Gas mileage is one of the biggest factors on many car buyers’ minds. And while changing the air filters have proven to improve gas mileage on older cars by roughly 14%, more and more people are looking for brand new cars that meet their gas expectations.
For SUV drivers, this has been a particularly difficult feat. But now, they might finally get what they’ve been asking for. Kia’s new compact SUV, the Niro, is a hybrid that is boasting Toyota Prius-level gas mileage, which seems far too good to be true.
The South Korean automaker has announced that the vehicle should be hitting dealerships in the upcoming months, with a base price of $23,785.
In the city, the Niro is expected to reach 49 mpg and is estimated to reach about 52 mpg on the highway, just a few miles short of the Prius’ standard.
The more advanced Niro models have a number of additional features. The standard FE edition is equipped with 16-inch wheels, keyless entry, a 7-inch touchscreen to control multimedia, a backup camera, six-way adjustable seats in the front, as well as compatibility with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay.
The LX edition, starting at $24,095, comes with the features above, as well as a push start and roof rails. The EX version, starting at $26,595, has heated cloth and leather seats, a leather steering wheel, blind spot monitoring technology, lane change assist, cross-traffic alert for the cars behind you, and heated power folding mirrors.
The highest level Niro version takes a hit in the gas mileage department but makes up for the loss with luxury amenities.
The Touring, starting at $30,545, only gets 46 mpg in the city and 40 mpg on the highway but features a power sunroof, front and rear parking assist, heated seats and steering wheel, an eight-speaker stereo system, and a 10-way memory foam driver’s seat.
The limited Launch Edition, available with any of the features above, starts at $28,895. The Launch Edition boasts exclusive paint and interior options, as well as 18-inch alloy wheels, a metallic grille, and 8-inch multimedia touchscreen.
The vehicle has already been teased in pre-Super Bowl commercials, and we should expect to hear more about the hyper-efficient SUV in the coming months.