2021 Kia Niro

MSRP range: $24,690 - $32,950
MSRP$25,865
Edmunds suggests you pay$24,083

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2021 Kia Niro Review

  • Plenty of features for your money
  • Nimble handling
  • Roomy interior with comfortable seats
  • All-wheel drive isn't available
  • Slow acceleration
  • Available wireless connectivity for Apple CarPlay and Android Auto
  • More advanced navigation-based cruise control is now available
  • Rear occupant alert is now standard
  • Part of the first Niro generation introduced for 2017

Though styled to look like a little SUV, the Kia Niro is actually a fuel-efficient hybrid. It gets up to 50 mpg in combined city/highway driving, according to the EPA. This isn't quite as high as some rival hybrids, but it's still plenty good and will help you save on gas. We also like its nimble handling and roomy interior. For 2021, Kia has added wireless connectivity for Apple CarPlay and Android Auto as well as a more advanced navigation-based cruise control system.

Hybrids are becoming better all the time, and the Niro's got some stiff competition. Toyota's Prius is the quintessential hybrid, and even offers all-wheel drive, while Honda's Insight stands out with its pleasing power and refinement. So should you get the Niro or something else? Read the categories of our Expert Rating below to help you find out.

  • EdmundsEdmunds' Expert Rating
    7.7/10
    The Niro provides a comfortable, relatively spacious cabin that's better equipped than most other rival hybrids. It's not as fuel-efficient as the segment leaders such as the Toyota Prius, but it makes up for it with appealing technology features, including some of the best advanced driving aids in the class.

Which Niro does Edmunds recommend?

Of the five available trim levels, we like the Touring trim the best. It combines some nice features, such as adaptive cruise control and a power-adjustable driver's seat, without adding too much to the price tag. Just be aware that fuel economy is lower with this trim level (43 mpg combined).

Kia Niro models

The 2021 Kia Niro is a hatchback/small SUV available in five trim levels: LX, LXS, Touring, Touring Special Edition and EX Premium. Every Niro comes with a four-cylinder hybrid electric powertrain that's good for 139 horsepower. That power is sent to the front wheels through a six-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission. Feature highlights for the Niro include:

LX
Starts off pretty basic with:

  • 16-inch alloy wheels with wheel covers
  • Tinted rear windows
  • 60/40-split folding rear seats
  • Dual-zone climate control
  • 8-inch infotainment touchscreen
  • Android Auto and Apple CarPlay with wireless connectivity
  • Six-speaker audio system
  • Keyless entry

LXS
Adds some nice-to-have features as well as a few advanced driver aids, such as:

  • Uniquely styled 16-inch wheels
  • Rear-seat center armrest
  • Leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob
  • Proximity key with push-button start
  • Blind-spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert (warns you if a vehicle is in your blind spot during a lane change or while in reverse)
  • Driver attention warning (issues an alert if sensors determine you are becoming fatigued)
  • Forward collision mitigation (warns you of an impending collision and applies the brakes in certain scenarios)
  • Lane keeping assist (steers the Niro back into its lane if it begins to drift over the lane marker)

Touring
Includes a few extra features, such as:

  • 18-inch alloy wheels
  • Power-folding, heated outside mirrors with integrated turn signals
  • Cloth and leather combination upholstery
  • LED interior lights
  • Satellite and HD radio
  • Steering wheel-mounted paddle shifters
  • Power-adjustable driver's seat
  • Electronic parking brake
  • Lane keeping system (makes minor steering corrections to help keep the vehicle centered in its lane)
  • Adaptive cruise control (maintains a driver-set distance between the Niro and the car in front down to a stop)

Touring Special Edition
Available only in unique shades of light blue or orange, the Touring Special Edition further adds:

  • LED headlights
  • Leather upholstery
  • 10.25-inch infotainment touchscreen (deletes wireless capabilities for Apple CarPlay and Android Auto)
  • Eight-speaker Harman Kardon premium audio system
  • More advanced navigation-based adaptive cruise control (can also react to traffic signs and set speed)

EX Premium
The range-topping EX Premium doesn't include the Special Edition's LED headlights or unique paint. It also rides on 16-inch wheels. Otherwise, all other features are included, as are:

  • Heated steering wheel
  • Heated and ventilated front seats
  • Simulated leather upholstery
  • Wireless charging pad
  • Rear parking sensors
  • Cargo cover (optional on all other models)
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Consumer reviews

There are no consumer reviews for the 2021 Kia Niro.



