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The Kia Niro Was Wildly Reliable on This 2018 Consumer Reports List

It’s no secret that new cars don’t always come out right the first time. In the auto industry, it’s a known fact that the first year or two of every new car or fully redesigned generation is likely less reliable than it will be in a few years after the “kinks” have been worked out. That’s why the 2018 Kia Niro compact SUV reliability ratings are so surprising. In fact, according to the video below, Kia ranks third among the most reliable brands on the Consumer Reports 2018 survey.

The 2018 Kia Niro is a hybrid compact SUV that helps Kia move up in the rankings two years ago. The host of the Consumer Reports video claims that the 2018 Niro is the most reliable new car in the entire survey. How is it that the Kia Niro earned such good scores even though it was a new car? For a new car, this isn’t the norm. So what gives?

The Consumer Reports 2018 survey––the Kia Niro reliable?

The Kia Niro is a subcompact hybrid SUV in the Kia lineup. The plug-in hybrid version of this Kia SUV debuted on American soil in 2018. And yes, according to Consumer Reports, it’s one of the most reliable cars of 2018––especially when you consider that this version of the Niro was brand new for the 2018 model year.

Kia Niro EV on display at a car show
Kia Niro EV | Kia

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Consumer Reports shows an overall reliability score of 4 out of 5, which is above average. Especially for a new model, this is a particularly good score. In fact, a glance at the individual categories for reliability gives us more insight. The 2018 Kia Niro plug-in hybrid gets perfect reliability scores from Consumer Reports nearly all the way across the board.

To be clear, that means that the 2018 Kia Niro gets a score of 5 out of 5 for reliability in every category except for three. For in-car electronics––like the display screen or steering wheel controls––the Niro hybrid compact SUV scored a 4 out of 5 in 2018. Then for the electric system this Kia SUV earned a 4 out of 5 as well. The lowest score the 2018 Niro received was for body hardware. Due to some issues with the door handle, the Kia Niro earned a 3 out of 5.

Is the 2018 Kia Niro a good used compact SUV?

If you are looking for a compact SUV with a stellar fuel economy, a 2018 plug-in hybrid Kia Niro is worth a test drive. A used Kia Niro costs between $16,150 and $20,900––according to Consumer Reports. There are a variety of trim levels. The interior offers enough quality to make the higher trims worth it. There are plenty of available features and the cabin offers ample space for passengers.

KIA Niro EV all electric subcompact crossover on display at Brussels Expo is a compact SUV with good reliability scores according to the 2018 consumer reports survey
The Kia Niro | Sjoerd van der Wal/Getty Images

Overall, if the 2018 Niro aligns with the models you are shopping for, we recommend checking it out. According to the 2018 Consumer Reports survey, the Niro is a Kia SUV with enough to offer a variety of different needs potential buyers may have. It’s also on the more reliable side. If solid reliability is high on your priority list and you want a roomy hybrid with smooth regenerative braking, the Kia Niro is worth some attention.