2020 Kia Niro vs. Competitors for Sale in West Springfield, MA
The modern gas-electric hybrid vehicle has been around in the U.S. since the tail end of the 1990s. The leading automakers in the mass production of hybrids were Honda with the Insight and Toyota with the Prius. These days, nearly every vehicle manufacturer has at least one alternative-fuel model in its lineup. After all, people want them, so having them available is imperative to remaining competitive. Kia has a winner with its reasonably priced and efficient hybrid, the Niro. This stylish, small crossover stands apart from its rivals in a few notable ways. Let’s look in detail at how it matches up to the Hyundai Ioniq, Toyota Prius, and Honda Accord Hybrid.
Amenities and Driver Aids
Even though the 2020 Kia Niro is affordably priced, it still packs in some top-shelf amenities, even on the lower trims. The level-two LXS trim, for example, has a luggage board and an under-floor storage tray, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, and a full suite of active driver aids known as Kia Drive Wise (blind spot collision warning, rear cross-traffic alert, forward collision avoidance assist with pedestrian detection, lane keep assist, and a driver attention warning system that detects signs of fatigue and distraction and prompts the driver to pay attention).
The corresponding (one up from the base) trim of the Ioniq doesn’t come with a similar luggage unit, and it lacks pedestrian detection with its forward collision system. The level-two Prius omits a leather-wrapped steering wheel and a driver attention warning system, while the Accord Hybrid – which is only available in a single trim – forgoes a leather-wrapped steering wheel, blind spot collision warning, rear cross-traffic alert, and a driver attention warning monitor.
Cargo Capacity and Fuel Economy
The 2020 Kia Niro is the largest in this bunch since it’s a crossover. The Ioniq and Prius are both hatchbacks, while the Accord Hybrid is a sedan. Overall cargo volume for the 2020 Kia Niro measures out to 54.5 cu. ft., while the Ioniq only supplies 26.5 cu. ft., the Prius 27.4 cu. ft. (24.6 cu. ft. with the LE trim), and the Accord Hybrid 16.7 cu. ft. So, if you generally need to carry a bit of stuff, the 2020 Kia Niro is the best choice.
The 2020 Kia Niro is EPA rated to achieve 52 mpg in the city and 49 mpg on the highway. The Accord Hybrid gets 48 mpg city/47 highway, and while the Ioniq and Prius might have the upper hand here, it’s not by a whole lot. The Ioniq’s level-two trim returns 55 city/54 highway, and the level-two Prius gets 54 city/50 highway. When you consider the deficit of standard features and space each of these rivals lack compared to the 2020 Kia Niro, you can shrug off the difference in mpg.
Kia and its relative Hyundai beat out the competition with their famously long warranty coverage. The Niro gets a 10-year/150,000-mile hybrid/electric battery warranty, a 5-year/60,000-mile new vehicle limited warranty, and a 10-year/100,000-mile powertrain limited warranty. Toyota and Honda each only cover their vehicles with a 3-year/36,000-mile limited warranty and a 5-year/60,000-mile powertrain warranty. Toyota’s hybrid/electric battery warranty is the same as Kia’s, but Honda’s only lasts for 8 years/100,000 miles. While Hyundai and Kia have more or less the same warranty coverage, the Ioniq falls short of the Niro in several ways, as utlined above.
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Based on model year EPA mileage ratings for new vehicles. Use for comparison purposes only. Your actual mileage will vary depending on how you drive and maintain your vehicle.