Features & Specs

Base MSRP
$24,690
MPG & Fuel
53 City / 48 Hwy / 50 Combined
Fuel Tank Capacity: 11.9 gal. capacity
Seating
5 seats
Drivetrain
Type: front wheel drive
Transmission: 6-speed automated manual
Engine
Inline 4 cylinder
Horsepower: 139 hp @ 5700 rpm
Torque: 195 lb-ft @ 4000 rpm
Basic Warranty
5 yr./ 60000 mi.
Dimensions
Length: 171.5 in. / Height: 60.8 in. / Width: 71.1 in.
Curb Weight: 3100 lbs.
Cargo Capacity, All Seats In Place: 19.4 cu.ft.

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Safety

Our experts’ favorite Niro safety features:

Blind-Spot Detection System
Detects and alerts you with visual and audio warnings when a vehicle in the adjacent lane is in your blind spot.
Smart Cruise Control
Maintains a set speed and interval behind the car ahead and will bring the car to a stop briefly before relinquishing control.
Lane Keeping Assist
Identifies lane markings and corrects the steering if you begin to drift out of your lane.

NHTSA Overall Rating 4 out of 5 stars

The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration offers independent analysis.

Frontal Barrier Crash RatingRating
Overall4 / 5
Driver4 / 5
Passenger3 / 5
Side Crash RatingRating
Overall5 / 5
Side Barrier RatingRating
Overall5 / 5
Driver5 / 5
Passenger4 / 5
Combined Side Barrier & Pole RatingsRating
Front Seat5 / 5
Back Seat4 / 5
RolloverRating
Rollover4 / 5
Dynamic Test ResultNo Tip
Risk Of Rollover12.1%

IIHS Rating

The Insurance Institute of Highway Safety uses extensive crash tests to determine car safety.

Side Impact Test
Good
Roof Strength Test
Good
Rear Crash Protection / Head Restraint
Good
IIHS Small Overlap Front TestNot Tested
Moderate Overlap Front Test
Good



Kia Niro vs. the competition

2021 Kia Niro

2021 Kia Niro

2021 Honda Insight

2021 Honda Insight

Kia Niro vs. Honda Insight

The Honda Insight is similar in size to a Civic with a hybrid powertrain and the exterior styling of an Accord. It is better than the Niro in most respects. You get a roomier cabin, a more compliant ride, and a more powerful and fuel-efficient powertrain. Unless you absolutely need the practicality afforded by the Niro's rear hatch (the Insight is a sedan), the Honda is a better choice.

Compare Kia Niro & Honda Insight features 

Kia Niro vs. Hyundai Ioniq Hybrid

The Hyundai Ioniq and the Kia Niro both share the same powertrain, though the Ioniq is styled to look like a hatchback. Though these two vehicles should feel similar, the Ioniq is less enjoyable to drive. The ride is a little rougher, and its grabby brakes make it harder to stop smoothly. The Ioniq, though, does have a higher potential EPA estimate for fuel efficiency.

Compare Kia Niro & Hyundai Ioniq Hybrid features 

Kia Niro vs. Toyota Prius

The Toyota Prius gets better fuel efficiency than the Niro and is a little more pleasant to drive. It also offers optional all-wheel drive, which is something the Niro doesn't offer. But you'll generally get more for your money by going with the Niro. If you want to learn more about the Prius, you can read our long-term road test here.

Compare Kia Niro & Toyota Prius features 

FAQ

Is the Kia Niro a good car?

The Edmunds experts tested the 2021 Niro both on the road and at the track, giving it a 7.7 out of 10. You probably care about Kia Niro fuel economy, so it's important to know that the Niro gets an EPA-estimated 43 mpg to 50 mpg, depending on the configuration. What about cargo capacity? When you're thinking about carrying stuff in your new car, keep in mind that the Niro has 19.4 cubic feet of trunk space. And then there's safety and reliability. Edmunds has all the latest NHTSA and IIHS crash-test scores, plus industry-leading expert and consumer reviews to help you understand what it's like to own and maintain a Kia Niro. Learn more

What's new in the 2021 Kia Niro?

According to Edmunds’ car experts, here’s what’s new for the 2021 Kia Niro:

  • Available wireless connectivity for Apple CarPlay and Android Auto
  • More advanced navigation-based cruise control is now available
  • Rear occupant alert is now standard
  • Part of the first Niro generation introduced for 2017
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Is the Kia Niro reliable?

