Flash Drive: 2023 Kia Niro Hybrid


All-New Up to date Styling+Larger MPG and Longer Vary

The second era 2023 Kia Niro Hybrid continues what Kia began in 2017 when the Niro Hybrid debuted. We appreciated it then and just like the all-new Niro hybrid much more. Kia additionally has all-new 2023 variations of the Niro EV and Niro PHEV, which Clear Fleet Report will probably be reviewing individually, so ensure to sign-up for the publication (prime proper of web page) to be notified of all new tales and car critiques.

2023 Kia Niro Hybrid
Niro will get a brand new look–and extra

Environment friendly with Low Emissions

The 2023 Kia Niro hybrid is the category chief in gas financial system. Working on 87 octane, the 1.6-liter 4-cylinder engine coupled to a 32-kW electrical motor that places out 139 horsepower and 195 pound-feet of torque, driving the entrance wheels by way of a 6-speed dual-clutch automated transmission. The Niro hybrid has an EPA estimated gas financial system of between 49 and 53 miles per gallon, relying if outfitted with 16-inch or 18-inch wheels, delivering a driving vary of as much as 588 miles.

Driving Expertise: On the Street

Clear Fleet Report lately had the chance to be among the many first to drive the 2023 Niro Hybrid. Kia invited media to the Alila Marea Seaside Resort in Encinitas, California, from which we ventured out over the Cuyamaca Mountains and thru the Cleveland Nationwide Forest to the 1800s silver mining city of Julian, with an elevation of 4,245 toes. Driving beach-to-mountains-to-beach was a great check for the dealing with and efficiency of the Niro Hybrid.

2023 Kia Niro Hybrid
Deal with effectivity, not efficiency

The Niro Hybrid, weighing-in at 3,247 kilos, feels planted on the street, with the 61%/39% weight distribution solely giving pause beneath essentially the most aggressive cornering above the posted velocity restrict. The under-floor battery placement creates a low heart of gravity leading to total good driving dynamics. The motor-driven energy steering was well-tuned for street really feel, with maneuvering on the town, particularly parking, being simple.

We clocked 10.8 seconds in a couple of 0-60 mile per hour runs. This isn’t fast, and we wished extra pep, however totally perceive the Niro Hybrid will not be made for velocity however effectivity, which it excels at.

The Niro Hybrid has entrance MacPherson struts and rear multi-link suspension delivering a easy and secure trip, with tire and wind noise at a minimal. Clear Fleet Report drove the highly-optioned Niro SX Touring trim that got here with 18-inch alloy wheels shod with 225/45 Continental Professional Contact all-season tires. Stopping was by way of four-wheel electric-boosted anti-lock brakes.

Aerodynamic Refinement

2023 Kia Niro Hybrid
Sharper edges this time

The Niro has been fully redesigned for 2023 with what Kia says was impressed by combining nature with aerodynamics. What we noticed is a smoother and extra subtle wanting compact crossover that has a formidable drag coefficient (Cd) of 0.29. Kia’s signature tiger nostril grille continues from the earlier era Niro, however now’s a part of a extra rounded nostril that wraps seamlessly into the fenders, meeting-up with the distinctive “heartbeat” designed LED daytime operating lights. The wheelbase and size have elevated barely, including extra passenger and cargo room.

The gently sloped hood attracts a easy profile to the laid-back A-pillars, resulting in a near-flat roof with rack rails and a shark fin antenna. The roof tails-off to an built-in spoiler over the rear hatch window that comes with the LED excessive brake mild. The vertical, boomerang-shaped LED taillights body the rear hatch that has a painted skid plate-like function and a really demure “Hybrid” badge on the decrease proper nook of the hatch.

Essentially the most eye-caching factor from the facet view is what Kia calls the Aero Blade. This boomerang-shaped panel is designed to assist airflow beneath the D-pillar, and will be painted the physique colour or in quite a lot of contrasting colours. Determine for your self in the event you just like the look within the accompanying photographs. If that’s the case, it’s $195 premium.

