2017 Kia Niro

2017 Kia Niro
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2017 Kia Niro
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  • Impressive fuel economy from the base trim model
  • Six-speed transmission shifts like a conventional car's
  • One of the more affordable hybrids in the segment
  • Batteries are hidden under the rear seat and don't affect cargo space


  • All-wheel drive isn't offered despite the crossover styling
  • Smaller cargo space compared to some rival models
  • The Niro's Touring trim sacrifices some fuel efficiency

Which Niro does Edmunds recommend?

Those looking for maximum fuel efficiency will want the base Niro FE, with a combined city/highway fuel economy of 50 mpg. However, we think the additional comfort and convenience of the EX trim with items such as push-button start, heated seats, blind-spot monitoring and optional active safety systems are worth the added cost and only marginally affect overall fuel economy.

Edmunds' Expert Review

Overall rating

3 / 5

The all-new 2017 Kia Niro is classified as a compact hybrid crossover SUV, though it really functions more like a hatchback. Your view of the road is marginally higher because of the Niro's elevated stance, but Kia doesn't offer the Niro with all-wheel drive, so don't expect to be a snow-busting trailblazer in bad weather. The Niro's core appeal comes from its traditional exterior design (no "hybrid!" shouting here) as well as a new powertrain that is capable of returning up to an EPA-estimated 50 mpg in combined city/highway driving.

A 1.6-liter four-cylinder and electric motor produce a combined output of 139 horsepower. That's a bit more than average, and it helps the Niro be pretty peppy off the line and keep pace with the rest of its hybrid-electric competition. The Niro further differentiates itself by using a six-speed, dual-clutch automatic transmission in lieu of the more conventional continuously variable transmission (CVT). The shifts come quick and smooth, and we think it provides a more pleasant driving experience compared to a CVT automatic, especially under maximum acceleration.

The Toyota Prius still reigns supreme in terms of fuel economy, and a RAV4 Hybrid bests the Niro for cargo space, but overall the new Kia Niro should hit the spot for a lot of hybrid shoppers.

Trim levels & features

The Kia Niro is available in five trims beginning with the base FE, gradually adding features at each level with the LX, EX, Touring and limited-edition Touring Launch. All trims come powered by the same 1.6-liter four-cylinder hybrid-electric powertrain (139 hp, 195 lb-ft total output) that sends power to the front wheels through a six-speed, dual-clutch automatic transmission. The FE is the most basic, but also the lightest and most fuel-efficient model, while the well-equipped Touring provides a host of modern comfort features.

The base FE comes with features including 16-inch alloy wheels, automatic headlights, six-way manually adjustable front seats, 60/40-split folding rear seats, dual-zone automatic climate control, selectable drive modes, a 7-inch touchscreen infotainment system, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone integration, a rearview camera, Uvo eServices app suite, Bluetooth and a four-speaker sound system with a USB port.

The LX is the next trim up and adds rear LED taillights, roof rails, keyless ignition and entry, an underfloor storage tray for the rear cargo area and a rear center armrest with cupholders. Stand-alone options on the LX include front foglights, LED daytime running lights and a leather-wrapped steering wheel.

The EX trim includes everything above, including the LX options, plus power-folding and heated side mirrors, a high-gloss black upper console, combination cloth and leather upholstery, heated front seats, rear air-conditioning vents, an additional USB charger and a blind-spot monitoring system. You can also equip the EX with a sunroof, LED interior lights, a power driver seat and additional active safety systems such as lane departure warning, automatic emergency braking and adaptive cruise control.

In addition to the EX model equipment, the top Touring trim comes with 18-inch wheels, front and rear parking sensors, a glossy black front grille trim, the sunroof, driver-seat memory settings, ventilated front seats, a heated steering wheel, leather upholstery, a larger 8-inch touchscreen infotainment system with navigation, HD and satellite radio, an eight-speaker Harman Kardon sound system, LED interior lights and door scuff plates. Options that are only available on the Touring trim include xenon headlights, a 110-volt outlet and a wireless phone charger. The active safety systems available to the EX model are also available on Touring models.

The limited Touring Launch model sits in between the EX and top Touring trims in terms of equipment, but it comes in two unique paint colors with a different metallic grille insert. The only items it shares with the Touring trim include the 18-inch wheels, the power driver seat, and the 8-inch infotainment system with premium Harman Kardon audio. Otherwise it's closer to the EX trim and isn't offered with any options, including the active safety systems.

