2018 Kia Niro vs Hyundai Kona

2018 Kia Niro vs Hyundai Kona

If you want a subcompact sport utility vehicle, you're probably interested in saving a buck or two on fuel and possibly even saving the environment while you're at it. Meet the new Kia Niro and new Hyundai Kona. New indeed: the Niro debuted last year and the Kona's paint is still drying as it enters the market. But which one is the greenest option that also puts the green back in your wallet? We'll tell you who wins out in this head-to-head matchup.

Fuel Economy: Kia Niro

Kira Niro

This matchup is hardly fair. We're comparing the Kia Niro, a hybrid car, to the Hyundai Kona, a small but conventional gas guzzler. The Kona fares well for its type, getting 28 city and 32 highway miles per gallon.

But the Niro boasts hybrid technology that charges while you drive by taking the wasted energy of braking and storing it in the battery. As a result, it gets 52 city and 49 highway miles per gallon. That'll save you about $500 a year at the pump--who wouldn't love an extra $500?

To be fair, there are also electric options for both vehicles. The Kona Electric can do better than the Niro EV, but be prepared to spend a lot more. The Niro has a 238-mile range on a fully-charged 64-kwh battery. The Kona has two battery options, with a range 186-mile range on the 39-kwh battery or 292 miles on the 64-kwh battery. But the upper-end battery will cost you up to $10,000 more. You'll have more freedom but you'll never see the overall savings unless your Kona lasts a very, very long time. In the fuel economy category, we're calling the Niro the clear winner.

Price: Hyundai Kona

Hyundai Kona

Let's talk turkey. How much should you expect to pay for the Niro compared to the Kona? The 2018 Kia Niro starts at $23,240 and tops out with the Touring trim, which starts at $32,000. Truth be told, that's pricey for its class. By comparison, the Kona starts at $20,500 and reaches its ceiling at $27,400 with its Touring trim.

So you'll be paying a few thousand more for the Niro. What accounts for the price difference? It's the Niro's hybrid technology right out the gate. Once we start comparing the fuel-saving version of the Kona to its competitors, it's not so affordable. If you're fine getting a conventional gas-burning engine, the Kona is the better choice price-wise. But if you want a hybrid or electric, it's better to go with the Niro.

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