There are many benefits associated with owning a hybrid car, such as better fuel efficiency, increased driving range and lower emissions. In fact, some studies point out that hybrid systems can reduce fuel consumption and CO2 emissions by up to 35%. Although hybrid models have been in the market for more than two decades, it was three years ago when Kia reshaped the segment by introducing a stylish and sophisticated SUV, the Niro.
The 2020 Niro is an outstanding choice for shoppers looking for a small, practical vehicle that provides great gas mileage. In fact, few models in any class get better fuel economy. Today, we’re comparing it to the latest iteration of the Toyota Prius, the iconic hybrid that started it all. Has the Niro been able to surpass this model in its short time on the market? Keep reading to find it out.
2020 Kia Niro
2020 Toyota Prius
|52 / 49 / 50||Fuel Economy (city/hwy/combined)||54 / 50 / 52|
|8-inch touchscreen||Standard Infotainment||7-inch touchscreen|
|Standard/Standard||Apple CarPlay®/Android Auto™||Standard/Not available|
|63.2 cu. ft.||Maximum Cargo Capacity||27.4 cu. ft.|
|100.9 cu. ft.||Passenger Volume||93.1 cu. ft.|
|10 years/100,000 miles||Powertrain Warranty||5 years/60,000 miles|
From the chart above, we can see both hybrid models start at a similar price tag. With the Prius, you would be able to save a couple of hundred dollars, but the easy-to-use tech features included in the base Niro make it a better choice in terms of value. Standard on this Kia is an 8-inch touchscreen with Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto™ integration, whilst the Toyota only offers a 7-inch display without Android capability. Available features include a sunroof, push-button start, wireless device charging, a 10.25-inch touch screen, navigation, satellite radio, and an eight-speaker Harman Kardon audio system.
Unlike its hatchback competitor, the Niro offers much more cargo capacity and passenger space, even compared with other subcompact SUVs. Both rows of seats are comfortable and provide ample room for adult passengers to stretch. They also offer enough head- and legroom to enjoy even the longest drives. The Niro more than doubles the cargo area of the Prius, being the perfect SUV replacement for those drivers who want a reliable and cargo-friendly vehicle.
The Toyota Prius delivers slightly better fuel efficiency, which the Kia Niro compensates with added horsepower, accurate steering and solid handling. Moreover, with the industry-best 10-year/100,000-mile powertrain warranty offered by Kia, you will be able to drive your Niro for twice as many years and almost twice as many miles as the Prius.