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HI all,

I'm very strongly considering getting a kia niro. Either the LX (with the tech package) or the LX plugin. After the tax credit it's actually a little cheaper then the non-plugin hybrid.

I'm currently driving a 2010 kia soul! that i bought new. It's a good little car, but i need something with better gas mileage now and the niro seems to be the best bang for the buck when it comes to features and mileage.

Anyhow, just looking for any advice/suggestions/feedback etc before i plunk down any money.

Might go for a test drive tomorrow...maybe buy it as well. My credit score is good so i should be able to get the low apr dealer financing.
 

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I have the LX PHEV, it runs great, and I got The Costco price when I purchase the car. I'm getting 500-600 mile to the tank with plugin every day. For the federal tax credit, you won't be able to file until next year (2020). I bought mine in December and i'm able to file it now for my taxes. You would be able to get your money until (4500+) till next January maybe February. You might have a state rebate also
 

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i have a plug-in (UK Spec). It is great for short journeys, when I don't use any gas until I use the cabin heater. The car has plenty of performance; especially in "sport" mode.
I get about 30 miles from the charge, in town -a little less if driving at 70mph on the freeway, a little more in town in warm weather. The non-plugin version is more economical for journeys over about 100 miles, or so but seems to have a little less performance, with the engine laboring a little more on steep inclines.

In my opinion, both are great cars. The best choice for you is really a matter of weighing up the combination of journeys you are likely to be making, and deciding whether the additional performance of the plug-in, and the lower cost and emission free driving in town is more important than fuel economy on long trips.

Obviously cost to own is another factor, and I can't advise you there. In the UK the plugin is significantly more expensive to buy outright - it would take a good few years to recover the difference in fuel savings, but I understand the difference in leasing costs is not so great.
 

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I worked as a webmaster and photographer at a KIA franchise for 5 years. I took photos of every vehicle, new and used. When the Niro first hit the lot, I had not considered a hybrid, but I was very impressed. Very roomy and comfortable. The price for the LX was about $26K before any rebates. I just wasn't ready for a new car then.

Fast forward a couple of years, and now that my wife and I are retired, we started looking for a "retirement travel" car. The Niro was near the top of my list, but with my wife's family in Wisconsin and us in West Virginia, we both thought an AWD would be better suited for us. That, and we needed just a little more room. We ended up with a Subaru Forester.

However - the Niro has a lot of positives. One thing to consider, though, is that many magazine and personal reviews have shown the DCT / Gas to Hybrid interaction to be a little jerky at slow, parking lot speeds. If you do plan on lots of city driving (where the hybrids shine), do an extended ride around a parking lot at low speeds (5-25 MPH) with stops. I only drove a few of them a short distance around the parking lot for photos, and it did not bother me. But, we all know familiarity breeds contempt.

Another thing to consider - check with your insurance before you buy ANY car to see what the rates are. Not sure how $$ the hybrid is to insure vs gas.

I hope you find the Niro satisfactory. You will be in great shape when gas goes back up to $4/gallon.
 

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Drove it off the lot this Thursday. Got the LX with the tech package ( non-plugin). So far I'm pretty happy with it. Comfortable to ride in, the smart cruise control and active lane assist remind me of the autopilot in the Tesla. It definitely makes it a little more relaxing to drive.

Mpg I think it's averaging 45mpg after one tank of gas, mostly highway driving at around 75mph
 

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Actually, i do have one complaint - the usb plug doesn't support fast charging, which seems really stupid to me. When i'm using android auto on my phone, while it's plugged in it's getting just enough charge to not drain the battery, but it doesn't really seem to charge the battery much. I'd plug in a charger into the 12v outlet, but the phone needs to be plugged into the usb for android auto to work.

ideal world scenario - android auto would work over wifi or bt, and the usb plug would support fast charging - or better yet, come with wireless fast charging. But it's not a huge deal to me.

p.s. how do i edit a message on here? I would have edited the reply i just posted a few minutes ago but i don't see any way to do that.
 

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Congratulations on your new Niro. I'm sure you will love it! Be sure to post "reviews" as you use it more. I would still consider one to replace our '13 Soul when that time comes as the Niro would be much more manageable around town (university town with few parking spots, and usually tight/crowded spaces) than the Forester.

I think new members have to have a certain number of posts (10??) before you have the edit feature appear next to > Quote.
 

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Ah, ok, thanks. I'll try to remember to post any more details that stand out.

Oh, actually, just thought of one. Snow...it seems to handle snow fairly well. I drove it down some streets that were pretty slushy and I didn't have any problems. I was driving fairly conservatively though. But it was handling it better than the Kia would have (to be fair the Kia had all weather tires on it since it was primarily driven in California)
 
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