2021 Kia Niro Hybrid for Sale in West Springfield, MA
The hybrid crossover class is a busy one, but the 2021 Kia Niro really earns its stripes within the segment. This highly efficient subcompact gas-electric crossover packs in a lot of standard features. It also looks great – and is bigger than it appears, with a generous 63.2 cubic feet of cargo space. Among the improvements for model year 2021, wireless smartphone integration (Apple CarPlay and Android Auto) is now standard on compatible trims, and the LXS and higher trims get standard remote start. Buyers of navigation-equipped Niros will also get 10 years of complimentary map updates. There’s also a more advanced navigation-based cruise control system for the Touring Special Edition and EX Premium, and standard rear occupant alert across the board. While there are also plug-in hybrid and all-electric variants of the Niro, we’ll just cover the traditional hybrid in this overview.
Trims, Powertrain, and Fuel Efficiency
The 2021 Kia Niro is sold in five trim levels: LX, LXS, Touring, Touring Special Edition, and EX Premium. They’re propelled by a hybrid system made up of a 1.6-liter four-cylinder gasoline engine and an electric motor that combine to produce 139 hp. This powerplant is set up with a six-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission and front-wheel drivetrain. According to EPA estimates, the LX is the efficiency star, returning 53 mpg in the city and 48 mpg on the highway. The LXS and EX Premium are stars as well, achieving 51 city/46 highway, and the Touring and Touring Special Edition 46 city/40 highway. The ’21 Niro also uses regenerative braking to add otherwise lost energy to the battery. As the vehicle slows, energy that’s created by the stopping process is captured and routed to the battery. The driver can choose the degree of regenerative braking via the drive mode selector and paddle shifters.
The LX is well stocked with roof rails, rear privacy glass, 16-inch wheels, keyless entry, dual-zone automatic climate control, a rearview camera with dynamic parking guidance, two USB ports, a 12-volt power outlet, selectable drive modes (ECO and Sport), steering-wheel-mounted paddle shifters, and a 60/40-split folding rear seat. The LXS adds Smart Key with push-button ignition and remote start, a leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob, and a rear-seat armrest. The Touring ramps up with 18-inch wheels, a sunroof, fog lights, power-folding heated side mirrors with turn-signal indicators, combination cloth and leather upholstery, a power driver’s seat, and adjustable mood lighting. The Touring Special Edition gets LED headlights and leather upholstery. The EX Premium doesn’t include the LED headlights, but it returns the 16-inch wheels and adds a heated steering wheel, heated and ventilated front seats, simulated leather upholstery, a wireless smartphone charge pad, and a cargo cover.
Driver-Assistive Safety and Technology
Every Niro gets some Kia Drive Wise active safety technology. The LX has rear occupant alert, but the LXS gets an extended slate, with forward collision-avoidance assist with pedestrian detection, blind-spot collision warning, rear cross-traffic collision warning, lane keeping assist, and driver attention warning. The Touring gains adaptive cruise control with stop-and-go and lane following assist, and the Touring Special Edition receives a more advanced navigation-based adaptive cruise control system and highway driving assist. The EX Premium is the only trim that gets rear parking sensors.
The LX and LXS include an infotainment system with an 8-inch touchscreen, wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, Bluetooth wireless streaming capability, and six speakers. The Touring gets Kia’s UVO link connected car services. The Touring Special Edition and EX Premium have an infotainment system with a 10.25-inch touchscreen, which isn’t compatible with wireless smartphone integration, thus these trims get conventional plug-in Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. They’re also loaded up with voice-command navigation, SiriusXM satellite radio, HD radio, and a deluxe eight-speaker Harman Kardon sound system.