Kia’s Niro EV may not make many headlines, especially with the announcement ofbut the 2021 model finally made its debut. While it’s mostly a holdover from the 2020 model year, a few changes have been made, which Kia outlined in an announcement on Friday.
The changes to the Niro EV’s features aren’t huge, but they do represent some real improvements in quality of life. We’re big fans of the move to wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, as well as the inclusion of a rear-seat occupant alert. Plus, remote start becomes standard, which means you can now preheat or cool the Niro’s cabin.
The other significant change comes in the form of the expansion of Kia’s DriveWise advanced driver assistance suite. Unfortunately, it is still an available option rather than standard, which is a bit lacking. Still, it adds features like highway driving assistance, leading vehicle departure warning, and navigation-based smart cruise control, so it’s worth a purchase.
The Niro EV still uses a 64 kilowatt-hour battery paired with a 201-horsepower electric motor, which together is good for a 239-mile range. Pricing starts at $ 40,265 for the EX model and $ 45,825 for the EX Premium model.