Consumer Reports just released their annual issue of best & worst cars, trucks and suvs. They list the overall mpg for the Niro as 43 mpg. That may be the case for Niro models that have the 18" wheels but do they have to list that as the norm? The PHEV overall is 46mpg when using only the ICE and that includes hauling around a hefty battery. CR mentions the PHEV is available and an EV version with a promised 239-mile range will be available in 2019. They give a check mark to the Hyundai Kona which I gave some minimal consideration to before deciding the Niro PHEV was the better option for us. If Niro owners are looking for car critic's nod of approval, they'll have to look somewhere else besides Consumer Reports.