April 12

2023 Kia Niro: What To Expect


The 2023 Kia Niro is a comfortable and exceptionally well-equipped five-seat hybrid SUV. Its user-friendly design makes it an ideal vehicle for first-time and experienced SUV owners alike. Read on to see what this Kia SUV has to offer.

Niro Trim Levels, Model Design, and Exterior Features

The 2023 Kia Niro is available in five remarkable trim levels: the LX, EX, EX Touring, SX, and SX Touring. This version of the Niro has a notably smooth body style compared with most American SUVs, which tend to favor boxier frames and hard edges more often than not. The cool city style of the body can be seen in the sharp, futuristic-looking headlight setup, the smooth, nearly seamless transition from panel to panel across the body, and the black vertical light-equipped side stripes at the rear of the body.

The standard exterior features of the 2023 Kia Niro include 16 inch Aero alloy wheels, deeply tinted glass, automatic on-and-off halogen projector-beam headlights, LED brake lights, a rear wiper and defroster unit, a black grille with metal-look accents, a lip spoiler, and manually folding heated side-view mirrors. Exterior options include a powered liftgate, body-colored bumpers with rub strips, roof luggage rack rails, rain-detecting windshield wipers, an express-open and close first-row sunroof, and fog lamps. You can also upgrade to 18 inch machined-finish gloss black painted pocket alloy wheels, if you like.

Entertainment, Comfort, and Convenience Features and Options

Standard entertainment features in the 2023 Kia Niro include a pair of first-row LCD monitors, an 8 inch infotainment system, and a factory radio and clock. The infotainment system comes with Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, voice recognition, and Bluetooth program suites. A six-speaker sound system is standard, but an eight-speaker Harman Kardon premium sound system is available. Other entertainment options include a version of the radio with speed-compensating volume control, a digital signal processor, and a 10.25 inch version of the infotainment system. The upgraded infotainment system has GPS capabilities, a built-in modem, and telematics programming.

The 2023 Kia Niro is ideal for those who make regular commutes or enjoy road trips. Its comfort features make every drive a relaxing one. The standard comfort features include front and rear center-set armrests, a driver’s footrest, an HVAC system with under-seat ducts, an air filtration system, a urethane gear shifter, dual-zone air conditioning, and six-way manually adjustable front bucket seats. Optional comfort features include a leather gear shifter, heated and ventilated 10-way power-adjustable bucket seats with lumbar supports, and a heated leatherette steering wheel. Perforated vegan leather-trimmed seats are available.

Now for those user-friendly features we talked about earlier. The 2023 Kia Niro comes with standard convenience features, such as one-touch up and down power windows, a tilting and telescoping steering column, concealed cargo area storage, a day-night rearview mirror, automatically locking doors, and cruise control with steering wheel controls. Convenience options for this SUV include the Kia Connect GPS tracker system, an auto-latching lift gate, smart-device remote engine start, and side-view mirrors with memory settings.

Engine Core Features and Niro Performance Statistics

The hybrid engine core of the 2023 Kia Niro is made up of a 1.6L four-cylinder gas engine and an 11.1 kWh battery. This combo generates 139 horsepower and 195 lb-ft of torque. This efficient core grants the 2023 Niro an incredible 588 miles per tank. It accelerates from zero to 60 in 9.1 seconds. 

This core gets 53 mpg in town and 54 mpg on the open road. This narrow mpg split between city and highway environments shows remarkable efficiency, as most of its competitors see much more of a drop in mpg on the in-town side. This standard hybrid setup comes with a six-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission. The 2023 Kia Niro can tow up to 1,000 pounds and carry 1,139 pounds of cargo in an area measuring 22.8 cubic feet or 63.7 cubic feet with a seating area.

The plug-in hybrid core is a bit more powerful and is capable of 33 miles of electric-only driving. Its core combination generates 180 horsepower and 195 lb-ft of torque. It takes three hours to fully charge the plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV) battery core with a level 2 charging unit. The increase in horsepower means this version of the Niro makes the dash from zero to 60 in 7.3 seconds. A fully electric version of the 2023 Kia Niro is also available, so check with our knowledgeable team members for details.

The 2023 version of the Kia Niro comes with a new driving mode. Previous model years had Sport and Eco drive modes for increased power, increased efficiency and reliability, respectively. The 2023 Niro has them and the Green Zone mode. This mode goes well beyond simple efficiency and environmental friendliness. It switches to all-electric based on location, reducing emissions exposure for the most vulnerable members of the community. Electric-only zones include neighborhoods, schools, and hospitals.

Vital Kia Safety Features and Options

The standard safety features set up for the 2023 Kia Niro includes driver awareness monitoring and alert, a tire-specific pressure warning system, a backup camera, blind-spot monitoring with collision avoidance assistance, lane departure warning and lane-keep assistance, front and rear collision mitigation with automatic emergency braking, lane following assistance, and rear child safety locks. Standard airbags include dual-stage driver and front passenger, knee, and first and second-row curtain units. The forward collision avoidance system has pedestrian detection capabilities.

Safety options available for the 2023 Kia Niro include a more advanced version of the forward collision avoidance system. It’s capable of pedestrian, bicycle, and junction turning detection. Other safety options include a parking sensor system with parking distance warning, a 911 emergency SOS system, and a highway driving assistance system.

Find out more about this grand example of hybrid SUV engineering at Huffines Kia McKinney, serving Plano, Denton, Lewisville, and McKinney, Texas. Our kind and experienced team will gladly answer all your questions and address your concerns with care. Feel free to reach out to us to set up an appointment or come see us at your convenience. Everyone is welcome at Huffines Kia McKinney.


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