Distilling the safety features, higher ride height and increased cargo-carrying ability of an SUV into a vehicle with the footprint of a subcompact car isn’t easy. The subcompact crossover, however, has become one of the most popular segments of vehicles on the road today, with drivers seemingly asking for it all and getting it. Since these vehicles are chosen, in part, for their focus on fuel efficiency, finding models that are able to offer the benefits of a crossover with a lot of miles per gallon isn’t always as easy as choosing one off the lineup.
It’s this reason that the Kia Niro exists. With a hybrid powertrain, the Kia Niro gives drivers a ton of cargo space, a higher ride height than a standard car and plenty of safety tech with fewer trips to the fuel station. Up against the 2019 Kia Niro, the 2019 Honda HR-V is a small crossover. Let’s see how they do side-by-side:
2019 Kia Niro
2019 Honda HR-V
|1.6-liter with hybrid (50 EPA-estimated combined MPG)||Engine (combined MPG)||1.8-liter 4-cylinder (30 EPA-estimated combined MPG)|
|6-speed dual-clutch with Sportmatic®||Transmission||CVT|
|41.7 inches||Front-row legroom||41.2 inches|
|6 speakers||Standard audio system||4 speakers|
|Standard automatic||Climate control||Manual|
|Yes – EV and PHEV||Electric variants?||No|
|5 years/60,000 miles||Limited warranty||3 years/36,000 miles|
|Top Safety Pick +||IIHS Rating||Top Safety Pick|
With so many new models competing in the subcompact crossover space, the Kia Niro looks to do something new with its hybrid powertrain and focus on its generous features list. Up against the good Honda HR-V, the better Kia Niro seems like the clearly superior option in this popular segment.
With the 2019 Kia Niro, you get over 150% of the fuel economy you get in the 2019 Honda HR-V. You also get a smooth-shifting dual-clutch transmission that lets you take control with Sportmatic® while the 2019 Honda HR-V features an anemic and rubber-bandy CVT.
Inside, it’s a completely different experience. You’ll have more legroom in the front, better passenger seating control, automatic climate control and more. With the 2019 Kia Niro, you also have a battery-powered model and plug-in hybrid variant to choose from – further enhancing your fuel economy.
Although both Kia and Honda are beacons of reliability in the industry, we have a feeling you’ll sleep just a little bit better knowing your 2019 Kia Niro is covered by 2 years or 24,000 miles more than the 2019 Honda HR-V. We also think you’ll sleep a little bit better knowing that the 2019 Kia Niro enjoys a superior safety rating from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS).
Don’t wait up! Test-drive your 2019 Kia Niro at Friendly Kia today