I agree that it is likely not camber causing the wear and I even question if toe is the problem.]I have an EX Niro 2017 bought in Feb 2017 (now jsut over 50,000 miles. I have been negligent on rotating tires (only once at 36,000 miles - see story and pictures) View attachment 7543 View attachment 7544 View attachment 7545 View attachment 7546 View attachment 7547 View attachment 7548 View attachment 7549
Issue I had and sort of neglected is left rear wheel was cupping on inside and had road noise (roar) for many miles.
My neglect was not rotating tires until 36,000 miles and not having an alignment when under warranty.
By the time I did rotate, the front tire (pulling tires, etc.) did have more wear (tread depth). Putting it on the back resulted in the inside going slick (another 14,000 miles), but had No Cupping.
And putting the cupped rear time on the front for 14,000 miles actually smoothed out the cupping, and since it had more tread depth to start with it still has some tread on the inside. .
I am thinking I have a camber problem on left rear wheel, but now think it might be toe in. I did some alignment research and found out the rear tire adjustment is limited to Toe In /Out, Camber is factory set to Negative 1.2 +/-0.5 degrees and is not adjustable (guess need parts to fix). Kia Niro : Alignment Repair procedures : Tires/Wheels
So, called around and found Alignment ($89,95 to $99.95 plus tax with no parts). Parts on rear for Camber would be $50 but $160 to install. Would be total of $300 + with tax.
NOTE: One Service Tech said, doubt Camber causing my wear, probably is Toe In. He explained he has a drift show car that has camber at 25 degrees and runs it on the HWY to shows with no notable wear.
I add my VW Sand Rail Buggy (street use) has a lot of camber and no significant wear.
And, come to think of it -- My NIRO tends to pull to the right a little (so maybe rear is toe in?)
Unfortunately, like you said, the tires should have been rotated every 6,000 miles (approx) and tire wear would not be what you are seeing now.
Do not try to do your own alignment and be cautious of repair shops that try to sell a boat load of parts.
As I said at the beginning, camber is not the problem and I doubt toe is an issue - excessive toe will cause massive tire wear.
If it was my car, I would replace all 4 tires, rotate every 6,000 miles or twice a year and watch carefully for tire wear. Rotating regularly will not allow enough time for rear cupping to appear.