2017 Kia Niro vs. Its Competition

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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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Quick Specs
The 2017 Kia Niro is a dedicated subcompact hybrid crossover, the only one on the market, and it offers a good way to combine high fuel efficiency with ever-more popular crossover styling.
The 2017 Kia Soul rights one of our longtime gripes with the fun wagon—it now has a more capable turbo-4 that makes it a little less boring to drive
The 2017 Toyota Prius closes the gap between "driving a hybrid" and "driving a normal car," even though it still looks like nothing else on the road.
The 2017 Toyota Prius V is the largest Prius model offered, though it's now also one of the oldest.
MSRP From   
Gas Mileage   
46 MPG City / 49 MPG Hwy24 MPG City / 31 MPG Hwy54 MPG City / 53 MPG Hwy43 MPG City / 39 MPG Hwy
Gas/Electric I-4Regular Unleaded I-4Gas/Electric I-4Gas/Electric I-4
EPA Class   
Small Station WagonsSmall Station WagonsMidsize CarsMidsize Station Wagons
Style Name   
FE FWDBase ManualOne (GS)Two (GS)
Front Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity   
Passenger Doors   
Body Style   
Sport UtilityHatchbackHatchbackWagon
Auto-Shift Manual w/ODManual w/ODCVT w/ODCVT w/OD
Detailed Spec Comparison
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