Arriving for 2023, the second-generation Kia Niro should have more mental stickiness. Don’t just call the Niro interesting-looking “for a hybrid.” This is a genuinely compelling small crossover, with angular new headlights, a broad hood, and chunky sculpting around its wheel wells and lower body. There are clear parallels to the HabaNiro concept in the contrast-color panel slicing up each side of the body behind each rear door, and Kia also mined that show car for those V-shaped LED headlight accents and the vertical taillights that frame the rear hatch.
Currently available in hybrid, plug-in hybrid, and EV variants, the Niro is promised to return in all three guises. The current Niro hybrid utilizes a 1.6-liter I-4 paired with an electric motor and a six-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission to deliver up to 53 mpg in the city, 48 mpg highway, and 50 mpg combined. It also starts at $25,865, making it appealingly affordable.