Hi ! Thanks for responding. I decided to keep my 2015 RAV4. I do keep my eyes on other cars, such as the Hyundai Venue which should be arriving soon at dealers. It interests me because it most closely resembles the 2004 xB I had for 11 years.Not sure if the OP is still monitoring the thread and/or has already bought the desired Niro, but considering he is in AZ, he might consider Santa Fe Kia in NM. Best new car buying experience in my long life. Truly laid back sales man and more surprisingly, a laid back sales manager. No ridiculous add ons like nitrogen air like they had at the Albuquerque dealer. MSRP - $1500 rebate - another $1000 haggling = $31,300 2019 PHEV EX. Nice November deal especially considering I get another $5k back on the tax credit in about 4 months.
Another one I like, but it is is doubtful will ever come to the US is the Toyota Raize. I really like it's xB like qualities too.
I never had any real want for a hybrid....I just loved the space and packaging of the Niro.