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Niro safety

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Got our '23 EX the end of February. This was the wife's first ever new car with "zero" miles, drove it every day even if she had nowhere to go 馃槀

Mid May I drove it from middle Georgia to upstate NY. 1,075 miles mostly all interstate and averaged 52 mpg. Best half tank was 54.6 mpg. Two passengers & luggage in the car.
Headed back home, 785 miles all interstate averaged 51 mpg with the best tank giving 53.96 mpg. Three passengers plus a whole lot of luggage on the trip back.
All of the above numbers were calculated, the car computer generally read 2-3 mpg better.
Pretty darned good!

I got fairly decent operating the adaptive cruise and finally got to the point of trusting the lane keep and such. It really did make a big difference in the drive comfort. I'm sold on these features now. And I love that blind spot stuff going on in the side mirrors. (y)(y)

Things got a bit ugly in Augusta, Georgia. We were headed downhill on US Highway 1 south., just putting the city in the rearview mirror, about 2 1/2 - 3 hours from home. Approaching a traffic light, green for us, I spotted a tractor trailer coming down a steep side street on the right - not good - he was traveling too fast to stop. I was traveling too fast to stop - dang sure not good :oops: Kia Niro vs tractor trailer, this won't end well. To avoid a T-Bone I yanked the wheel left, somewhere I am sure I stood on the brakes. The truck struck somewhere at or near the B-pillar. Truck driver said he lost his brakes. The state has (or will) impound the truck and inspect for that sort of thing. The road here is a divided four lane with turn lanes at the light. We ended up blocking both northbound lanes. There were witnesses on site who seen it unfold - and the truck driver admitted his light was red.

The Niro did it's job. Seat air bag and side curtain airbags went off. Wife was rear passenger on the passenger side, suffered a lot of chest bruising from the seat belt (normal rear seat belt injury we are told). Sister in law was front passenger and she suffered a lot of cuts and bruises from broken glass and "everything". The women folks were cut out of the car. We were treated and released from the hospital that evening.
We are all very thankful. In a T-bone the truck would have likely, IMHO, drove over us. Likely none of us would have survived.
We can't say enough good with our Niro's protection of the occupants.

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Glad everyone came out relatively safe. Scary, I'm sure. You did a great job minimizing the impact as well as you did.
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So glad to read that you all escaped without major injuries. Congratulations on a great job of defensive driving. I assume that insurance will take care of replacing your car, and that you will get another Niro.
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Thanks to both of you, we were all very lucky. As for a new Niro, that will be on the agenda for discussion later this week. I would love another one myself.
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Glad you made out ok. Your right things could have been much worse. Your real life experience backs up NHTAS good safety rating. By the way your mpg numbers were very good. I don't quite get that good numbers on our trip from Fl. to Pa. and back
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Glad you made out ok. Your right things could have been much worse. Your real life experience backs up NHTAS good safety rating. By the way your mpg numbers were very good. I don't quite get that good numbers on our trip from Fl. to Pa. and back
Speaking of the mpg, I cannot quite get my head wrapped around it yet. On the trip north the best half tank was the VA stretch from Wytheville to Winchester, 255.5 miles on I-81; steep mountains up and down for what the first 100 miles or so before leveling out. Cruise set on 72, mpg was 54.6. On the way south the leg from Winchester to Fort Mill, SC; 380 miles on I-81 & I-77; mpg was our worst at 48.3! We probably had an extra 300# in the car with the extra person and "luggage". On the trip north the worst tank was from Winchester, VA to Cortland, NY - straight up I-81 and over the mountains in PA - 50.97 mpg. On our was south, Cortland to Winchester gave us the best mileage at 54.5. Going north our cruise on this leg was set on 72, going south our cruise was set to 67. One other observation; going north with cruise on I seldom seen the rpms exceed 2900 going up steep stretches in the mountains. Coming south, many times we were running 4000 rpms to maintain speed up those steep grades.
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Yeah it's hard to figure out why the difference. I pretty much have given up. I seem to get better mpg's on trips when I don't pay attention ti it lol. And for me I usually get better mpg's when the cruise is off and I'm in moderatly heavy traffic going 80 one minute to keep up with everybody and then 50 the next minute. Think it's because you get into the pulse and glide method because of all the traffic around you.
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Wow, as bad as it was, the collision, damage, and injuries could have been a lot worse. You did well to minimize the impact.
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I'm so glad eveyone is OK. 20 years ago it would have been a completely different story, but modern cars have come so far in terms of passive and active safety that you literally lived to tell the tale. I hope your wife shares your enthusiasm for anotherf Niro.
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I'm so glad eveyone is OK. 20 years ago it would have been a completely different story, but modern cars have come so far in terms of passive and active safety that you literally lived to tell the tale. I hope your wife shares your enthusiasm for anotherf Niro.
I appreciate everyone's good will. You are absolutely correct regarding modern cars and the safety features they contain. Regarding the Niro, my wife loved it and gives it great credit in the outcome we had.
We have a trip to the Georgia mountains this weekend for a gathering of old college friends (less one - RIP). We will have a couple hours drive time alone (2 hours alone & awake is somewhat unusual). I think we will decide on this first leg of the trip what we will look for. If it's a Niro, I would like to upgrade to the SX. I would really like to upgrade to the PHEV SX. We copped our Weather Tech floor liner from the EX, so we are already sort of invested in just the hybrid 馃槀 馃槀

