With a bold new look, the 2023 Kia Niro is set to add a dose of cool to its eco-friendly image. Although we aren’t sure on the specifics of the new Niro’s powertrains, we know that both a hybrid and a plug-in hybrid model will be offered; the latter will likely have an electric-only range of between 25 and 30 miles per charge. The cabin, which is lined with sustainable materials, matches the extroverted exterior styling and looks fairly upscale for what will be one of Kia’s entry-level models; it’ll be positioned next to the boxy Soul at the small end of the lineup. A novel ‘Greenzone’ drive mode will be standard and uses navigation data to automatically switch the Niro into EV mode when driving in neighborhoods, near schools and hospitals, and by frequently visited places such as a driver’s office or home.
What’s New for 2023?
The Niro is all-new for 2023 with styling is inspired by the HabaNiro concept from 2019. We expect to see the new Niro rolling into Kia showrooms by the end of 2022.
Pricing and Which One to Buy
Pricing and feature details for the new Niro have not yet been released, but we expect it to be offered in a variety of styles for a broad range of budgets. Kia has indicated that a hybrid and a plug-in hybrid powertrain will continue to be offered, as well as a full EV model, but we review that one separately.
Interior, Comfort, and Cargo
A more sculptural interior design creates a more contemporary feel inside the new Niro. Kia has used recycled materials and natural fibers such as eucalyptus leaves for the headliner and upholstery. Passenger space is expected to be roughly the same as the outgoing Niro, meaning it’s not the most spacious SUV on the market, but should offer space for four adults and a cargo area big enough for a large grocery run. Ambient interior lighting lends an upscale touch and a rotary shift knob replaces the lever-style gear selector found on the current model.
As more information becomes available, we’ll update this story with more details about:
- Engine, Transmission, and Performance
- Range, Charging, and Battery Life
- Fuel Economy and Real-World MPG
- Infotainment and Connectivity
- Safety and Driver-Assistance Features
- Warranty and Maintenance Coverage