When it comes to hybrid cars, the Toyota Prius has long been the front-runner, but all that may be about to change with Kia's introduction of the new Niro. The Kia Niro hit the market this year as the only hybrid crossover, the first of its kind. That sets it apart from other hybrid vehicles available this year. The Toyota Prius' impressive 50 MPG HWY rating is met by the Niro's 50 MPG* combined fuel economy. When it comes to pricing, the new Kia Niro comes in at a lower base cost than the Toyota Prius and offers drivers a roomier cabin and more "normalized" styling. In terms of price, efficiency and styling, the Kia Niro has set a standard that the Toyota Prius may struggle to reach.
As the only hybrid crossover on the market, the Niro has put itself center stage nudging in next to long time front runners like the Toyota Prius. While both hybrid vehicles offer drivers exceptional mileage, the Niro offers drivers more cabin room than the Prius; which has hindered taller drivers in the past. The Toyota Prius has the standard hybrid CVT transmission versus the Niro's smooth dual-clutch automatic transmission, resulting in smooth shift that feels more traditional. More than just a fuel efficient car, the new Kia Niro puts the driver and passengers first with features that include:
Kia has always put the safety of their passengers first and the Niro is no exception. With an Iso-Structure™ construction containing more than 50% advanced high-strength steel and reinforced steel beams to assist in deflecting and absorbing side impact damage on all doors, the Kia Niro takes a safety first approach. Both the Toyota Prius and the Kia Niro offer Brake Assist, Traction Control and Electronic Stability Control along with a complete air bag system for safety. Overall, the Kia Niro has put the Toyota Prius on notice that there's a new standard in crossover hybrids and the Niro takes center stage as the first of its kind.
With a hybrid vehicle purchase, as with any other vehicle purchase, the quality of the warranty is an important factor in making a buying decision. The basic warranty Kia offers on the new Niro hybrid crossover includes 5 year/60,000 miles compared to the Toyota Prius' basic warranty of 3 years/36,000 miles. In terms of Drivetrain warranty, Toyota offers a 5 year/60,000 mile warranty on the Prius. While Kia offers a 10 year/100,000 mile warranty on the Niro. If you're ready to step into the forward-thinking hybrid crossover market, the Kia Niro is your first, best and only choice. Your Dubuque source for everything Niro is right here at Finnin Kia. We proudly serve the Kia needs of the cities of Madison, Rockford, Waterloo, Cedar Rapids and Davenport!
*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.