The Kia Niro is the South Korean’s company answer to the crossover craze – with an eco twist – but as it turns out, the fuel efficiency performance of the model is record-worthy.
Two men from the United States embarked on a journey to prove sometimes green cars are even better than advertised (which is not overly common) by taking the Niro on a 3, 715.4 miles (5, 979.3 kilometers) trip across America. They finished the task spectacularly – with Wayne Gerdes of Carlsbad, California, and co-driver Robert Winger of Williamsburg, Virginia, getting a page in the Guinness Book of Records for driving from Los Angeles to New York City on 48.5 gallons of gas. This means they now hold the record for the best possible fuel consumption driving across the USA from coast to coast – averaging a rather incredible 76.6 mpg (3.07 liters per 100 kilometers).
The automaker also pointed out the vehicle was standard and even if you won’t be able to drive as economical as the pair you can still rely on the EPA rating of 50 mpg combined (52 city and 49 highway), meaning in the right conditions an owner can pay as low as dollar and a few cents for every 25 miles in the 2017 Kia Niro EX.