Join Date: Apr 2018
Location: TrafficHell (L.A.)
Congrats! I got my Niro at the end of March (Silver 2018 EX HEV, no addon package) and love it. I first spotted one on the road in 2016, was attracted to how it looked, and started researching from then on (including lurking on this forum). I was waiting for my 2015 Sportage lease to end. Luckily, the dealership let me end the lease 3 months early without any early termination fees since I bought my Niro from them.
This is the first hybrid car I've ever had, and am loving the mileage, easily getting more than double the Sportage. In 1,500 miles so far, I am getting around 54-55 actual mpg total (my dash states ~57mpg but it is usually 2mpg optimistic). I admit I changed my driving style in the quest for better mileage (easier on the gas, less time on the freeway's fastest lane). My commute is 40 miles round trip, 70% freeway and 30% side street. Freeway speeds are usually 55-65mph on my commute, with instances of 75+ depending on the day. But I get the best mileage in horrible LA traffic (crawling at around 15-20mph). I used to HATE the traffic with a passion, I mean I still do, but driving this car makes it more bearable, knowing that I'm getting better fuel efficiency!
I once drove a painful 40 miles in Friday evening traffic that took 90 minutes, all on the freeway, but I got 69mpg out of that trip (my dash showed 71mpg), so not really complaining! And honestly, I REALLY prefer the look of the Niro with the 18" wheels, but I for now I'm enjoying the mileage on the 16's. I haven't taken my car on a road trip yet, but I imagine it would be a lot lower than 55mpg if driving at a constant 75+mph.
In terms of the room, my family is quite surprised by how much passenger space there is in the rear for a car this size. Coming from the Sportage, there is less trunk room with the seats up, but that's to be expected since it's narrower and shorter overall. I would have liked it if the Niro was even 1 inch longer, with that space devoted to the trunk.
Last edited by 13jaysan; 05-15-2018 at 06:53 PM.