2019 Kia Niro vs 2019 Toyota Prius

The 2019 Kia Niro has been garnering much-deserved attention by those looking for a high-quality hybrid. It’s been noted for its polished cabin, spacious interior, excellent fuel economy, and impressive cargo volume. Buyers will likely get to a point where they’re contemplating the substantial qualities of this subcompact SUV against an old hybrid mainstay- the Toyota Prius.

Though the 2019 Kia Niro is classed as a subcompact SUV, while Toyota calls its Prius a “five-door liftback,” let’s not get bogged down in labels. These two hybrid vehicles are similar in many ways beyond their choice of power-source. They both seat five, have voluminous cargo volume for their size, and starting price points within a few hundred dollars of one another. And of course, that planet-preserving fuel economy. Let’s contrast some key attributes of these two green zoomers. 

2019 Kia Niro


2019 Toyota Prius

Up to 52 city / 49 highway

Fuel Economy (mpg) Up to 58 city / 53 highway
139 hp Horsepower 121 hp
172 inches Vehicle Length 179 inches
101 cubic feet Passenger Space 93 cubic feet
Standard Apple CarPlay/Android Auto Not Available
Top Safety Pick + IIHS Safety Designation Not Recommended by IIHS
5 years/60,000 miles Bumper-to-Bumper Limited Warranty 3 years/36,000 miles
$23,490 Starts at... $23,770


Interior Room and Comfort in the 2019 Kia Niro

The 2019 Kia Niro has been especially praised for its roomy, comfortable interior. The seats are padded, supportive, and give passengers plenty of space to stretch out. The raised driver’s seat provides excellent visibility.

The 2019 Toyota Prius, on the other hand, has some questionable design choices. The offset instrument panel is out of the driver’s immediate line-of-sight. Acceleration feels decidedly sluggish, and the cumbersome Toyota Entune app needs to be used if you want to access the vehicle's full infotainment features. 

2019 Kia Niro vs 2019 Toyota Prius Dimensions and Passenger Space

You may have noticed in the table above that the 2019 Toyota Prius is a full half-foot longer than the 2019 Kia Niro. The Niro's more compact size makes it significantly easier to maneuver in tight spaces, and enhances the daily ease of city driving.

Despite its additional length, rear passengers in the 2019 Toyota Prius get nearly four inches less legroom. This makes a big difference for passenger comfort. The 2019 Prius opts to use its extra length to beef up cargo volume, but the reality is that the comfort and maneuverability of the Niro will come in handy much more often than that excessive storage space.

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