2022 Kia Niro side view

What are the Differences Between the 2022 Kia Niro and Niro Plug-In Hybrid?

2022 Kia Niro vs 2022 Kia Niro PHEV 

What are the differences between the 2022 Kia Niro and Niro Plug-In Hybrid? Below, we’re going to tell you how the power sources of these two models differ. You can find Kia Niro vehicles here at Friendly Kia of New Port Richey, FL. We proudly serve Tampa Bay, Clearwater, Sarasota, and surrounding areas. 

What type of powertrain does the Kia Niro have? 

First, for this comparison, we need to discuss what type of vehicle the Kia Niro is. It comes standard as a hybrid vehicle. What does that mean? It means that it uses a combination of an electric motor and a gasoline engine. This can give it an enhanced fuel economy. Now let’s look at how that compares to the Niro Plug-In Hybrid. 

Kia Niro – Hybrid vs Plug-In Hybrid powertrains 

This chart gives you a quick comparison of the main differences between these two models. Both models are able to use electric power to enhance their gasoline fuel economy ratings, but they do so in different ways. One uses regenerative braking; the other uses a charging cord. 


2022 Kia Niro 
2022 Kia Niro Plug-In Hybrid 

Fuel sources 

Gasoline only 

Gasoline and electric charging 

Fuel economy rating 

EPA-estimated 50 mpg combined 

EPA-estimated 105 MPGe combined 

Main electric power source 

Regenerative braking 

Electric charging 

Starting MSRP 



Is the 2022 Kia Niro Plug-In Hybrid worth the extra expense? 

2022 Kia Niro Plug-In Hybrid front seats

We don’t know if the 2022 Kia Niro Plug-In Hybrid is worth the extra expense for you. What we do know is that you might be able to save money over time by purchasing less fuel with it. You’ll have to weigh the pros and cons yourself, but here are the main benefits of choosing this model. 

  • A better fuel economy rating can translate into money saved over time. 
  • The ability to use electric charging means that you can go to the gas station less often. 
  • You can install a charging station at home for added convenience. 
  • It makes a good steppingstone between gas power and fully electric.