2023 Kia Niro Review: New Look, Electrified Efficiency

© Perry Stern, Automotive Content Experience© Perry Stern, Automotive Content Experience
Seamless Operation
The Niro’s 6-speed dual-clutch transmission is certainly more satisfying to drive than a typical CVT. The hybrid system works seamlessly and can even shut down the internal combustion engine at speeds up to 75 mph if the load doesn’t require it. At steady speeds when the engine isn’t being taxed, the swap between ICE is almost impossible to detect. What the Niro HEV lacks in power it makes up in fuel economy. During our 60-mile drive we averaged 54 mpg — not bad for a car that doesn’t need to be plugged in.

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