Niro EV named Popular Mechanics 'Car of the Year'

The Niro EV from Kia was given the 'Car of the Year ' award by Popular Mechanics, and that isn't just a win for Kia, but the electric vehicle market in general. Gone are the days when the electric vehicle was just an innovation that manufacturers were struggling to piece together to make people want to switch to EVs. 

Ezra Dyer, an editor at Popular Mechanics writes that the Kia Niro EV is a model where you don't have to expect any sacrifices. He writes that if there was ever a car that would make it possible for people to switch to electric vehicles in general, then the Kia Niro would be a perfect option that enables that switch.

The Kia Niro EV: What makes it Popular Mechanics favorite for 'Car of the Year?'

The Kia Niro EV is a subcompact SUV car that starts at $38,500. If you live in the US and can avail tax benefits, you will be able to purchase this model in the low $30,000's. 

The Popular Mechanics' favorite choice for their 'Car of the Year' award boasts an impressive 239 miles (its estimated EPA range), and runs on an electric motor that comes with a 64-kWh battery. The car also has 201 horsepower and can reach up to 291 lb-ft of instant torque. The Kia Niro EV also makes use of the more widespread availability of charging ports available across the US today, so keeping your car's battery sufficiently charged is no longer a hassle for any owner. 

The Kia Niro EV, Popular Mechanics’ 'Car of the Year' winner, has a long-range, one-pedal driving, and very good responsive acceleration. In fact, if you lift the accelerator of the car, then the motor acts as a generator, which means that it recharges the battery while the car slows down. 

The Kia Niro EV is a prime example of how far electric vehicles have come, especially when it comes to reaching the masses. If you live in Neptune, Freehold, Asbury Park or Belmar, and want to try your hand at Popular Mechanics selection for their 'Car of the Year' award, then visit the Sansone Jr’s 66 Kia dealership in Neptune, NJ, to test-drive the Niro EV and feel the smooth and silent ride for yourself!

Source: Kia