2023 Kia Niro PHEVThe 2023 Kia Niro Hybrid is one of the most unique cars for sale today. With all the utility of a wagon, up to 53 mpg in combined driving, and a starting price in the midrange—$20,000—it doesn’t quite fit into any one category. It combines several best features.

The Niro is also available as a plug-in hybrid and pure electric vehicle with a range of 253 miles between charges. For this discussion, we’ll stick to the Niro Hybrid.

The Nero is all new for 2023. Last year’s Nero had some of the same virtues. But she was a bit of a socialite fan, blending into the parking lot with a demure design. You can’t say that from the 2023 model.

The designers gave it an edge that is completely unique in today’s car market. Kia calls them “Air Blades.” They protrude from the sides of the vehicle behind the rear pillars, and are available in contrasting paint. They serve a function — assisting aerodynamics and even dampening wind noise. That’s nice…but we love them because they look cool and they stand out in a similar category.

The Niro looks sharp inside too, especially on higher trim levels where contrasting color upholstery panels and aluminum pedals add to the upscale look. Its best trick is its spaciousness—the Niro fits in the footprint of a compact SUV or small car but offers 105 cubic feet of passenger volume and up to 63.7 feet of cargo space with the seats folded.

The Niro Hybrid isn’t going to win any performance awards—its combined 139 horsepower does the job. But the six-speed dual-clutch automatic makes the most of the engine, and the steering is surprisingly crisp.

Five decorations are available

The 2023 Kia Niro is made in five trim levels: LX, EX, EX Touring, SX, and SX Touring.

The base LX comes with dual-zone automatic climate control, an 8-inch touchscreen, and both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility. A 6-speaker sound system handles the entertainment. Forward Collision-Avoidance Assist with Vehicle and Pedestrian Detection, Lane Keeping Assist, and Rear Cross-Traffic Collision-Avoidance Assist are all part of the standard Kia Drive Wise safety package. It rides on 16-inch alloy wheels. Pricing for the LX starts at $26,490. Kia also charges a mandatory $1,295 destination charge on all Niro Hybrid models.

The EX adds amenities such as a vegan leather-wrapped steering wheel, heated front seats, and a 10-way power driver’s seat with two-way power lumbar adjustment. The seats are upholstered in a combination of vegan leather and fabric. Rain-sensing wipers appear, and the infotainment screen grows to 10.25 inches. Rear passengers will appreciate the air conditioning vents, starting with the EX trim level. The Niro Hybrid EX starts at $29,090.

Step up to the EX Touring, and a sunroof comes standard. The EX Touring rides larger 18-inch alloy wheels and gets LED fog lights. The exterior moldings are in gloss black for a more sophisticated look. Inside, LED lighting appears. We think alloy sport pedals look great and are less expensive to carry. The EX Touring starts at $31,390.

The SX trim begins adding semi-luxury features like heated and ventilated vegan leather seats, a heated steering wheel, and a 7-speaker Harmon Kardon audio system. The intelligent electric tailgate opens automatically if you are standing behind it with the key in your pocket. Speaking of keys, the digital key system allows you to use your smartphone as your key. The driver’s seat includes a memory function at this level. You have to go to at least the SX level to get contrast aero blades. The SX starts at $32,490.

The SX Touring adds best-in-class LED projection lights and exclusive 18-inch alloy wheels in Gloss Black with a machined finish. It carries an MSRP of $34,790.

We think the sweet spot in the lineup is the EX Touring. But we have to admit, we’ll be tempted to spring for the SX for the two-tone paint job.

Here’s the complete rundown of 2023 Kia Niro Hybrid pricing and pricing:

2023 Kia Niro LX: $26,490

  • 1.6-liter hybrid engine with 139 horsepower and 195 lb-ft of torque
  • 6-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission
  • 16-inch alloy wheels
  • Dual-zone automatic climate control
  • Apple CarPlay / Android Auto
  • LED daytime running lights and tail lights
  • 60/40 fold-down rear seats
  • Electronic parking brake with auto-stop

2023 Kia Niro EX: $26,090

  • 1.6-liter hybrid engine with 139 horsepower and 195 lb-ft of torque
  • 6-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission
  • roof rails
  • 16-inch alloy wheels
  • Apple CarPlay / Android Auto
  • Rain sensitive windshield wipers
  • Dual-zone automatic climate control
  • Rear air conditioning vents

2023 Kia Niro EX Touring: $31,390

  • 1.6-liter hybrid engine with 139 horsepower and 195 lb-ft of torque
  • 6-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission
  • sunroof
  • roof rails
  • Apple CarPlay / Android Auto
  • 18″ alloy wheels, gloss black with machined finish
  • The outer cladding of the body is glossy black
  • LED fog lights
  • Electrically folding side mirrors
  • Dual-zone automatic climate control

2023 Kia Niro SX: $32,490

  • 1.6-liter hybrid engine with 139 horsepower and 195 lb-ft of torque
  • 6-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission
  • sunroof
  • Intelligent power tailgate
  • Apple CarPlay / Android Auto
  • roof rails
  • The outer cladding of the body is glossy black
  • Rain sensitive windshield wipers
  • Dual-zone automatic climate control
  • The steering wheel is heated
  • LED fog lights
  • LED interior lighting

2023 Kia Niro SX Touring: $34,790

  • 1.6-liter hybrid engine with 139 horsepower and 195 lb-ft of torque
  • 6-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission
  • sunroof
  • Intelligent power tailgate
  • Apple CarPlay / Android Auto
  • roof rails
  • LED headlights and fog lights
  • The outer cladding of the body is glossy black
  • 18″ alloy wheels, gloss black with machined finish
  • Dual-zone automatic climate control
  • The steering wheel is heated
  • LED interior lighting

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