Restyled Inside

Climbing inside, the spacious cabin consists of ample leg and headroom up entrance, and for 2 six-footers to sit down comfortably within the rear seat. Separated by a middle armrest with cup holders, the fold-down 60/40 break up rear seat produces a near-flat cargo space, with easy accessibility by way of the big hatch opening. The bottom of the entrance seats have distinctive seize handles to assist getting into and exiting the rear seats.

2023 Kia Niro Hybrid
A brand new sprint

Clear Fleet Report was driving the Niro SX Touring mannequin with snug and supportive heated and ventilated entrance seats. All seats have been lined with a vegan leather-based seat materials that’s smooth to the contact and seemed fairly good. The motive force will get 10-way energy adjustable with lumbar, whereas the passenger will get 6-way guide changes, together with seat top. Outward visibility is great because the 6.3-inch floor clearance ends in an outlook on the street a bit greater than a sedan, however not as excessive as a SUV.

The middle sprint homes the ten.25-inch LCD touchscreen (an 8-inch LCD display is normal on the bottom Niro LX) for navigation and the 8-speaker Harman Kardon sound system, with a subwoofer, that performs AM/FM and SiriusXM, Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. Kia Join gives entry to car techniques together with distant begin and distant charging, and connects to a smartphone app for Apple and Android working techniques. Smartphone integration and voice instructions are by way of Bluetooth. The vegan leather-wrapped steering wheel had controls for audio, phone and cruise management.

Kia has a intelligent design to go between the dual-zone local weather controls and infotainment controls. On the slender horizontal display under the principle contact display, there are capacitive contact factors for the temperature and fan, after which the radio controls, which embody quantity and channel knobs. This area saver had a brief studying curve, shortly displaying its advantages.

Consolation and comfort options embody an auto-dimming rear view digital camera, good key with such button begin/cease, Auto Maintain, power-folding heated outdoors mirrors, carpeted flooring mats, LED inside lights, rear passenger HVAC vents, driver and passenger energy home windows with automated up/down, energy door locks and sunroof, and new for 2023 an influence rear raise gate.

Security and Warranties

2023 Kia Niro Hybrid
Full tech on show

The Niro Hybrid comes with an in depth checklist of ordinary security options. They embody seven airbags, ahead emergency braking and collision warning, stability management, good cruise management, blind spot monitoring, park help with entrance and rear sensors, car stability administration, traction management, hill begin help, tire strain monitoring system, lane departure warning and rear cross site visitors alert.

The 2023 Niro Hybrid comes with these warranties:

  • Powertrain – 10 years/100,000 miles
  • Battery – 10 years/100,000 miles
  • Primary – 5 years/60,000 miles
  • Roadside Help – 5 years/60,000 miles  


2023 Kia Niro Hybrid
Stylin’ wheels

The 2023 Niro Hybrid is available in three trim ranges and two packages. These base costs embody the $1,295 vacation spot payment.

LX               $27,785     

EX               $30,385

SX               $33,785

EX Touring   $32,685

SX Touring   $36,085

Observations: 2023 Kia Niro Hybrid

Kia is all-in with car electrification and Clear Fleet Report is glad it’s. We now have reviewed Kia’s hybrid, plug-in hybrid and electrical automobiles, and have been impressed with all of them.

The 2023 Kia Niro Hybrid wasn’t designed nor meant to be a sporty automotive, however one that’s arduous to beat for gas financial system, trip consolation and worth. Clear Fleet Report is impressed with the general drivability, consolation and options of the Kia hybrid, plus the unbeatable guarantee.

2023 Kia Niro Hybrid
Able to roll

The Niro hybrid has a couple of key hybrid rivals—the Ford Escape, the Toyota Corolla and the Toyota RAV4. The Niro Hybrid solely is obtainable in front-wheel drive, as is the Corolla, whereas the Escape and RAV4 Hybrid solely comes with all-wheel drive. So ensure to check fastidiously the options and effectivity to find out which hybrid compact SUV to purchase.

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Story by John Faulkner. Images by John Faulkner and Kia.

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