2018 Kia Niro

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Key Specs
Our Take
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Key Specs

of the 2018 Kia Niro. Base trim shown.

Our Take

From the Cars.com Vehicle Test Team

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

Notable Features of 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

2018 Kia Niro Overview

By Cars.com Editors
Vehicle Overview

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.

Latest 2018 Niro Stories

Consumer Reviews

Exterior Styling
Interior Design
Value For The Money

What Drivers Are Saying


Do NOT buy this car!

by Fmb1968 from Denver CO on October 15, 2018

We bought a new Niro in June 2018. Since purchasing this car, we have had issues with the car's computer system, shift lock malfunction, and door handle falling off the vehicle. Read full review


Roomy little SUV, Wagon, Crossover

by Dave from KINGSTON, NY on October 15, 2018

I bought the NIRO for my wife. She basically uses just around town. If we drive out of the area with it, I drive. It doesn?t have the get up I like but for a hybrid its impressive. It does have the ... Read full review

Safety & Recalls


The 2018 Kia Niro currently has 0 recalls

Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

The 2018 Kia Niro has not been tested.

Manufacturer Warranties

Backed 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
  • Maximum Age/Mileage

    5 years or newer/less than 60,000 miles

  • Basic Warranty Terms

    12 months/12,000 miles

  • Powertrain warranty

    10 years/100,000 miles

  • Dealer Certification Required

    164-point inspection

  • Roadside Assistance


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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


Infant seat


Forward-facing convertible

(second row)


Rear-facing convertible



(second row)

* 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.

See also the latest CPO incentives by automaker