2020 Kia Niro EV vs. 2020 Toyota Prius Prime

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Safety

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Both the Niro EV and the Prius Prime have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, driver knee airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, front wheel drive, height adjustable front shoulder belts, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, crash mitigating brakes, daytime running lights, lane departure warning systems, rearview cameras, driver alert monitors and available rear parking sensors.

The Kia Niro EV weighs 479 to 489 pounds more than the Toyota Prius Prime. The NHTSA advises that heavier vehicles are much safer in collisions than their significantly lighter counterparts.

For its top level performance in IIHS driver and passenger-side small overlap frontal, moderate overlap frontal, side impact, roof strength and head restraint tests, with its optional vehicle-to-vehicle front crash prevention system, with its optional vehicle-to-pedestrian front crash prevention system, and its available headlight’s “Good” rating, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety grants the Niro EV the rating of “Top Pick” for 2020, a rating granted to only 32 vehicles tested by the IIHS. The Prius Prime last would have qualified as a “Top Pick” in 2019.

Warranty

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The Niro EV comes with a full 5-year/60,000-mile basic warranty, which covers the entire truck and includes 24-hour roadside assistance. The Prius Prime’s 3-year/36,000-mile basic warranty expires 2 years and 24,000 miles sooner.

Kia’s powertrain warranty covers the Niro EV 5 years and 40,000 miles longer than Toyota covers the Prius Prime. Any repair needed on the motor, batteries, axles, joints or driveshafts is fully covered for 10 years or 100,000 miles. Coverage on the Prius Prime ends after only 5 years or 60,000 miles.

Reliability

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J.D. Power and Associates’ 2019 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Kia vehicles are better in initial quality than Toyota vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Kia second in initial quality, above the industry average. With 20 more problems per 100 vehicles, Toyota is ranked 8th.

Engine

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The Niro EV’s electric motor produces 80 more horsepower (201 vs. 121) and 185 lbs.-ft. more torque (291 vs. 106) than the Prius Prime’s 1.8 DOHC 4-cylinder hybrid.

As tested in Consumer Reports the Kia Niro EV is faster than the Toyota Prius Prime:

Niro EV

Prius Prime

Zero to 30 MPH

3 sec

3.7 sec

Zero to 60 MPH

6.8 sec

10.8 sec

45 to 65 MPH Passing

3.4 sec

6.7 sec

Quarter Mile

15.3 sec

18.1 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

95 MPH

78 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

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The Niro EV’s maximum EPA estimated driving range is 239 miles on a full charge. The Prius Prime can only travel about 25 miles before it has to start its internal combustion engine.

Environmental Friendliness

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In its Green Vehicle Guide, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) rates the Kia Niro EV higher (10 out of 10) than the Toyota Prius Prime (7). This means the Niro EV produces up to 11.8 pounds less smog-producing pollutants than the Prius Prime every 15,000 miles.

Brakes and Stopping

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For better stopping power the Niro EV’s brake rotors are larger than those on the Prius Prime:

Niro EV

Prius Prime

Front Rotors

12 inches

10 inches

Rear Rotors

11.8 inches

10.2 inches

The Niro EV stops much shorter than the Prius Prime:

Niro EV

Prius Prime

70 to 0 MPH

170 feet

184 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

135 feet

139 feet

Consumer Reports

60 to 0 MPH (Wet)

137 feet

147 feet

Consumer Reports

Tires and Wheels

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For better traction, the Niro EV has larger tires than the Prius Prime (215/55R17 vs. 195/65R15).

The Niro EV’s tires provide better handling because they have a lower 55 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the Prius Prime’s standard 65 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Niro EV has standard 17-inch wheels. Only 15-inch wheels are available on the Prius Prime.

Suspension and Handling

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The Niro EV has standard front and rear gas-charged shocks for better control over choppy roads. The Prius Prime’s suspension doesn’t offer gas-charged shocks.

For better handling and stability, the track (width between the wheels) on the Niro EV is 1.8 inches wider in the front and 1.8 inches wider in the rear than on the Prius Prime.

The Niro EV EX handles at .80 G’s, while the Prius Prime XLE pulls only .78 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

Chassis

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The Niro EV is 10.7 inches shorter than the Prius Prime, making the Niro EV easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

Passenger Space

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The Niro EV has 5.1 cubic feet more passenger volume than the Prius Prime (96.6 vs. 91.5).

The Niro EV has .7 inches more front headroom, 1.8 inches more front shoulder room, .5 inches more rear headroom, 2.6 inches more rear legroom and 2.1 inches more rear shoulder room than the Prius Prime.

Ergonomics

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The Niro EV’s power parking brake sets with one touch and releases with one touch. The Prius Prime

The power windows standard on both the Niro EV and the Prius Prime have locks to prevent small children from operating them. When the lock on the Niro EV is engaged the driver can still operate all of the windows, for instance to close one opened by a child. The Prius Prime prevents the driver from operating the other windows just as it does the other passengers.

To improve rear visibility by keeping the rear window clear, the Niro EV has a standard rear wiper. The Prius Prime doesn’t offer a rear wiper.

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) conducts detailed tests on headlights for their range both straight ahead and in curves and to be certain they don’t exceed acceptable amounts of glare to oncoming drivers. The Niro EV’s available headlights were rated “Good” by the IIHS, while the Prius Prime’s headlights are rated “Acceptable.”

The Niro EV has a standard automatic headlight on/off feature. When the ignition is on, the headlights automatically turn on at dusk and off after dawn. The Prius Prime has an automatic headlight on/off feature standard only on the XLE/Limited.

To shield the driver and front passenger’s vision over a larger portion of the windshield and side windows, the Niro EV has standard extendable sun visors. The Prius Prime doesn’t offer extendable visors.

Standard air-conditioned seats in the Niro EV EX Premium keep the driver and front passenger comfortable and take the sting out of hot seats in summer. The Prius Prime doesn’t offer air-conditioned seats.

The Niro EV’s standard dual zone air conditioning allows the driver and front passenger to choose two completely different temperatures so people with different temperature preferences won’t have to compromise. This makes both the driver and front passenger as comfortable as possible. The Prius Prime doesn’t offer dual zone air conditioning.

Both the Niro EV and the Prius Prime offer rear vents. For greater rear passenger comfort, the Niro EV has standard rear air conditioning vents to keep rear occupants cool in summer or warm in winter. The Prius Prime doesn’t offer rear air conditioning vents, only heat vents.

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