New York City has always been on my travel bucket list. A few months ago, Kia graciously invited me to join them for the launch of the new 2018 Rio and Niro cars at the New York International Auto Show (NYIAS). I had an absolutely blast and enjoyed the car show more than I ever thought I would. The Kia area of NYIAS was loaded with hot cars including the brand new Kia Stinger, which I had a chance to get up close to. Let me tell you, this car is a total game changer!
This post is part of a sponsored collaboration with Kia. All opinions are honest and my own.
2018 Kia Rio
My favorite body style of the Rio is the hatchback. This car is a great starter car that targets the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) Top Safety Pick designation and gets a 5-star rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). This is a fourth-generation subcompact car in the Kia line and is sportier, more comfortable and better than ever.
The Rio offers available upscale convenience technologies such as a seven-inch touchscreen interface and UVO3 with Apple CarPlayTM and Android AutoTM similar to some of the other Kias. The sedan and hatchback offer available Autonomous Emergency Braking (AEB), for added safety. Great for new drivers!
The Kia Stinger is a five-passenger fastback sports sedan and promises to be the highest-performance production vehicle in the company’s history and is backed by Kia Motors’ industry-leading quality and reliability. Offered with multiple engine and drivetrain configurations and luxurious accommodations, the Stinger is planned to go on sale in the U.S. late this year (Fall 2017). Pricing will be announced closer to the vehicle’s launch date.
I was also introduced to the new Kia Niro Plug-In Hybrid vehicle. This is a crossover vehicle with a bold design that is appealing to many. It’s extremely roomy inside and would make a great commuter or everyday vehicle. What stood out the most to me is fuel economy – up to 50 mpg (combined – electric + gas). This car doesn’t look like other hybrids (meaning it’s not ugly), so it immediately caught my eye.
The Niro also offers Kia’s full array of driver assistance features – advanced high-strength steel structure, seven airbags, available Autonomous Emergency Braking (AEB), Blind Spot Detection (BSD), Rear Cross Traffic Alert (RCTA), Lane Change Assist (LCA) and Lane Departure Warning (LDW).
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