The 2017 Kia Niro isn’t on sale quite yet, but that didn’t stop it from just setting a new Guinness World Record.
Kia’s new urban crossover just set the record for the lowest fuel consumption driving across the US from coast to coast in a hybrid car. The Niro traveled coast to coast getting 76.6 miles a gallon. During the 3,715.4 mile trip it only used 4.1 tanks of gas. That means it only took 48.5 gallons of gas.
The drivers logging all those miles were hypermiler Wayne Gerdes of Carlsbad, California, and his co-pilot Robert Winger of Williamsburg, Virginia. These two started out in LA and ended up in NYC.
The Niro is Kia’s first dedicated hybrid. The five-seater offers an estimated 50 miles per gallon combined along with a near 600-mile range. Its hybrid powertrain uses a 1.6-liter four-cylinder with an electric motor and lithium-ion battery. This pairs with six-speed dual-clutch transmission.
There is no shortage of trims. There are five of them: FE, LX, EX, Touring and a limited Launch Edition.
As for safety tehnology. it offer available advanced driver assistance features like Autonomous Emergency Braking, Blind Spot Detection, Rear Cross Traffic Alert, Lane Change Assist and Lane Departure Warning. The infotainment system is compatible with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. It comes with a 7-inch touch screen and available Smart Cruise Control, navigation and a Harman Kardon premium audio system.
The model stands out from crossovers, like the RAV4 Hybrid and Lexus RX hybrid, because it doesn’t offer a non-hybrid option. The Niro identifies as a hybrid, first, foremost, and only.
It’s due to arrive at Kia dealers in either late December or January.