As an update to the original post, after looking at more pics of the car I think we were actually struck on the A pillar and dragged-slid about 50-60 feet after the impact. The truck had those Mad Max lug nuts on the front wheels that stick out, my SIL says my new nickname will be Mad Max :unsure: 馃槀
We will have to watch the movie again to come up with appropriate names for her and my wife!!!
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Well if you consider the newest Mad Max movie, there鈥檚 Furiosa. And since Tina Turner just passed away, Aunty Entity.

You have the old times folks that complain that a modern car sustains so much damage in even minor collisions. But that crumpling is what protects the passengers. Plus the occupant cage is reinforced so the people are protected.
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Wow! Thanks for sharing. It鈥檚 great to hear everyone was ok. The way the car held up makes me feel good when traveling with the wife and kids. I want to believe I鈥檓 pretty hyper aware of my surroundings having ridden motorcycles for years and would hope I鈥檇 react as you did knowing what鈥檚 coming. You probably saved your family from serious injuries by avoiding a full on t-bone. Especially considering the front of that rig. Well done!
I have a 23 PHEV SX and I鈥檓 very happy to have splurged for the extra comfort. I鈥檇 recommend it. We have a second car, but my wife and I primarily use this as our daily driver now, so the driver memory settings was a 鈥渘eed to have鈥. Though I do kind of wish I stretched even further outside our comfort zone for payments and went with a Niro EV. I think that鈥檇 be just about perfect for our needs.
Share picts when you get the new one!
Wow! Thanks for sharing. It鈥檚 great to hear everyone was ok. The way the car held up makes me feel good when traveling with the wife and kids. I want to believe I鈥檓 pretty hyper aware of my surroundings having ridden motorcycles for years and would hope I鈥檇 react as you did knowing what鈥檚 coming. You probably saved your family from serious injuries by avoiding a full on t-bone. Especially considering the front of that rig. Well done!
I have a 23 PHEV SX and I鈥檓 very happy to have splurged for the extra comfort. I鈥檇 recommend it. We have a second car, but my wife and I primarily use this as our daily driver now, so the driver memory settings was a 鈥渘eed to have鈥. Though I do kind of wish I stretched even further outside our comfort zone for payments and went with a Niro EV. I think that鈥檇 be just about perfect for our needs.
Share picts when you get the new one!
Thanks for your thoughts on the SX trim, I鈥檝e made contact with the dealer we bought our EX from and hope to hear from them today on what they have in the pipeline ( none on the lot).
We also stopped at a dealer yesterday and got to look at a Sportage and a green Niro. Our color options have now been expanded and the Sportage might also be an option depending upon how the different packages compare.

