Sporty, thrilling and fun to drive -- and yes, both are Kia vehicles. The 2017 Kia Niro and 2018 Kia Stinger are poised to shake up the American auto market as well as the Korean automaker's brand. First, the all-new Kia Niro is a hybrid crossover SUV with Prius-like fuel efficiency and the handling of a sporty hatchback. Then there's the aggressively styled Kia Stinger, a rear-wheel drive grand touring vehicle built for performance on open and winding roads. True to Kia's brand, both of these vehicles will be affordable in most buyers' price ranges. Are you rethinking Kia yet? If not, you should. Read on for important information about the
First, let's look at the Kia Niro. This sleek little crossover earned EPA fuel ratings of 52 mpg in the city and 49 mpg in the gallon, instantly making it one of the most fuel-efficient crossovers that money can buy. It's sold in five trim levels -- the FE, LX, EX, Touring and Touring Launch trims -- with the Touring Launch being a limited edition trim to celebrate the vehicle's debut. The Niro's base trim gets a 7-inch touchscreen, a rearview camera, automatic headlights, alloy wheels, dual-zone climate control and more. Meanwhile, the upper-tier trims get custom grilles, leather upholstery, larger alloy wheels, unique color schemes and other perks. The Niro's 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine and hybrid-electric plant pump out 139 horsepower and 195 pound-feet of torque.
Then there's the Stinger. This touring car, inspired by German racing circuits, is designed to compete directly with the Ford Mustang, Chevy Camaro, Toyota 86 and other affordable sports cars that cost less than $30,000. We don't yet know all the details of this car, but its interior is designed to be as immaculate as its exterior styling. It will be powered by a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine good for 255 horsepower and 260 pound-feet of torque, and an optional 3.3-liter twin-turbo V6 will up the output to 365 horsepower and 376 pound-feet of torque. Can you imagine yourself behind the wheel of one of these exciting new Kia models? If so, take our quiz to see which one might be best for you.