A sedan is a great option, but it’s admittedly small size isn’t right for everyone--if you’re a family of five or need to haul a few oversized items, things are going to be a bit cramped. As such, a compact crossover might be a better fit, though the bigger the vehicle, the bigger the gas bills.
But what if you can own a crossover that doesn’t guzzle gas? Thanks to the 2017 Kia Niro, this dream is now a reality. The Kia Niro is first dedicated hybrid crossover SUV, meaning there is no gas-only version of this vehicle. Instead, it’s powered by both a conventional fuel engine and an electric battery, with the car alternating between the two as the need arises.
More specifically, the gasoline engine will be a 1.6-liter four-cylinder setup that runs on the Atkinson Cycle to further improve fuel efficiency. It will also be partnered with an electric motor, which ups the engine’s total output to 146 horsepower and 195 pound-feet of torque. On the other hand, the battery will be a 1.6-kilowatt-hour lithium-ion battery pack that’s located under the rear seat. Kia says that there will also be a plug-in version of the car later in its lifecycle.
It isn’t just what’s under the hood that’s advanced, though. This hybrid will also sport technologies like a seven-inch touchscreen that supports Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, allowing you to integrate your smartphone into your dashboard. It will also support voice commands so you can keep your hands on the wheel to boost safety and reduce chances of road accidents.
This revolutionary vehicle will be out later this year, but don’t hesitate to visit dealerships to inquire about it. This is also the perfect time to check out other bestsellers such as the Kia Sorento in El Paso, TX. Whatever your choice, you’re bound to be impressed with a Kia vehicle.