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I have been looking for a new daily driver ever since I bought my 2008 Chevy HHR in 2010. I don't like the HHR that much but can't seem to find a replacement that suits my needs. Every year there is a new or improved model of something that I am anticipating only to be disappointed again.
First was the 2010 Honda Fit, mpg rating 33, I get 34 on the HHR. Again the Fit with a redo in 2014 mpg only up to 38, not a big enough change. After that the Honda HRV, only AWD available in the northeast and the FWD mpg not that great. Also the new Civic really nice car but I need a 5-door hatchback and it won't be available until fall or next year. Same with the Chevy Cruze not until fall. Both should get over 40 mpg. Next the new Prius, nice car, drives nice looks okay, price is way too much to get a nice one.
Now the Kia Niro, if it get anywhere close to 50 mpg and isn't in that $25-$30,000 range I think this will be my next car.
So I am thinking why not wait on the Niro and be one of the first to join the Kia Niro forum. I plan on being here for awhile and hope to meet others waiting on what I think will be the prefect vehicle for my needs.
 

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Welcome to the forum.

I'm also looking forward to seeing MPG numbers since this will be my commuter and daily driver throughout all seasons. Plus Kia seems to be doing a great job at offering great gas mileage.

I just hope that after the engine is broken in that good mileage is maintained.
 

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Thanks Alex, I have an 80 mile daily commute is why I have been looking at the Prius. Consumer Reports got 66 mpg on the new Prius eco. But I really don't want a Prius. I hope the numbers aren't too disappointing on the Niro like every other car I have looked at over the past 5 years.
 

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I'm just looking for something reliable, not completely boring looking and at a reasonable price. The koreans seem to be doing well in those regards right now.
 

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Prius is indeed a great vehicle to consider since it has been around for a long time and with that times a lot of perks. It's like wine, gets better with time. But that's not to say Kia is off to a great start.
 

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Yeah the Prius is also on my list of things to look at when the time comes.

Kia is doing great so far.

If price is better than Prius. I'll consider the Kia more.
 

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The only downside I see about the Niro is the boring interior and that butt ugly steering wheel.
I don't mind it, the rest of the vehicle checks out and i've come to the realization that some things you need to be content with when the rest checks out, plus its just my commuter.
 

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Your right, the rest of the Niro sounds to good to be true I guess that steering wheel will be Okay. I sure hope it will get at least into the 50 mpg range.
 

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I don't know about it being too good to be true, but it sure doesn't bring up any concerns about what's included or what's not included.

Real world MPG's should hopefully be around that 50 range, that's what i'm most interested in... real world MPG
 

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It's a high-standard. 50 mpg sounds great. Should make the vehicle cheap to maintain and an effective everyday vehicle for errands and commuting. I'm hoping it follows through.
 

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It's a targeted 50 mpg combined and the Niro may not actually hit that number as much as I would like it to. We'll know for sure when the reviews come out and people start test driving them.
 
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