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Using vehicle speed sensors and seat sensors, smart airbags in the CR-V Hybrid deploy with different levels of force or don’t deploy at all to help better protect passengers of all sizes in different collisions. The CR-V Hybrid’s side airbags will shut off if a child is leaning against the door. The Niro’s airbags don’t have smart features and will always deploy full force.
The CR-V Hybrid has all-wheel drive to maximize traction under poor conditions, especially in ice and snow. The Niro doesn’t offer all-wheel drive.
The CR-V Hybrid Touring has standard Parking Sensors to help warn the driver about vehicles, pedestrians or other obstacles behind or in front of their vehicle. The Niro doesn’t offer a front parking aid.
The CR-V Hybrid EX/EX-L/Touring has standard HondaLink Assist, which uses a global positioning satellite (GPS) receiver and a cellular system to send emergency personnel to the scene if any airbags deploy. The Niro doesn’t offer a GPS response system, only a navigation computer with no live response for emergencies, so if you’re involved in an accident and you’re incapacitated help may not come as quickly.
Both the CR-V Hybrid and the Niro have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, height adjustable front shoulder belts, plastic fuel tanks, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, daytime running lights, rearview cameras, available blind spot warning systems and rear cross-path warning.
The CR-V Hybrid’s 5 year corrosion warranty has no mileage limitations, but the corrosion warranty on the Niro runs out after 100,000 miles.
There are over 39 percent more Honda dealers than there are Kia dealers, which makes it easier should you ever need service under the CR-V Hybrid’s warranty.
The CR-V Hybrid’s 2.0 DOHC 4-cylinder hybrid produces 73 more horsepower (212 vs. 139) than the Niro’s 1.6 DOHC 4-cylinder hybrid.
The CR-V Hybrid has 2.1 gallons more fuel capacity than the Niro (14 vs. 11.9 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups.
The CR-V Hybrid has a standard cap-less fueling system. The fuel filler is automatically opened when the fuel nozzle is inserted and automatically closed when it’s removed. This eliminates the need to unscrew and replace the cap and it reduces fuel evaporation, which causes pollution. The Niro doesn’t offer a cap-less fueling system.
The CR-V Hybrid has a standard continuously variable transmission (CVT). With no “steps” between gears, it can keep the engine at the most efficient speed for fuel economy, or keep it at its peak horsepower indefinitely for maximum acceleration. The Niro doesn’t offer a CVT.
For better traction, the CR-V Hybrid has larger tires than the Niro (235/60R18 vs. 205/60R16). The CR-V Hybrid EX/EX-L’s tires are larger than the largest tires available on the Niro (235/60R18 vs. 225/45R18).
For better ride, handling and brake cooling the CR-V Hybrid LX has standard 17-inch wheels. Smaller 16-inch wheels are standard on the Niro LX/LXS/EX Premium. The CR-V Hybrid Touring’s 19-inch wheels are larger than the 18-inch wheels on the Niro Touring.
For better handling and stability, the track (width between the wheels) on the CR-V Hybrid is 1.5 inches wider in the front and 1.5 inches wider in the rear than the average track on the Niro.
The front grille of the CR-V Hybrid uses electronically controlled shutters to close off airflow and reduce drag when less engine cooling is needed. This helps improve highway fuel economy. The Niro doesn’t offer active grille shutters.
The CR-V Hybrid uses computer-generated active noise cancellation to help remove annoying noise and vibration from the passenger compartment, especially at low frequencies. The Niro doesn’t offer active noise cancellation.
The CR-V Hybrid has 5 cubic feet more passenger volume than the Niro (105.9 vs. 100.9).
The CR-V Hybrid has 1.4 inches more front hip room, 1.9 inches more front shoulder room, .1 inches more rear headroom, 3 inches more rear legroom, 1.2 inches more rear hip room and .4 inches more rear shoulder room than the Niro.
For enhanced passenger comfort on long trips the CR-V Hybrid’s rear seats recline. The Niro’s rear seats don’t recline.
The CR-V Hybrid has a much larger cargo volume with its rear seat up than the Niro with its rear seat up (33.2 vs. 19.4 cubic feet). The CR-V Hybrid has a much larger cargo volume with its rear seat folded than the Niro with its rear seat folded (68.7 vs. 54.5 cubic feet).
A low lift-over cargo hatch design makes loading and unloading the CR-V Hybrid easier. The CR-V Hybrid’s cargo hatch lift-over height is 26 inches, while the Niro’s liftover is 29 inches.
The CR-V Hybrid’s cargo area is larger than the Niro’s in every dimension:
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Pressing a switch automatically lowers the CR-V Hybrid’s rear seats, to make changing between passengers and cargo easier. The Niro doesn’t offer automatic folding seats.
A standard locking glovebox (which can’t be accessed with the valet key) keeps your small valuables safer in the CR-V Hybrid. The Niro doesn’t offer locking storage for small valuables.
To make loading and unloading groceries and cargo easier, especially for short adults, the CR-V Hybrid EX-L/Touring has a standard power liftgate, which opens and closes automatically by pressing a button, or on the CR-V Hybrid Touring, by just kicking your foot under the back bumper, completely leaving your hands free. The Niro doesn’t offer a power liftgate.
The CR-V Hybrid has a standard remote vehicle starting system, so the vehicle can be started from inside the driver's house. This allows the driver to comfortably warm up the engine before going out to the vehicle. The climate system will also automatically heat or cool the interior. The Niro doesn’t offer a remote starting system.
The CR-V Hybrid’s power parking brake sets with one touch and releases with one touch or automatically. The Niro’s parking brake has to released manually.
If the windows are left open on the CR-V Hybrid the driver can close them all at the outside door handle. On a hot day the driver can lower the windows at the outside door handle or from a distance using the keyless remote. The driver of the Niro can only operate the windows from inside the vehicle, with the ignition on.
The CR-V Hybrid’s power window, power lock, power mirror and cruise control switches are lit from behind, making them plainly visible and easier to operate at night. The Niro’s power mirror switches are unlit, making them difficult to find at night and operate safely.
The CR-V Hybrid Touring’s standard wipers adjust their speed and turn on and off automatically according to the amount of rainfall on the windshield. The Niro’s manually variable intermittent wipers have to be constantly adjusted.
Both the CR-V Hybrid and the Niro offer rear vents. For greater rear passenger comfort, the CR-V Hybrid has standard rear air conditioning vents to keep rear occupants cool in summer or warm in winter. The Niro doesn’t offer rear air conditioning vents, only heat vents.
The Honda CR-V outsold the Kia Niro by almost 15 to one during 2019.
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