2017 Kia Niro vs Toyota Prius

The Toyota Prius used to be your only option if you wanted a gas/electric hybrid, but 2017 is a whole new world for hybrid options. With more and more models to choose from all the time, Toyota has to keep up--but has it been able to and will it be able to truly compete against the number of crossovers going hybrid? Let's see how the Prius stands up against one of the newest hybrid crossovers on the block, the 2017 Kia Niro.

2017 Kia Niro vs Toyota Prius

Styling: Kia Niro

We're honestly a little surprised that the Kia Niro isn't as daring in the style department as the Sportage. The Niro is attractive, no doubt, but it looks like the Kia has pulled its punches a little to stay conservative enough to appeal to a broader audience. The outline is pretty conventional too, although the Niro looks a bit like a stylistic hybrid as well, a cross between a tall wagon and an SUV.

If you like the way the most recent Toyota Prius looks, you may be in lonely company because it's probably fair to say that most people don't. If the Niro is a crossover that tells onlookers nothing about what's under the hood, the Prius positively shouts to the world that it's something different. Some people are sure to love the way the Prius looks, but most will agree with us and give the verdict on styling firmly to the Kia Niro.

Power and Performance: Kia Niro

The Niro only has one powertrain, but being a hybrid-only crossover does put it in a niche all of its own. However, the system is like having a choice of two powertrains under the hood at once. That's because in Eco mode the Niro's performance is pretty boring, aiming to deliver the very best fuel economy possible, while the Sport mode makes it quite a fun vehicle to drive. The system is a 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine with a 32 kW electric motor delivering a combined output of 139 horsepower.

A larger 1.8-liter inline-four engine and a 53 kW electric motor sit under the hood of the Prius, but together they only deliver a very conservative 121 horsepower, which is 13 horsepower less than the previous generation. You have no idea when driving this Prius that it's a hybrid, but the extra power of the Niro gets the win here.

Fuel Economy: Toyota Prius

Until performance of hybrids starts to matter more than they do now, their impressive fuel economy numbers will remain all-important. The most efficient version of the Kia, the FE trim level, is rated by the EPA at 52 mpg in the city, 49 mpg on the highway, and 50 mpg combined.

Without choosing a vehicle with a plug, the Prius is the most fuel-efficient car you can buy here in America right now. The ratings of 54 mpg in the city, 50 mpg on the highway and 52 mpg combined are better than the Niro, but the Kia is a little bigger and heavier. We'll give the decision here to the Toyota, but not by much.

Interior Space: Kia Niro

The Kia Niro is definitely a compact crossover, with only 97.1 cu.-ft. of passenger volume inside. That translates to 41.7 inches of legroom in the front and 37.4 inches in the back--which is not bad considering the Niro is just 171.5 inches long.

At 178.7 inches in length, the Prius should have a lot more leg room than the Kia, even though the Niro is always going to have more head room. The Prius is more generous in the front with 43.2 inches of leg room, but in the back where it really matters there's just 33.4 inches.

Learn More about the Kia Niro

The 2017 Kia Niro has a leg up on the Prius simply because it's a crossover--and crossovers are king in the market today. But a hybrid is a different type of animal, and if the Prius could compete in price or performance it would likely be far more attractive than it is. But with better styling, a roomier interior, and better performance, the 2017 Kia Niro is clearly the best choice.

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