A new hybrid crossover takes the industry by storm
The 2017 Kia Niro isn’t just new for 2017: it’s an all-new model in the Kia lineup and the automaker’s first to be built from the ground up as a hybrid vehicle. More than that, it is also a fresh take on the crossover segment that combines generous passenger room and impressive fuel economy with an outstanding list of modern safety and convenience technologies. It’s no wonder the 2017 Kia Niro was named “Highest Ranked Small SUV in Initial Quality” in the J.D. Power 2017 U.S. Initial Quality Study.*
The 2017 Kia Niro is powered by a 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine paired with a 1.56-kWh lithium-ion polymer battery. It produces a combined 139 horsepower and 195 lb-ft of torque while returning 52 mpg city, 49 mpg highway and 50 mpg combined,** making it one of the most efficient hybrids on the market and, notably, putting it well ahead of any similarly-priced competitors such as the Toyota Prius v or the Ford C-MAX.
Style is second nature to the 2017 Kia Niro, which boasts a clean yet attractive small crossover SUV design with modern touches like body-color door handles and mirrors on every model, and some nice upgrades like 18-inch alloy wheels on upper trims.
The interior is perhaps the Niro’s greatest strength. Everything is smartly situated, from the audio and climate controls to the USB and power ports. All the buttons and knobs feel well-engineered and the overall layout was clearly designed with functionality and elegance equally in mind. At the center of it all is the latest version of Kia’s easy-to-use UVO3 infotainment system, standard across all trim levels, which includes Apple CarPlay™ and Android Auto™ compatibility as well as one-touch access to Pandora internet radio and various other apps.
The 2017 Kia Niro is probably the first small crossover SUV to provide all of the advantages that come with greater vehicle size but without any of the downsides. In addition to its excellent fuel economy, it also boasts a tight turning radius, good outward visibility and a standard backup camera, making it easy to navigate even the busiest city streets and parking lots.
Additionally, the Niro comes with available rear cross-traffic alert, a new adaptive cruise control system and various other useful passive and active safety technologies, including as a driver’s knee airbag, traditional traction control and vehicle stability control systems, and an Iso-Structure™ body made of more than 50% advanced high-strength steel.
Add to all that America’s leading warranty and the 2017 Kia Niro promises to be the hybrid and crossover SUV combination that everyone had hoped would finally take the industry by storm.
*The Kia Niro received the lowest number of problems per 100 vehicles reflecting higher quality among small SUVs in the J.D. Power 2017 U.S. Initial Quality Study based on 77,419 total responses, evaluating 189 models, and measures the opinions of new 2017 vehicle owners after 90 days of ownership, surveyed in February-May 2017. Your experiences may vary. Visit jdpower.com/cars.
**EPA fuel economy estimates. Actual mileage will vary with options, driving conditions, driving habits, and your vehicle’s condition.
This article is presented by Community Kia in Baytown, Texas.