If you happened to catch any Comedy Central bits in the early 2000s, you know that hybrid vehicles used to have a certain stigma attached to them. They were viewed as lofty purchases by either too-earnest, environmentally-conscious “hippies” or pretentious upper-class drones berating the Starbucks barista for forgetting to use soy milk. These days, hybrid vehicles and their drivers are nearly indistinguishable from conventionally-powered ones. The stigma is gone. Hybrid technology is enjoyed by drivers around the world who want to pay less for fuel and minimize their carbon footprint while they’re at it.
This transition started when hybrid vehicle manufacturers stopped making them look like decorations from the Rainforest Café. Leading this paradigm shift was the Kia Niro – a competent and robust crossover with a hybrid-electric powertrain. The 2019 Kia Niro is better than ever. Today, we’re squaring it up with the class-veteran 2019 Toyota Prius. Let’s see how they do!
2019 Kia Niro
2019 Toyota Prius
|104 horsepower||Starting horsepower||95 horsepower|
|50 miles per gallon||Combined MPG||52 miles per gallon|
|Standard on all trim levels||Apple CarPlay/Android Auto||Not available on any trim level|
|101 cubic feet||Passenger space||93 cubic feet|
|Top Safety Pick +||IIHS safety designation||Not recommended by IIHS|
|5 years/60,000 miles||Bumper-to-bumper limited warranty||3 years/36,000 miles|
|$20,375 – Best Friendly Kia VIP price*||Starts at||$23,770|
The 2019 Kia Niro is a hybrid that doesn’t look like most hybrids. Rather than emphasizing its Captain Planet credentials with ugly, overdone contours and fruit-snack colors, the Kia Niro prefers a more subdued approach. With its elegant front end, crossover/wagon body style and sophisticated panels, it cuts a timeless profile and only gets better the closer you get to one.
As far as the interior goes, you’ll also find that the Kia Niro provides a superior experience. Beyond simply the timeless interior layout, you’ll find plenty of standard technology on board which the latest Prius can’t match.
Among this tech is Apple CarPlay/Android Auto integration. This innovative sync technology minimizes distractions while letting you enjoy your favorite iPhone or Android apps. It’s easy to set up and use. Sadly, drivers who choose the new Prius will miss out.
Finally, Kia’s award-winning reliability and safety sees the Korean manufacturer as the new frontier of dependability over the old guard of Toyota. You’ll also get the 2019 Kia Niro at a lower price than the 2019 Toyota Prius thanks to Friendly Kia’s VIP pricing. Don’t wait, contact us today and see why being Friendly makes all the difference!
*Best Friendly Kia VIP price is as of the date of this page’s publication and not the date of its access. All pricing is at the discretion of Friendly Kia and subject to change without warning or notice. For current pricing, contact Friendly Kia sales staff.