Trim tested

Each vehicle typically comes in multiple versions that are fundamentally similar. The ratings in this review are based on our full test of the 2017 Kia Niro Touring (1.6L four-cyl. gas-electric hybrid; 6-speed dual-clutch automatic).


Edmunds instrumented testing confirms the Niro to be quicker than its rival, the Toyota Prius, by a good margin. However, we also found its emergency braking performance to be subpar, and the powertrain tuning on this production model to be far more crude than the model we previously drove.


When driven in the default "Eco" mode, the Niro feels wholly unmotivated. In Sport mode, the Niro accelerates to 60 mph nearly a full second quicker than the Toyota Prius. There's good low-end torque and the transmission shifts quick, but this mode is less efficient. We need an in-between mode.


Braking feels completely natural under normal conditions, and the switch over from electric-regeneration to conventional brakes is imperceivable. Under panic braking however, the pedal goes to the floor and the test-best stopping distance from 60 mph at 129 feet is truck territory. Not good.


Steering is direct and responsive with a good level of assist. And there's a clear difference in the degree of assist when you switch between Normal and Sport mode. But this car lacks a clear sense of on-center feel or feedback, which can be disconcerting because it demands constant attention.


The Niro handles more like a car than a crossover, because it's essentially a hatchback. It stays planted through turns better than expected, will rotate nicely off throttle, and carries its weight lower thanks to batteries mounted beneath the rear passenger seat.


Driving in the default Eco mode in this test car revealed some unpleasant characteristics we didn't experience in a prototype sample. Its anemic takeoff power and lazy first-to-second shift is only remedied by driving in Sport mode. We're not sure what changed, but we hope they change it back.


At the very least, crossovers should have the option of all-wheel and decent ground clearance. The Niro unfortunately has neither, and people expecting otherwise will be disappointed.


The Niro may not feel luxurious, but there's still a good level of comfort on hand for the daily commute. The seats have sufficient support and powerful heaters, with ventilation available at the Touring level. The biggest strike is the amount of road noise, which could get tiresome on long drives.

Seat comfort

The seats aren't anything fancy but have good padding and decent lateral and lumbar support. The EX model comes with very effective seat heaters with three levels of intensity. The max heat level is hotter than most, which is really nice in freezing climates.

Ride comfort

Ride comfort for the most part is agreeable. While we didn't experience any harsh crashing over bumps, we wouldn't call the Niro plush either. On the other hand, body movement felt well controlled and car-like, instead of floppy like a tall SUV or crossover.

Noise & vibration

There is a fair amount of road noise and the occasional sound of loose gravel pinging against the underbody. Wind noise is better isolated, though there is still a little bit of it around the front side view mirrors at highway speeds. The interior is completely absent of squeaks and rattles.

Climate control

Dual climate controls are straightforward and easy to reach, with the usual assortment of buttons and knobs for fan speed, temperature, etc. The system performed well to maintain pleasant cabin temps and the heated steering wheel on the Touring trim isn't included in at the EX.


The cabin of the Niro is easy to get in and out of and scores high marks for interior passenger space, driver accommodation and a simple user interface. We might have had a small complaint with rear visibility, but all Niros come with rearview cameras, which makes it a nonissue.

Ease of use

The touchscreen infotainment menus take a little familiarization but are easy enough to figure out and have shortcut buttons. When using the stalks to change headlight or wiper settings, a prompt appears in the gauge cluster showing your selection and others available. That's a nice feature.

Getting in/getting out

The doors open wide, almost to 90 degrees, with nice size openings and comfortable seat heights. You still sit down into the seat rather than slide in because the bottom seat cushion height is around knee level. There's a small stepover, but it should be easy for most, including elderly passengers.

Driving position

The tilt-and-telescoping steering column has a lot of adjustment, and the optional power driver seat has two-way lumbar adjustment and height adjustment. It's pretty easy to find a comfortable driving position thanks to copious amounts of head- and legroom to suit a wide range of drivers.


There is good head- and legroom both front and rear, but hard plastic front seatbacks don't leave much of a buffer if sitting behind an especially tall driver. The middle passenger will appreciate the relatively flat floor, but sitting three adults in back will be a little tight.


