Kia Niro News

  • Consumer Reports 2019 Kia Niro EV test car

    Consumer Reports doesn't have a good first impression of the Kia Niro EV, citing torque steer, a choppy ride, and inferior packaging.

  • 2019 Chevrolet Bolt EV
    Best deals on plug-in, electric, and hybrid cars for June 2019

    This month, rising interest rates and sparse inventories are cutting into the great deals that automakers have recently offered on plug-in and electric cars. Still, our partners at CarsDirect found some deals as low as $179 a month on electric cars this month. That deal, however, is on the Fiat...

  • 2017 Toyota Prius Prime test drive, Ojai, California, Sep 2016
    Best deals on plug-in, hybrid, and electric cars for May 2019

    With rising interest rates and falling federal plug-in vehicle tax credits on some models, the best deals on electric cars, plug-in hybrids, and conventional hybrids are a little harder to find versus a few months ago. Our partners at still found some leases on plug in cars as low as...

  • Honda Clarity Electric at Honda R&D Center, Tochigi, Japan, June 2017
    Best deals on electric, plug-in, and hybrid cars for April 2019

    Great deals on 2019 Chevrolet Bolt EV, Kia Niro plug-in hybrid, and Ford Fusion hybrid sedans can be found all month.

  • 2019 Kia Niro EV
    Amazon hooks Kia owners up with easier home-charger installation

    Those just transitioning to an electric car, like the 2019 Kia Niro EV, face some potentially daunting decisions well beyond the vehicle itself—not just how they’re going to charge up the vehicle in their own garage or driveway, but how they’re going to charge it quickly enough...

  • 2019 Hyundai Ioniq Electric
    Best deals on hybrid, plug-in, and electric cars for February 2019

    Presidents' Day Weekend typically brings deals in car showrooms. And this month is no exception. As electric-car fans wait for a slew of new models to hit the market this spring, some of the same cars that have made up recent months' best deals appear again. Two, however, are recent entrants. Our...

  • 2019 Kia Niro EV first drive  -  Santa Cruz, CA  -  February 2019

    Tesla plans to make service quicker, easier, and automatic. National Electric Vehicles Sweden bought a stake in Swedish supercar maker Koenigsegg. And our latest Twitter poll asks for readers' opinions about electric-car ads. All this and more on Green Car Reports. In our first chance to drive the 2019 Kia Niro EV, we found a lot to like—along with a few missed opportunities. In Tesla's quarterly update to investors last Wednesday, CEO Elon Musk said one of the company's priorities for 2019 is to speed up service. He plans to make it so fast that a tow truck will automatically arrive...

  • BMW Vision iNext concept
    Tesla Autopilot milepost, Kia electric strategy, China's EV spying: Today's Car News

    As the 2018 LA Auto Show winds down, we explore some questions that came out of it, starting with why Kia plans two electric models with the same long-range battery. Tesla announced at the show that its cars have now covered a billion miles driving on Autopilot. Electric cars in China send a lot...

  • 2020 Kia Soul EV
    Here’s why Kia Soul EV and Kia Niro EV both get big 64-kwh battery packs

    One key specification in the 2020 Kia Soul EV that was revealed at the LA Auto Show this week was a bit unexpected: its inclusion of a large, 64-kwh battery pack. That leaves two vehicles—the Soul EV and the 2019 Kia Niro EV—with the same big battery. And both will be arriving at U.S...

  • Audi e-tron GT concept
    Kia Soul and Niro electrics, Mitsubishi Evo comeback, Audi e-tron GT: Today's Car News

    At the LA Auto Show, Kia revealed two upcoming electric cars, the 2019 Niro EV and 2020 Soul EV. Mitsubishi recycled its rally-star Evo name for a new performance electric crossover concept. Audi introduced its second all-electric model, the e-tron GT. And our Twitter followers told us what they're...

  • 2019 Kia Niro EV
    2019 Kia Niro EV rated at 239 miles, on sale soon

    At the LA Auto Show, Kia has provided some long-awaited U.S. market details for the Niro EV. Among the most important ones: With a large 64-kwh battery pack, it will offer an EPA-rated range of 239 miles. The Niro, which Kia describes as a “multi-function crossover format,” is built on...

  • 2019 Kia Niro
    2017-2018 Kia Niro hybrid recall concerns extra heat in the back seat

    Drive a 2017 Kia Niro (or a 2018) and find your back seat becoming a hot seat? It might be a good idea to stop driving it and call your dealership. In 2017 and some 2018 Kia Niro models, a main relay, within what’s called the power relay assembly, may not have adequate contact connections...

