Drivers looking for compact crossovers prize their combination of cargo volume, all-weather capability and efficiency. Another feature for which drivers select compact crossovers is their value. Your dollar goes even further when you can get the best of driving a crossover SUV while paying less for gas, and a lower initial investment than larger crossover models.
Within this class, the Subaru Crosstrek has been a dominating force. Offering Subaru reliability and all-wheel drive, the Crosstrek serves as a lifted Impreza with off-road attitude. Challenging the Crosstrek, the Kia Niro was introduced for the 2017 model year and has hit the ground running since. The Kia Niro provides all of the benefits that have made more drivers choose Kia – style, safety and being exactly what you want before you knew you wanted it. Let’s see how they measure up!
2018 Kia Niro
2018 Subaru Crosstrek
|50 (combined)||Miles per gallon (higher is better)||25 (combined)|
|6 speakers||Base model sound (higher is better)||4 speakers|
|60 months/60,000 miles||Bumper-to-bumper warranty (higher is better)||36 months/36,000 miles|
|Dual-zone front automatic||Base climate control||Manual|
|106.3 inches||Wheelbase (higher is better)||104.9 inches|
|40.1 inches||Front headroom (higher is better)||39.8 inches|
The biggest advantage for the 2018 Kia Niro is its hybrid drivetrain. Available in a plug-in hybrid model that gets even more miles per gallon, the base Kia Niro will see you filling up exactly half as much as the 2018 Subaru Crosstrek.
While other metrics, like interior space, which tend to sway drivers in the compact crossover segment, are about the same, the 2018 Kia Niro provides an edge in comfort, space inside and some included features.
These features include convenience features like automatic climate control and technology like an enhanced sound system. A smooth ride is present courtesy of almost 2” more for the wheelbase of the Niro, than that of the Crosstrek.
Additionally, peace of mind is at a maximum with a warranty that’s almost double that offered by Subaru for the 2018 Crosstrek.
Able to get you from A-B in style, comfort and with fuller pockets than other class competitors, the 2018 Kia Niro is a confident and capable hybrid crossover.
At Friendly Kia, we love the Kia Niro for its versatility and efficiency. If you’re in the market for a small crossover, you’ll find a compelling model in the 2018 Kia Niro and pay less for fuel than ever before. For more information on the 2018 Kia Niro, or to schedule a test drive, contact us today!