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The Kia Niro EV offers a great amount of value for first-time EV owners. The Niro EV is unique in the modern automotive marketplace because it was not created as a standalone EV with its platform built to house an EV powertrain. This Kia Niro can be purchased with a hybrid drivetrain, a typical internal combustion drivetrain, and an EV drivetrain, all within the same platform.

This means that the design team was able to cut some costs to keep costs low for consumers at dealerships, making it the perfect vehicle for those first-time EV owners, or part-time EV drivers who are looking to commute with an EV and save a separate gas vehicle for long trips. The Niro is also great for young drivers as well thanks to its great amount of safety features. If you are considering getting a Kia Niro and you were wondering just how safe these EVs are, here are three of the best 2023 Kia Niro EV safety features.

A white 2023 Kia Niro EV driving on a city street.
2023 Kia Niro EV | Kia Media

Overview of the 2023 Kia Niro EV

The Kia Niro EV is a subcompact EV SUV that is a bit larger than a hatchback, but a bit smaller than a typical crossover SUV. The Niro puts its strengths where it matters; maximizing passenger space.

The Niro EV features a great amount of leg room for all passengers, and with a solid amount of cargo space, the Niro EV gives you all of the capabilities of a standard subcompact SUV, just with an electric drivetrain.

The Niro EV starts at $39,550 for the base Wind model and $44,550 MSRP for the Wave model. The Niro EV features the same drivetrain in both trim levels, and both have a range of 253 miles.

The Niro EV Wind comes with vegan leather, heated front seats, dual-zone climate control, a digital instrument cluster, a 10.25-inch infotainment screen, a six-speaker stereo, five USB ports, and wireless device charging capabilities.

Remote start and a power liftgate are also featured on the Niro EV Wind. The Wave trim level adds a power driver’s seat, ventilated front seats, a heated steering wheel, a sunroof, and other small luxury-focused features. The Kia Niro EV continues to impress when it comes to its top safety features as well.

#1 Highway driving assist

One of the best safety features found with the Kia Niro EV is the Highway Driving Assist. This safety tool is an extension of cruise control which helps the Niro keep a set speed while also keeping a set distance behind the car in front of you. This technology goes a step further by helping keep the car centered on the highway through turns.

For longer trips, this safety technology keeps drivers safe as their attention might wane after hours of driving. This also acts as a safety measure for drivers to focus on other hazards on the road while their vehicle does most of the work with lane centering.

#2 Forward collision-avoidance assist

Forward collision emergency braking systems are nothing new in the automotive industry. However, Kia’s Forward Collision-Avoidance Assist takes this technology to the next level by letting drivers customize the amount of assistance given.

Through the Niro EV’s settings, drivers can select how early they want a warning of a possible collision and how early they would like their vehicles to react in the event of a possible collision.

#3 Blind-Spot Collision Avoidance

With Blind Spot Collision Avoidance, drivers can successfully evade collisions with vehicles that are driving in blind spots around their car. If a car is detected by radar on either side of the Niro EV, lights illuminate in the side mirrors to let drivers know to not change lanes.

This blind spot avoidance helps lessen the number of collisions that happen each year due to blind spots, which are getting bigger every year as vehicle safety regulations evolve.


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