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The 2023 Kia Niro PHEV blends Capabilities and Comfort

Woodie Lesesne

In the ever-evolving landscape of plug-in hybrid vehicles, the 2023 Kia Niro PHEV stands out as a cutting-edge vehicle that is not merely a contender; it is a force to be reckoned with in its segment. Let's dive into the impressive features that make the 2023 Kia Niro PHEV a standout.

Capable Performance: A Test Drive Tale

My journey with the 2023 Niro PHEV began with a test drive that exceeded my expectations. The 1.6L Plug-in Hybrid engine delivered a smooth and refined performance, as anticipated. However, what truly surprised and delighted me was the impressive acceleration I experienced on the entrances to highways. The transition between electric and hybrid modes was seamless, providing what I would call an exhilarating driving experience.

During my drive through the vibrant streets of Miami and Ft. Lauderdale, the Niro PHEV effortlessly maneuvered through both highway and city traffic. The handling was responsive, and the acceleration proved to be more than satisfactory, making every drive an enjoyable adventure.

Luxury and Comfort at Every Turn

The interior of the Niro PHEV is packed with comfort and innovation. The sunroof, perforated SynTex seat trim with heated and ventilated front seats, and a heated steering wheel elevate the driving experience. I thoroughly enjoyed the power driver's seat with lumbar adjustment and driver's seat memory. Let's face it, we all love our creature comforts and mine happen to be lumbar support as I spend extended hours behind the wheel. Kia's commitment to driver-centric design is evident here.

Tech-Savvy and Connected

The 2023 Niro PHEV is equipped with a 10.25-inch touchscreen display featuring navigation, Kia Connect, and SiriusXM® Satellite Radio. The seamless integration of Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto™ ensures that you stay connected on the go, which is so important in our busy world.The Harman Kardon® Premium Audio System with 7 speakers delivers an unparalleled audio experience, turning every drive into a jam session on wheels.

Safety Redefined with Kia Drive Wise

Kia's commitment to safety is evident in the wide array of advanced driver-assist technologies. The Kia Drive Wise suite includes smart cruise control with stop & go, enhanced auto emergency braking technology with junction turning detection, blind spot detection, rear cross-traffic collision avoidance assist, and more. The vehicle goes beyond the basics, even offering rear occupant alert, showcasing Kia's dedication to passenger safety and recognizing drivers are more distracted, and these alert reminders are helpful.

Spacious and Thoughtful Design

A wheelbase of 107.1 inches, the Niro PHEV provides ample space for both the driver and passengers. There is generous headroom, shoulder room, and legroom for both front and rear occupants. The cargo area is impressive, offering 19.4 cubic feet with the rear seats up and expanding to a more than ample 54.6 cubic feet with the seats down.

Innovative Infotainment and Connectivity

The 2023 Niro PHEV takes connectivity to the next level with a 10.25-inch touchscreen display, which is grerat for anyone but especially the visually challenged, it has Android Auto™, Apple CarPlay®, SiriusXM® Satellite Radio, and Bluetooth® wireless technology. The voice recognition and steering wheel-mounted controls ensures that the driver stays focused on the road while enjoying the full suite of entertainment options. The wireless phone charger and multiple USB ports keeps it convenient for all passengers.

Elegant Design Elements

The Niro PHEV doesn't just excel in performance and features; it also turns heads with its elegant design elements. Alloy sport pedals, chrome inside door handles, and gloss black interior accent trim contribute to the vehicle's overall aesthetic appeal. My drive was a head turner experience that had other drivers complementing it at red lights.

Forward-Thinking Safety Features

The safety features in the Niro are forward-thinking on several levels, from forward collision-avoidance assist to navigation-based smart cruise control with stop & go, its equipped to handle various driving scenarios. Intelligent speed limit assist, rear-view monitor with dynamic parking guidance, and park distance warnings can prove to be very helpful in tight situations.

My test drive with the 2023 Kia Niro PHEV left me thoroughly impressed. It not only met but exceeded my expectations, delivering a performance that seamlessly blends power and efficiency. As you consider your next plug-in hybrid, the 2023 Niro PHEV deserves a spot on your list.

2023 Niro PHEV

Battery charge time: 2.75h at 220V

Battery: 11.1 kWh 360 V lithium polymer

Body style: SUV

Cargo volume: 19.4 ft³, 54.6 ft³ with seat area

EX plug in Hybrid $34,290

SX Touring plug in Hybrid $40,040

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