Kia Niro: Money-saving gas-electric hybrid priced right.

Kia Niro: Money-saving gas-electric hybrid priced right.

Kia's newest vehicle, the Niro, is the lowest-priced gasoline-electric hybrid SUV on the market, and rated as high as 50 miles per gallon in combined city/highway travel.

No kidding about the great prices. Here at Barnett Kia, right now you can lease a 2017 Niro—“Highest Ranked Small SUV in Initial Quality” by JD Power—for $139 a month.*

The front-wheel drive, five-seat Niro FE has 4-cyl engine mated to an electric motor and lithium ion battery pack to generate a total of 139hp.

The base price includes an automatic transmission, rearview camera, keyless entry, cruise control, seven air bags, Bluetooth hands-free phone connectivity, audio controls on the steering wheel, and a 7-inch display screen in the middle of the dashboard.

Even with luxury features added, such as a Harman Kardon premium sound system, leather-trimmed seats, power sunroof, navigation system and heated steering wheel, the Niro still can be priced far lower than you’d imagine. This pricing undercuts other hybrid SUVs that combine power from an onboard electric motor with a gasoline engine for optimum fuel mileage, such as the 2017 Toyota RAV4.

While affordability is the Niro's most attractive trait, this small SUV also appeals with its comfortable seating positions, pleasant driving traits, decent passenger space and flexible, SUV-like cargo room.

Similar in size to the 2017 Honda HR-V and Buick Encore small SUVs, the five-door Niro slots below the Sportage as Kia's smallest SUV.

The Niro is sold only as a hybrid, so the onboard electric motor and lithium ion battery pack supplement the power of the 1.6-liter, double overhead cam, direct injection, four-cylinder engine.

And, there's no droning or stressing of a continuously variable transmission in the Niro during acceleration as there are in most other gas-electric hybrids.

Kia uses a 6spd, dual-clutch automatic transmission in the Niro for more natural-feeling gearing and responsiveness. Regenerative braking and the engine help replenish the battery pack.

The top fuel mileage of 52 mpg in city driving and 49 mpg on highways is for the base, Niro FE model, which weighs the least. City mileage is rated higher than highway mileage because the electric power is able to assist more often in city travel.

The Niro Touring, heaviest of all Niros at well over 3,200 pounds, is rated at 46/40 mpg by the EPA and has averaged 38.8 mpg with some aggressive driving. That real world mileage translates to an impressive 462 miles on a single tank.

Wider than the HR-V and Encore, Niro is stable and roomy with an unexpectedly quiet interior. Backseat passengers have 37.4 inches of legroom, while there's nearly 42 inches for front-seat riders. Headroom all around is more than 39 inches.

The luxury features in the Touring model included heated and ventilated front seats, memory driver seat, blind spot monitor, rear cross traffic alert, turn signals in the outside mirrors, front and rear park assist, leather, sunroof, 18-inch wheels, and premium audio. Everything is easy to understand and well organized inside the Niro.

Rear seatbacks fold down flat to expand cargo space. The cargo floor sits up at bumper level, so there's no lifting heavy objects up and out.

Back to that great Niro lease. It’s true, a 2017 Niro LX is only $139 a month for 24 months.* Be sure and wave to all those gas stations as you pass them by. Ask us for details or click here for all our current special offers and deals.

And remember, every new vehicle purchased comes with Barnett’s exclusive—and FREE—MILLION MILE Warranty. Ask your sales associate for all the details on that, too. Come see us soon at Barnett Kia on Highway 61 in White Bear Lake!

*Stock #K17605. MRSP $24,230. $2,999 down plus first month’s payment, tax, title, license, and fees due at signing. 24-month lease; 12,000 miles per year. Security deposit waived. Includes all available rebates to dealer. For qualified leases. Lease from Kia Motors Finance on approved credit. Does not include military or college grad discounts. Must take delivery from retail stock by 10/2/17. 

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