2017 Kia Niro Houston TX
It’s always big news in the automotive world when a model goes through a redesign or when a new specialty trim level is added to the lineup. An even more exciting and rare occurrence is when an automaker introduces a brand new vehicle. Well, just this spring, Kia welcomed a brand new crossover into its family, the 2017 Kia Niro in Houston, TX.
Kia defines it as a “smarter kind of crossover” because of a number of reasons, but namely, because it’s an affordable hybrid. Powered by a 1.6L GDI engine and dual-clutch automatic transmission, the Niro is nearly able to cover a 600-mile range while earning 50 mpg combined. Highly responsive and fun-to-drive, the 2017 Kia Niro is prepared to blow the competition away.
More energetic than others, the Kia Niro is powered by a 1.6L 4-cylinder engine capable of 139 horsepower. The 2017 Kia Niro is able to earn up to 52 city/ 49 hwy mpg. Travel further and spend less time and money at the pump.
Rather than choosing a continuously variable transmission like most automakers tend to do, Kia instead picked out a six-speed, dual-clutch automatic for the all-new Niro. This ensures quicker, smoother shifting and an all around more enjoyable driving experience.
Apple CarPlay and Android Auto
Helping to better engage and keep drivers connected, the Kia Niro is equipped with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Pair your smartphone and be able to place/answer calls and texts from your phone contacts, access a variety of apps, and utilize the turn-by-turn navigation.
Test Drive the 2017 Kia Niro in Houston, TX
The Kia Niro is an entirely new experience and Kia isn’t limiting drivers in any way. Five trim levels are available: FE, LX, EX, Touring Launch Edition, and Touring. (An all-wheel drive model is not available at this time.)
One of the top concerns that Kia immediately addresses is the price, after all, one of the biggest problems with a hybrid often times is its lofty price tag. Eventually, the money saved in fuel will even out the higher outright cost, but not all drivers are in it for the long haul or are willing to break their immediate budget.
Surprisingly, and without cutting corners, Kia was able to deliver on its promise of creating an efficient and affordable hybrid crossover. The 2017 Kia Niro FE begins at $22,890, and from that point on, the MSRP manages to stay below $30,000.
As for drivability, we mentioned above that Kia enlisted a pleasantly unexpected transmission for the Niro. The Niro crossover isn’t slow or sluggish but on the contrary is actually engaging and fun-to-drive. It responds well, handles corners with ease, and delivers a smooth and quiet ride. And while the 2017 Niro isn’t an over-the-top luxury vehicle, it is a comfortable fit for the entire family. It seats five passengers and creates plenty of personal space for everyone.
If you’re interested in test driving the 2017 Kia Niro or merely would like more information, please do not hesitate to contact us. The Archer Kia team is here to help and would be more than happy to answer any questions about the all-new and now available 2017 Kia Niro!