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Kia Niro: Good things come in small packages

Kia Niro: Good things come in small packages

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...

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