Can the 2017 Kia Niro Hybrid Help Set the New Standard for Hybrid Crossovers? Here’s Everything You Ever Wanted to Know [Video]

The 2017 Kia Niro Hybrid lives in a unique market segment. It is a hybrid and at the same time a roomy sub-compact crossover. But unlike traditional crossovers such as the Honda HR-V or Nissan Juke it does not offer all-wheel-drive. It is instead a front-wheel-drive car. And unlike most hybrid it comes standard with a 6-speed dual clutch transmission instead of the more common CVT. Which begs the question; it a true crossover or just a very tall and fuel efficient hybrid?

This is not Kia’s first step into the complicated world of hybrid and electric vehicles. Their first attempt came in the form of the 2015 Kia Soul EV. The Soul EV gets 93 miles on a single charge.

This time, Kia have gone with the hybrid method, building off of their previous experience to achieve the highest possible MPGs in a sub-compact crossover. This vehicle offers an impressive 43 combined MPG. This comes on the Touring Package which has wide, 18″ wheels and a number of other changes which do nothing to help economy. If you opt for the uber-efficient FE (fuel efficient) model, 52 MPG can be expected during city driving.

There is, of course, a lot more information you may want to know about the 2017 Kia Niro Hybrid. Included in this are a number of features which help ramp up the ease of use in this car’s already pragmatic design. To find out what I mean, and to learn everything you ever wanted to know about the 2017 Kia Niro Hybrid, be sure to watch the full video!