It's terrific to see another EV earn a coveted car of the year award.

Popular Mechanics follows in the footsteps of many reviewers by calling the Kia Niro EV (and Hyundai Kona Electric) normal. This is primarily because these crossovers are built on a shared platform that can host multiple powertrains. In the past, this was often frowned upon, however, it seems these two Korean automakers have gotten it just right.

The Kia Niro EV starts at $38,500, so if you can take advantage of the full U.S. federal EV tax credit, you're looking at a ~$32,000 subcompact SUV (or whatever you want to call it). It's not cheap compared to most vehicles in its class, though it's well-priced for the segment.

The Niro EV offers 239 miles of EPA-estimated range. While it's not built to be outwardly sporty or a strong overall performer, it makes a respectable 201 horsepower and 291 pound-feet of instant torque from its electric motor and 64-kWh battery pack. In addition, many reviewers have noted that it rides and handles well, albeit not as agile as some classmates. Popular Mechanics automotive editor Ezra Dyer writes:

"So to put the Niro EV to a challenge, I decide to pick one up in Washington, D.C., and drive it 345 miles back to North Carolina. With the DC fast-­charger infrastructure growing by the day, the question isn’t whether you can make this kind of trip but where you want to stop. The Niro EV is an agreeable road-trip car."

So, what are the publication's key takeaways, and why did the Kia Niro EV comes away with the car of the year award?

  • Long range
  • Affordable price
  • Hushed, serene cabin
  • Excellent regenerative braking (one-pedal driving)
  • Responsive acceleration
  • Attractive interior and exterior
  • It's just easy in almost every way
  • No sacrifices: Just like a "regular car," but better 

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Source: Popular Mechanics

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