It was only a few years ago when the Kia Niro was merely a concept vehicle, like clay waiting to take final shape. How soon we forget, now that the real thing is on the lot and is amazing onlookers and drivers everywhere! It seems hard to believe a crossover hybrid like the 2017 Kia Niro can actually be this versatile, fuel-efficient, and affordable. Many hybrids fall prey to a hefty asking price, or underwhelming features, but the 2017 Niro can be yours for less than many of its competition, which includes the 2017 Toyota Prius v, a hybrid wagon with similar performance and cargo space to the Niro.
But while the 2017 Prius v has the hallmarks of the Prius line – nice fuel-efficiency, but a lifted rear and sharp edges everywhere – the 2017 Niro has a smoother trim line, a low-to-the-ground look, and a design that is absolutely playful in comparison. And why shouldn't it be, with the Niro's 139 combined horsepower with its combo gas engine and electric motor and 52 mpg city, 49 mpg highway in its base trim? The 2017 Prius v suffers in comparison with its 43 mpg city, 39 mpg highway and its inferior power base, with only 134 HP at your disposal.
|2017 Kia Niro||Vs.||2017 Toyota Prius v|
|52, 49||Base MPG (city, highway)||43, 39|
|139||Net Horsepower (gas engine & electric motor)||134|
|Yes||Syncs with Apple CarPlay, Android Auto?||No|
|Yes||KBB.com "Best Hybrid Cars Under $40,000" List?||No|
|Yes||Guinness World Record MPG for Cross-Country Drive?||No|
|102.0||Passenger Room (cubic feet)||97.2|
Besides the advantages you have with the 2017 Niro in MPG and power, you also have more room on the inside and a greater features package. You can sync up your compatible smartphone with Apple CarPlay or Android Auto, and play music from your playlist, as well as store up to 8GB of music with Kia's UVO eServices, while the 2017 Prius v is severely lacking in this regard. The Prius v cannot sync up with Apple CarPlay or Android Auto, and doesn't have the same song storage capacity as the Niro. You also have the approval of automotive experts singing the Niro's praises, as Kelley Blue Book's KBB.com honored the 2017 Niro with a spot on its "Best Hybrid Cars Under $40,000" list, a top ten which the Prius v did not make.
There are many other advantages of the 2017 Niro we could discuss, such as its available colors or its safety features like available Autonomous Emergency Braking and Smart Cruise Control, but we'll leave you the opportunity to head to the lot to find a model! And good news for you, we typically carry the Kia Niro in stock at Boucher Kia of Racine, located at 9601 Washington Avenue in Racine WI, and we also serve the area which includes Milwaukee, West Allis and Kenosha. For more information about the Kia models on our lot, call (262) 725-4041 or come visit us at the dealership so we can set you up with a test drive.