The 2021 Kia Niro is arriving at dealers as a carryover model. Last year, the model went through a light refresh which gave it a slightly more aggressive front end with an updated lower front fascia. Although it still hasn't received the latest Kia design language, the refresh is helping it stay fresh in its class.
On the inside, the Niro has a sporty design with its dash slightly angled towards the driver. Some trims also come with red interior accents. In terms of technology, the Niro comes standard with an 8-inch display which now gains wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto capability. A 10.5-inch screen is available on higher trims.
The Niro is a hybrid that comes with a 1.6-liter 4-cylinder engine, a 1.56 kWh lithium-ion battery, and an electric motor. This setup is good for 139 horsepower and 195 lb-ft of torque with standard front-wheel drive and a 6-speed dual-clutch transmission.
In the safety department, the base Niro comes only with a rear-view camera. Moving up one trim to the LXS brings active safety features like blind-spot warning, lane-keeping assist, and forward-collision warning.
The 2021 Kia Niro is arriving at dealers now.
Pictured: 2020 Kia Niro