The Niro was part of the Kia brand’s first big push into the electrified vehicle marketplace. Built on a platform dedicated to battery-powered vehicles, the Niro is a conventional gas-electric hybrid; there are also plug-in hybrid and pure electric versions, each of which is covered in separate buyer’s guide entries.
What’s New/Key Changes From Last Year
For 2022, the Kia Niro carries forward unchanged; even the price is the same as last year’s model.
Kia sells the Niro in L, EX and SX Touring trims. In all, a 1.6L four-cylinder engine and an electric motor put their combined power through a six-speed automatic transmission to the front wheels.
Niro L is fitted with 16-inch alloy wheels, heated front seats, dual-zone A/C, an 8.0-inch touchscreen, smartphone integration, and cruise control.
EX gains fog lights, LED taillights, a sunroof, power-folding side mirrors, partial leather upholstery, heated steering wheel, leather-trimmed steering wheel/shifter, under-floor storage, satellite radio, wireless phone charging, passive keyless entry, an auto-dimming mirror, blind spot monitoring, and rear cross-traffic alert.
SX Touring adds 18-inch wheels, LED headlights and fog lights, leather upholstery, heated rear and ventilated front seats, 10.25-inch infotainment display, a premium stereo, a 110-volt power outlet, adaptive cruise control, lane keep/follow assist driver attention alert, forward collision warning with automatic braking, and front/rear parking sensors.
Kia’s fuel consumption estimates are 4.4/4.9 L/100 km (city/highway) for L and EX trims, and 5.0/5.6 L/100 km for SX Touring.
The Toyota Prius is the Niro’s most obvious competitor, and it also competes for the public’s attention with the mechanically similar Hyundai Ioniq. If you’re not wedded to the Niro’s wagon body style, consider hybrid versions of the Honda Accord and Toyota Camry family sedans.
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