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2020 Kia Niro

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Kia Niro highlights

Customer rating

Pros

  • Awesome fuel economy
  • Intuitive infotainment controls
  • Standard smartphone connectivity

Cons

  • Base trim is stingy with driver-assist features
  • Modest cargo space
  • You still can’t get all-wheel drive

Mileage (EPA estimate)

46 city, 40 highway, 43 combined

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The Kia Niro has SUV style and hybrid fuel economy

For the 2020 model year, the Kia Niro hybrid exterior gets a refreshed front grille and headlights, plus new wheel designs. The 2020 Niro also gains an optional 10.25-inch touchscreen, along with a traffic-adaptive cruise control system. Also available as a plug-in hybrid and EV, the Niro hybrid features a 139-horsepower 1.6-liter four-cylinder and six-speed automatic that sends power to the front wheels. All-wheel drive isn’t available despite its billing as an SUV.

At its most frugal, the Niro delivers an EPA highway estimate of more than 50 mpg. Fuel economy figures are based on EPA estimates for when vehicle sold as new. Fuel economy may vary for reasons like driving conditions and vehicle history. Unless specified, figures are for vehicles equipped with an automatic transmission. See fueleconomy.gov. This puts it on par with the eco-themed Toyota Prius hatchback and notably better than most small SUVs. The 19 cubic feet of cargo space trails most small SUVs, but the cargo area is well shaped, and the low load floor makes it easy to load hefty items onboard.

The base Niro LX comes standard with a seven-inch touchscreen and smartphone connectivity. Yet moving only one rung higher, to the LXS trim, adds many driver-assist features, such as rear cross-traffic warning, blind-spot warning, and lane keeping assistance.

All Kia Niro years

What is new for the 2020 Kia Niro?

  • The Niro is available in a variety of new trims, including the EX Premium, LXS, and Touring SE.
  • The EX, FE, and S Touring trims have been discontinued for 2020.
  • Niro trims have been upgraded with Leatherette Seats as standard equipment this year.
  • The Touring trim now comes with Leatherette & Cloth as standard equipment.

2020 Kia Niro trims

Curious how Kia Niro trims differ? Use our side-by-side vehicle comparison to see the differences and similarities

LX:

  • 139-hp, 195-lb-ft of torque 1.6L
  • Cloth Seats
  • Power Mirrors
  • Rear View Camera
  • Traction Control
  • Cruise Control
  • Rear Defroster
  • Side Airbags
  • Overhead Airbags

LXS:

Touring:

Touring SE:

EX Premium:

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5 reasons to buy the 2020 Kia Niro

What We Like

Car-like driving manners: The Niro is more than just a small crossover with a meager appetite for fuel. Thanks to its car-like size and dynamics, the Niro is highly maneuverable and very adept at dicing with heavy traffic.

Impressive fuel economy: The design was updated for the 2020 model year, but the core values of the Niro remain in place. This means you get an EPA-estimated highway fuel economy of 52 mpg, a figure that makes it one of the top vehicles in terms of fuel mileage.

Solid value: The Niro isn’t just kind to your fuel budget—it’s also attractively priced across its range of trims. The LXS is the one to choose if you’re looking for the peace of mind offered by the driver-assist features included in this trim.

What Needs Improvement

SUV in name only: The Niro is definitely more of a high-riding hatchback than an SUV. Not having all-wheel drive doesn’t help matters, and the cargo area is on the snug side for anyone who routinely maxes out their vehicle’s storage capability.

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Ratings & reliability

Customer ratings

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RepairPal gave the Kia Niro an overall reliability rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars, which RepairPal describes as Excellent. This rating ranks Kia Niro 3rd out of 6 among Alternative Fuel Vehicles.

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Kia Niro features and specs

LXS 2WD 4D Sport Utility

Standard Features

  • ABS Brakes
  • Air Conditioning
  • Alloy Wheels
  • AM/FM Stereo
  • Android Auto
  • Apple CarPlay
  • Automatic Transmission
  • Auxiliary Audio Input
  • Blind Spot Monitor
  • Bluetooth Technology
  • Cloth Seats
  • Cruise Control
  • Lane Departure Warning
  • Overhead Airbags
  • Power Locks
  • Power Mirrors
  • Power Windows
  • Rear Defroster
  • Rear View Camera
  • Side Airbags
  • Smart Key
  • Traction Control

Drive Wheels

Front Wheel Drive (2WD)

Engine size

1.6L

Horsepower

139

Torque (ft-lbs)

195

Engine type

Hybrid

Fuel capacity

11.9

Wheelbase

106.3"

Overall length

171.5"

Width

71.1"

Height

60.4"

Leg room

F 41.7"/R 37.4"

Head room

F 40.1"/R 39.1"

Front tires

P205/60HR16

Rear tires

P205/60HR16

Seating capacity

5

Transmission

AUTOMATIC

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