Days before the nationwide debut of a Super Bowl commercial featuring comedian Melissa McCarthy driving around in a 2017 Kia Niro to save the environment, nearly 200 auto industry journalists flocked to San Antonio’s Hotel Emma to test drive the new hybrid vehicle.

The Dallas office of automobile marketing firm Drive Shop handled the event, where journalists from Motor Week and dozens of other industry publications got to test drive the Niro in and around San Antonio and the Texas Hill Country on…