Even with the raked front roof pillars, forward visibility is pretty good. The thick rear pillars create a bit of a blind spot when you're looking over your shoulder, but the view directly back is decent and relatively unobstructed by the rear headrests. A rearview camera is standard on all trims.


A lot of hard plastic covers the lower half of the doors, dash and center console. In the light gray color scheme, it makes the interior look cheap. Even the soft-touch surfaces on the upper parts of the dash lack a quality feel. Armrest padding isn't bad but could be more ample on the doors.


Compared to a small sedan, the Niro offers an appealing amount of utility for its size. However, when compared to other hybrid hatchbacks or crossover SUVs in the class, it doesn't offer quite as much cargo space or clever cabin storage for small items.

Small-item storage

There's convenient storage for personal items forward of the gear shifter, where you would charge your phone wirelessly if so equipped (Touring only). The door pockets will hold a 16-ounce water bottle and a couple other small items but are on the narrow side. The center armrest bin is average size.

Cargo space

The 60/40-split rear seats fold perfectly flat, and the optional underfloor storage adds a bit more utility. Yet, at 19.4 cubic feet with all seats in place (54.5 cubic feet with them folded), the Niro doesn't have as much space as most of the other hybrid hatchback offerings.

Child safety seat accommodation

LATCH anchors are tucked away in between cushions where the rear seatbacks fold down, which makes access kind of difficult. There is a pair of anchors per outboard rear seat and an easy-access top tether on the back of each seat.


The Niro is strong on the technology front, with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto included as standard equipment and a host of available advanced safety systems that aren't even offered on some cars above its class. The Uvo navigation system could use a design update but functions well.

Audio & navigation

The Uvo navigation system is the same as in other Kia models, easy to use but beginning to look dated compared to other systems out on the market. The base stereo system won't impress the more musically savvy like the optional Harman Kardon system does.

Smartphone integration

With Apple CarPlay and Android Auto standard in all models, you likely won't miss the upgraded navigation system in the Touring model. Touring trim models also have the option of wireless charging for smartphones that have the capability, but it isn't available at the EX level.

Driver aids

The adaptive cruise control (called Smart Cruise Control) works pretty well to maintain a distance between the Niro and the car in front, but it will only bring the Niro to a complete stop for a moment before relinquishing control.

Voice control

Native voice controls are available for navigation, radio, phone and even Google search (if equipped). The prompts are straightforward, and voice recognition works pretty well. And with Apple CarPlay standard, you have the power of Siri through the car's voice control button.

Consumer reviews

Read what other owners think about the 2017 Kia Niro.

