2017 Kia Niro Sets World Record for Hybrid Fuel Efficiency
Kia’s first dedicated hybrid is making a big name for itself. The 2017 Kia Niro recently earned a Guinness World Record for hybrid fuel efficiency on a cross-country trip from Los Angeles to New York City.
Wayne Gerdes of Carlsbad, CA and Robert Winger of Williamsburg, VA drove 3,715.4 miles and used only 48.5 gallons of gas, translating to an efficiency of 76.6 mpg for the trip.
“We’re extremely pleased with the Niro’s record-breaking performance,” said Orth Hedrick, vice president, product planning KMA. “We set out to build a vehicle that offers real-world utility, great looks and fantastic mileage, and setting the Guinness World Record® title confirms our achievement.”
In addition to its excellent efficiency, the Niro has athletic styling and was designed to be an ideal urban crossover hybrid. It comes with numerous desirable features including a spacious interior with room for five passengers and cargo, advanced safety features like Lane Change Assist and Autonomous Emergency Braking, and modern technology such as Apple CarPlay and a 7-inch touchscreen system.
The 2017 Kia Niro will be coming Kia dealerships across the country early this year. It will be available in five trim levels. The base FE trim gets an EPA-estimated fuel efficiency rating of 52 mpg highway, 48 mpg city, and 50 mpg combined, but as we can see from this world record, the Niro can potentially be even more efficient.