Kia’s Latest Niro Hybrid Crossover Aims to Deliver Up to 50 MPG Combined

By Product Expert | Posted in In the News, Kia on Thursday, February 18th, 2016 at 8:31 pm
2017 Kia Niro Hybrid Engine Specs and Gas Mileage

2017 Kia Niro Hybrid Engine Specs and Gas Mileage

Once in a while, a piece of exciting news is revealed in the automotive industry that we just have to share. The 2016 Chicago Auto Show has been receiving a lot of attention, due in some part to Kia’s new hybrid utility vehicle (HUV) called the Niro. We have to say, the 2017 Kia Niro Hybrid engine specs and estimated gas mileage are pretty impressive.

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The new Kia Niro is just one of the first steps in the brand’s latest efforts to triple its “green car” lineup by 2020. Its unveiling follows other eco-friendly Kia models like the Optima Hybrid and Soul EV.

2017 kia niro hybrid front grille design features

Kia Niro Hybrid Engine Specs

The Niro come equipped with Kia’s all-new Kappa 1.6-liter GDI 4-cylinder engine, which produces 103 horsepower. This engine is then paired with an electric motor to produce up to 146 horsepower and an impressive 195 lb-ft of torque. A lightweight 1.56-kWh Lithium Ion Polymer battery provides the electric energy.

2017 kia niro hybrid crossover mmodel wheel design at 2016 chicago auto show

Kia Niro Hybrid Fuel Economy

Though official EPA-estimates won’t be available for this new model quite yet, Kia does have an estimated fuel economy target with the Niro Hybrid. The auto maker is striving to meet a combined fuel efficiency rating of 50 mpg, which would be impressive considering the model’s larger crossover size.

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Are used hybrid cars reliable enough?

chargine electric plug in hybrid vehiclesHybrid and electric models are currently a rare breed in the used car market, but over time, we are bound to see more pre-owned models up for sale. But a big concern over the reliability and longevity of hybrid vehicles deals with battery life.

Though the 2017 Kia Niro Hybrid’s engine specs and gas mileage may be impressive, buyers of used hybrids will have to consider the high costs of replacing the vehicle’s hybrid battery, which can cost thousands. In general, however, you shouldn’t have to worry any more about the electric battery failing than you do about the engine.

While battery longevity for such models will depend on the make and model, a number of vehicles from various auto manufacturers have been reported to have battery packs that have lasted over 100,000 miles, a significant milestone. Furthermore, should something go wrong, many manufacturers offer a warranty on these battery packs that are transferrable from owner to owner. For example, the warranty for the 2015 Kia Optima Hybrid’s hybrid system has a Federal Emission Control Warranty of 10 years or 100,000 miles.

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Once more electric and hybrid vehicles enter the used car market and become more affordable, the best thing you can do is be sure to work with a used car dealer you can trust. At Joe’s Auto Sales, we do a 150-point inspection on every vehicle we sell to confirm everything is in tip-top condition, which should be enough to give you peace of mind for the future.