- The 2023 Kia Niro will cost $1800 more than in the previous model year, bringing the starting price up to $27,785.
- The Niro has grown slightly, increasing cabin space as it enters its second generation.
- The front-wheel-drive compact crossover will be at dealers shortly.
The tiny Niro brings bold styling and shows off a bit of a growth spurt for its second generation. The 2023 Niro brings additional cabin space for passengers but tacks $1800 onto the starting price when compared to the previous model year, for a base price of $27,785. Kia also simplified the lineup.Remaining are the base LX, the midrange EX, and the range-topping SX, which starts at $33,785. There’s an optional Touring trim package as well, the price of which has not yet been announced.
The new Niro is a bit larger, not just more expensive: the wheelbase is just under an inch longer, and the body is 2.5 inches longer overall. Maximum cargo capacity, as a result, is up from 100.9 to 105.1 cubic feet, and there’s 2.4 inches more rear legroom. Also, the base version of the previous-gen Niro lacked a lot of the standard driver-assist technology offered by competitors. Kia remedied that by giving every trim level standard forward collision and rear-cross traffic warning systems, plus blind-spot monitoring.
Despite the higher prices, the 2023 Niro carries over mechanically from the outgoing generation. The Niro is front-wheel drive only and produces 139 horsepower through its 1.6-liter inline-four engine, which is paired with a 32-kW motor. The Niro has an EPA fuel-economy figure of 53 mpg. In our own 75-mph highway test, we achieved 46 mpg with the 2022 Niro.
Pricing for the plug-in hybrid and fully electric variants of the 2023 Niro have not been released yet. We expect to see them soon, and likely at a cost premium over the standard hybrid version.
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