Sleek, nimble and entirely new, the 2017 Kia Niro is taking showrooms by storm. This impressive hybrid crossover handles like a hatchback with the cargo room of a small SUV. And while the Niro doesn't quite match the fuel economy of more entrenched hybrids, it certainly comes close while also remaining affordable. The Niro isn't meant as an off-road rig, and its above-average power won't compete with actual sport utility vehicles or higher-end crossovers. Still, if you want style, fuel economy, comfort and convenience, then the Kia Niro is one heck of a bargain. Interested in visiting your local Kia dealership to take this for a test drive? If so, read on for important information about the 2017 Kia Niro and to learn about its best options.
What are the Kia Niro's trim levels?
The 2017 Kia Niro is a hybrid crossover available in five trims: the FE, LX, EX, Touring and Touring Launch. The Touring Launch is a limited-edition trim.
Which basic features are offered in the FE trim?
The Kia Niro FE features a nice array of standard features. These include dual-zone climate control, a 7-inch touchscreen infotainment system, 16-inch alloy wheels, split-folding rear seats, automatic headlights, selectable drive modes, app integration, Bluetooth compatibility and more.
Which features are in the LX trim?
The Kia Niro LX adds standard and optional features. Additional standard equipment for this trim includes lower storage trays, armrest cupholders, roof rails, LED taillights and keyless ignition and entry. Optional features include LED daytime running lights, front foglights and more.
What is included with the Niro's EX trim?
The EX trim is a nice step up in luxury. It builds on the previous trims with partial leather upholstery, heated front seats, heated and power-folding side mirrors, rear AC vents and more. This trim also gets blind-spot monitoring.
What are the highlights of the Touring trim?
The Kia Niro Touring is the top-tier trim. It features 18-inch alloy wheels, a sunroof, a special glossy black grille, a heated steering wheel, and 8-inch touchscreen, navigation, a premium sound system and more. This trim also gets a full leather interior.
What's included with the limited-edition Touring Launch trim?
This special trim is positioned just below the top-tier Touring trim. Buyers can choose from two unique paint colors, and it gets some of the Touring trim's features such as the larger wheels, the larger touchscreen, a power front driver's seat and the premium Harman Kardon sound system.
What are the 2017 Kia Niro's engine options?
All versions of the Kia Niro are powered by a 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine and an electric motor. The combined output from these power plants is 139 horsepower.
What is the 2017 Kia Niro's fuel economy?
The Kia Niro is one of the most fuel-efficient affordable crossovers on the market. It earned EPA fuel ratings of 52 mpg in the city and 49 mpg on the highway.