2023 Kia Niro: A Trim Comparison
The 2023 Kia Niro is built from the ground up to optimize fuel economy. And it does this all while looking like a normal crossover SUV! If you don’t think this is a small feat, just look at the Toyota Prius. Yes, that vehicle has great gas mileage, but is its styling conventional? Other than the name badge on the back of the Niro, you wouldn’t otherwise know this is a high-mileage driver.
Kia Niro Trim Comparisons
This detailed breakdown shows which features you can find in each trim in each version of the Niro. And if you need a refresher on the different hybrid and electric engine types, as well as their pros and cons, you can find more information in our detailed breakdown. This year, the Niro boasts the new Kia logo.
Hybrids versus Electric
This subcompact crossover comes in three different models, none of which has a traditional gasoline engine. The standard offering Niro is a hybrid electric vehicle (HEV) with a battery that helps lower fuel consumption. There is also a plug-in hybrid (PHEV) Kia Niro that can drive up to 26 miles on the electric battery alone before a gas engine takes over. Finally, there is the fully electric Niro EV that travels up to 239 miles between charges using zero gasoline.
The Niro LX trim is exclusive to the hybrid Niro starting at $26,490. The vehicle features standard dual-zone automatic climate control, a rearview camera, and rear seat reminder. The UVO infotainment system features an 8-inch touch screen, USB ports, a six-speaker audio, Bluetooth and wireless Android Auto and Apple CarPlay.
Additionally, you’ll get standard safety features like forward collision warning, blind spot monitoring, rear-cross traffic alert, lane keeping assist, lane departure warning and forward automatic emergency braking, just to name a few. Alert systems are also in place such as vehicle exit warning, rear seat alert, and driver attention monitoring. As always, a rearview camera comes standard.
The EX has significant improvements over the previous trim. Its starting MSRP is $29,090 for the hybrid trim, while the plug-in hybrid starts at $33,740.
Cloth and leather upholstery comes standard with this trim as does a 10-way power-adjustable driver’s seat. Heated front seats and vegan-leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob are standard as well. The infotainment system is upgraded with a 10.25-inch touch screen, navigation and satellite radio. Other features include wireless device charging, ambient interior lighting, paddle shifters and rain-sensing wipers.
In the way of safety features, the EX adds adaptive cruise control, intersection assist and rear parking sensors.
The EX Touring starts at $31,390 and adds features like 18-inch wheels, fog lights, aluminum pedals, and a sunroof.
The SX trim adds vegan leather upholstery, ventilated front seats, a heated steering wheel and driver’s seat memory settings. The audio system is upgraded to a premium eight-speaker Harmon Kardon system. A power liftgate and auto-dimming rearview mirror are also standard. The hybrid starts at $32,490, while the plug-in hybrid starts at $39,490.
Next up is the SX Touring trim. It is essentially a combination of the SX trim and the EX touring trim, and it starts at $34,790.
The first of the EV models is the EV Wind which starts at $39,450. This EV model combines cloth and leather upholstery, including the steering wheel, and it features a 10-way power-adjustable driver’s seat, a manually adjustable passenger seat, and heated front seats. Heat or cool your cabin to your desired temperature with dual-zone automatic climate control.
The 10.25-inch touch display infotainment system supports wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, and comes with navigation, satellite radio, and HD radio. Listen to it all on a six-speaker stereo. Additionally, you’ll get five USB ports, wireless device charging, and a 10.25-inch digital gauge cluster.
Other convenience features include proximity keyless entry, remote start, and power liftgate.
But that’s certainly not all. The EV Wind comes packed with driver safety features. Some of these features include forward collision warning, adaptive cruise control, forward automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection, blind spot monitoring, highway driving assist, rear cross traffic alert, lane departure warning, lane keeping assist and much, much more.
For an additional $1,300, you can add heated rear seats, a heated steering wheel, a battery heating system and heat pump as part of the Wind Preserve package.
The EV Wave is the second and final EV option that starts at $44,450. This one comes with added comfort and convenience features like vegan leather, a 10-way power-adjustable driver’s seat, driver’s seat memory settings, ventilated front seats and a heated steering wheel.
The audio system is upgraded to a seven-speaker Harmon Kardon system, plus there’s a standard sunroof, power-folding outside mirrors, and a universal garage door opener. Added safety features include reverse automatic emergency braking, park assist, and an auto-dimming rearview mirror.