Preview: 2017 KIA Niro Hybrid Vehicle

2017 KIA Niro
2017 KIA Niro

The automotive industry has made major advances when it comes to fuel-efficient vehicles that currently operate around the globe. Hybrid and electric cars aren’t uncommon but no automaker has created a similar crossover until now. The 2017 Kia Niro is set to be the first fully-hybrid model of its kind.

The 2017 Kia Niro hybrid is expected to deliver a utility-driven ride with sporty performance while earning high fuel economy. This new hybrid crossover is set to redefine what it means to be a utility-focused hybrid.

Like one would expect from any crossover, the Kia Niro will boast versatile cargo space, like 60/40 split-folding rear seats and an available hidden cargo area with storage compartments.

The seats themselves will offer full support for the driver thanks to the available Integrated Memory Seat that can remember the settings for two drivers. The available heated steering wheel and front seats keeps drivers comfortable on the coldest of days as well.

The upcoming Kia Niro will boast a 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine paired with an electric motor. Together, they’ll produce an estimated 146 hp and 195 lb-ft of torque. Kia expects the Niro to earn up to 50 mpg combined.

We at Gossett KIA South can’t wait to see the new 2017 Niro officially hit public roadways!

What Is Hypermiling?

gasolineEvery vehicle that hits the market comes with EPA-estimated fuel economy numbers. Most people will expect to meet—or at least come close to—these estimates. And yet for others, they accept these numbers only as a challenge to be bested. These people are hypermilers.

What is hypermiling? According to CleanMpg.com, it is “a variety of techniques to improve a vehicle’s fuel economy.” These techniques include:

No Idle

EPA tests include idling. Therefore, if you can avoid idling, this will help you beat the estimates. CleanMpg suggests turning off your engine if you are going to be motionless for more than 7 seconds.

Take It Easy, Man

Basically, if you want to save fuel and make the EPA look like a bunch of fools, drive like your grandmother. Avoid quick acceleration and heavy braking.

Slow Down

Try to avoid driving at high speeds, usually above 60 mph. High speeds introduce aerodynamic drag and mechanical friction.

Stay Warm

Stay away from mechanical and electrical accessories. Air conditioning is for your comfort but not for your fuel economy. Running the AC on max can reduce mileage by 5-30%. The same goes for your car’s heater.

It’s All a Game

A lot of people who get into hypermiling see it as a fun game. As long as you keep it safe, you can’t really lose.