Kia Niro Earns Car of the Year by Popular Mechanics
The Kia Niro car of the year accolade was recently awarded by Popular Mechanics to the EV model. The main reason for this distinction is that this particular crossover is constructed on a shared platform capable of hosting multiple powertrains. Although this was frowned upon in the past, Kia has gotten it right this time!
The cost of the Kia Niro EV begins at $38,500. If you can grab the complete US Federal EV tax credit, then your cost comes down to $32,000 for a subcompact SUV. It’s not very cheap compared to other vehicles in its niche, but it’s definitely well-priced.
This model offers 239 miles. Even though it’s not built to be a strong performer or even sporty, it doles out a respectable 201 horsepower with 291 lbs/ft of torque arising from the electric motor. This enables it to ride well in the city across varying driving conditions.
What Does Popular Mechanics’ Editor, Ezra Dyer Have To Say?
Dyer challenged the Kia Niro EV by picking it up from Washington, D.C., and driving it to North Carolina; a distance of 345 miles. Considering the fast-charger infrastructure of DC, the question is not whether the Kia Niro EV can make this type of trip but if it can stop! Dyer claimed that the Kia Niro EV is an incredibly pleasant, road-trip vehicle.
Here are other key reasons why the Kia Niro EV was named as the ‘car of the year’:
- affordable pricing
- long-range driving
- serene cabin
- excellent one-pedal driving
- decent interiors and exterior
- responsive acceleration
- seamless driving
- feel like a regular with perks
Popular Mechanics praised the crossover Kia Niro EV for its style, design, practicality, and performance. This model is comfortable to drive in the city as well as on the highway, especially during long trips. Overall, the Kia Niro EV is a perfect everyday car!