2022 Kia Niro Trim Level Comparison

June 23rd, 2022 by

The Kia Niro is a hybrid or all-electric SUV that’s a great choice for buyers looking to combine fuel efficiency with utility. With seating for up to five passengers, close to 20 cubic feet of storage at the rear, and a range of power train options, the Niro can suit a diverse range of needs. Its selection of trims allows you to tailor the Niro with some cool upgrades.

2022 Kia Niro Trims

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There are six trim levels for the 2022 Niro. However, the number of trims that are actually available depends on the vehicle configuration you choose. You can purchase the Niro in three configurations: hybrid, plug-in hybrid, and all-electric. The difference between a hybrid and plug-in hybrid vehicle is that the plug-in hybrid has an all-electric driving range. All power train configurations are offered in front-wheel drive.

The six trim levels on offer are LX, LXS, LXS SE, Touring SE, EX, and EX Premium. Your choice will depend on the amount of luxury you’d like in your crossover, as well as your preferred power train.

The cabin stays the same size across all trim levels, so you’ll always have about 19 cubic feet of storage space behind the rear row of seats. If you want to open up more cargo-carrying capacity, you can fold the second row flat to access approximately 54 cubic feet of capacity.

Kia Niro LX

The Niro LX is available as a hybrid crossover only. It rides on 16-inch wheels and has cloth upholstery in the cabin. For a base model, the Niro LX is well-equipped with infotainment features, including an 8-inch screen and six-speaker stereo.

There are several options provided for linking your devices to the Niro, including Wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, BlueTooth connectivity, and a USB port. Other handy gadgets you can enjoy include automatic climate control and keyless entry.

The Niro hybrid’s power train consists of a 1.6-liter engine with an electric motor that can put out a combined 139 horsepower. In terms of gas mileage, the Niro LX manages 53 mpg in the city and 48 mpg on the highway.

Kia Niro LXS

The LXS is the first trim to give you a choice between hybrid and plug-in hybrid models. With the plug-in hybrid Niro, you gain an all-electric driving range of 26 miles. Once the all-electric driving range is up, the hybrid driving mode kicks in automatically.

Whether you opt for the hybrid or plug-in hybrid configuration, the LXS trim adds push-button start and remote start to this SUV’s standard features. You’ll also gain a wide range of driver safety tech, including front collision warning, automatic emergency braking, and a driver drowsiness monitor. The automatic high-beam headlights will come in useful for highway or night-time driving.


The only configuration offered in the LXS SE trim is the Niro hybrid. Buyers will notice the addition of leather accents and a power-adjustable driver’s seat to the interior. In addition, you also gain rear parking sensors to make the task of maneuvering your Niro in and out of tight spots that bit easier.

Gas mileage for the LXS SE is slightly lower than the base LX model. Still, its 51 mpg on city roads and 46 mpg at highway speeds are great for an SUV.

Niro Touring SE

Like the LXS SE, the Touring SE is available as a hybrid only. Opting for this trim is wise if you’d like a few upgrades to your infotainment system. You can get your hands on an impressive 10.2-inch screen, an eight-speaker stereo, and wireless device charging. There are some further safety improvements too, with cyclist detection and adaptive cruise control.

The cabin also gains a more luxurious feel with synthetic leather upholstery, while the exterior looks stylish with 18-inch alloy wheels and fog lights. You’ll find it easier to locate your destination thanks to the navigation system.

2022 Niro EX

With the EX trim, you can choose between the plug-in hybrid and all-electric configurations. All-electric Niros are powered by a single motor that puts out 201 horsepower and a single-speed transmission. On a full charge, the Niro EV has a driving range of 239 miles. You can charge the Niro EV’s battery to about 80 percent in 1 hour and 15 minutes at a public level 3 charging site. If you use a 240-volt charger at home, it takes around 9 hours for the battery to charge fully.

The EX trim gets heated front seats in its plug-in hybrid and all-electric versions. You also gain 17-inch wheels in the all-electric Niro. Many of the infotainment improvements included with the SE Touring trim carry over into the EX, including wireless device charging. The larger infotainment screen is standard in the all-electric EX.

Niro EX Premium

The EX Premium is the only trim level offered with all three possible configurations. All of the features offered in the Touring SE and EX trims are combined with this trim, regardless of whether you drive a hybrid, plug-in hybrid, or all-electric version.

EX Premium Niros also benefit from ventilated front seats and a heated steering wheel. Passengers can enjoy great views during the drive thanks to the addition of a sunroof.

We hope that our rundown of the Kia Niro’s trim levels for 2022 has helped you decide which configuration of this great crossover is right for you. Whether you opt for a base hybrid setup or a more luxurious all-electric vehicle, you can be sure that you’re getting behind the wheel of a compact SUV with outstanding fuel economy and plenty of features to keep you entertained. Check out our current selection of 2022 Niros in our showroom, which you can access online.

If you have questions about the Kia Niro or any of its features, feel free to reach out to us. Our team of Kia experts at our Cleveland area dealership prides itself on offering a friendly and reliable service to customers like you looking for a new crossover. Let’s talk about your needs and get the purchase process started.

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