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.

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