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Question Do you see many Niros around?

Hi all, I've had my '18 EX hybrid for a little over three months now, since the first week of May. From the couple of months prior to purchase, when I'd settled on it as my next vehicle, until now I have yet to see another Niro on the road here in the Houston, TX area (I live in the area SE of town, about halfway between downtowns Houston & Galveston). I've seen them only at a Kia dealer.

The car I had before the Niro was an '09 Volvo XC60. Its first year in the US was 2008, so it was a similar situation to now, where I'm in a model in only its second year in this country. At first I rarely saw those too, but it didn't take long at all before they became a not-uncommon sighting. But nothing so far on another Niro. What about you?

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My wife and I have only seen 1 other Niro each in the 6 months and 8,000 miles I've owned this one.

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I've seen twice as many Niros as Ioniqs, in proportion to their relative sales in the US. Both fairly rare. Now that someone a couple blocks from me has bought an Ioniq, I'll be seeing that a lot. I'm the only Niro owner in my small town of 4,000, but I see them in the closest nearby city.

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I see them fairly often in my area (maybe two or three a week which is not bad considering it's a fairly new car out there).
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I've seen a couple in the 2+ months I've had mine. Sometimes I do a double-take when I see a Sportage but after a moment I spot the differences.
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I had to go out of state to get my 2018 Niro PHEV. There are not too many around - and that's why I'm able to get a state rebate on the EV battery and an IRS tax credit of ~$4500.

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I've seen a couple in the 2+ months I've had mine. Sometimes I do a double-take when I see a Sportage but after a moment I spot the differences.
I wonder if that's the reason people don't think they see many Niro's? The Niro does look like a lot of other SUV's at first glance, and when your driving you only get a quick look sometimes. Conversely when you see a Prius there's no mistaking that it's a Prius.

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I've only seen 2 since we bought our PHEV in April. Not surprising, Southern Maryland is not exactly hybrid country. Big diesel pickups? Yeah.
They see me rollin' (past the gas station). They hatin'.
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I have one of each (Niro PHEV and a 2500 diesel pickup) and love both.

Different purposes, but each does its job well.
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Here in Texas, hybrids are not super popular either-- definitely truck country. Re: the Sportage, agreed that they're similar but there are a couple of features one can quickly spot to tell them apart, such as the running-light grilles on the nose of the Sportage and those matte-black accent panels on the doors. I look for the latter as my telltale for a Niro.

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