  • 2018 Kia Niro Plug-in Hybrid

    Competition improves the breed. And that’s exactly what the Kia Niro brings to hybrids like the Toyota Prius and Prius Prime. Compared with the Prius, the Niro is taller and roomier. Likely to its benefit, it looks like a small crossover SUV, though with only front-wheel drive, it's no kind of SUV. It does offer the crossover advantages of easier access, better forward vision on the highway, and a more natural, upright seating position. That's especially true in back, where the taller seat makes for easier access and more space. Best of all, even with its tall, boxy shape, it gets...

  • 2018 Kia Niro Plug-In Hybrid
    2018 Kia Niro hybrid nets top Safety Pick+ award, when properly equipped

    Tick all the right boxes and the 2018 Kia Niro earns a Top Safety Pick+ award from the IIHS, the crash-testing agency said last week. To get to the highest-rated Niro, buyers need to opt for LED headlights and automatic emergency braking, features that can be paired together only on the Niro EX...

  • Kia Niro EV in Korea
    Kia Niro electric car debuts in Korea

    Based on the Niro hybrid and plug in hybrid already sold stateside, the Niro EV takes the concept one step further by dispensing with the gas engine altogether.

  • 2017 Fiat 500e
    Best deals on hybrid, electric, fuel-efficient cars for April 2018

    Often, to sell electric cars, supporters and salespeople argue that buyers will save money in the long run from lower fuel (or power) bills. With deals up to $15,700 off and payments as low as $179 a month, several hybrid, electric, and fuel-efficient cars will cost less this month right up front...

  • 2019 Hyundai Kona Electric
    Kona Electric, Bolt EV, Niro, C-HR aren't crossovers, despite what makers say

    It happened again. At this week's New York auto show media days, a manufacturer rolled out yet another vehicle that it calls a "crossover" despite that vehicle having neither the ground clearance nor the all-wheel drive to qualify as a light truck. The car in question was the 2019 Hyundai Kona...

  • 2018 Kia Niro Plug-In Hybrid
    2018 Kia Niro preview

    Most highly fuel-efficient dedicated hybrids are compact five-door hatchbacks, the most popular vehicle segment globally. When Korean maker Kia was drawing up plans for its first dedicated hybrid vehicle, it took a different path. The wagon it came up with—it calls the Kia Niro a crossover...

  • Kia Niro EV concept shown at 2018 Consumer Electronics Show, Las Vegas

    It's well known that a battery-electric version of the Kia Niro will join the lineup soon, completing a range that now comprises the Niro Hybrid and the recently launched plug-in hybrid. Most observers had assumed the Niro EV would use the same underpinnings as its corporate sibling the Hyundai Ioniq Electric, just as the pair of hybrids does. But perhaps not. DON'T MISS: 2018 Kia Niro Plug-In Hybrid first drive review (pricing from $28,840) Kia said Monday the Niro EV Concept on display at the Consumer Electronics Show uses an entirely new 64-kilowatt-hour battery pack—and would be...

  • Teaser for Kia Niro EV concept debuting at 2018 Consumer Electronics Show
    Concept for Kia Niro EV all-electric wagon to appear at CES

    We've long known that the Kia Niro wagon would get an all-electric version to accompany the 2017 Niro Hybrid and the just-launched 2018 Niro Plug-In Hybrid. The battery-electric Niro will fill out the suite of six cars sharing the same underpinnings, with the others being the same three versions of...

  • 2018 Kia Niro Plug-In Hybrid charging at Paso Robles Inn, Paso Robles, California, Dec 2017
    Electric car charging on the road has to be way, way better than it is today

    A couple of weeks ago, we charged a 2018 Kia Niro Plug-In Hybrid 15 times within two days. It was part of a contest during a two-day press drive for the car—though we were beaten by the team that charged their Niro a stunning 31 times in little more than 30 hours. But our experience...

  • 2018 Kia Niro Plug-In Hybrid, Six Flags Magic Mountain, California, Dec 2017
    2018 Kia Niro Plug-In Hybrid first drive review (pricing from $28,840)

    Some plug-in hybrid models are easily distinguishable from the rest of the cars their maker sells. Others, like the 2018 Kia Niro Plug-In Hybrid, are all but invisible. It takes a sharp eye to see the charging port door on the left-front fender or the trim and badging differences that distinguish...

  • 2018 Hyundai Kona
    Electric Hyundai Kona, Kia Niro production to rise again: report

    Both Hyundai and Kia planned to approach the electric and plug-in car market aggressively, but now the Korean siblings plan to boost production even over totals announced earlier this year. This past summer, both brands said they would increase their electrified car production to 50,000 units next...

  • 2018 Kia Niro Plug-In, 2017 Los Angeles Auto Show
    2018 Kia Niro Plug-in Hybrid to launch in U.S. at end of year

    Last month, the Kia Niro Plug-In Hybrid went on sale in the United Kingdom, offering British buyers a mass-priced compact wagon with 25 to 30 miles of electric range. While it shares its underpinnings with the Hyundai Ioniq Plug-In model, the Niro has more of a wagon shape than Hyundai's five-door...

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