For a world so obsessed with electric cars, we certainly don’t spend a lot of time talking about anything other than Tesla or maybe Rivian. The truth is, there are a lot of electric cars buzzing around the world, and according to Consumer Reports, neither Tesla nor Rivian makes the best. Kia digs deep to rebrand the Korean brand into a modern and sleek, largely electric car company. Still, it feels a little surprising to find that Consumer Reports labeled the 2022 Kia Niro Electric as the best electric car they’ve tested yet.
What’s the Best Electric Car on Consumer Reports?
Consumer Reports called the 2022 Kia Niro Electric the best electric car. The Niro EV scored an 88/100. By comparison, the Mustang Mach E came in second with a score of 82/100. Meanwhile, the Tesla Model 3 ended up in fourth place with a 79/100.
In all major categories, such as predicted reliability and customer satisfaction, the Kia Niro Electric crushed. 4/5s and 5/5s fill the rating sheet. The all-electric hatchback seems to have struck a perfect balance between comfort and style, while remaining modest and affordable within the segment. Solid range figures, practicality and a strong list of comforts make the Kia Niro EV hard to deny.
What range will the 2022 Kia Niro Electric get?
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The Niro Electric can travel an EPA estimated 239 miles on a single charge. Considering the starting price of $39,090, this is quite impressive. Consumer Reports draws a natural comparison to the top-rated Tesla, the Model 3, saying, “It has a more forgiving ride, a more spacious interior, and easier-to-use controls.” They go on to say, “It also feels more refined and sturdier than the Chevrolet Bolt and Nissan Leaf.”
If the range and smooth ride weren’t enough to put some fizz in your drink, the Niro is still an EV too, meaning snappy acceleration and noiseless power provide an exhilarating ride. The Niro has also positioned its massive battery to keep the center of gravity low. Thanks to this piece of technology, the Kia Niro Electric can take turns surprisingly well.
Is the 2022 Kia Niro Electric Base Model Worth It?
Consumer Reports says even the base Niro comes standard with Android Auto, Apple CarPlay and advanced safety systems such as Forward-Collision Warning (FCW), Automatic Emergency Braking (AEB), Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC), Lane Departure Warning (LDW) , Blind Spot Warning (BSW) and Rear Cross Traffic Warning (RCTW).
The higher trims pile up cash quickly, but come with desirable features like leather seats, a sunroof, and heated and cooled front seats. Buyers in cold climates can also add a heat pump that keeps the cabin warm without draining the battery quickly, and a battery heating system to speed up charging in cold weather.
Does the Kia Niro Electric have problems?
While Consumer Reports loved the electric Niro, they found a few bottlenecks. As of now, the Kia Niro only offers front-wheel drive. This FWD-only configuration could be seen as a bug as AWD becomes more popular. The rear seat would also be set too low.
Those minor annoyances aside, the only real downside to the 2022 Kia Niro Electric is that it takes nearly 10 hours to charge with a 204-volt charger.
Despite its long charging time, the 2022 Kia Niro looks like a strong option for all drivers interested in moving into the EV space, but for less investment than the trendy Rivians or Teslas.
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