Overall Consumer Rating

Most helpful consumer reviews

The Hybrid New Kid in Town
UPDATE: We're now at nearly 8K miles. The Niro has been flawless - - zero recalls, zero software updates, and no initial quality problems. Many times it seems like a new car is infatuating, but over time it begins to show its weaknesses. My complaints with the Niro are remarkably minor; our Grand Touring model has shiny black surfaces around the gear shift, and when the sun hits it, there can be glare in my eyes. Solution: keep a baseball cap over the shifter in sunny weather (this may not affect others who are a different height.) And some of the nanny-state sensors are a bit sensitive; for instance, if the nose of the car is pointing down (say, after crossing a curb) the front parking sensors might start beeping. No biggie; you can temporarily turn them off with the conveniently located switch right in the center shifter area. On the plus side, these sensors will tell you if you're going to scrape the bottom of the car or if you're going to run over a concrete barrier at the front of a parking space. After several extended road trips, we can pretty much assume that our mileage for both city and highway is consistent at around 43 to 45 mpg, even when driving at 70mph or above for long intervals. The comfort factor has really held up, and back seat passengers have made no complaining noises. Cargo capacity is not immense, but the nicely rectangular trunk has few intrusions (holds lots of wine boxes!) Of course the seats go down easily when you need to maximize hauling. We only use Sport mode for entering highways or other "quick" maneuvers, but the extreme boost in torque and power is very handy and we have never felt the car is underpowered. Here's a couple of additional pluses: great turning circle; easy to park because of size and auto-dipping side mirrors as well as a backup camera that both shows the steering angle and the actual rear bumper of the car; excellent integration with Car Play from Apple (and Apple Maps have improved radically to the point where they have about as few errors as Google Maps.) Air conditioning is fast and efficient, even on 100 degree days (we seem to be having more and more of these.) Previous review follows. The Kia Niro may not be the car for everyone, but it is certainly the right car at the right time for us. We were driving a 2014 Jeep Cherokee Limited with every package known to mankind added. It was certainly not lacking for both features and comfort, but the six-cylinder engine was sucking gas at an alarming rate. The Niro consistently delivers at least 40 mpg and up to 50 mpg, even in Touring trim for us, buzzing up and down Portland hills and the coastal mountains (more like really big hills.) So it consistently meets its EPA projections, unless you're heavy-footed, in which case you'll still reach the high 30's. The nice transition from the luxurious Cherokee was made simpler by the inclusion of many great comfort features, including a heated steering wheel; heated AND ventilated front seats; adjustable power back bolster in the driver's seat; auto folding and dipping rear view mirrors; HID projector headlights; and a host of safety features. The Touring version includes both front and rear parking sensors, which we love and which are a rare find even at twice the price. There's adaptive cruise control, cross traffic detection, automatic emergency braking and more. All this might seem over the top, but once you're used to these features (the Cherokee had them) they are hard to give up. The seats are firm but surprisingly comfortable, and the ride is pretty quiet (Touring has more sound proofing packed into it.) The wheelbase is stretched out with the wheels at the corners, for a more supple ride than you'd expect. Handling is quite predictable. Controls are super-logical, with everything right where you expect to find it. I am surprised at how good Car Play (Apple) functions; I was expecting to turn it off and use Google Maps and Android Auto, but the Apple system works transparently and (most of the time) gets you to your intended destination with a minimum of errors and a terrific interface. This is not a powerful automobile, but with the Sport mode you can harness the combined power of both electric and gas motors for a pretty substantial boost when needed, and this is easily activated with a flick of the gear lever to the side - - great for entering freeways, or for a burst of passing power. In sum, if you're sick of burning through tons of gas, and having to visit the station more often than you'd like, the Niro is the ideal solution, and provides enough comfort and utility to cover most of the bases for singles, couples and small families. It is not really an SUV so much as a "tall wagon" but does carry quite a substantial load with the seat down. It's slightly smaller size compared to many SUVs makes it far easier to maneuver and park in urban situations. The turning circle is quite amazing and small.
Flawed operational system in Niro
Janet F,03/14/2017
On 2/27/17 I bought a KIA Niro Touring. On 3/6/17 it wouldn't start and needed to be towed. Kia service told me the car was normal but I needed to drive it more to keep the battery charged. This does not seem to be a problem with my particular vehicle, rather a design choice KIA made. I use the car daily for my work commute, errands, etc. though apparently this usage is not adequate to have a reliable operating vehicle. Kia does not inform the public the vehicle will not operate unless it has a minimum daily usage time. I bought the car assuming I could use it like any car. As much as I like the idea of an eco-friendly vehicle, I take exception to the concept that it must be driven extra time than my needs dictate to keep the battery charged. The service provider suggested I keep the engine running for 20-40 minutes but can just leave the car locked because of the smart key. This does not sound smart to me. I spoke directly with Kia Motors regarding my situation and they stand by their vehicle saying it is normal and the only problem is I am not driving it enough to keep the battery charged. They advised me to drive more. I would not like others to find themselves in my unfortunate situation. Please be mindful before making a purchase.
Like NIRO EX Overall - Aware of Others Problems
So far no issues with mine bought in Feb 2017 with 6000 plus miles ( Model EX Pearl White with Sunroof Pkg - not that I wanted sunroof, came with some safety options). I like handling, steering, safety options I have (missing some that are available these days because of cost), MPG over 50, comfort is fine except bothers my legs on long trips - say 1 1/2 hours get uncomfortable, nice and roomy for the size it is, like the look, interior is OK, entertainment is OK - use the USB music mostly and did not renew Sirus. I am not a real techie person- but Bluetooth works, and I manage with all the gadgets and displays. So far I am happy. THAT SAID, I note some serious issues on a NIRO FORUM (stutter or jerky with poor mpg - one guy got a new car, displays going crazy, door handles breaking off with plastic parts, I personally have what I think is a livable occasional jerky operation).
An Excellent Hybrid Vehicle
Joseph Bristow,10/10/2017
I have driven the 2017 Kia Niro LX for over two months, and I have really come to like the car. I had been driving a 2006 Ford Focus ZX5 (four-door hatchback bought new in 2006), so this was a big step up for me. I found the Niro to be very comfortable with an excellent climate control system. The entertainment system is awesome. Bluetooth connectivity is perfect for local driving, while Android Auto is great for long-distance trips. You don't need a navigation system with Android Auto. Just select the "Maps" button to open a map that shows where you are and traffic in your area. You can get turn-by-turn directions as well. Voice commands work well, and I haven't had any issues with being understood. The cargo area is similar to what my Focus had. It's perfect for groceries and really expands when you put the rear seats down. The glove compartment is a little small, but I don't have a lot of items to store, so it's not much of an issue for me. Acceleration in Eco mode is sluggish, as every review says, but Sport mode gives you the option of beefing up acceleration. I rarely use Sport mode, as I don't care about the slow acceleration. My goal with the Niro is to get the best gas mileage I can. To that end, I get about 45 mpg, measured by taking the number of miles I've driven divided by the amount of gas I put in the car (I stop filling when the pump handle pops). That is far better than I ever got in my old Focus, and to be able to go over 400 miles on a single tank is fantastic. Probably the one disappointing thing is the gas mileage I get on short trips. I happen to live within a mile of a commercial center, so getting groceries, eating meals and visiting other stores results in about a 2-mile round trip. I had imagined that the Niro would act like an electric car in that situation, but it doesn't. No matter how gentle I am with the gas pedal, I cannot get it to stay in electric mode during these short trips, which results in 25 to 30 mpg per trip, hurting my overall gas mileage. It's something I do quite often, so I'm hoping that future iterations of the Niro will be better at using electric mode on short trips. Interestingly, the Niro will utilize electric mode quite frequently in stop-and-go traffic, which makes me laugh at the other cars burning gas while I'm drifting along in electric mode. Despite my disappointment, I'm very pleased with the gas mileage I get from my Niro. I leased the Niro because 2017 is the first year for the model and it is my first experience driving a hybrid car. Given how pleased I am with the car, I'll likely turn it in and buy a new Niro when the lease is up.
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2017 Kia Niro video

