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2019 Kia Niro Review

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Eco- and family-friendly, the Kia Niro is available as a traditional hybrid, plug-in hybrid or fully-electric vehicle (EV) with one of the longest warranties in the industry. It is a subcompact crossover vehicle that is a bit taller than the average hybrid and with more traditional styling. If you aren’t a fan of the space-age vibe of other hybrids, the Niro may be appealing. It doesn’t have the track record of the world’s first mass-produced hybrid, the Toyota Prius, but the Niro holds its own in safety and mileage ratings. Keep reading for more. Toyota 4Runner

2019 Kia Niro pricing

The lowest manufacturer’s recommended price (MSRP) for the 2019 Kia Niro hybrid is $23,490. This price increases by more than $10,000 for the highest trim, the Touring. (The MSRP for the Niro plug-in hybrid starts at $28,500, while the MSRP for the EV starts at $38,500, but we will focus on the traditional hybrid here.) Confused about the differences between the different types  of hybrids and EVs? Read our guide.

Trim FE LX EX S Touring Touring
Base MSRP $23,490 $23,900 $26,400 $28,800 $32,250


Of course, you may not have to pay the MSRP. Depending on where and when you shop, you may be able to get a lower price. Check out an industry guide — Kelley Blue Book or NADAguides, for example — to find a fair market price.

What’s next? Once you pick out the car you want, a car loan is usually next. Car dealers can and often do raise customer APRs for their own profit, so apply for a loan outside of a dealership. Potential lenders could include Kia financing, your bank, credit union or online lender. You could also fill out an online form at LendingTree where you may receive up to five different, potential loan offers from lenders, based on your creditworthiness.

2019 Kia Niro safety

The  Insurance Institute for Highway Safety chose the 2019 Niro as a Top Safety Pick+. Depending on the trim you choose, Kia also offers some advanced driver safety features. Here are the features included on the trims EX and above:

  • Blind Spot Detection and Lane Change Assist. The vehicle can alert the driver visually and audibly when it senses another car in one of its blind spots.
  • Rear Cross Traffic Alert. When in reverse, the car can alert the driver of oncoming passing traffic.
  • Auto Dimming Rearview Mirror. The internal rear view mirror can detect bright light and automatically dim according to prevent glare.

The following features are included only in the Niro’s Touring trim, but some can be added to the LX and EX trims for an extra cost:

  • Autonomous Emergency Braking with Pedestrian Detection. The car can automatically apply the brakes if it senses a potential collision
  • Forward Collision Warning System. Warns the driver of a potential collision and applies the brakes if the driver does not.
  • Lane Keep Assist. The car can make small adjustments to help stay in the lane.
  • Smart Cruise Control. With cruise control on, the car can adjust its speed to match and follow a car in front of it.
  • Front and Rear Parking Assist.  At low speeds, the car can alert you that it is getting too close to an object behind or in front of it.

2019 Kia Niro trims

The Kia Niro has five trims you could choose from. In most cases, the trims build upon each other. For example, the LX has or improves upon all the features the FE has, plus new ones.

Trim FE LX EX S Touring Touring
Base MSRP $23,490 $23,900 $26,400 $28,800 $32,250
Standard Features 7″ Screen, 16″ Wheels, Android Auto/Apple CarPlay, Keyless Entry, 50 MPG Push-Button Start, Under-Floor Storage Tray, Roof Rails

49 MPG

Leather Trim, Heated Front Seats, Fog Lights, Blind Spot Detection, Cargo Cover 8″ Screen, 18″ Wheels, Premium Audio, Power-Adjustable Driver’s Seat, 43 MPG Advanced Driver Safety Features, Wireless Phone Charger, Ventilated Front Seats, Power Sunroof


Warranty. No matter the trim, new Kias have a “bumper-to-bumper” warranty for 5 years, 60,000 miles and a powertrain warranty for 10 years, 100,000 miles. But if you’re looking at a used Niro or you’d just like to add a greater warranty on top of that, check out how to find the best extended car warranty.

Seating. The Kia Niro can seat up to five passengers, total. As it is a smaller car, three adults might not be happy in the backseat.

All-wheel drive. The Kia Niro does not offer all-wheel drive (AWD) or four-wheel drive. If that’s something you need, read about the best all-wheel drive cars.

2019 Kia Niro competitor comparison

Introduced in 2017, the Kia Niro is the new kid on the block. Other hybrids have been on the market longer, have a similar price and better expert scores — yet Kia does beat them soundly in length of warranty. That, combined with its more traditional looks, may tip the scales in the Niro’s favor. Here’s a closer look at how they stack up.

Kia Niro Honda Insight Toyota Prius
Base MSRP $23,490 $22,930 $23,770
Expert Scores 4 4.3 4.2
Standard Features 7″ Screen, 16″ Wheels, Android Auto/Apple CarPlay, Keyless Entry 5″ Screen, Honda Sensing Advanced Driver Aids 6″ Screen, 15″ Wheels, Keyless Entry, Bluetooth, Toyota Safety Sense
Fuel Economy 50 MPG 52 MPG 52 MPG
Basic Warranty 5 years, 60,000 miles 3 years, 36,000 miles 3 years, 36,000 miles

*Chart data is for base 2019 models. Expert score averages Kelley Blue Book (KBB) and Edmunds expert ratings as available. Standard technology refers to features included in the lowest trim level for each model at no extra cost (not an exhaustive list). Fuel economy is combined city/highway mileage as defined by the EPA.

Just as you compare vehicles, be sure to compare auto loan rates to be sure that you’re getting the best one. You can check out where to find the best auto loan rates in 2019.

The bottom line on the 2019 Kia Niro

If you’re looking for a hybrid with a great warranty, the Kia Niro may be for you. And while Kia’s U.S. sales are increasing, sales for the Niro are declining, so you may be able to get a good deal. If you’d like to look around some more, check out the best hybrid cars for the money.

MSRPs in the article are accurate as of the date of publishing.


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