More than most car brands, Kia has always been willing to change things up, and one of the latest expressions of that is the Niro, its small hybrid SUV. One big question: Is it really an SUV? In size and height, it straddles the space between a typical hybrid like the Toyota Prius and a typical crossover SUV like the Kia Sportage. And that’s what we mean about mixing it up. With fresh styling and a new outlook, the Niro does a lot of things well, so if it can’t be pigeonholed into a particular category, it doesn’t matter to its buyers.
One of the Niro's strengths is exceptional fuel efficiency — up to 50 mpg overall. The great mileage is the product of its innovative hybrid system, which includes a six-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission. And if 50 mpg isn’t enough, it is also offered in a plug-in hybrid version. The Niro can be equipped with an impressive array of driver-assistance features, and, perhaps best of all, it doesn’t look like other hybrids. In fact, it doesn’t look quite like anything else on the road.