A good time to be buying an automobile in America just got better. So many choices. Such good cars. Just pick a style and a price point and go.
Kia Motors has added to the affordable SUV mix with its 2017 Niro — a name the company says is a mixture of "hero” and “near zero,” in reference to the little car’s high fuel economy and low emissions.
The Niro is unusual in its class, as a hybrid crossover. In behavior, it’s a little like the Ford C-Max or the Toyota Prius. In looks and attitude, it more closely resembles a Honda HR-V, Nissan Rogue or Mazda CX-3.
The Niro makes peppy use of the small-size powertrain, getting a claimed 139 horsepower and 195...