Kia Niro Named Most Reliable Car
Purchasing a car is a long-term investment, with the expectation that the car will provide dependable transportation for the long haul. But as our surveys show, not all cars can fulfill that promise. Based on our 2017 Annual Auto Survey, the Kia Niro is one of the 10 most reliable cars today. We predict that these cars will give owners fewer problems than their competitors, based on data collected.
Our survey takes a deep dive into the numerous things that can go wrong with a vehicle.
We study 17 trouble areas, from nuisances-such as squeaky brakes and a broken interior trim-to major bummers, like out-of-warranty transmission repairs or trouble with four-wheel-drive systems. We weight the severity of each type of problem to create a Predicted Reliability Score for each vehicle. (That score is then combined with data collected from our track testing, as well as our owner-satisfaction survey results and safety data, to calculate the Niro’s Overall Score.)
Kia’s five-passenger Nero marries good fuel economy with cargo versatility. This front-wheel-drive hybrid uses a 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine, which, in conjunction with the electric drive unit, puts out a combined 139 hp. This combo is mated to a six-speed dual-clutch transmission. Because the lithium-ion battery is located under the rear seat, that creates a flat cargo floor when the rear seats are folded. We got 43 mpg overall, which is good but not as good as the Hyundai Ioniq or Toyota Prius. The handling lacks agility, and the ride is a bit choppy. The optional power driver seta provides better support than the standard seats do. A suite of advanced safety features is available, including automatic emergency braking, smart cruise control, and blind-spot detection with rear cross-traffic alert, but that tends to push up the price to above $30,000.