To determine whether the Kia Niro is reliable, read Edmunds' authentic consumer reviews, which come from real owners and reveal what it's like to live with the Niro. Look for specific complaints that keep popping up in the reviews, and be sure to compare the Niro's average consumer rating to that of competing vehicles. Learn more

Is the 2021 Kia Niro a good car?

There's a lot to consider if you're wondering whether the 2021 Kia Niro is a good car. Edmunds' expert testing team reviewed the 2021 Niro and gave it a 7.7 out of 10. Safety scores, fuel economy, cargo capacity and feature availability should all be factors in determining whether the 2021 Niro is a good car for you. Learn more

How much should I pay for a 2021 Kia Niro?

The least-expensive 2021 Kia Niro is the 2021 Kia Niro LX 4dr SUV (1.6L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid 6AM). Including destination charge, it arrives with a Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of about $24,690.

Other versions include:

  • EX Premium 4dr SUV (1.6L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid 6AM) which starts at $32,950
  • Touring 4dr SUV (1.6L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid 6AM) which starts at $28,390
  • Touring SE 4dr SUV (1.6L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid 6AM) which starts at $30,950
  • LX 4dr SUV (1.6L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid 6AM) which starts at $24,690
  • LXS 4dr SUV (1.6L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid 6AM) which starts at $26,090
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What are the different models of Kia Niro?

If you're interested in the Kia Niro, the next question is, which Niro model is right for you? Niro variants include EX Premium 4dr SUV (1.6L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid 6AM), Touring 4dr SUV (1.6L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid 6AM), Touring SE 4dr SUV (1.6L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid 6AM), and LX 4dr SUV (1.6L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid 6AM). For a full list of Niro models, check out Edmunds’ Features & Specs page. Learn more

More about the 2021 Kia Niro

2021 Kia Niro Overview

The 2021 Kia Niro is offered in the following submodels: Niro SUV. Available styles include EX Premium 4dr SUV (1.6L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid 6AM), Touring 4dr SUV (1.6L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid 6AM), Touring SE 4dr SUV (1.6L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid 6AM), LX 4dr SUV (1.6L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid 6AM), and LXS 4dr SUV (1.6L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid 6AM). Kia Niro models are available with a 1.6 L-liter hybrid engine, with output up to 139 hp, depending on engine type. The 2021 Kia Niro comes with front wheel drive. Available transmissions include: 6-speed automated manual. The 2021 Kia Niro comes with a 5 yr./ 60000 mi. basic warranty, a 5 yr./ 60000 mi. roadside warranty, and a 10 yr./ 100000 mi. powertrain warranty.

What do people think of the 2021 Kia Niro?

Consumer ratings and reviews are also available for the 2021 Kia Niro and all its trim types. Edmunds consumer reviews allow users to sift through aggregated consumer reviews to understand what other drivers are saying about any vehicle in our database. Detailed rating breakdowns (including performance, comfort, value, interior, exterior design, build quality, and reliability) are available as well to provide shoppers with a comprehensive understanding of why customers like the 2021 Niro.

Edmunds Expert Reviews

Edmunds experts have compiled a robust series of ratings and reviews for the 2021 Kia Niro and all model years in our database. Our rich content includes expert reviews and recommendations for the 2021 Niro featuring deep dives into trim levels and features, performance, mpg, safety, interior, and driving. Edmunds also offers expert ratings, road test and performance data, long-term road tests, first-drive reviews, video reviews and more.

Our Review Process

This review was written by a member of Edmunds' editorial team of expert car reviewers. Our team drives every car you can buy. We put the vehicles through rigorous testing, evaluating how they drive and comparing them in detail to their competitors.

We're also regular people like you, so we pay attention to all the different ways people use their cars every day. We want to know if there's enough room for our families and our weekend gear and whether or not our favorite drink fits in the cupholder. Our editors want to help you make the best decision on a car that fits your life.

What's a good price for a New 2021 Kia Niro?

2021 Kia Niro LX 4dr SUV (1.6L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid 6AM)

The 2021 Kia Niro LX 4dr SUV (1.6L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid 6AM) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $25,865. The average price paid for a new 2021 Kia Niro LX 4dr SUV (1.6L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid 6AM) is trending $1,782 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

Edmunds members save an average of $1,782 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is $24,083.

