2017 Kia Niro vs Toyota Prius V
For green-minded buyers with an adventurous spirit, compact hybrid crossover SUVs - like the 2017 Kia Niro and Toyota Prius V - are the right choice for commutes and family-road trips alike. Which one of these hybrids is the best suited to deliver you through long drives with maximum fuel economy? Which hybrid is right for drivers who crave comfort and high-tech infotainment? Check out our buying guide to learn more.
2017 Kia Niro vs Toyota Prius V
If you want to do the environment a solid, check out the base Niro FE, which earns 52 city/49 highway mpg. This model also has the lowest MSRP, so you'll be saving money in more ways than one. As you climb the Niro trim models, you get more and more features, the weight of which alters fuel economy slightly. But even the fully optioned Niro Touring earns an impressive 46/40 mpg.
All Toyota Prius V models are EPA-rated to earn 43/39 mpg, trailing even the least-fuel-efficient Niro model. However, for a crossover of this size, that's still an excellent rating.
The Niro is accommodating for both driver and passenger, with generous cabin space and an accessible cockpit. Head and leg room is great in both rows. That means that, by day, your kids have room to grow, and, by night, your adult-size passengers can stretch out in total comfort.
On the plus side, the Toyota Prius V has plenty of nooks and crannies for your carry-on items. Stow smartphones in the handy nook under the center stack and lock away valuables in the two stacked gloveboxes. If there's one downside, it's that it's the driver seat and steering wheel don't have enough adjustments for tall drivers, unlike in the Niro where it's easy to get comfy behind the wheel.
The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave the Prius V its top score of "Good" in every single crash test, and even goes so far as to name it a 2017 Top Safety Pick+. And, if that's not enough to easy your mind, check out the Safety Connect telematics system, which sends emergency assistance your way after a crash. There's even an optional pre-collision safety system that tightens seatbelts and automatically applies the brakes when it senses an oncoming crash.
Like the Prius V, the Niro's front collision warning system can automatically apply the brakes to help reduce the odds of a crash. The 2017 Kia Niro doesn't offer emergency telematics, but its excellent smartphone integration features make it easy to pull up navigation options. You'll never have to worry about getting lost.
We have good news for tech junkies: the 2017 Kia Niro comes standard with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. That means that the Uvo infotainment system gives you complete smartphone integration, even displaying apps like Phone and Messages on your central touchscreen. You don't even need the upgraded navigation system that comes on the Niro Touring model, because you can just use your phone's maps app.
Toyota's Entune infotainment interface is easy to use. It includes a crisp touchscreen and voice controls, so you can get to the app you seek with minimal distraction. It doesn't include the seamless smartphone integration you get with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, but you can still do all the basics, like make hands-free calls and stream music from devices.
Learn More about the Kia Niro
Both hybrid crossovers are big on space and money-saving fuel economy, but, with the 2017 Kia Niro, you also get style and substance. That's especially true if you're into tech features. You don't even have to pay extra for cutting-edge smartphone features like Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity. The Niro's cabin is big on space, keeping both you and your crew comfy on any adventure. The Niro is the evolved hybrid crossover that you and your passengers deserve.