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2017 Kia Niro Hybrid

Frank Washington | 3/29/2017, noon
With its no-compromise combination of head turning style, cutting-edge technology, real-world utility and eye-popping fuel economy, the 2017 Kia Niro ...

Moving up to the $23,200 LX trim adds Smart Key with push button start, roof rails and LED rear combination lamps.

Among the extras added to EX, $25,700, are heated combination cloth and leather seating, leather-wrapped steering wheel, LED daytime running lights, heated power folding mirrors, front fog lamps, and Blind Spot Detection (BSD) with Rear Cross Traffic Alert (RCTA) and Lane Change Assist (LCA)driver assistance features.

The Launch Edition is available in Snow White Pearl or Aurora Black Pearl exterior colors and offers an exclusive look because of its unique Hyper Gray 18-inch alloy wheels with Michelin tires, unique metallic color grille, 10-way driver’s seat, 8-inch touchscreen navigation system, 8-speaker Harman KardonR premium audio system and it costs $28,000.

The Touring trim model, $29,650, is equipped with power tilt/slide sunroof, front and rear park assist, heated and cooled seats, heated steering wheel, 10-way power driver’s seat with memory and 8-speaker Harman Kardon® premium audio.

Three option packages are available:

Advanced Technology Package is offered on the LX at $1,450 and includes forward Collision Warning, Autonomous Emergency Braking, and a Lane Departure Warning System.

Sunroof and Advanced Technology Package is offered on EX at $2,300 and it includes power tilt/slide sunroof, Smart Cruise Control, Forward Collision Warning, Autonomous Emergency Braking, and a Lane Departure Warning System.

The Advanced Technology Package at $1,900 is offered on Touring; it includes HID headlights, wireless phone charger and 110V inverter, Smart Cruise Control, Forward Collision Warning, Autonomous Emergency Braking, and Lane Departure Warning System.

The FE has an EPA rating of 52 mpg in the city, 49 mpg on the highway and 50 mpg combined. The LX and EX get 51 mpg in the city, 46 mpg on the highway and 49 mpg combined and the Touring gets 46 mpg in the city, 40 mpg on the highway and 43 mpg combined.

With the 2017 Kia Niro, the automaker has a credible entry in the crossover as well as the hybrid market in one vehicle. The only question is which manufacturer is going to lose sales because of it.

Frank S. Washington is editor of AboutThatCar.com.