2017 Kia Niro Quick Drive | Consumer Reports

The all-new Kia Niro is trying to break the Toyota Prius' dominant position in the hybrid market. With a lower starting price than the Prius, the Niro has high hopes of becoming a top fuel economy contender.

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Author CuteMonster ( ago)
I think "nondescript" accurately captures the first impression one gets when seeing the Niro in person. I saw it at the 2017 NY Auto Show and was not impressed. That being said, it would make an excellent commuter vehicle or rental.

Author Trades46 ( ago)
Mini-SUV are all the rage so the Niro can score some points here, especially considering its low entry price & hybrid powertrain to go along with the package. The obvious drawback here is lack of AWD; not a surprise as the Niro is related to the Ioniq which is more economy hatchback than actual SUV.

Author K Zayas ( ago)
They use a dual clutch because they know cvt are retarded.
Good job Kia!

Author landyachtfan79 ( ago)
Come on, Simpsons fans, you know what you get when you say Kia Niro 3 times fast!!!!!!!

Author Hankyu Park ( ago)
Cosumer report asks too much
I was like
Even Japanese cars dont equip those safety feature for standard trim dude wtf... and why do u say like
Handling is not sporty... holy tits it's not sport car
Biased report i dont expect right review from this channel

Author Bo Choi ( ago)
very nice

Author Mai Le ( ago)
you cant compare the price, this drive train is unproven. using double clutch auto manual transmission is gonna be quite hard to be reliable. Prius can go 500k miles with its drive train.

instead of just reading features, CR should focus on testing. .....

Author Nick Purdy ( ago)
You guys need to test the top of the line touring trim. Beefier wheels and grippy tires make the ride much more dynamic than the lower trims.

Author Akhil Bolla ( ago)
Where is AWD in this suv like hybrid

Author Kiss Kiss ( ago)
"Full battery of tests" I see what you did there.

Author shopwithaaron ( ago)
Niro doesn't have the what plant am I from looks of the Toyota....

Author azn5594 ( ago)
And it looks good!

Author McSMACKthe1st ( ago)
Looks nice and a great choice for driving around town while getting good MPG. 👍🏽
But one question, 10 missed calls?! 😯 This guy needs to answer his phone every once in a while. I mean the Niro comes with Apple CarPlay AND his phone is plugged into it. I'd say "Hello!" Right now but he'd ignore it like those phone calls.😂🤣

Author albert7139 ( ago)
Why should those safety features be standard? Are people buying their drivers licenses now a days?

Author Henry Ford ( ago)
I would definitely try one out and for that price might even be tempted to buy one!

Author DigitalYojimbo ( ago)
wait wasn't cmax one of the worst picks a year or 2 ago ?

Author SuperHollowfied ( ago)
Consumer Reports loves being wrong.

The Kia Niro is a compact hybrid crossover. Naturally it competes against other compact hybrid crossovers like the Toyota RAV4, Nissan Rogue, etc.

Author Maestro_T ( ago)
It seems like the more normal-looking hybrids have not done as well historically, so maybe they should have added a few "weird" styling cues, though not so many as the Prius (ugh). The exterior styling seems old, but I like the simple interior.

Author Frederick Rothe III ( ago)
People will pick this over Toyota.

Author Jake Root ( ago)
How can it drive on electric only (up to 40 mph) with a 6-speed gearbox?

Author cadsux ( ago)
"Low gas prices & Toyota's dominance...means the Niro is facing an uphill battle." There were similar thoughts about the Kia Soul, when the market had cube shaped MPVs like the Scion xB, Nissan Cube & Honda Element. Now all that's left is the Honda Fit. Also, last December, the Niro achieved a world's record of over 77 mpg from Los Angeles to NYC.

Author Robert Schneider ( ago)
Like this car but I'll never buy or lease a car equipped with a Dual Clutch Automatic Transmission again.

Author nickolastiguan ( ago)
More competition is always a good thing.

Author landyachtfan79 ( ago)
Best part about this doesn't look like a robot/Storm Trooper!!!!!! I am not going to lie, I find this vehicle EXTREMELY intriguing. However, I do think that the lack of AWD, even as an option, is seriously going to hurt sales in the increasingly competitive compact crossover market. What say you all? Nissan & Toyota both offer AWD in the Rogue & RAV4 hybrids, so I see no reason why Kia shouldn't on the Niro.

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