Kia Makes 2 of the Best Subcompact SUVs of 2023

The SUV range continues to gain traction with consumers and critics alike. In a recent “2023 Editors’ Picks” list, Kia was the only automaker with two picks in the subcompact SUV segment. So let’s explore what makes the Kia Soul and Niro two of the for 2023.

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Editors’ Choice Subcompact SUV 2023

recently released its 2023 “Editors’ Choice” list. The list includes five compact SUVs. While compact SUVs like the Hyundai Kona, and Volkswagen Taos made the list, Kia was the only automaker to grab two spots with the 2023 Soul and Niro.

The 2023 Kia Niro features a base 139-hp hybrid drivetrain with a 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine, electric motor, six-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission, and FWD.

Car and Driver calls the Niro’s base powertrain “poky” and “buzzing,” but notes that the optional plug-in hybrid (PHEV) powertrain’s “more powerful electric motor” bumps output to 180 horsepower.

The Niro gets a combined 49 mpg estimated by the EPA and the PHEV version gets 46 mpg combined on gasoline, but adding its 26-mile electric driving range brings the total to 105 mpg equivalent (MPGe).

The 2023 Niro is available in five hybrid and two PHEV trims. There is also a separate review.

Hybrid trims range from the LX with an MSRP of $27,915 up to the $36,215 SX Touring, while the EX PHEV starts at $35,165 and the top-of-the-line SX PHEV is $40,915. The EX Touring trim is Car and Driver’s choice for the best value because it provides “a myriad of desirable creatures” not found on lower trims, such as:

  • A sunroof
  • Fog lights
  • Rain sensitive wipers
  • 18 inch wheels
  • 10.3-inch infotainment display

While the base Niro LX is more expensive than the higher-trimmed Soul EX, it offers the optional Soul EX driver-assist features as standard equipment. Additionally, both models come with Kia’s five-year/60,000-mile limited warranty and ten-year/100,000-mile powertrain coverage.

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