Explore the all-new Kia Niro, the first dedicated Kia hybrid car.
Hybrid cars are all the rage, offering drivers the versatility of using electric power to reach further distances without the use of fuel. Once the battery is depleted, the car operates on gas, limiting the need to stop for a recharge, which is a great benefit over the fully electric models.
Kia has been at the forefront of automotive technology and raised the stakes with their super popular Niro model. Released in 2017, the Niro offered a crossover model as opposed to the wagon of coupe style that has been most popular with fully electric cars. Now with the 2018 Kia Niro release date having just passed, their 2018 models are on the market, bringing drivers all new features and perks.
Kia Niro 2018 Sub-Model Features
Like any car, the Kia Niro comes in a few different sub-models, each offering its own features. They include:
The base model for the Kia Niro, the FE still provides plenty of cool features including a UVO touch-screen display for navigation and app use. With Apple CarPlay you can even integrate your iPhone easily, allowing for safer usage when driving. Starting at $23,340, the FE offers 52mpg highway powered by a light and compact battery system.
A step above the FE, the LX comes standard with roof rails, which can be the perfect feature for outdoorsy folk. The LX also offers push to start technology and all-around LED lighting for improved visibility. The LX starts at $23,650 with 43hp while operating on full electric power.
The EX adds luxury to the Niro with leather seats, seat warmers, and LED fog lights. The outside mirrors are also heated, which makes the EX the perfect choice for drivers living in colder areas. With a $26,150 starting price, the EX boasts a luxurious interior with the inclusion of a leather-wrapped steering wheel and shifter.
The sportiest model in the Niro lineup, the Touring trim comes with 18” alloy rims standard. The interior is similar to the EX in that it comes with all leather, but it ups the luxury with a heated steering wheel to keep drivers hands nice and warm while driving. The front seats also offer ventilation to keep the interior cool and comfortable.
What’s New in the 2018 Models?
The various submodels all enjoyed some upgrades over the 2017 class, but there are some features that are getting buzz around the electric car industry. First, the 2018 Kia Niro has introduced a completely new plug-in model. While traditional hybrids use gasoline operation to charge the batteries, the new Niro can be fully charged from your home, and still use gas in the event of emergencies. These plug-in models should now be available in most showrooms, but be sure to check with your local dealer.
Also new in the 2018 Touring models is the HID headlights, which now come standard. This allows for improved visibility during night drives, which is great for owners in darker areas. Some of the 2018 sub-models also come with an 8” display vs. the 7” in the 2017 models. Multiple models also offer safe technology including lane keep assist, which alerts you if your car is drifting outside your lane.
In comparison to other hybrids on the market, the Kia Niro has pulled out the stops not only in miles per gallon but also in design. With a crossover style chassis, the Niro offers a more spacious interior, with generous legroom for passengers, and enough space in the trunk for improved storage capabilities.
5 Benefits of Buying Hybrid
If you’ve been considering investing in a hybrid car, there are many reasons to do it. Some of the benefits you’ll enjoy include:
· Lower Costs: A traditional gas-powered vehicle requires various extra investments. For one, fuel costs, for another, maintenance and oil changes. With a hybrid car, you will cut your fuel costs significantly, which can help drivers save money in the long run.
· Green Operation: For drivers that are environmentally conscious, a hybrid car produces significantly fewer emissions, which helps limit its impact on the environment.
· Longer Travel Distances: Hybrid vehicles come with dual engines in the sense that it can operate off both electricity and fuel. This allows for longer travel distances as drivers have the charge of the batteries and then their fuel tank before having to stop.
· Tax Incentives: In some states, tax incentives are a great reason to go hybrid. Do some research to find out if you can write off any of the initial purchase of your hybrid car next tax season.
· Stable Value: For traditional cars, just driving off the lot lowers its resale value. Because of the perks of hybrid vehicles, you can actually enjoy a steady resale value in the event you choose to sell.
Whatever the reason, if you plan on purchasing a hybrid car in the future, look to the 2018 Kia Niro as a strong contender.