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Pricing and Details of Kia Niro 2017 Hybrid Crossover

20160913_Kia_Niro_0022017s Kia Niro, unveiled almost a year ago is finally available for sale. This model is the first dedicated hybrid car by Kia, with the Korean automaker taking an unusual move to describe the new model. The Niro is referred to as a crossover, despite lacking all-wheel drive and having a significantly low ground clearance. Its outlook is more like that of a conventional wagon and less of a real utility vehicle. Pricing of this 2017 Niro model starts at $23,800, which is inclusive of a mandatory destination charge of $895. For the mentioned price, a customer can own the base model, the FE, which is among the five trim levels launched.

The higher-end models include the Touring, LX and the EX. A special edition will also be available to commemorate the beginning of the production phase. The FE will have standard equipment that includes a rearview camera, alloy wheels, Apple CarPlay and a 7-inch touch screen display. The fuel economy returned by the FE model is slightly better compared to that of other Niro variants. Its city rating is 52 mps, highway rating of 49 mpg and a combined rating of 50 mpg. The EX and LX models have a city rating of 51 mpg, highway rating of 46 mpg and a combined rating of 49 mpg. Details on the EPA ratings for the launch edition have not yet been revealed.

The LX model’s starting price is $24,095 with additional features being roof rails, push-button start and rear combination lamps using LED technology. Additional features of the EX model include leather-wrapped steering wheel, cloth-and-leather seats, fog lights, LED headlights, power-folding exterior mirrors, as well as other driver-assistance features. Its starting price is $26,595.  At $28,895, the cost of the Launch Edition is slightly less than that of the highest-priced Touring model. Some of the distinguishing features of the Launch Edition include a metallic grille and 18-inch alloy wheels. Extra convenience features include a touch screen navigation system, driver’s seat 10-way power, and an audio system by Harman Kardon comprising of 8 speakers.

The starting price for the Touring trim level of $30,545, offers additional features like park assist, power sunroof, heated steering wheel and both ventilated and heated seats. A similar powertrain is used by all Niro models, and the power train comprises of a 4-cylinder engine of 1.6 liters and a dual-clutch transmission of 6-speed. The combined horsepower generated by the electric motor and gasoline engine is 139 with the front wheels’ torque being 195 pound-feet.

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Making a Shift to Electric Cars

Nissan_Leaf_(MSP15)The majority of automakers are developing or selling hybrid and electric car models. Even Ferrari’s supercar makers have a plan of fitting a hybrid power train on every new vehicle by the year 2019. The goal is to have approximately half a million electric vehicles on the roads before the end of this year. Currently, the best-selling electric vehicle in the world is the Nissan Leaf. Last year, at least 180,000 units of the model were sold. The Leaf is a fully electric car without a hybrid gas engine and range-extender. There are several variations of the model with the costs ranging from $26,000 to $33,000, before receiving a governmental rebate.

Several prospective customers considering a move to the electric vehicle market usually have worries of the battery not carrying them far enough. However, this should not be an issue. Most of the current electric car owners have reported not suffering from range anxiety since they started using their vehicles. One of the questions that most people ask themselves is why they should move to electric vehicles. An excellent response is that electric cars are undoubtedly the vehicles of the future. Fully electric cars offer a green solution to driving around town as they have no greenhouse emissions. Operating an electric car is not only cheaper, but also quieter in comparison to other vehicles on the road. Most drivers find driving an electric vehicle to be easier in comparison to other options. There is instant power regardless of whether one is from a standstill or in motion.

A great option to consider when shifting to electric cars is the Nissan Leaf. This model is not only affordable, but it has great technology. An especially useful feature is a smart phone application connected to the vehicle to give stats, efficiency, as well as driving information. This application is a perfect example of the Leaf’s advanced technology. The model also had a wide range of optional extras to take advantage of. For instance, there is a feature for preheating the vehicle during cold periods. Hence, while other drivers are busy getting rid of frost from the windshield, a Nissan Leaf driver can just begin driving the car.

Although there are several electric vehicles currently sold, the Nissan Leaf is clearly the most appropriate and affordable option for most people. The driving style of this model is smooth and fun. It is clearly a perfect car for city driving and range is not an issue of concern. Hence, people exploring the electric market should consider this great model. Other cars to consider in the electric car market is the BMW i3, Tesla Model S, Chevrolet Bolt EV, Ford Focus electric, and several others.

 

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