As the winter chill fades, the team at Kia of South Austin is getting ready for warmer weather. One of our favorite ways to enjoy the sunshine is with a nice Sunday drive (on any day of the week) in a vehicle that makes us want to roll down our windows and feel the wind in our hair.

After much deliberation, the Kia Niro is one of our top picks for soaking up some sun and enjoying the drive, regardless of where it takes you.

Why Niro?

The Kia Niro is a new model that has captured everyone’s eye, and for good reason. With its athletic stance, stylish wheels, and hybrid powertrain, you’ll be the envy of friends and family alike. Open up the power sunroof in the EX or Touring models and let the sunlight fill the cabin as you power over these beautiful roads with the 1.6-liter inline four-cylinder full parallel hybrid system--one that kicks up a combined 139 horsepower and 195 pound-feet of torque.

While you might think that number sounds low, remember that this bad boy has a 240V battery under the hood. The Kia Niro recently set a Guinness World Record™ when it traveled 3,715.4 miles on only 4.1 tanks of gas, so you can bet you’ll be able to go wherever the road takes you. But before you leave home, don’t forget to strap camping gear, bikes, or your paddleboard onto the roof rails (standard on every model above the base FE trim).

Get comfortable

Inside the 2017 Kia Niro Touring, you’ll be able to enjoy the drive to your destination just as much as the destination itself. With flexible and spacious storage options, including the concealed storage underneath the 60/40 split-folding rear seats, you can pack everything you’ll need – and more.

Up front, drivers will enjoy the UVO eServices 7-inch touch-screen display (or an 8-inch screen in the Touring trim) that allows them to access entertainment features like Pandora® and SiriusXM®, navigation that relays real-time highway conditions, as well as the Parking Minder feature that directs you back to your vehicle in a crowded parking lot.


All of this tech sounds great, but we know the real question on your mind. Road trips are for singing along in the car, so what are your options for belting out your favorite tunes?

The Kia Niro comes standard with Apple Carplay™, Android Auto™, and a 6-speaker audio system that delivers crisp notes for your listening pleasure. In the Touring Launch Edition and Touring trims, owners and their passengers will love the harman/kardon® Premium Surround Sound with Clari-Fi™ that floats beautiful notes out of an 8-speaker system and integrated subwoofer.

To top it all off, you’ll be able to adjust audio, take phone calls, and set your cruise control all from the ergonomic controls located on the steering wheel, which means you never have to take your eyes off the road. And when the weather is this beautiful, you shouldn’t ever have to.

Experience the 2017 Kia Niro for yourself and get a taste of what your spring drives can (and should) feel like when you contact us to schedule a test drive today. 

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