June 19

2021 Kia Niro: Specifications and Features


Before comparing the trims of the 2021 Kia Niro, let’s examine how this popular SUV performs in various categories:


The 2021 Kia Niro is a stylish yet practical subcompact SUV, resembling a hatchback. Its low-slung stance, downward-sloping hood, and raked roofline give it a sporty look, while its stout proportions, chunky fender flares, and roof rails add a rugged touch. Though it doesn’t make a bold statement, the Niro is undoubtedly attractive.


The 2021 Kia Niro offers both hybrid and plug-in hybrid models, each equipped with a 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine and an electric motor, producing a combined 139 horsepower. Unlike most hybrids with a continuously variable transmission, the Niro features a six-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission. It also comes as an all-electric vehicle with a 201-horsepower permanent-magnet motor and a single-speed transmission. The Niro delivers adequate power for most driving tasks, achieving a 0-60 mph time of 8.6 seconds, which is good for a subcompact SUV. The electric version is quicker, shaving about 2 seconds off the sprint time.


The Kia Niro excels in urban environments, thanks to its small size and tight turning radius, making it easy to maneuver in heavy traffic and parking lots. Its well-tuned suspension provides a smooth ride over uneven surfaces like potholes, bumps, and railroad tracks. Additionally, it feels agile and stable around corners, offering a fun driving experience.

Fuel Economy

The 2021 Kia Niro stands out for its fuel economy. The standard hybrid model achieves 51/46 mpg (city/highway). The plug-in hybrid version offers 46 mpg combined with gasoline or 105 MPGe with electric power, with an electric-only range of up to 26 miles. The all-electric Niro boasts a range of 239 miles and returns 123/102 MPGe.


The Kia Niro seats up to five people across two rows, providing ample headroom and legroom for adults in both rows, which is rare for a subcompact SUV. Despite its affordable price, the Niro has a well-built cabin with quality materials and soft surfaces. Visibility is excellent in all directions.

Cargo Capacity

The Niro offers about average cargo space for its class. With the rear seats up, there’s 19.4 cubic feet of storage. Folding the seats down expands the capacity to 54.5 cubic feet. The all-electric model has slightly less cargo space.


The 2021 Kia Niro received top safety ratings from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). Alongside basic safety features like airbags, anti-lock brakes, and electronic stability control, it includes numerous driver-assistance features to help prevent accidents.

2021 Kia Niro: Trim Level Comparison

The 2021 Kia Niro is available in six trim levels: LX, LXS, Touring, Touring Special Edition, EX, and EX Premium. Here’s a comparison of their prices and features:


  • Starting at $24,690
  • Features: cloth upholstery, dual-zone automatic climate control, UVO infotainment system, 8-inch touchscreen, USB ports, six-speaker sound system, Bluetooth, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, rearview camera, rear-seat reminder


  • Starting at $26,090
  • Additional features: push-start button, remote start, automatic emergency braking, forward-collision alert, pedestrian monitoring, blind-spot detection, rear cross-traffic warning, lane-keeping assistance, driver-drowsiness detection
  • Plug-in hybrid available for $29,590


  • Starting at $28,390
  • Additional features: cloth-and-leather upholstery, sunroof, power-adjustable driver’s seat, adaptive cruise control

Touring Special Edition

  • Starting at $30,590
  • Additional features: leather upholstery, 10.25-inch touchscreen, wired Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, satellite radio, HD radio, navigation, eight-speaker Harman Kardon sound system

EX Premium

  • Standard hybrid starting at $32,950
  • Plug-in hybrid starting at $36,500
  • All-electric starting at $44,600
  • Additional features: synthetic leather upholstery, heated steering wheel, ventilated and heated front seats, wireless device charger, rear parking sensors

To determine which trim is right for you, visit Huffines Kia McKinney for a test drive. Contact us today to schedule an appointment.


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