2022 Kia Niro PHEV for Sale in West Springfield, MA

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Overview

Plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVs) have grown in popularity because they offer the best of both alternative-fuel worlds: a combination of combustion engine and electric motor power, but with the ability to run on all electric for as long as the charge lasts. And once that electricity is spent, the gas engine will take over to get you the rest of the way, eliminating worries about finding a charging station and hoping you don’t have to wait in line to plug in. The Kia Niro PHEV debuted in 2018 and is wrapping up its first generation with the 2022 model. This nice-looking and versatile compact crossover is a terrific choice if you have a long commute and can’t quite commit to making the leap to an all-electric vehicle. It earns top marks for its all-electric driving range of 26 miles, confident good looks, and spacious, feature-packed interior.

Trims, Hybrid System and Range

The Kia Niro PHEV’s three trim levels are the LXS, EX, and EX Premium. The plug-in hybrid system in each consists of a 1.6-liter gasoline engine, an electric motor, and a 360-volt battery. Combined, the gas engine and electric motor produce 139 hp. A dual-clutch six-speed automatic transmission directs power to the front-wheel drivetrain. As mentioned, the Niro PHEV’s all-electric range is 26 miles as determined by the EPA.

All ’22 Niro PHEVs come with a Level 1 charger (120 volts) that can fully charge the vehicle in 8 to 10 hours. For a faster charge, a 240-volt Level 2 charger (which is what most public charging stations offer) is available for home installation. The ’22 Niro PHEV also has a regenerative self-charging system, which works by capturing the kinetic energy produced as the vehicle slows down and storing it in the battery.

Equipment By Trim

On the convenience front, the LXS gets automatic headlights and high beams, roof rails, Smart Key (eliminates the need for the key fob to lock/unlock doors or start the engine), two USB ports (one for audio and one for charging), a 12-volt power outlet, a 4.2-inch driver information display, Eco and Sport drive modes, an underfloor storage tray, an overhead sunglasses holder, door-sill scuff plates, and a 60/40-split fold-down rear seatback that allows for up to 54.5 cubic feet of cargo space. This well-outfitted base trim also has dual-zone automatic climate control and an upscale leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob.

The EX gains a few additional niceties: power-folding and heated side mirrors with turn-signal indicators, fog lights, a wireless phone charger, and a 7-inch driver information display. Its adjustable mood lighting, combination cloth-and-leather seat trim, and heated front seats make for a more deluxe riding experience, while the power driver’s seat and cargo cover add an extra dose of convenience. The EX Premium gets a full treatment of luxury goods with a sunroof, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, synthetic leather seats, position memory for the driver’s seat, ventilated front seats, and a heated steering wheel.

Active Safety and Multimedia Technologies

The Kia Connect infotainment system in the LXS and EX has an 8-inch touchscreen, wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, a six-speaker sound system, and Bluetooth hands-free phone and audio streaming. The EX Premium upgrades to a more advanced system with a 10.25-inch touchscreen, voice recognition, navigation, SiriusXM satellite radio, HD radio, and a high-end eight-speaker Harman Kardon audio system. The only downside of the EX Premium’s multimedia system is that you must physically plug in your device to use Apple CarPlay and Android Auto (the larger touchscreen is not compatible with wireless smartphone integration).

The Kia Drive Wise active safety suite is standard in the ’22 Niro PHEV, but the higher trims get more technologies. The base version of the suite (found in the LXS) contains forward collision-avoidance assist with pedestrian detection, blind-spot collision warning, rear cross-traffic collision warning, lane keeping assist, lane following assist, driver attention warning, and leading vehicle departure alert. Kia Drive Wise in the EX bundles all that, along with cyclist detection for the forward collision-avoidance assist system, adaptive cruise control, and rear occupant alert. The EX Premium gets it all, plus navigation-based adaptive cruise control, highway driving assist, and rear parking sensors.


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