Three Niro Models
Kia offers three distinct Niro models.
The Niro comes in a trio of engine options. What is the difference between a hybrid, plug-in hybrid, and electric vehicle? A hybrid vehicle is a gas-first engine. The lithium-ion battery is charged by the operation of the vehicle. By comparison, a PHEV vehicle is an electric first vehicle. The motor provides backup power. Finally, the EV is an all-electric vehicle.
Aside from the primary power source, there are other differences among models that may influence a buyer. Thy hybrid Niro delivers an impressive 50 MPG. It transitions smoothly and seamlessly from gas to electric power. The hybrid Niro comes in five trim levels: LX, LXS, Touring, Touring Special Edition, and EX Premium.
The Niro hybrid is loaded with advanced safety technology. A powered sunroof, LED headlights, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and a high-performance sports mode make it a fun ride. The starting MSRP is an economical $24,090.
The Niro PHEV bridges the gap between hybrid and full electric. It has all of the benefits of a small SUV and is eligible for tax rebates and HOV access. The starting MSRP is a jump to $29,950. The PHEV comes in just three trim levels. It is also loaded with safety and infotainment technology. The PHEV offers superb efficiency with an estimated 46 MPG combined and a 105 MPGe combined.
You may notice an immediate difference in the EV as it has no need for a front airflow grill. Instead, a sold panel and blue accent trim set the Niro EV apart. The EV is the most expensive of the three with a starting MSRP of $39,090. The NIRO EV has a driving range of up to 239 miles. The lithium-ion battery offers quick charging capability. The Niro ranked number one among mass-market brands in the inaugural J.D. Power Electric Vehicle Experience (EVX) Ownership Study. It may be eligible for state and local utility incentives depending on where you live.
All three of the NIRO models offer a compact SUV, comfort, and efficiency.