At the heart of the Niro is a compact 1.6L 4-cylinder gasoline engine producing 104 horsepower. This engine alone would make the Niro a poor performer, but luckily there is an electric motor as well helping to motivate the vehicle. Combined with the electric motor, the Niro produces 139 horsepower and a very robust 195 foot-pounds of torque. Power is sent to the front wheels through a 6-speed dual clutch automatic gearbox. Unlike most other hybrids, which use a continuously variable transmission, the Kia's dual clutch unit helps provide strong acceleration at the cost of a slight penalty to fuel economy. The tradeoff is worth it; the Niro doesn't feel anchored to the ground like some other hybrids, while still returning up to 50 mpg in combined city and highway driving in its most basic form. The Kia Niro EV adds even more horsepower and torque to the lineup. The EV model produces 201 horsepower and 291 pound-feet of torque. The Kia Niro comes in five trims, LX, LXS, Touring, Touring Special Edition and EX Premium. The base LX trim has fewer amenities than its siblings but still comes with all the notable features one would expect in a compact car or SUV these days. Standard features include an 8-inch color touch screen display with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay connectivity, steering wheel mounted controls for the sound system and cruise control, two USB input jack, power windows and door locks, keyless entry, dual-zone automatic temperature control, power external mirrors and 16-inch wheels. The LXS trim primarily adds auto-high beam and a push-button start system. Meanwhile, the Touring trim builds on the LXS by offering heated exterior mirrors, 18-inch wheels, a nice finished gloss-black grille with metallic insert and distance pacing cruise control with traffic stop and go. Inside, there is cloth and leather seating trim, a 10-way power adjustable driver's seat with 2-way power lumbar support and an 8-inch LCD infotainment system, Sirius XM satellite radio, HD radio and an eight-speaker sound system. The Touring Special Edition has everything the Touring has plus LED headlights, 10.25-inch voice activated upgraded navigation infotainment, GPS linked cruise control, SiriusXM Traffic and an Harman Kardon sound system, The top-of-the-line EX Premium trim gets a power sunroof, full leather seating, projector beam headlights, wireless phone charger, heated steering wheel and heated/ventilated front seats. Standard safety items on the Niro includes anti-lock brakes, front seat belts pretensioners, stability control, brake assist system, a bevy of airbags and a hill start control system. The LXS, Touring and EX Premium trims all add a Lane Keeping Assist (LKA), Blind Spot Collision Warning (BCW), Forward Collision-Avoidance Assist (FCA), Rear Cross-Traffic Collision Warning (RCCW), Pedestrian Detection and a Driver Attention Warning (DAW) system. The Kia Niro includes other optional equipment such as aluminum door scuff plates, crossbars, carpeted floor mats, cargo cover, electrochromic mirror, wheel locks and a high load cargo mat.