For those of you who looking for a practical hybrid vehicle, the 2018 Kia Niro is an attractive package. Its hybrid engine returns up to 50 mpg, approaching the Toyota Prius. And its simple styling does not scream “Look at me, I’m a hybrid!” as did the Prius. KIA calls the Niro a small SUV, and despite having a high driving position, it does not offer all-wheel drive. It also does not carry the rugged style adopted by most compact SUVs.
The 2018 Kia Niro is a compact hybrid crossover SUV sold in five trims levels: the most fuel-efficient FE, LX, EX, Touring Graphite Edition and Touring.
Every 2018 Kia Niro is powered by the same 1.6-liter four-cylinder hybrid-electric powertrain that produces 139 hp and 195 lb-ft total of torque. Power sent to the front wheels through a six-speed, dual-clutch automatic transmission. In track testing, the 2018 Kia Niro FE reach 60 mph in respectable 8.6 seconds. Surprisingly, the Niro Touring need 9.6 seconds to hit 60 mph.
EPA estimated fuel economy for the 2018 Kia Niro FE at 50 mpg combined (52 city/49 highway). The LX and EX trim rated at 49 mpg combined (51 city/46 highway), while the Touring rated at (43/46/40).