Cars such as the 2018 Kia Niro hybrid focus more on fuel economy rather than acceleration. Hence, they might seem slightly slower for the class.

However, with a 1.6-liter Gas/Electric I-4 making 139 hp @ 5700 rpm and 195 lb.-ft. @ 2400 rpm, that does not seem to be the case here.

The 2018 Kia Niro hybrid takes 9 seconds to propel from naught to 60mph and the quarter-mile run takes 16.8 seconds.

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2018 Kia Niro hybrid 0-60 and Quarter Mile all Trims

Trim Name0-60 MPHStanding 1/4-mileTop SpeedBraking (60 - 0 MPH)
FE 4dr SUV (1.6L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid 6AM)
Touring 4dr SUV (1.6L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid 6AM)
9 sec---
EX 4dr SUV (1.6L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid 6AM)
LX 4dr SUV (1.6L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid 6AM)
9 sec16.8 sec125 mph138 ft.
While we hold the 2018 Kia Niro hybrid in high regard, its deliverance of performance is average for the class. Competing within the same class are the 2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee, the 2018 Dodge Durango, and the 2018 GMC Acadia.

Although it falls behind by just 5.5 seconds in a 0-60 run, the 2018 Kia Niro hybrid fails to solidify its name as the best in the class as far as acceleration is concerned. The quarter-mile run times show us nothing different, with the 2018 Kia Niro hybrid falling 4.8 seconds behind the 2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee.
Although much can be said about its braking performance, the 2018 Kia Niro hybrid was not the one to take the crown when it comes to absolute braking performance. With it taking 138 feet to come to a complete stop traveling 60mph, it was outclassed by the 2018 Jeep Cherokee. However, others in the class, namely the 2018 Jeep Compass, are seen doing worse.

2018 Kia Niro hybrid vs. Competitor's 0-60 and Quarter Mile

Car Name0-60 MPHStanding 1/4-mileTop SpeedBraking (70 - 0 MPH)Braking (60 - 0 MPH)
2018 Jeep Cherokee3.3 sec11.7 sec180 mph-108 ft.
2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee3.5 sec12 sec117 mph168 ft.-
2018 Dodge Durango4.6 sec----
2018 GMC Acadia6.5 sec----
2018 Honda Pilot6.5 sec----
2018 Chevrolet Traverse6.3 - 6.8 sec----
2018 GMC Terrain6.8 sec----
2018 Jeep Wrangler6.1 - 7.5 sec15.3 sec115 mph-128 ft.
2018 Kia Sportage7.1 sec----
2018 Ford Edge7.2 sec----
2018 Kia Sorento7.2 sec----
2018 Toyota Highlander7.2 sec----
2018 Subaru Forester7.5 sec16 sec123 mph-115 ft.
2018 Volkswagen Atlas7.2 - 7.9 sec----
2018 Hyundai Tucson7.6 sec----
2018 Nissan Pathfinder7.6 sec----
2018 Nissan Murano7.3 - 8.1 sec----
2018 Mazda CX-57.7 sec----
2018 Toyota RAV4 hybrid SUV7.7 sec----
2018 Chevrolet Equinox6.6 - 9.2 sec----
2018 Hyundai Kona6.6 - 9.2 sec----
2018 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport SUV7.9 sec----
2018 Fiat 500X8 sec17.7 sec112 mph171 ft.-
2018 Honda CR-V7.5 - 8.6 sec----
2018 Subaru Outback6.9 - 9.4 sec----
2018 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport SUV8 - 8.4 sec----
2018 Mazda CX-38.2 sec----
2018 Ford Escape8.3 sec----
2018 Toyota RAV48.3 sec----
2018 Hyundai Santa Fe8.4 sec----
2018 Mitsubishi Outlander8.6 sec----
2018 Jeep Compass8.6 - 8.7 sec16.6 sec194 mph-144 ft.
2018 Volkswagen Tiguan8.2 - 9.1 sec----
2018 Buick Encore8.8 sec----
2018 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross8.6 - 9 sec----
2018 Nissan Rogue8.9 sec----
2018 Jeep Wrangler JK SUV9 sec----
2018 Kia Niro plug-in hybrid SUV9 sec17 sec125 mph-138 ft.
2018 Kia Niro hybrid9 sec16.8 sec125 mph-138 ft.
2018 Subaru Crosstrek9 - 9.2 sec----
2018 Jeep Renegade9.3 sec----
2018 Dodge Journey9.5 sec----
2018 Nissan Rogue Sport SUV9.8 sec17.5 sec117 mph-137 ft.
2018 Honda HR-V10 sec----
2018 Chevrolet Trax10.1 sec----
2018 Ford EcoSport9.8 - 11.2 sec----
2018 Toyota C-HR11 sec----

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2017 Kia Niro hybrid 0-60 and Quarter Mile all Trims

Trim Name0-60 MPH
EX 4dr SUV (1.6L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid 6AM)
8.9 sec
FE 4dr SUV (1.6L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid 6AM)
8.6 sec
LX 4dr SUV (1.6L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid 6AM)
8.7 sec
Touring 4dr SUV (1.6L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid 6AM)
9.6 sec

2017 Kia Niro hybrid vs. Competitor's 0-60 and Quarter Mile

Car Name0-60 MPHStanding 1/4-mileTop SpeedBraking (70 - 0 MPH)Braking (60 - 0 MPH)
2017 Jeep Renegade9.3 - 10.3 sec17.1 sec112 mph-126 ft.
2017 Subaru Outback7.1 - 9.4 sec----
2017 Hyundai Tucson7.6 - 7.9 sec----
2017 Nissan Rogue Sport SUV9.8 - 10 sec----
2017 Mitsubishi Outlander7.6 - 8.6 sec----
2017 Kia Sportage6.7 - 8.6 sec----
2017 Toyota RAV4 hybrid SUV7.7 sec----
2017 Jeep Compass8.4 - 10.5 sec----
2017 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport SUV7.6 - 8 sec----
2017 Ford Escape8.3 - 9.6 sec----
2017 Mazda CX-57.7 - 8.3 sec----
2017 Dodge Journey7.9 - 9.5 sec----
2017 Chevrolet Equinox9.2 sec----
2017 Honda CR-V7.5 - 7.6 sec----
2017 GMC Terrain6.8 sec----
2017 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport SUV7.9 - 9.5 sec----
2017 Chevrolet Trax9.3 - 10.1 sec----
2017 Jeep Patriot9.3 - 10.9 sec----
2017 Toyota RAV48.3 - 9.3 sec----
2017 Subaru Forester6.8 - 7.5 sec----
2017 Volkswagen Tiguan8.6 sec----
2017 Kia Sorento7.2 sec----
2017 Jeep Wrangler7.5 sec----
2017 Jeep Cherokee3.3 - 7.5 sec----
2017 Ford Edge7.2 sec----
2017 Mazda CX-38.2 sec----
2017 Kia Niro hybrid8.6 - 9.6 sec----
2017 Buick Encore7.8 - 10.7 sec----
2017 Nissan Rogue8.9 sec----
2017 GMC Acadia6.5 sec----
2017 Volkswagen Tiguan Limited SUV8.6 sec----
2017 Fiat 500X8 sec17.7 sec112 mph171 ft.-
2017 Chevrolet Traverse6.5 sec----
2017 Honda HR-V10 sec----
2017 Subaru Crosstrek9.2 sec----

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