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2018 Kia Niro

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$17,209 — $34,509 NEW and USED
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SUV
5 Seats
43-50 MPG
(Combined)
Key specs of the base trim
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Overview

Is this the car for you?

The Good

  • Accelerates like a non-hybrid
  • Spirited Sport mode
  • UVO touchscreen system standard
  • Outward visibility
  • Excellent rear headroom and legroom
  • Low cargo load-in height

The Bad

  • All-wheel drive not offered
  • Lots of interior plastic
  • Lower mpg, less cargo room than Toyota Prius
  • No power-flow graphical display
2018 Kia Niro exterior side view

What to Know

about the 2018 Kia Niro
  • New plug-in hybrid version available
  • New Touring Graphite Edition
  • Five-seat hybrid hatchback
  • Apple CarPlay and Android Auto available
  • Advanced active safety features available

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Our Take

from the Cars.com expert editorial team

What it is: Kia calls the Niro a "hybrid utility vehicle" and says it competes with subcompact SUVs, even though it's only offered with front-wheel drive. Other competitors include the Toyota Prius and Volkswagen Golf SportWagen. A new plug-in hybrid version of the Niro is covered separately in the Cars.com Research section.

New for 2018

New features for the upscale Touring trim include an auto-dimming rearview mirror, high-intensity-discharge headlights, forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, lane-keep assist, adaptive cruise control and a wireless phone charger.

A new Touring Graphite Edition features Platinum Graphite paint, gloss-black 18-inch wheels and roof rails, a metallic-colored grille, a 10-way power driver’s seat with adjustable lumbar support, an 8-inch display with navigation, and a Harman Kardon premium stereo.

Consumer Reviews

What drivers are saying

4.8
119 reviews — Read All reviews
Exterior Styling
(4.8)
Performance
(4.7)
Interior Design
(4.7)
Comfort
(4.8)
Reliability
(4.9)
Value For The Money
(4.8)

Read reviews that mention:

(5.0)

Best MPG for its size

by Richusa from Greenfield, Indiana on January 18, 2019

My car was certified and received the 10 year 100k mile warranty. It gets 51.9 MPG. It gets better MPG than a Prius, super quiet and drives smooth. Read full review

(4.0)

WAS GREAT ON FUEL EFFICIENCY! WHAT HAPPENED?

by Berearose from Berea, Ohio on December 1, 2018

This is our second Kia. The last one was 11 years old. The Niro is our first Hybrid. I bought it for all the new safety features and the fuel efficiency. I've had the car for 6 months and was getting ... Read full review

Safety

Recalls and crash tests

Recalls

The 2018 Kia Niro currently has 1 recall


Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

The 2018 Kia Niro has not been tested.

Warranty

New car and certified pre-owned programs by Kia

New Car Program Benefits

  • Bumper-to-Bumper

    60 months / 60,000 miles

  • Powertrain

    120 months / 100,000 miles

  • Roadside Assistance

    60 months / 60,000 miles

Certified Pre-Owned Program Benefits

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Cars.com Car Seat Check

Certified child passenger safety technicians conduct hands-on tests of a car’s Latch system and check the vehicle’s ability to accommodate different types of car seats. The Niro received the following grades on a scale of A-F.*

Latch or Latch system

B

Infant seat

C

Forward-facing convertible

(second row)

A

Rear-facing convertible

B

Booster

(second row)

B
* This score may not apply to all trims, especially for vehicles with multiple body styles that affect the space and design of the seating.
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Warranty FAQs

What is a Bumper-to-Bumper warranty?

Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.

What is a Powertrain warranty?

Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

What is included in Roadside Assistance?

Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

What other services could be included in a warranty?

Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.

What does CPO mean?

A certified pre-owned or CPO car has been inspected to meet minimum quality standards and typically includes some type of warranty. While dealers and third parties certify cars, the gold standard is an automaker-certified vehicle that provides a factory-backed warranty, often extending the original coverage. Vehicles must be in excellent condition and have low miles and wear to be certified, which is why off-lease vehicles feed many CPO programs.

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