The 2017 Kia Niro has no direct competitors; it's the only dedicated hybrid crossover utility vehicle of any size.
But its likely competitors include the 2017 Toyota Prius Liftback, restyled last year and with top fuel-efficiency ratings of 52 or 56 mpg combined.
The fourth-generation Prius is a much better car than it was, but the styling isn't to everyone's taste.
The Toyota Prius V hybrid tall wagon has lots of interior space for people and cargo, and it's ranked at 42 mpg combined, but like the Niro, it's slow even for a hybrid.
The Toyota RAV4 Hybrid is a "regular" crossover that offers a hybrid powertrain, at 33 mpg combined, and has all-wheel drive as standard—and it's selling like gangbusters.
The Niro may also compete in its own showroom with the Kia Soul tall wagon, about the same size and also a segment buster.
Finally, the VW Golf SportWagen is a genuine wagon, has enormous cargo space and good handling, and now offers the all-wheel drive that the Niro doesn't.
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|2017 Kia NiroBrowse Used Listings||2017 Kia SoulBrowse Used Listings||2017 Toyota PriusBrowse Used Listings||2017 Toyota Prius VBrowse Used Listings|
|46 MPG City / 49 MPG Hwy||24 MPG City / 31 MPG Hwy||54 MPG City / 53 MPG Hwy||43 MPG City / 39 MPG Hwy|
|Gas/Electric I-4||Regular Unleaded I-4||Gas/Electric I-4||Gas/Electric I-4|
|Small Station Wagons||Small Station Wagons||Midsize Cars||Midsize Station Wagons|
|FE FWD||Base Manual||One (SE)||Two (Natl)|
|Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive|
|Auto-Shift Manual w/OD||Manual w/OD||CVT w/OD||CVT w/OD|
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|2017 Kia Niro vs. 2017 Kia Soul||2017 Kia Niro vs. 2017 Toyota Prius||2017 Kia Niro vs. 2017 Toyota Prius V|