Although hybrid electric vehicles are celebrating twenty years on the market, the majority of their life has seen very little in the way of significant change or progress for the segment. That was, at least, until the Kia Niro came along three years ago. The Kia Niro seemingly had the mission to prove that a hybrid vehicle could be stylish and sophisticated while still delivering over 50 miles per gallon. Now for 2020, the Kia Niro is more refined and technology-packed than ever before.
Today, we’re comparing the 2020 Kia Niro to the 2020 Toyota Prius, the latest iteration of the model that helped define the segment for nearly two decades. Is the Prius still the strongest contender or has the Niro surpassed its value in its short time on the market? Let’s find out.
2020 Kia Niro
2020 Toyota Prius
|50 MPG (LX)||Combined fuel efficiency||52 MPG (LE)|
|8-inch touchscreen||Standard infotainment||7-inch touchscreen|
|Standard/Standard||Apple CarPlay/Android Auto||Standard/Not available|
|41.7 inches/37.4 inches||Legroom (front/rear)||42.3 inches/33.4 inches|
|63.2 cubic feet||Cargo volume (seats folded)||27.4 cubic feet|
|10 years/100,000 miles||Powertrain warranty||5 years/60,000 miles|
Unlike its competition from Toyota, the Kia Niro prefers a much more subtle sophistication that has some tasteful sporty accents but otherwise leans on its crossover silhouette and commanding presence.
For a hybrid to not scream “HEY! LOOK AT HOW FUEL EFFICIENT I AM!” like a Portlandia sketch on wheels is a different approach, but so is the added capability you trade a couple of MPG for with the Kia Niro over the Toyota Prius.
The 2020 Kia Niro has four inches of legroom for rear-seat passengers on the 2020 Toyota Prius. It also has over twice the amount of cargo volume, making it the perfect SUV replacement for those drivers who want a reliable and cargo-friendly vehicle.
With Kia’s industry-best 10-year/100,000-mile powertrain warranty, you’ll be driving your 2020 Kia Niro for twice as many years and almost twice as many miles as the 2020 Toyota Prius worry-free.
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