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Why the Kia Niro is the Unexpected and Underrated Champion of Alternative Fuel Vehicles

6 Reasons to Love the Kia Niro

When we look out at the future, most of us project our own opinion and desires unto what we think it’s going to look like. The highly-optimistic among us might see a future full of cars that use Minions memes your aunts and uncles share on Facebook as fuel – soaring high above the streets that are now dedicated farmers markets and green spaces for kids to play. Others of us may see varying degrees of Mad Max prequels or sequels.

The truth is likely somewhere in between. However, one thing is for sure: The more time that passes, the better alternative fuel vehicles have gotten. The 2018 Kia Niro is proof of that for several reasons. Here are our top six:

1. The Kia Niro is a hybrid that doesn’t look like a hybrid.

In our Six Reasons to Love the Kia Sedona article, we talked about how owning a Sedona gave you the capability of a small pickup truck without being “Pickup Truck Friend.” Kia is in the business of breaking down these goofy stereotypes and the Kia Niro is another step in that direction.

With the 2018 Kia Niro, you get to own a hybrid without being “Hybrid Guy” or “Hybrid Gal.” Notice we didn’t say “Hybrid Friend?” Yeah, about that…

The Kia Niro is a sophisticated and subtle crossover that doesn’t scream “Everybody look at me and how good I am for this planet. This thing is full of trail mix and REI windbreakers and I can’t wait to stop by the protest on my way to the juice bar! Hey, did you see my bumper stickers? I’ve got 40 of them!”

Unlike other hybrid and alternative fuel vehicles on the market, the Kia Niro is content to just be something that’s fuel efficient and great for the planet without feeling the need to scream about it with bold “natural” colors or weird, leafy, organic shapes. Your move, Prius.

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2. The Kia Niro lets you choose your drive.

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The 2018 Kia Niro is available with three powertrain options. The standard hybrid model gives you up to 50 combined MPG by using the electric motor to bolster the power of the gasoline engine.

For even greater efficiency, a plug-in hybrid version of the 2018 Kia Niro allows you to go even farther before the gasoline engine is used to recharge the electric battery. You’ll be able to drive 26 miles (EPA-estimated range) before spending a drop of gas. This means that if your commute is around ten miles, you can get to work and back and plug in your car every night and not use any gasoline.

[READ MORE: What is the Difference Between Hybrid and Plug-In Hybrid Vehicles?]

Finally, the 2019 Kia Niro EV (slated to arrive this winter) is a fully-electric vehicle with a speculated range of over 250 miles on a single charge. This vehicle is perfect for you if you want to finally free yourself from the irresistible temptation of 2/1.00 peach rings at the gas station.

3. The Kia Niro is jam-packed with standard technology.

When it comes to buying compact and subcompact crossovers, most drivers are looking for vehicles that have excellent utility throughout the week with some extra cargo space and pep for the weekend.

Additionally, they’re looking for a vehicle that can keep them entertained and minimally-distracted as they trudge to work throughout the week.

The Kia Niro is that vehicle.

Equipped with the industry-leading UVO infotainment system (from the base model FE up), the 2018 Kia Niro allows you to connect your smartphone to the hybrid crossover’s 7-inch touchscreen and enjoy all of the benefits of informative and entertaining apps through a minimally-distracting touchscreen.

The 2018 Kia Niro also includes standard tech like a rear camera display amd Supervision Meter Cluster. Available active safety features inclue lane-keeping assist, automatic emergency braking and more!

2018 kia niro interior from top three quarter view

4. The Kia Niro is jam-packed with your stuff.

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With its innovative powertrain options, the Kia Niro doesn’t rely on simply being small or aerodynamic to achieve its impressive fuel consumption figures. This means that inside every 2018 Kia Niro is more room for your stuff!

Up to 54.5 cubic feet of space allows you to carry more than competing models like the Toyota Prius and Honda Insight. The crossover design makes the 2018 Kia Niro perfect for passengers as well, giving you over 100 cubic feet of passenger space and almost 42 inches of front-row legroom.

5. The Kia Niro is built and backed up by Kia.

We’ll be honest, twenty years ago, when the first Honda Insight and Toyota Prius hit the market, this might have been a liability for a Kia-produced vehicle.

These days, however, Kia is making some of the safest and most reliable vehicles in the game. For 2018, Kia has more Top Safety Pick and Top Safety Pick + awards from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety than any other manufacturer.

They also led J.D. Power’s 2018 Initial Quality Study for mass-market brands.

Finally, every 2018 Kia Niro is backed by Kia’s incredible 5-year/60,000-mile bumper-to-bumper limited warranty – coverage that exceeds competing manufacturers by 2 years and 24,000 miles on average.

Buying a Kia Niro means investing in a future-proof vehicle that will not only withstand the test of time, but it will also let you help shape the future by driving a vehicle that is great for your gas budget, great for the planet and doesn’t look like it fell off a display at the Rainforest Café.

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6. The Kia Niro is affordable.

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Purchasing or leasing an alternative fuel vehicle often comes down to the what you’re willing to sacrifice now for long-term benefits. For many of us, paying $50,000 for an electric car just isn’t possible, despite how much it may save us on gasoline in the long run.

For Kia, that’s not a choice you’ll have to make. The 2018 Kia Niro has an MSRP that starts at just over $23,000, putting it in line with small crossovers and well-outfitted compact cars.

At Friendly Kia, you’ll get the 2018 Kia Niro for even less. With Tampa Bay’s best Kia pricing, there’s a good chance you can walk out our door with a stylish and well-equipped Kia Niro for thousands less than the stated MSRP.

If you have questions about the Niro or would like to schedule a test-drive with this can-do compact crossover, contact us today!

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