Last month I traveled to Detroit to check out the North American International Auto Show. That’s where details about the upcoming Kia Stinger was revealed! Last week I went on another Kia-filled adventure but to a place I’ve never been before – Texas! More specifically, San Antonio. The official release of the 2017 Kia Niro is here and I got an inside look at what it took for Kia to make their first ever HUV (Hybrid Utility Vehicle). Did you follow along with #ExperienceKia #TheNewKia on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook?
Following our trip, the Big Game was held… you can’t tell me you didn’t see it. I’m sure you saw the Kia Niro commercial starring Melissa McCarthy, right? It’s not only hilarious, but it tells a story that no matter what you do, the eco-friendly Niro can hold its own.
Saying goodbye to the boring, predictable and quite frankly forgettable experience you’ve had with other eco-friendly vehicles. This all-new Niro from Kia sparks everything that you want in a hybrid-electric model with a utility model. All molded into one single bit a genius.
We were there to not only take in the Kia Niro inside and out but learn about it too. So before a fun Ride & Drive experience, we all sat down to hear from the people behind the vehicle first hand.
Numbers Speak Volume – Kia Niro Pricing
Wondering about the price of the Kia Niro? Of course, when making a huge purchase like a vehicle, there are a lot of factors that will get you into the car of your dreams or get you leaving the lot faster than ever. Thankfully, pricing for the Kia Niro starts at $22,890 for the FE model and goes up to $29,500 for the Touring model! A terrific price point for everything you want and need in a hybrid. Now let’s talk about the trim models and what you get. For the FE… yes, it’s a stripped down model, but you still get power windows, and door locks, keyless entry, 7″. LCD touchscreen color display with an integrated rear camera, 6-speaker audio system, and steering wheel control buttons. But that’s about it when it comes to your electronic components. I’m sure you want more, though, right? Well the Kia Niro comes with five trims options including the limited Launch model only available in 2017. Each model gives you just a bit more bang for your buck. The model you see in my photos is the Touring packing. Fully loaded and absolutely amazing.
Baby You Can Drive My Car… and drive… and drive – Kia Niro Gas Milage
When Heather from Pink Ninja Blog and I took our pretty “Cerulean Blue” Niro out on the road through southern Texas, we had no idea what to expect. Sure, everyone told us that the Niro would get fantastic gas mileage but would it really? We drove that baby for a good 3+ hours and boy, did we see the fruits of our labor!
After the first leg of our trip, we were getting a good solid 40mpg. Now let’s back up for a moment. Your trim model matters so let me tell you why. The Niro FE model will get you around 595 miles which is 52/49/50 (that’s highway, city, combined, mpg. est.). As I mentioned before, we had the Touring model, so if you look at the photo below (left side), you’ll see on a full tank of gas we had 511 miles on hand. Now I don’t know about your car, but in the 2017 Kia Sorento SXL V6, I drive I believe a full tank gives me 337 miles. Already, the Touring model is a HUGE improvement, right? But let’s get back to why the FE model gets more gas milage. Wheels. Simple as that my friends.
All of the Kia Niro trims have 16″ wheels except for the Touring model which has 18″ wheels. Simply put, having bigger wheels means the engine has to work harder and use more fuel to move the tire. Although marginal, you will have to take into account if you want more bells and whistles or if you want a bit more miles per gallon. Me? I suck it up and would take everything the Touring has to offer.
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Piggybacking from the previous topic, we’ll talk about just HOW the Niro gets such great gas mileage.
The Kia Niro switches between petrol and electric power or uses a combination of both. Regenerative Braking System converts kinetic energy to recharge the battery. It also boasts an overall output of 141 hp – and can reach a purely electric vehicle speed of 120 km/h. While driving, it seamlessly adapts to the lay of the land offering exceptional driving comfort.
Fun To Be Had – Kia Niro Amenities
When you step into the Touring model, there isn’t anything missing, and in fact, you get some fun things you didn’t even know you were missing before!
When space is of the essence, you have plenty of options in the new Kia Niro. With the battery smartly stowed under the rear seats, even your tallest friends will have ample leg room. You and your co-pilot don’t have to sacrifice anything either. Adjust the 8-way power driver’s seat to the perfect position and get going.
What else? How about no more cords. Yep, that’s right. Just place your compatible mobile device on the charging pad and watch the magic happen. A warning noise will alert you if you turn off the vehicle and forget the device on the pad, too!
All around comfort, all year long! The front seats in the cabin circulate warm or cool air – depending on the weather outside – to make sure you’re never too hot and never too cold. This is a feature my husband loves and demands in a vehicle, so when I told him that the Niro had the feature, he was excited. It’s something you don’t know you’re missing until you have it.
Safe and hassle-free driving with Kia’s Drive Wise safety technology. This includes Autonomous Emergency Braking, Blind Spot Detection warning signals, Smart Cruise Control, Lane Keep Assistance.
Packed with tech, comfort and a look that will turn heads, the Kia Niro gives great value for your money. There’s way too much to talk about, and I could go on and on about it for days.
I’ve been following this new vehicle ever since I went to San Diego with Kia last year, then again at the Orlando Auto Show. It has everything a family or single person would need and want, and I cannot wait to share more with you.
What better way to end a fabulous trip than with fun, food, and friends! Kia knows how to throw a party, that’s for sure.
Disclaimer: I was sent on an all-expenses-paid trip to San Antonio, Texas for the Kia Niro National Press Introduction. All opinions are mine unless noted otherwise. I was not paid to write the content above.