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For the newest version of the Kia Niro, we see an updated
powerplant to compliment the updated wagon/hatchback looks. Under the hood is a
new, 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine with
exhaust-heat recovery and dual cooling circuits for quickly warming up the
cylinder head. The combined system output to the front wheels is 139-hp
and 195 lb-ft of torque, and has an estimated EPA city rating of up to 52 mpg.
Furthering the stretch of your gas/electric budget, is the
new feature that allows the 2017 Niro to shut down or limit the gasoline engine
when slowed down to a creep in heavy highway traffic or crowded city driving at
less than 30 mph or so. So while you may be less than happy to be
bumper-to-bumper, you'll at least have the peace of mind to know you're not
wasting gas or money.
The 2017 Kia Niro itself eschews the compact feel of most
smaller hybrids and offers some of the best passenger and cargo space in the
segment. The Niro has added a more SUV-styled rear-end and has looks closer to
those of a crossover SUV, even though once you step inside it feels more of a
wagon or large hatch.
Some pretty nifty eco-friendly touches are installed in the
2017 Niro, including grille shutters that automatically close at approximately
35 mph to diminish drag. There's also the new navigation system that can access
GPS data for road topography and can advise the driver when to lift off the gas
and can direct the powertrain to shunt electrons to precharging the battery
pack in anticipation of long uphill grades.
Kia has also installed Apple CarPlay and Android Auto as
standard electronic equipment, and didn't skimp on the safety tech. For 2017,
the Niro includes blind-spot warning with rear-traffic alert, adaptive cruise,
and lane-departure warning.