The Kia Niro is bringing a fresh face to the hybrid game as an all-new Crossover SUV. Unlike other manufacturers, Kia built the Niro from the ground up to stand out as a hybrid, rather than packaging hybrid technology in an already existing model. The result is a large-capacity vehicle with plenty of cargo space that stands up well to the likes of the Toyota Prius, the hybrid world’s reigning champion for years.
For those shopping the hybrid spectrum, one of the most important factors is fuel economy. After all, why else would you be looking at a hybrid? The 2017 Kia Niro claims an impressive 50 mpg combined fuel economy, which many people will seek to test in the near future. Meanwhile, the new Toyota Prius offers 43 mpg highway and 39 mpg city for the hatchback style, or 53/50 mpg for the lighter two-door version.
The Kia Niro has an impressive amount of passenger and cargo space. Given that it looks more like an SUV and less like a sedan, you can see where the extra height and width comes into play. The Niro offers several extra inches of legroom for passengers as well as an extra inch of shoulder space. The cargo space of the Niro is somewhat limited, although the larger rear door makes it easier to use vertical space.
Naturally there is more to comfort than just space. The Prius has long been a subject of debate due to its unique interior and user control panel. The Kia Niro is undoubtedly simpler in terms of both aesthetic and function, looking closer to a traditional car in all respects. However, both cars offer a wide range of cloth and leather interior options, along with heated seats, navigation, comfort steering and more.
Both the Kia Niro and the Toyota Prius have taken advantage of some of today’s best safety technology to improve the driving experience. With the help of rear view cameras, parking assist, lane departure warnings and blind-spot cameras, both vehicles have taken a hard line on keeping everyone safe on the road.
Overall, both the Kia Niro and the Prius are commendable for their efforts in the hybrid arena. The Kia Niro is the perfect choice for those who need extra passenger space and want something closer to an SUV than a sedan. While Toyota has tried to cut weight and prices by making a smaller two-door version, Kia has focused on comfort and cargo while maintaining a very high fuel economy. At this price point, there is nothing else like it.
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- Posted by agency-it
- On December 27, 2016