2019 Prius vs. Niro Comparison

Prius was first released in 1997, and was Toyota’s first hybrid vehicle. Prius is a leader in the hybrid market, backed by over twenty years of hybrid innovation. In stark contrast, the Kia Niro was brand new for 2017. The Prius has advantages big and small, including a greater EPA-estimated cargo volume. Plus, the 2019 Prius was a Top Safety Pick by the Institute for Highway Safety. The 2019 Kia Niro was also selected as an IIHS Top Safety Pick, but only when equipped with extra-cost add on Autonomous Emergency Braking and HID Headlights.

Published date: 09/04/19

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Safety

The Prius LE comes standard with Intelligent Clearance Sonar (ICS) with Intelligent Parking Assist (IPA), while the equivalent parking assist feature is an optional package feature that costs more with the Niro. Plus, Prius drivers can be reassured by the all-wheel-drive system of the Prius LE AWD-e that engages as necessary at speeds of up to 43 mph in low-traction situations. This feature is not available in the Niro which is only available in front-wheel drive.

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Safety

  • Every 2019 Prius grade comes with Toyota Safety Sense® P (TSS-P). The base-grade 2019 Kia Niro FE does not have any comparable advanced active safety features.
  • The 2019 Prius LE AWD-e has all wheel drive that engages as necessary at speeds of up to 43 mph in low-traction situations.
  • The 2019 Kia Niro is front-wheel drive only.
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Fuel Economy

In comparing fuel economy stats, the 2019 Toyota Prius takes the clear edge over the 2019 Kia Niro.

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Fuel Economy

  • Prius LE AWD-e has an EPA-estimated 52/48/50 (city/hwy/comb) -- the highest rating of any Toyota AWD vehicle.
  • Prius L Eco has an EPA-estimated 58/53/56 MPG (city/hwy/comb).
  • Kia Niro FE has an EPA-estimated 52/49/50 MPG (city/hwy/comb).
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Price

The 2019 Toyota Prius LE starts at an MSRP of $24,980. Meanwhile, the 2019 Kia Niro EX starts at a higher base MSRP of $26,400.

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Price

  • Only the top-end 2019 Kia Touring (MSRP $32,250) has a standard comparable advanced active safety suite to Prius's standard Toyota Safety Sense® P (TSS-P).
  • Prius comes standard with 27.4 cu. ft. of cargo space while the Niro comes standard with 22.0 cu. ft. of cargo space.
  • Both the Prius and Niro comes standard with complimentary roadside assistance terms, but only the Prius has standard complimentary no-cost factory-scheduled maintenance with ToyotaCare.
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Conclusion: Prius vs. Niro

The 2019 Prius comes with significantly more options for safety and reliability with Toyota Safety Sense® P (TSS-P) and ToyotaCareat a slightly lower base MSRP than the Niro.

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