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The 2021 Kia Niro is a subcompact, gas-electric SUV offered in the hybrid and plug-in models. The Niro is the perfect example of a practical, efficient hybrid vehicle that also comes at an affordable price. It’s a versatile vehicle with excellent fuel economy, making it a great choice no matter the buyer’s needs.


The base model 2021 Kia Niro starts at $24,690. Kia claims that the upgraded plug-in hybrid model is eligible for a $4543 tax relief, dropping the price to about the same as the base model (plug-in hybrid models start at $30,700).


Around 50 Miles Per Gallon (models vary slightly).


The base model features a 1.6-liter four-cylinder gas engine and an electric motor under the hood to match the six-speed automatic transmission. Compared to other vehicles in the same market and price point, the Niro performs exceptionally well.

The gas-electric engine adds noticeable quirks when driving but is overall a smooth experience. It handles bumpy roads better than the competition, although it also lets in more noise to the cabin.

Interior & Comfort

The base model of the 2021 Kia Niro features a very basic interior, with upgrades that increase the price according to the trim package. The Niro provides adequate room for multiple people in the vehicle but lacks cargo room compared to the competition.


The NHTSA gave the 2021 Kia Niro four out of five stars for safety. Upgraded models also come with driver-assistance features such as lane-keeping assist and adaptive cruise control.

Technology & Infotainment

The Kia Niro is a versatile crossover with upgradable options for entertainment and navigational features. All models of the Niro feature an 8.1-inch touch screen (which increases to a 10.1-inch screen on upgraded models) with physical buttons and knobs for control. The Kia Niro features Apple Smartplay and Android Auto as standards which are convenient for most consumers, and other added Infotainment features come with trim package upgrades.

Other standard technology features of the 2021 Kia Niro are wireless Bluetooth technology with phone controls conveniently located on the steering wheel. The Niro also features dual-zone automatic climate control that allows comfortable temperatures to be set in different areas of the vehicle simultaneously.

Other available features that come in higher trim models for the 2021 Niro include:

  • An 8-speaker audio system from Harman Kardon
  • HD radio stations
  • Satellite radio stations
  • Wireless charging ports for smartphones
  • Extra USB charging ports
  • Sunroofs
  • Push-button start capabilities
  • Remote start capabilities

Another amazing technology feature added to the Kia Niro is the rear occupant alert system. The rear occupant system feature warns you that another person is seated in the back seat of the car whenever you exit. This alert prevents children and animals from being forgotten inside the car.

Pros & Cons


  • Best on the market for fuel economy
  • Practical looks and performance
  • Comfortable and easy


  • No impressive speed or acceleration
  • Awkward handling occasionally


According to Kelley Blue Book, the 2021 Kia Niro has an excellent performance rating from experts and consumers.

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