The 2023 Kia Niro SX Touring Hybrid SUV

The Bottom Line: What is a Niro? A Niro is a small SUV built in the Hwasung automotive assembly plant in Korea, and sold worldwide by Kia. It is a subcompact, 5 door, 5 passenger, front wheel drive, crossover, sport utility vehicle.

Kia’s Niro line of small crossover SUV’s has been redesigned for 2023, and includes a gas engine model, a hybrid model and an all electric EV electric vehicle. Take your pick. With the Kia Niro you get to choose what drive train will work best for your independent lifestyle. You can go with gasoline, hybrid, or all electric.

The Hybrid Niro has a 1.6L liter 4 cylinder gas engine paired with a 6 speed dual clutch automatic transmission, and a 32 kW electric motor. Together the Niro Hybrid drive line sends 139 horsepower and 195 lb-ft of torque to the front wheels, and is offered exclusively with FWD front wheel drive.

The 2023 Kia Niro hybrid starts at $26,590 for the base LX trim. The popular EX Touring model is $31,490 and the top of the line SX Touring Edition costs $34,790. With a wide range of reasonably priced trims and options, they are all worth a look to determine which Niro model is the right one for you.

This week Kia sent me a 2023 Kia Niro SX Touring Hybrid SUV to test drive and review. The base window sticker price for this SX Touring model is $34,790. The options on the test SUV are: the black C pillar trim for $195, and the carpeted floor mats for $155. The total MSRP manufactures suggested retail price, including the $1,295 destination charge, is: $36,435.

After adding in the state and local sales tax, plus the DMV and dealer fees, the out the door and in your garage total purchase price came to: $40,989. At less than $41 Grand this Kia SX Touring might be one of the best buys in the subcompact hybrid SUV class on the planet.

Not only is the price reasonable, the car gets an astounding 53 MPG city, 45 MPG highway, and 49 MPG in combined driving. Plus the greenhouse gas rating is an 8, and the smog rating is a 9, both out of 10. It’s good on emissions, great on gas, with OVER 50 MPG IN CITY DRIVING and easy on your wallet too!

Kia builds the 2023 Niro in five trim levels: LX, EX, EX Touring, SX, and SX Touring.

The SX Touring edition adds LED projector headlights, a set of 18″ gloss black machine finished alloy wheels, and aluminum gas and brake pedals. The Kia Niro SX Touring model is nice to drive, great to look at and easy to live with.

Kia has always added exceptional features to all of their cars and this 2023 Kia Niro SX Touring Hybrid is loaded with the best in tech, driver aids and safety options.

They start with a forward collision avoidance assist program, an electronic parking brake with auto hold, blind spot collision warning, rear cross traffic collision avoidance assist, lane following assist, safe exit warning, smart cruise control with stop and go, parking distance warning in forward and reverse, highway driving assist and electronic stability control.

After making their cars safer, they turn to interior comfort and convenience items that make the car fun to drive and extra comfortable. Starting with a 10.25″ touch screen with navigation, Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, and SiriusXM Satellite radio, it all runs thru a Harman Kardon premium audio system.

Next up is a wireless phone charger, a smart key with push button start, remote start, a power drivers seat with memory, heated and ventilated front seats, a heated steering wheel, dual zone automatic climate control with rear vents and a smartphone digital key.

The SX package includes a power sunroof, LED fog lamps, black roof rails, rear privacy glass, a power rear lift gate, and a flat tire mobility repair kit. The Niro Hybrid has a lot going for it with excellent fuel economy, a fantastic 10 year / 100,000 mile power train warranty, and a high degree of refinement, all at an attractive low price.

When you’re ready to buy a new subcompact hybrid SUV, the 2023 Kia Niro should be on your ride and drive list, as it’s one of the best priced and best equipped hybrid crossover SUV’s for sale in the entire subcompact SUV class.

Call, click or visit your local Kia dealer for a test drive, and a Bottom Line price review, on the new 2023 Kia Niro SX Touring Hybrid SUV. And remember that the base price for a new Niro starts at only $26,590. Kia – Movement that Inspires.

Be smart, stay safe, and just breathe. Remember, “You Are What You Drive” And maybe, just for those reasons alone, you should “Drive one, Buy one, Today”.

This Bottom Line new vehicle review is a “Nut & Bolt and Dollars & Sense” editorial provided by Tony Leopardo. “Tony the Car Guy” is an automotive writer, editor and publisher in the San Francisco Bay Area. If you have a question, or comment for Tony, send it to and visit AutoWire.Net at 

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