MARK TAKAHASHI: I'm Edmunds editor Mark Takahashi. Here's an Expert Rundown of the 2017 Kia Niro. The 2017 Niro is an all-new affordable hybrid model from Kia, delivering up to 50 miles per gallon combined. It's classified as a compact crossover, but really, it'll seem like a hatchback to most drivers. And that has some advantages, since it drives more like a car than an SUV. The Niro also feels less like a hybrid thanks to a traditional automatic transmission, even though power and acceleration is still very hybrid-like. We're sure that the Niro's cargo space will easily hold all of your stuff, but other hybrids do offer more space. There is a decent amount of rear seat space, but the hard plastic seat backs could spell trouble for your knees if there's a tall front passenger. Overall, the interior isn't all that impressive with a lot of hard plastic pieces surrounding you and a noticeable amount of road noise. On the plus side, there are more available tech and safety features than other cars in the class. The bottom line for the 2017 Kia Niro is pretty convincing. Its affordable price, versatility, and car-like road manners make it worth considering against other hybrids, like the Toyota Prius and RAV4, as well as the Ford C-Max.

2017 Kia Niro Expert Rundown Review

Looking for a great compact hybrid crossover SUV that functions more like a hatchback? The 2017 Kia Niro might be a good fit. Here's a quick rundown of what we like, what we don't and the bottom line from the Edmunds editors.

Features & Specs

51 city / 46 hwy
Seats 5
6-speed automated manual
139 hp @ 5700 rpm
51 city / 46 hwy
Seats 5
6-speed automated manual
139 hp @ 5700 rpm
46 city / 40 hwy
Seats 5
6-speed automated manual
139 hp @ 5700 rpm
52 city / 49 hwy
Seats 5
6-speed automated manual
139 hp @ 5700 rpm
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Our experts’ favorite Niro safety features:

Blind-Spot Detection
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 to the car ahead and will bring the car to a stop briefly before relinquishing control.
Lane Departure Warning
Identifies lane markings and alerts you if you begin to drift out of your lane.

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More about the 2017 Kia Niro

The all-new 2017 Kia Niro is a unique animal: It's a small crossover SUV that doesn't offer the choice of all-wheel drive; it was designed from the ground up to be a gas-electric hybrid, rather than being adapted from an existing model; and the attractive styling doesn't shout "hybrid" from the rooftops. The Niro's strength is that it offers crossover utility and hybrid efficiency while meeting the requirements of the many shoppers who simply need an affordable, practical around-town vehicle.

