How efficient is the Kia Niro?

By Product Expert | Posted in Kia Niro, Technology on Monday, August 7th, 2017 at 9:33 pm
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2017 Kia Niro fuel efficiency

The Kia Niro is certainly an exciting vehicle. With its hybrid technology, its futuristic look, and its affordable price, it’s no wonder that people are finding a lot to love about this impressive crossover. If you are curious about the 2017 Kia Niro fuel efficiency, then allow us to provide you with all the answers.

Do hybrids get better fuel economy?

Before we get into numbers, let’s talk a little bit about hybrid technology. Hybrids work by utilizing an electric motor to fill in performance gaps in a gasoline engine. Gas engines don’t provide their power straight from idle, which actually makes them poor at accelerating a car.

An electric motor on the other hand, offers all its power up front. This means the moment you touch the pedal, the electric motor gives you everything it has. However, because battery technology still has a ways to go, and because there isn’t a charger on every corner, that gasoline engine makes sure you can always go the distance, and fill up where ever you need to.

Because of this unique drivetrain, some odd things tend to occur, that surprise first time hybrid adopters. For starters, you get amazing fuel economy but not always when you expect to. Most hybrids will actually get better fuel economy in the city than they will on the highway. This is because the electric motor is doing its job.

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What is the actual mpg rating of the Kia Niro? It depends on what trim due to weight differences and a difference in wheel sizes. The mpg actually varies a bit from trim to trim even though they all feature the same drivetrain.

The lightweight FE trim with its 16-inch wheels gets the best fuel economy of the bunch with 52 mpg in the city and 49 mpg on the highway. The LX and EX trims with their higher weight takes a small hit to each of these numbers but still provides 51 mpg in the city and 46 mpg on the highway. Finally, the Touring and Touring Launch Edition, with their 18-inch wheels both get 46 mpg in the city and 40 mpg on the highway.

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