TTAC Rewind: 2017 Kia Niro Hybrid

Tim Healey
by Tim Healey

Today's TTAC Rewind for your Sunday afternoon perusal takes a few years back to 2017.

It was a short half-decade ago when Mark Stevenson wrote up a first drive on the 2017 Kia Niro Hybrid. Give it a look -- especially for the MTV-inspired lede.

[Image: Mark Stevenson/Kia]

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Tim Healey
Tim Healey

Tim Healey grew up around the auto-parts business and has always had a love for cars — his parents joke his first word was “‘Vette”. Despite this, he wanted to pursue a career in sports writing but he ended up falling semi-accidentally into the automotive-journalism industry, first at Consumer Guide Automotive and later at He also worked as an industry analyst at Mintel Group and freelanced for, CarFax,, High Gear Media, Torque News,,, among others, and of course Vertical Scope sites such as,, and He’s an urbanite and as such, doesn’t need a daily driver, but if he had one, it would be compact, sporty, and have a manual transmission.

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  • Redapple2 Redapple2 on Nov 14, 2022

    Dragstrip pictures.

    Why did / when did they go from 1/4th mile racing to 1/8th?

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    • ToolGuy ToolGuy on Nov 14, 2022

      Then you have your 1,000 foot length (not 1,320') for Top Fuel and Funny Car (as of 2008).

  • SCE to AUX SCE to AUX on Nov 14, 2022

    On a day in 2018 in which I test drove a Stelvio, Bolt EV, and Niro, The Niro was the clear winner for me. It was efficient, affordable, well laid-out, and roomy, with tidy dimensions and great utility.

    My one concern was the 1st-gen uses a DCT which I think was still a dry clutch design. I wonder how they are faring in the wild. After further cross-shopping a Model 3 as well, I ended up with the Ioniq EV.