This 2022 Hybrid SUV Gets the Best Gas Mileage at 50 Mpg

We know: gas prices are high and we’re all looking for a way to save some dough on gas. There aren’t many ways to turn a gas guzzler into a gas sipper. But, the Kia Niro does it from the start. Across the board from the gas-powered version, the hybrid, the plug-in hybrid, or even the all-electric version, the Kia Niro is earning fans for frugality.

What is the real MPG of a Kia Niro Hybrid?

a red Kia Niro parked on a road
2022 Kia Niro | Kia

The 2022 Kia Niro Hybrid is the hybrid SUV with the best gas mileage of any 2022 SUV: 53 mpg in the city, and 48 mpg on the highway, for a combined EPA rating of 50 mpg. Considering the average 2022 vehicle gets 27 mpg, you can save $6,000 a year with the Kia Niro Hybrid, according to the EPA. The 2022 Kia Niro may not be the quickest SUV, but in whatever version you pick, it’ll save you money at the pump.

The Kia Niro is the SUV with the best gas mileage

Blue Kia Niro model with available Kia Drive Wise features
Kia Niro | Kia

The base 2022 Kia Niro Hybrid LX version of the Niro gets the best gas mileage, while the other trims take a bit of an mpg hit. The Touring SE model, likely due to the extra weight of larger wheels and tires and several options like a larger screen, wireless charging, stereo with subwoofer, and more achieves 42 mpg combined. That equals the Premium that, at $31,990, adds every option Kia can pack in including heated and ventilated seats, a heated steering wheel, roof rails, and a navigation-based smart cruise control.

Get ready for the 2023 Kia Niro HEV updates

2023 Kia Niro | Kia

For 2023, it gets a simple name change to the Niro HEV, for a hybrid electric vehicle. It keeps most of the same specs and stellar mpg ratings but gets new styling accented by a funky contrast-color blade over the rear wheels. It should show up at dealers this fall. While pricing hasn’t been released yet, we expect it to be about the same and start near $25,000.

The Kia Niro plug-in hybrid gets 105 MPGe

A grey 2022 Kia Niro Plug-In Hybrid being charged.
2022 Kia Niro PHEV | Kia Motors

The 2022 Kia Niro also holds a special place as the most fuel-efficient non-plug-in hybrid SUV. Stunningly, it can go 100 miles on two gallons of gas, which makes it one of the best value commuters. It does come as a plug-in hybrid version, too, that also has stellar fuel economy. The 2022 Kia Niro Plug-in Hybrid gets a combined 105 MPGe, according to the EPA. Because of the extra weight of the PHEV system, it gets 46 mpg combined.

How much is a 2022 Kia Niro Hybrid?

The 2022 Kia Niro Hybrid starts at $24,690 in LX trim. The LXS and LXS SE are $26,090 and $27,590 and add a few extra goodies like forward collision avoidance and blind spot warning. The Hybrid is the cheapest but according to AutoExpress it may be a bit limited. To get the navigation-based smart cruise control and more tech, you have to step up to the Touring SE. It starts at $29,890. The EX Premium, and $31,990. We expect the 2023 pricing to be similar.

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