Kia has been on a strong roll throughout its product lineup in the last few years, and a big source of that strength has been the Niro compact crossover SUV. For the past two years, the Niro has earned J.D. Power's approval as the top-rated mass market EV, based on Power's EV Experience Ownership Study. Niro sales were up 151% last year alone.

Now Kia has launched a completely redesigned second-generation Niro lineup, featuring standard hybrid, plug-in hybrid, and full EV options. The new Niro is slightly larger than the outgoing model, but not a whole lot bigger. The real news is in the electrified drivelines.