of the 2018 Kia Niro. Base trim shown.
From the Cars.com Vehicle Test Team
- Accelerates like a non-hybrid
- Spirited Sport mode
- UVO touchscreen system standard
- Outward visibility
- Excellent rear headroom and legroom
- Low cargo load-in height
- All-wheel drive not offered
- Lots of interior plastic
- Lower mpg, less cargo room than Toyota Prius
- No power-flow graphical display
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
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 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.
2017-2018 Kia Niro: Recall Alert
Vehicles Affected: Approximately 27,000 model-year 2017-18 Kia Niro hybrid hatchbacks The Problem: The main relay within the power relay assembly may have inadequate connections ... Read more
2018 Kia Niro Burns Toyota Prius in IIHS Crash Tests (Well, Sorta)
Getting high fuel economy in a small hatchback doesn't mean you have to give up safety. The 2018 Kia Niro hybrid small wagon — with key extra-cost equipment — has ... Read more
2018 Kia Niro: Car Seat Check
CARS.COM — Editor's note: This Car Seat Check was written in May 2017 about the 2017 Kia Niro. Little of substance has changed with this year's model. To see what'... Read more
Do NOT buy this car!
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
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
The 2018 Kia Niro currently has 0 recalls
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60 months / 60,000 miles