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2017 Kia Niro Hybrid Achieves an Estimated 50 MPG Combined

New small crossover rides on a dedicated hybrid platform.

Kia is introducing its first dedicated hybrid model at the 2016 Chicago auto show, the 2017 Kia Niro, which will compete with the Toyota Prius with an estimated 50 mpg combined fuel economy rating. Sharing much of its hybrid drivetrain and platform with the Hyundai Ioniq hybrid hatchback, the Niro appeals to SUV shoppers with its crossover-like body.

2017 Kia Niro Hybrid rear three quarter 1

We had a chance to drive a prototype of the 2017 Kia Niro a few months ago, and found that its hybrid drivetrain offers smooth transitions between electric and gas power. “The way it drives feels as conventional as the Niro looks,” reported Detroit bureau chief Todd Lassa. “Thanks to the engine kicking in at low speeds instead of at launch, this hybrid makes the transitions more smoothly than most luxury cars with a stop/start feature.”

2017 Kia Niro Hybrid cockpit

 

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