Kia Hybrids

Isn't it time that you start looking at Kia hybrids rather than regular gas-powered vehicles? When the hybrid vehicle first made its mass-market debut back in the late 1990s/early 2000s with the Toyota Prius, drivers became more aware of just how significantly their vehicles were leaving a mark on the environment. More fuel consumption, higher emissions, and increased pollution were just some of the negative impacts traditional vehicles were leaving behind. As the years went on, the importance of switching over to hybrid power became more apparent.

Not only do hybrid vehicles benefit the environment with lower emissions and more natural materials, but they also help to save drivers money with lower fuel costs and, in some areas, tax breaks and incentives just for owning a hybrid. Dependable, capable, and known to hold their value better than most gas-powered vehicles, hybrids are the way of the future, and with the rapid upgrades to their power, functions, and overall performance, they continue to skyrocket to success as some of the best cars cruising down the streets today. When you're shopping for your next vehicle, you can't get any better than a hybrid, and with the selection of Kia hybrids available, you're sure to find the best new addition to your driveway that will have a positive impact on our environment as we know it.

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Should I Choose a Hybrid or a Plug-In Hybrid?

First thing's first, what exactly is a hybrid, and how do hybrid vehicles differ from standard vehicles? A hybrid vehicle utilizes a combination of gas and electricity to power it, switching effortlessly between the two for maximum efficiency. You see, hybrid vehicles are most efficient due to their use of regenerative braking, which allows the vehicle to generate power to its motor when it slows down, resulting in more fuel efficiency and a much more economical process. Because of this, you're able to travel at a vehicle's peak performance at all times without even having to think about it; the vehicle simply does the work for you.

If you're wondering what the difference is between a traditional hybrid and a plug-in hybrid, let us help. A standard hybrid vehicle takes the energy generated from its gas engine to power its electric motor, so as you drive, your electric motor is charged. This means that your hybrid doesn't need to be plugged in, as its gas engine continuously charges its electric motor, resulting in a cycle that's basically unbroken. This works best for those who are just getting their first hybrid because you're still able to take advantage of perks like increased fuel efficiency, savings, and more without having to alter your everyday routine to accommodate a plug-in option.

Plug-in hybrids differ in their ability to operate on sheer electric power alone, as opposed to traditional hybrids, which are hardly able to do this with how their power is utilized. With a larger battery pack and dedicated charging station, you're able to charge your vehicle up and enjoy a ride that is running on only electric power without any need to dip into its fuel reserves. This results in even more fuel efficiency and a much longer range without having to stop to recharge/fuel up. The key difference, besides a slightly heftier price tag, is that the way you take care of your car differs. Instead of driving it home, parking it in your driveway, and walking away, you'll need to ensure that it's charged for the upcoming day, which of course, only takes a moment of your time.

Although both are solid options, choosing between a conventional hybrid and a plug-in option will need to be based on what you want to get out of your vehicle. If you want increased range, maximum efficiency, and more savings at the pump, a plug-in option may be the right choice. However, if you don't want to have to worry about keeping your vehicle charged and you're willing to alternate more regularly between gas and electric power, a standard hybrid might be the option that best suits your needs.

A white 2021 Kia Niro EV is driving on a desert highway.

Hybrid Models

2021 Kia Niro

The first thing you need to know about the Niro is that it is a very affordable and versatile compact hybrid SUV. Even at the base trim, the Niro is well-equipped, but there are also plenty of features and options you can enjoy should you choose. There are other hybrids on the market that start off at a reasonable price, but then you get gouged when adding the features you desire. Even a fully-loaded Niro is a good buy, with the top trim EX Premium hybrid coming in at just $32.950.

As you might already suspect, the Niro gets excellent fuel economy. It even gives you the option of choosing between a traditional hybrid or an even more efficient plug-in hybrid. The base models are the most efficient and will net some serious miles per gallon, but even the higher trims offer excellent fuel economy. If you opt for the plug-in hybrid, you will even be able to drive on battery power alone for 26 miles, potentially reducing your gasoline usage to near-zero if you live and work in the city. The savings you enjoy driving the Niro will quickly add up over time, and you can use those savings in much better ways than pumping them into a gas tank.

As we mentioned before, you do get a lot with the Niro, even at the base level. The base Niro includes all sorts of safety features, a great infotainment system, and up-to-date tech features. In fact, the standard 8-inch color touch screen with wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto is equal to what you will find on the higher trims of many competing vehicles. Of course, you can always make upgrades to your Niro with premium features like an even larger 10.25-inch touchscreen and a Harman Kardon premium sound system.

There are some vehicle manufacturers that put too much emphasis on aesthetics and not function when it comes to the controls on the dash. Sure, everyone appreciates a well-designed and good-looking dashboard, but we also want logic and convenience. Nothing is more frustrating than having to decipher a button or knob or lean way over to reach an air conditioning control. Taking a close look at the interior layout of the Niro, you will be pleasantly surprised to see that all the controls are well-sorted and easily within reach. In addition to the controls being well-labeled and highly accessible, everything is easy to figure out - even the touchscreen infotainment system is extremely intuitive and easy to use.

One complaint that drivers have about many hybrid vehicles is that they tend to look like hybrid vehicles. While good fuel economy is important, it is just as important to have a vehicle that you enjoy, with modern styling and good looks. That is why the Niro doesn't look like a traditional hybrid; in fact, you could easily describe it as a sophisticated, sporty SUV. The Niro looks so good that you would be happy to be driving it even if it did not provide 50 MPG in its base model and 105 MPGe in its plug-in form.

