It's a cute package, but some competitors offer more.
The Kia Niro Plug-In Hybrid is getting a gentle refresh for 2022. It grabs the new Kia logo badge from the rest of the lineup, gets the same price and still delivers an all-electric range of 26 miles. It's also still eligible for a $4,543 federal tax credit, in addition to state and local incentives.
This is a minor refresh after the 2020 model year changeover when the Niro PHEV got new front and rear fascias, a new grille, new daytime running lights, fog lights and headlights. It added a new entry point trim called LXS featuring standard forward collision avoidance and blind spot warnings.
The 2022 Niro PHEV sticks with the same 1.6-liter GDI four-cylinder with an electric motor making a total of 139 hp and 195 lb-ft. It has an 8.9-kWh lithium-ion polymer battery, good for 26 miles of all electric range when fully charged. Combined fuel economy for all three models is 46 miles per gallon.
In addition to the forward collision and blind spot warnings, the LXS comes with other DriveWise features like high beam assist and driver attention warning with lead vehicle departure alert. That last one is a great feature that tells you when the car ahead pulls away. Obviously, we should all have our heads up when driving, but if you happen to look down, you probably won't be honked at.
The EX adds more semi-autonomous tech like a better forward collision system and smart cruise control with stop and go. The top EX Premium trim gets reverse park distance warning, highway driving assist and navigation-based smart cruise control.
Including destination, the Niro PHEV LXS starts at $30,765. The EX starts at $34,565 and the EX Premium comes in at $37,665. Those prices are the same as last year and before those tax breaks. We'll say here that if you're considering the top trim of the Niro PHEV, you might also want to look at the Toyota RAV4 Prime. It costs a little more but it's bigger, has a ton more power, and almost double the range. However, if you see a moose on the road in the Toyota, be extra careful.