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2017 Kia Niro hybrid: first drive report from Green Car Reports

[/quote] According to its maker, the 2017 Kia Niro is the first "crossover hybrid vehicle" sold in the U.S.—but what does that really mean?

We drove150 miles in two different versions of the top-of-the-line Niro Touring model two weeks ago, and concluded that the Niro represents an interesting package with some pluses and minuses.

Our drive at the launch event was broken into three segments of 50 to 60 miles apiece, each with a different mix of hills, country roads, and highway travel.

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At the end of the day, we decided that the Niro is really an old-style wagon, not a crossover utility vehicle, because it offers neither all-wheel drive nor SUV-like ground clearance.

We also concluded that while it could be very fuel-efficient, the Niro is far more enjoyable to drive in the peppier Sport mode rather than the default Eco setting.

Using Sport mode is likely to cut real-world gas mileage to some degree—and perhaps a lot. [/quote]
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