FWIW-I also rode a bike, a lifetime ago. It likely did help with ingraining defensive driving. Nanoseconds in either direction would have made a very significant difference in our outcome. And, I give a lot of credit to Kia for the car holding up and protecting us as it did.
Well if you consider the newest Mad Max movie, there鈥檚 Furiosa. And since Tina Turner just passed away, Aunty Entity.

You have the old times folks that complain that a modern car sustains so much damage in even minor collisions. But that crumpling is what protects the passengers. Plus the occupant cage is reinforced so the people are protected.
Hey now, I might be one of those 鈥渙ld times folks鈥!!! No complaints from me on new vehicle construction vs older cars 馃槀馃槀馃槀
We also stopped at a dealer yesterday and got to look at a Sportage and a green Niro. Our color options have now been expanded and the Sportage might also be an option depending upon how the different packages compare.

FWIW-I also rode a bike, a lifetime ago. It likely did help with ingraining defensive driving. Nanoseconds in either direction would have made a very significant difference in our outcome. And, I give a lot of credit to Kia for the car holding up and protecting us as it did.
When we were car shopping last January, the Sportage hybrid was #1 on our list. Hybrids were not available, and a test drive of the non-hybrid Sportage did not impress. Just for kicks, we did a test drive in a Niro, and it was love at first encounter. The Sportage was a little bigger than I wanted, and I didn't like the glass roof. Like Goldilocks and the 3 bears, the Niro was "just right."

I've been riding motorcycles since 1962. Although my wife sometimes complains about my evasive maneuvers in traffic, driving as if everybody else on the road is out to kill me has its benefits.
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To the OP: Good for you and your family. Kudos to Kia.

So.. the Niro EV is superb at "evasive maneuvers."

Sometimes it's a good idea to resist the urge to overdo it.
WOW! That accident is the most reassuring post I've read. It makes me love our '23 HEV Niro even more! So glad you all survived! Despite the severe injuries and a lot of aches and pains that will follow, you're alive to talk about it!
To the OP: Good for you and your family. Kudos to Kia.

So.. the Niro EV is superb at "evasive maneuvers."

Sometimes it's a good idea to resist the urge to overdo it.
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WOW! That accident is the most reassuring post I've read. It makes me love our '23 HEV Niro even more! So glad you all survived! Despite the severe injuries and a lot of aches and pains that will follow, you're alive to talk about it!
I, for sure, give the car a heap of credit on the outcome. I am still amazed at how well the cabin took that beating and stood up to it.
I traveled that section of I-81 many times over the years and the MPG varried depending on where you got gas. Near the cities you got a low smog blend. Outside of the cities you got a blend that gives better MPG.

Speaking of the mpg, I cannot quite get my head wrapped around it yet. On the trip north the best half tank was the VA stretch from Wytheville to Winchester, 255.5 miles on I-81; steep mountains up and down for what the first 100 miles or so before leveling out. Cruise set on 72, mpg was 54.6. On the way south the leg from Winchester to Fort Mill, SC; 380 miles on I-81 & I-77; mpg was our worst at 48.3! We probably had an extra 300# in the car with the extra person and "luggage". On the trip north the worst tank was from Winchester, VA to Cortland, NY - straight up I-81 and over the mountains in PA - 50.97 mpg. On our was south, Cortland to Winchester gave us the best mileage at 54.5. Going north our cruise on this leg was set on 72, going south our cruise was set to 67. One other observation; going north with cruise on I seldom seen the rpms exceed 2900 going up steep stretches in the mountains. Coming south, many times we were running 4000 rpms to maintain speed up those steep grades.
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