The average savings for the 2021 Kia Niro LX 4dr SUV (1.6L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid 6AM) is 6.9% below the MSRP.

Available Inventory:

We are showing 4 2021 Kia Niro LX 4dr SUV (1.6L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid 6AM) vehicle(s) available in the in the Ashburn area.

2021 Kia Niro LXS 4dr SUV (1.6L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid 6AM)

The 2021 Kia Niro LXS 4dr SUV (1.6L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid 6AM) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $27,265. The average price paid for a new 2021 Kia Niro LXS 4dr SUV (1.6L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid 6AM) is trending $1,798 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

Edmunds members save an average of $1,798 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is $25,467.

The average savings for the 2021 Kia Niro LXS 4dr SUV (1.6L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid 6AM) is 6.6% below the MSRP.

Available Inventory:

We are showing 22 2021 Kia Niro LXS 4dr SUV (1.6L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid 6AM) vehicle(s) available in the in the Ashburn area.

2021 Kia Niro Touring 4dr SUV (1.6L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid 6AM)

The 2021 Kia Niro Touring 4dr SUV (1.6L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid 6AM) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $29,565. The average price paid for a new 2021 Kia Niro Touring 4dr SUV (1.6L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid 6AM) is trending $1,824 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

Edmunds members save an average of $1,824 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is $27,741.

The average savings for the 2021 Kia Niro Touring 4dr SUV (1.6L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid 6AM) is 6.2% below the MSRP.

Available Inventory:

We are showing 3 2021 Kia Niro Touring 4dr SUV (1.6L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid 6AM) vehicle(s) available in the in the Ashburn area.

2021 Kia Niro Touring SE 4dr SUV (1.6L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid 6AM)

The 2021 Kia Niro Touring SE 4dr SUV (1.6L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid 6AM) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $32,125. The average price paid for a new 2021 Kia Niro Touring SE 4dr SUV (1.6L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid 6AM) is trending $1,853 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

Edmunds members save an average of $1,853 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is $30,272.

The average savings for the 2021 Kia Niro Touring SE 4dr SUV (1.6L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid 6AM) is 5.8% below the MSRP.

Available Inventory:

We are showing 3 2021 Kia Niro Touring SE 4dr SUV (1.6L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid 6AM) vehicle(s) available in the in the Ashburn area.

2021 Kia Niro EX Premium 4dr SUV (1.6L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid 6AM)

The 2021 Kia Niro EX Premium 4dr SUV (1.6L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid 6AM) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $34,125. The average price paid for a new 2021 Kia Niro EX Premium 4dr SUV (1.6L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid 6AM) is trending $1,872 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

Edmunds members save an average of $1,872 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is $32,253.

The average savings for the 2021 Kia Niro EX Premium 4dr SUV (1.6L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid 6AM) is 5.5% below the MSRP.

Available Inventory:

We are showing 15 2021 Kia Niro EX Premium 4dr SUV (1.6L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid 6AM) vehicle(s) available in the in the Ashburn area.

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What is the MPG of a 2021 Kia Niro?

2021 Kia Niro EX Premium 4dr SUV (1.6L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid 6AM), 6-speed automated manual, regular unleaded
49 compined MPG,
51 city MPG/46 highway MPG

2021 Kia Niro Touring 4dr SUV (1.6L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid 6AM), 6-speed automated manual, regular unleaded
43 compined MPG,
46 city MPG/40 highway MPG

2021 Kia Niro Touring SE 4dr SUV (1.6L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid 6AM), 6-speed automated manual, regular unleaded
43 compined MPG,
46 city MPG/40 highway MPG

EPA Est. MPG49
Transmission6-speed automated manual
Drive Trainfront wheel drive
Displacement1.6 L
Passenger Volume120.3 cu.ft.
Wheelbase106.3 in.
Length171.5 in.
Width71.1 in.
Height60.8 in.
Curb Weight3192 lbs.

Should I lease or buy a 2021 Kia Niro?

Is it better to lease or buy a car? Ask most people and they'll probably tell you that car buying is the way to go. And from a financial perspective, it's true, provided you're willing to make higher monthly payments, pay off the loan in full and keep the car for a few years. Leasing, on the other hand, can be a less expensive option on a month-to-month basis. It's also good if you're someone who likes to drive a new car every three years or so.

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