I picked up my Niro Phev LX a little over two weeks ago and I'm really enjoying it. I was looking around at various options on the market and my short list of cars were the Honda Clarity PHEV, Prius Prime, and the Niro PHEV. I actually liked the Honda allot, and the 46 mile EV range is pretty good for a sedan of that size. The killer for me was that it was a sedan, with a tiny pass through from the trunk to the interior. That just doesn't work for my active lifestyle. The Prius is hard to find in the area right now, and the cargo isn't quite as flexible as the Niro. I went to my nearest Kia dealer and test drove the Niro hybrid as they didn't have a PHEV in stock. I loved it, and the cargo flexibility was just what I was looking for. Downside. The dealer said they weren't brining any PHEV's in as they wouldn't sell. What? The manager quoted me a special order price over MSRP. I was a bit frustrated to say the least. Did some more research and found a dealer 60 miles away that had one in stock, and I setup a test drive. Bought it on the spot. I live in WI so I wasn't sure how the EV range would work out in the cold weather. It's been great. I have a 24 mile round trip commute and have made it everyday on EV with miles left when I got home. I think the trick that enables the range is that Kia uses the gas engine to perform the heat duties. It runs, seems like at idle, no tach in the LX. Warms up enough to bring the radiator up to temp, the car uses a traditional heat exchanger as far as I can tell to warm the cabin. While the engine runs it is also trickling charge to the battery. However the car is only using EV power for motion. There have been two days where the temperature dropped under 10 degrees F, and when that happens the digital dash displays a message saying the car is switching to Hybrid mode to heat / cool the car. It will still flip back to EV when it heats up the radiator. I'm guessing there is some kind of temp range preset in the programming that manages the "Hybrid" switching when it gets extremely hot or cold outside. The 6 speed DCT is smooth and much nicer than what I've experienced in a Prius. I can easily manage the acceleration to keep the gas engine from being called on for assistance. I have about 400 miles on it at this point and will do a more in depth write up after I get some more time with the car.