For ease of entry, it sits lower than an SUV. For better visibility, it's higher than a sedan. The Niro is, essentially, a wagon with better ground clearance and the ability to haul slightly taller cargo. It shares a platform with the new Hyundai Ioniq lineup, which comprises hatchback hybrid, plug-in and electric models, but with the slightly muscular stance that marks it as a sleekly styled crossover.

The heart of the Niro's hybrid system is a 104-horsepower, 1.6-liter gasoline engine that pairs with a lightweight electric motor for a combined 139 horsepower and 195 pound-feet of torque. And, unlike many hybrid powertrains that mate to a continuously variable transmission (CVT) automatic, Kia opted for a six-speed, dual-clutch automatic gearbox, which it says provides a more engaging driving experience. An 11.9-gallon fuel tank, combined with a lithium-ion battery that's recharged by the engine and by regenerative braking, provide a total claimed range of up to 595 miles.

The EPA rates fuel economy for the base Niro FE at 50 mpg combined (52 city/49 highway), although moving up to the better equipped, and heavier, trim levels can reduce the combined rating by as much as 7 mpg.

The Niro has been designed to deliver an understated, conventional ride, and it accomplishes that mission admirably. The hybrid system is generally unobtrusive and delivers decent acceleration, although selecting Eco mode causes a noticeable reduction in zip. Conversely, shifting to Sport mode can pep things up a bit, at the expense of a few mpg. And with its low center of gravity and well-balanced suspension system, the Niro handles well on the highway and in the city.

Although set up for five passengers, the Niro is best able to transport four in comfort. Though not exactly luxurious, the interior is well designed with good-quality materials and solid-feeling controls. And even tall drivers will find the multi-adjustable seats easy to live with. Cargo capacity with the rear seats in place is 19.4 cubic feet, and with the seats folded that expands to 54.5 cubic feet. What that means is that the Niro can haul more than the average sedan but less than many competing small SUVs.

The base Niro FE comes very well equipped with such niceties as automatic headlights, dual-zone automatic climate control, a rearview camera and a 7-inch touchscreen infotainment system. The midlevel LX and EX trim levels add more power accessories and comfort and convenience features. The top-of-the-line Touring model brings on more appearance and comfort features. Whatever your preference, let Edmunds help you find the 2017 Kia Niro that best meets your needs.

2017 Kia Niro Overview

The 2017 Kia Niro is offered in the following submodels: Niro SUV. Available styles include EX 4dr SUV (1.6L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid 6AM), LX 4dr SUV (1.6L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid 6AM), Touring 4dr SUV (1.6L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid 6AM), and FE 4dr SUV (1.6L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid 6AM).

What do people think of the 2017 Kia Niro?

Consumer ratings and reviews are also available for the 2017 Kia Niro and all its trim types. Overall, Edmunds users rate the 2017 Niro 4 on a scale of 1 to 5 stars. 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 2017 Niro.

Edmunds Expert Reviews

Edmunds experts have compiled a robust series of ratings and reviews for the 2017 Kia Niro and all model years in our database. Our rich content includes expert reviews and recommendations for the 2017 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.

Edmunds Scorecard

Overall3.0 / 5.0


2.5 / 5.0

Acceleration3.0 / 5.0
Braking2.5 / 5.0
Steering3.0 / 5.0
Handling3.5 / 5.0
Drivability2.0 / 5.0


3.5 / 5.0

Seat comfort3.5 / 5.0
Ride comfort3.0 / 5.0
Noise & vibration3.0 / 5.0
Climate control4.0 / 5.0


4.0 / 5.0

Ease of use4.0 / 5.0
Getting in/getting out4.0 / 5.0
Driving position5.0 / 5.0
Roominess3.5 / 5.0
Visibility4.0 / 5.0
Quality2.5 / 5.0


3.0 / 5.0

Small-item storage3.0 / 5.0
Cargo space3.0 / 5.0


3.5 / 5.0

Audio & navigation3.0 / 5.0
Smartphone integration4.5 / 5.0
Driver aids3.5 / 5.0
Voice control4.0 / 5.0
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Find a new Kia Niro for sale - 9 great deals out of 16 listings starting at $12,412.

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Should I lease or buy a 2017 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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