In the compact SUV market, the Honda HR-V has often been at the head of the pack. That is, until this year with Kia's introduction of the Niro hybrid compact SUV. The Honda HR-V boasts a fuel economy of 28 MPG city and 34 MPG Hwy; impressive numbers for gas engines in its class. However, the Niro makes the most of being the first hybrid compact SUV with its incredible 52 MPG* city and 50 MPH* highway fuel economy. A new HR-V LX will come with the standard continuous variable transmission (CVT). The 2017 Kia Niro utilizes a unique dual clutch automatic transmission (DCT) that offers drivers a more natural shifting experience. The Niro comes in with a higher torque at 195 lb-ft compared to the HR-V's 127 lb-ft. While the two compact SUVs are comparable in many ways, the first hybrid SUV, the Kia Niro, cannot be beat for fuel economy in its class.
The Honda HR-V and the Kia Niro are as packed full of convenience features as you'd expect from a compact SUV. Drivers of both the Niro and the HR-V will find features that include: power windows, tire pressure monitoring, alarm, backup camera, cruise control and auto-off headlights. However, the Kia Niro hybrid compact SUV offers a bit more. Owners of the Niro will enjoy convenience features that include:
When it comes to safety both the Honda HR-V and the new Kia Niro come equipped with a complete airbag system with driver and passenger protection in mind. You will find other safety features on both the HR-V and the Niro to be comparable; including: Brake Assist, Electronic Stability Control, Traction Control and Daytime Running Lights. However, the new Kia Niro hybrid compact SUV takes safety a step further with Blind Spot Detection, Rear Cross Traffic Alert System and Autonomous Emergency Braking; all features designed to put the safety of drivers and passengers first.
When purchasing a new vehicle the quality of the warranty offered is a big factor. In the case of the Kia Niro warranty versus the Honda HR-V warranty, Niro owners are the clear winners. Owners of the Honda HR-V will get a New Vehicle Basic Warranty of 3 years/36,000 miles and a Limited Powertrain Warranty of 5 years/60,000. Niro drivers will get peace of mind with Kia's New Vehicle Basic Warranty of 5 years/60,000, Limited Powertrain Warranty of 10 years/100,000 and the Hybrid Battery Warranty of 8 years/100,000. In terms of manufacture warranty, the Honda HR-V when compared to the Kia Niro is lacking.
If you're wondering where you can check out the first of its kind hybrid compact SUV, Kia Niro, in Dubuque, we invite you to stop by Finnin Kia today. Finnin Kia is proud to be Dubuque, Iowa's trusted Kia source and your local Niro professionals. We proudly serve the Kia needs of the cities of Cedar Rapids, Davenport, Waterloo, Madison and Rockford!
*Based on preliminary MPG estimates determined by Kia. EPA estimates not available at time of printing. Actual mileage will vary with options, driving conditions, driving habits and your vehicle's condition.