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All-New 2017 Kia Niro Hybrid Crossover Has 50 MPG Goals

Feb 11, 2016 - 8:00 PM - by

<span class="quoteStyle">The 2017 Kia Niro has been unveiled as the Korean automakerís first dedicated hybrid crossover.

<p class="p1">Making its global debut at the Chicago Auto Show, the Niroís targeted fuel economy is an optimistic 50 mpg. Looking a lot like a subcompact version of the new Sportage, the Niro looks like a regular crossover, and Kia takes pride in the fact that its design doesnít shout its hybrid status to the world.

<p class="p1">Although Kia has an Optima hybrid and the funky Soul EV, the Niro is the brandís first dedicated hybrid, and itís built on an all-new eco platform. Kia wants to triple its green car lineup in the next five years, and the Niro is the first step. Kia has already announced that a plug-in hybrid will be added to the Niro lineup later in its lifecycle.

<p class="p1">Kia says a lightweight structure,... [Read More]
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Kia Expands Green Lineup with Updated Optima Hybrid and New Plug-in Hybrid

Feb 11, 2016 - 7:55 PM - by

Kia is expanding its green car lineup, adding a plug-in Optima Hybrid with a 600-mile range to the mix.

Every single car the Korean automaker debuted at the 2016 Chicago Auto Show was green this year, with an updated Kia Optima Hybrid, an all-new Niro crossover hybrid, and the brandís first plug-in hybrid making their debuts at the normally quiet show.

The plug-in gets a 2.0-liter four-cyilnder engine, a six-speed automatic transmission and a 50 kW motor that is 42 percent more powerful than the motor in the previous Optima Hybrid. The plug-inís system is augmented by a 9.8 kWh lithium ion battery pack that allows the sedan to get an all-electric range of 27 miles. The batteries are stored under the rear seats so they donít cut into cargo or cabin space. A full charge with a 240-volt
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What Are the Best Used Cars to Buy?

Feb 05, 2016 - 6:01 PM - by

Thereís no getting around the fact that new cars depreciate very quickly. Fortunately, you can still get a great used car thatís reliable, practical and safe.
The folks at Consumer Reports have a handy list that gets updated each year with the best deals in used cars. Their list provides the best bets in each class and price structure, so letís break it down with some additional analysis from, which uses real owner reports of reliability, repairs and costs.
Would it surprise you to know that the Kia Soul made the list of best used cars to buy? Read more at
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