The Kia Niro crossover hybrid is usually mentioned with Toyota Prius and the Ford C-Max as elegant competitors in the small hybrid category of the car market. With the basic price set at $23,785, the Kia Niro offers the best value for a crossover hybrid car.
With both the Prius and C-max priced at about the same level as the Kia Niro, it is prudent to see what the Kia Niro has to offer for the given price. According to Auto Week, the Kia Niro comes in five trims: the FE, LX, EX, the Launch Edition and Touring.
The price of the Kia Niro varies according to the trim offered. The Niro FE basic trim comes with the i4 DGI 1.6 engine, generating 103 hp plus an added 43 hp from an electric motor. The combined 146 hp is good for a fuel efficiency rating of 50 miles per gallon.
Set at the price of $23,785, the Kia Niro FE model is equipped with the standard six-speed dual clutch transmission driving the front wheels, power windows and seats, 16-inch wheels, keyless entry, Android Auto and Apple CarPlay.
For the Kia Niro LX trim, additional amenities are added like push-button start, daytime-usable LED running light fog lamps, heated seats, and safety devices like lane change monitors, blind-spot detection and cross traffic warning system.
The Kia Niro Launch Edition, as its name implies, is a special edition that comes in only two color variants, the snow white pearl white and the aurora black pearl paint. It comes with the bigger 18-inch gray alloy wheels and a tag price of $28,895. This limited-run model is installed with the touch screen navigation, premium audio setup, and a 10-way power driver's seat.
The top of the line among Kia Niro trims is the Kia Niro Touring which is priced at $30,545. This model has an added sunroof, park assist and navigation system, excellent audio system and a heated steering wheel. All the 5 trims of the Kia Niro have the best value for the prices offered in a crossover hybrid car.