2017 Kia Niro vs. 2017 Toyota Prius

2017 Kia Niro vs. 2017 Toyota Prius

Just about every automaker currently has at least of couple of hybrid vehicles in its lineup. Without question they all owe their success to the Toyota Prius for proving gas/electric hybrids are viable alternative energy vehicles. Kia has taken this green vehicle technology and applied it to one of the newest members of the brand's lineup available at Spitzer Kia Cleveland. Comparing the 2017 Kia Niro vs. 2017 Toyota Prius shows that Niro owners have more than a few reasons to choose it over the aging Prius design. In short, the 2017 Niro has a lot more to offer than the current Prius with better performance scores, more maximum cargo space and very comparable fuel economy scores.  

As a crossover SUV, the 2017 Kia Niro inherently is going to be a more flexible platform than the more compact 2017 Toyota Prius. The unique shape of the 2017 Niro is more than just eye-catching. Not only is it designed to give the crossover certain aerodynamic advantages, but it also allows owners to efficiently use its interior. When properly configured, there is nearly 55 cubic-feet of cargo space available in the 2017 Niro. That is about twice as much as can be found in the 2017 Toyota Prius. Additionally, the 2017 Niro, arguably, has a technology advantage over the Prius. Unlike the Toyota hybrid, is compatible with smartphone applications for Android and Apple devices.   

2017 Kia Niro 2017 Toyota Prius
Hybrid, 1.6-L, 4-cyl. Engine Hybrid, 1.8-L, 4-cyl.
139/195 Horsepower/Torque 134/105
54.5 cubic-feet Max. Cargo Space 27.4 cubic-feet
52/49 Fuel Economy 54/50

2017 Niro vs. 2017 Prius: Performance Specs

Using a combination of highly-efficient engines connected to electric motors for supplemental power are basically how hybrid vehicles like the 2017 Kia Niro and 2017 Toyota Prius work. However, the hybrid powertrain for the 2017 Niro is able to make a bit more power than the Prius. Under the hood of the Kia crossover SUV is a 1.6-liter, four-cylinder engine connected to electric motors that will make 139 horsepower and 195 pound-feet of torque. The Prius makes 134 horsepower at best and only 105 pound-feet of torque. That gives the Niro a distinct advantage for acceleration figures. 

Obviously, Environmental Protection Agency fuel economy scores are an important factor for hybrid shoppers. It's true that the Prius offers a couple more miles per gallon than the 2017 Niro. However, that difference doesn't amount to much when all of the rest of the Kia's advantages are taken into account.  

The 2017 Kia Niro has better performance scores than the 2017 Toyota Prius
Fuel economy scores between the 2017 Niro and Prius are very similar
There is lots of room for cargo in the 2017 Niro
The interior of the 2017 Niro is very adaptable

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