2017 Kia Niro
The Prius has a rival that no one seems to know about, probably because Kia hasn't done much to market its hybrids.
It's the Kia Niro. And if you've seen one, you probably assumed it's yet another mini-crossover SUV. It certainly looks the part. It even has roof racks. But it doesn't offer all-wheel drive.
Instead, there's a hybrid-electric powertrain and the capability to go 50-plus miles on a gallon of gas. You can also go from zero to 60 mph in a little more than eight seconds.
This is all without costing you a fortune.
What It Is
The Niro is that very rare animal: a hybrid crossover SUV that's inexpensive, extremely fuel-efficient and quick.
The base price for the FE trim is $22,890. A loaded touring trim costs a total of $29,650 and includes heated and cooled leather seats, a heated steering wheel, an 8-inch touchscreen and an eight-speaker Harman Kardon audio system.
The Niro is a new model for Kia.