2020 Prius vs. Niro Comparison

The Prius has come a long way from its original debut. First introduced in Japan in 1997, the Prius didn't hit the U.S. market until 2001. After a gradual start, it quickly became a front runner in the hybrid market.

Following the rising trend of hybrid gas/electric vehicles over the last two decades, Kia introduced the Kia Niro in 2017 to the United States consumer auto market. Let’s look at how these two hybrids matchup in today’s hybrid-vehicle climate.

Hybrid cars like the Prius and Niro are known for their fuel efficiency. When it comes to gas mileage, the 2020 Prius has higher rating estimates than the Niro. The base trim Prius L Eco has an EPA-estimated 58/53/56 (city/highway/combined) MPG rating while the base trim Niro LX only has an EPA-estimated rating of 52/49/50 (city/highway/combined) MPG.

The Prius also comes with Toyota Safety Sense P (TSS-P). The Kia Niro, for its part, has a TSS-comparable suite called Kia Drive Wise and additionally keeps drivers connected with Kia UVO Link. For even more standard safety, Prius also comes with a trial of Safety Connect.

Another driver comfort is knowing that, if something does go wrong, you have a team behind you to count on. Reliability is key. In keeping with this, all leases and purchases of the 2020 Toyota Prius come with ToyotaCare. This factory-scheduled maintenance plan lasts for two years or 25,000 miles, whichever comes first. ToyotaCare also includes Roadside Assistance that lasts for three years and unlimited miles. Kia has pre-paid maintenance plan options that you can purchase at any time.

Although it seems the two hybrids have similar offerings, let’s take a closer look at the 2020 Toyota Prius vs. Kia Niro. Read on to see which hybrid performs better, provides more safety features, and is backed by a brand you can rely on.

Publish Date: 08/10/2020

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Performance

When it comes to a high-performing vehicle, not many people think of hybrids. Other than gas mileage efficiency, they aren't usually standouts in terms of power or drivetrain capabilities. The 2020 Toyota Prius continues to shake that notion with another year of optional AWD-e.

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Performance

  • For a slightly lower starting MSRP, the 2020 Toyota Prius L Eco has higher EPA gas mileage estimated ratings than the Niro LX.
  • Prius has two AWD-e trim options while the Niro does not offer AWD.
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Safety

Whether you're driving to work or taking a road trip, it's important to feel safe when getting where you need to go.

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Safety

  • The Prius comes standard with TSS-P while you will need to upgrade to the Niro LXS for similar safety features.
  • Prius comes with knee airbags.
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Reliability

Beyond the active and passive safety features, all purchases and leases of new Toyota Prius models come standard with ToyotaCare.

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Reliability

  • Leases and purchases of new Toyota Prius trims come standard with ToyotaCare which provides Roadside Assistance and a factory-scheduled maintenance plan.
  • Prius drivers can also benefit from an extended Hybrid Battery Warranty. The Kia Niro has a similar warranty that lasts for 10 years or 100,000 miles.
  • Kelley Blue Book® awarded the 2020 Niro a 4.8 out of 5-star Consumer Reliability rating while the 2020 Prius received a 4.9-star rating.
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Conclusion: Prius vs. Niro

Hybrid cars offer a more eco-sensitive solution to fuel-conscious consumers.

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Conclusion: Prius vs. Niro

  • The Prius has the edge with a longer history of being a leader in the hybrid vehicle market.
  • Both the Niro and Prius have similar starting MSRPs.
  • Prius drivers get more standard safety features with TSS-P while drivers will have to get the Niro LXS or higher trims for the same offerings.
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