The versatile crossover design also makes the Niro a perfect choice for drivers who regularly transport several passengers. The roomy Niro beats out traditional hybrid cars like the Honda Insight and Toyota Prius in terms of interior space as well as tech features. You and your passengers will never be cramped and uncomfortable in a Niro. When it comes to the legroom and headroom that you need, the Niro delivers on all counts. Plus, its folding rear seats and large rear liftgate allow it to fit even large items with ease. The bottom line is that the Niro is perfectly capable of transporting passengers and cargo to wherever you need to go.

A blue 2021 Kia Niro, one of the Kia hybrids, is parked next to a green lawn.

2021 Kia Sorento

Today, consumers are taking notice of Kia, and there are several reasons why. Sure, the company boasts a great lineup of affordable, reliable, and well-built models, but it has also excelled in the hybrid vehicle market. You don't have to look further than the Kia Sorento to find a hybrid worthy of the Kia name. With the Kia Sorento Hybrid, you are getting a stylish three-row midsize SUV with good power and excellent fuel economy.

As with the Kia Niro, the Sorento is an excellent value for what you pay for it. The base model is more affordable than you might think, and it's not a bare-bones model either. For the starting price of just $29,390, you might think that the Sorento would be void of the features you desire. However, nothing could be further from the truth. Most drivers will be quite pleased with the features that are standard on the base model; of course, there are also several available features and options should you be interested.

The Sorento Hybrid comes with an excellent hybrid powertrain generating 227 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque. That is over 30 horsepower and 70 pound-feet of torque more than is offered in the base model non-hybrid Sorento, showing that you don't have to sacrifice performance to get good fuel economy. What is the fuel economy of the 2021 Sorento Hybrid? No less than 39 MPG in the city! How many midsize SUVs with comfortable seating for six offer gas mileage that is better than most compact cars?

The Sorento Hybrid offers several standard safety features as well as a considerable number of optional safety upgrades should you choose. From Forward Collision Avoidance-Assist with Pedestrian Detection to Blind-Spot Collision-Avoidance Assist, even the base trim provides top-of-the-line safety at no additional cost. Upgrading to the EX trim will bring Kia's incredible radar-based Smart Cruise Control with Stop and Go, supplemented with Lane Following Assist, allowing the vehicle to automatically match traffic flow and keep you centered in your lane.

Upgrading to the EX trim will also bring a large number of exterior and interior updates that will make life more comfortable and more convenient. For instance, you will find standard additions like a panoramic sunroof with a power sunshade and a smart power tailgate. These luxury features take the Sorento Hybrid to the next level, bathing the cabin in natural light and automatically opening the tailgate for you when you have your hands full. Who said driving a hybrid means making sacrifices?

The interior of the Sorento is just as stylish and modern as the exterior. Sitting in the Sorento, you get a feeling that you are driving in a high-end vehicle, with standard details such as finely stitched SynTex seat trim providing a luxurious and durable interior. The cabin is comfortable, and all of the knobs and buttons are within reach, including the rotary shift knob and the standard push-button start. In the second row, you will find standard captain's chairs instead of the traditional bench seat, giving your passengers the comfort that they deserve and allowing everyone to relax on long road trips.

If you are looking for a modern family SUV that will dramatically cut your gas bill and help conserve the environment, then there is simply no better choice than the 2021 Kia Sorento Hybrid. This vehicle has the size and features you demand, as well as a powerful and efficient hybrid powertrain. It is truly an SUV option that is the best of both worlds.

A green 2021 Kia Sorento is driving on a winding road toward a mountain range.

Why Choose Kia Hybrids?

If you're shopping for a hybrid, no other manufacturer offers more than Kia. With Kia's lineup of incredible hybrids, you'll be able to choose the best match for your lifestyle. The brand not only offers hybrid-only vehicles, some of their tried and true favorites are also available as hybrid options, which makes Kia hybrids a step above the competition. You're able to choose from quick sedans to versatile SUVs, able to offer the best driving experience that's not only efficient, and it's eco-friendly as well.

Kia also offers a choice between conventional hybrid vehicles, plug-in, and even all-electric options, so that you have a varied selection to choose from when shopping for your next car. Ease into your eco-friendly driving experience with a traditional hybrid or get increased benefits with a plug-in option. For those who want to rely solely on clean energy, Kia EVs are there for you as well. Whatever you're looking for, Kia has it, which makes the brand a go-to source for those looking for their next hybrid.

The best part about Kia hybrids? Their ultra-sleek appearance places them at the top of the list for car shoppers nationwide. Not only do Kia hybrids offer all the power, efficiency, and performance that you're looking for in a vehicle. They're stylish and are available in multiple options so that you're able to find the perfect vehicle in the lineup. Kia hybrids have some of the best designs out on the road today, which really helps buyers when they're looking for a hybrid vehicle. Now, you're able to take advantage of all the perks of owning a hybrid without the odd, futuristic style that other hybrids are sporting these days.

The perfect Kia hybrid, a silver 2021 Kia Niro PHEV, is driving on a desert highway.

Why Raceway Kia is the Best Dealership to Help You Find a New Hybrid

Finally deciding on a new hybrid is exciting, and you'll find the best selection of Kia hybrids at Raceway Kia. Not only do we have all the latest Kia models, but we also offer loads of benefits when you choose to work with us. Shop online with Raceway Fast Lane and have access to our impressive inventory while you value your current trade, get pre-approved, calculate your payments, and schedule a test drive, all from the comfort of home. Our team is ready to help you, whether you're visiting us at our dealership or shopping online, and with our selection, it won't take you long to find the perfect Kia hybrid to drive home.

Sort through our inventory of hybrids, plug-in hybrids, and EVs to find the right Kia that works for your needs and your budget, and let us handle the rest. Our finance team is ready to help you calculate affordable payments for your new hybrid because, contrary to some misconceptions, owning a hybrid should save you money, not break the bank. And you can trust in our certified technicians to help you keep your Kia hybrid running at its best for years to come.

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