The all-new Kia Niro lead the pack in the Automotive Science Group’s (ASG) 2018 Automotive Performance Index™ (API), demonstrating the advanced capabilities of Hyundai’s new crossover hybrid platform. With an EPA estimated 50 MPG combined (52 city/48 hwy/50 combined), the Niro outperforms competitors in class by an average 24 MPG combined, revealing new capabilities for fuel economy gains and reduced fuel costs in the crossover segment, earning ASG’s Best All-Around Performance Crossover of 2018 Award.
ASG’s all-around performance analysis is a comprehensive data-driven assessment, analyzing economic, environmental and social performance indicators across a vehicle’s life-cycle, and in relative comparison to all 374 crossovers assessed in ASG’s 2018 study.
The Niro also earned a class leading economic performance rating, outperforming all vehicles in its segment, and earning ASG’s 2018 Best Economic Performance Award in class. ASG found the Niro to cost 28% less to purchase and operate in the first 6.5 years of its life-cycle, when compared to the average vehicle in the compact crossover class. The Niro lead notable competitors including the Jeep Renegade with a 7% advantage, the Mitsubishi Outlander Sport by 8% and the Nissan Rogue Sport and Subaru Crosstrek by 9% and 11% respectively.
ASG found the 2018 Niro to offer the best value in class, and across its life-cycle.
The Kia Niro leverages an efficient 1.6 liter 4 cylinder engine to deliver unparalleled fuel efficiency in the crossover segment, with hybrid and plug-in hybrid electric powertrain options. In fact, the Niro plug-in, with 26 miles of electric range and an EPA estimated 105 MPG-e, has the smallest carbon footprint of all model year 2018 crossovers, earning ASG’s Best Environmental Performance Award. The Niro’s industry leading fuel economy translates to reduced environmental footprint, increased operational efficiency and reduced life-cycle operating costs.
To this end, the Kia Niro establishes a new benchmark for performance and value, earning ASG’s distinguished honors in 2018.View full product details
The 2018 Nissan Rogue Sport earned ASG’s 2018 BEST 5 ALL-AROUND PERFORMANCE honor, and is distinguished among an elite group of five Crossovers to achieve the highest combined social, environmental and economic performance scores. BEST 5 honored models are the best overall performers in the segment and are among ASG's top selections for 2018. View full product details
The Jeep Compass’ performance in the Automotive Science Group’s (ASG) 2018 Automotive Performance Index™ (API) Study, demonstrates the tight performance of Jeep’s industry leading crossover platform. With an EPA estimated 32 MPG highway (23 city/32 hwy/26 combined), the Compass beats competitors in class by an average 4 mpg highway, moving the needle on fuel economy gains and reduced fuel costs in the crossover segment, earning ASG’s BEST ECONOMIC PERFORMANCE Award.
ASG’s economic performance analysis is a comprehensive data-driven assessment, analyzing economic factors from vehicle purchase through the first 6.5 years of vehicle ownership (87,594 vehicle miles traveled).
The Compass earned a class leading economic performance rating in ASG’s Study for the second consecutive year, outperforming the average vehicle in its segment by 37%, costing $23,341 less to purchase and operate over the first 6.5 years in its life-cycle. The Compass lead notable competitors including the Hyundai Tucson and Chevrolet Equinox with a 5% cost advantage, and the Mazda CX-5 , Kia Sportage and GMC Terrain by 7% and 8% respectively, to offer the best value.
The Jeep Compass leverages an efficient 2.4 Liter 4 cylinder engine to deliver fuel efficient transport in the crossover segment, without the need for advanced powertrain components. In fact, the Compass light weighting strategy gives it an average 20% weight advantage across the segment, coming in at 723 pounds lighter than the average curb weight in class. Less resources, translates to reduced costs.View full product details