I'm currently examining my options for a new hybrid and I have to say that the Niro is certainly up there. Although there a plenty of other hybrid options, I wanted to get something that rode a little higher and handled the winter weather a little better. I'm excited to see what you guys have to say about the car so far.
We bought our Niro EX in mid July, added 4 snow tires in October, and hearing all the hype about reduced mileage due to snow tires,,,,,,for us, well not so much! We did a 120 mile round trip through the mountains and valleys of NY state, using manual shift/sport mode a lot, and still capped out at 50mpg when parking once back home. The BIG however here, is that although those snow tires were on, it was 55 degrees outside. With the plummeting temperatures of Northern NY, below zero, teens etc, and the national "winter gas blend" kicking in, (using 91 octane NON ethanol here), we've dipped as low as 21mpg, but that's SHORT trips less than 5 miles, more miles driven (warm up) mpg starts climbing back up. In summer we were hitting 55-57mpg routinely, even highway driving! We will put the Michelin tires that came with the Niro back on in Spring. I DO suspect that if we had a longer trip, even in these low temps, that we would be hitting 40-45 mpg even in below zero weather but we've only had those short trips of less than 5 miles in this weather.
Handling...............WOW! snow, slush, freezing rain, more snow..........this car with snow tires handles GREAT!!!!!!!! Have yet to skid or slide, and coming to a stop at a red light or stop sign, when anti lock brakes often kick in in such weather with other cars, hasn't happened yet with this Niro. This is by far the BEST car I have EVER driven in winter conditions!