outside mirrors, leather-trimmed cloth seats (heated in front), keyless push-button start, and a leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob. Blind-spot monitoring is also standard as is rear cross-traffic alert, lane change assist, and access to a number of other advanced safety features.
Here's how we'd build it:
- Model: 2018 Kia Niro EX Hybrid
- Engine: 1.6-liter four-cylinder
- Output: 104 hp / 109 lb-ft
- Electric Motor: 240V
- Output: 43 hp / 125 lb-ft
- System: 139 hp / 195 lb-ft
- Transmission:Six-speed dual clutch automatic
- Drivetrain: Front-wheel drive
- MPG: 51 City / 46 Hwy
- Options:Advanced Technology Package ($1,950, adaptive cruise control, forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, lane keeping assist, and 10-way power driver's seat with power lumbar).
- Base Price:$27,090 (including a $940 destination fee)
- Best Value Price:$29,040