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Compared to metal, the Niro Plug-In Hybrid’s plastic fuel tank can withstand harder, more intrusive impacts without leaking; this decreases the possibility of fire. The Subaru Crosstrek Hybrid has a metal gas tank.
Both the Niro Plug-In Hybrid and the Crosstrek Hybrid have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, driver knee airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, 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, blind spot warning systems, rearview cameras, rear cross-path warning, driver alert monitors and available rear parking sensors.
The Niro Plug-In Hybrid comes with a full 5-year/60,000-mile basic warranty, which covers the entire truck and includes 24-hour roadside assistance. The Crosstrek Hybrid’s 3-year/36,000-mile basic warranty expires 2 years and 24,000 miles sooner.
Kia’s powertrain warranty covers the Niro Plug-In Hybrid 5 years and 40,000 miles longer than Subaru covers the Crosstrek Hybrid. Any repair needed on the motor, batteries, axles, joints or driveshafts is fully covered for 10 years or 100,000 miles. Coverage on the Crosstrek Hybrid ends after only 5 years or 60,000 miles.
There are over 20 percent more Kia dealers than there are Subaru dealers, which makes it easier should you ever need service under the Niro Plug-In Hybrid’s warranty.
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 Subaru vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Kia second in initial quality, above the industry average. With 43 more problems per 100 vehicles, Subaru is ranked 25th, below the industry average.
J.D. Power and Associates’ 2019 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Kia vehicles are more reliable than Subaru vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Kia 10th in reliability, above the industry average. With 10 more problems per 100 vehicles, Subaru is ranked 14th.
On the EPA test cycle the Niro Plug-In Hybrid running on electricity gets better fuel mileage than the Crosstrek Hybrid running on electricity (110 city/99 hwy vs. 99 city/80 hwy MPGe).
On the EPA test cycle the Niro Plug-In Hybrid running its gasoline engine gets better fuel mileage than the Crosstrek Hybrid running its gasoline engine (48 city/44 hwy vs. 36 city/35 hwy).
The Niro Plug-In Hybrid’s maximum driving range in pure electric mode is 26 miles, 53% further than the Crosstrek Hybrid’s 17-mile electric range.
In its Green Vehicle Guide, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) rates the Kia Niro Plug-In Hybrid higher (7 out of 10) than the Subaru Crosstrek Hybrid (6 to 7). This means the Niro Plug-In Hybrid produces up to 1.1 pounds less smog-producing pollutants than the Crosstrek Hybrid every 15,000 miles.
For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Niro Plug-In Hybrid’s wheelbase is 1.4 inches longer than on the Crosstrek Hybrid (106.3 inches vs. 104.9 inches).
For better maneuverability, the Niro Plug-In Hybrid’s turning circle is .6 feet tighter than the Crosstrek Hybrid’s (34.8 feet vs. 35.4 feet).
The Kia Niro Plug-In Hybrid may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 450 to 550 pounds less than the Subaru Crosstrek Hybrid.
The Niro Plug-In Hybrid is 4.3 inches shorter than the Crosstrek Hybrid, making the Niro Plug-In Hybrid easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.
The Niro Plug-In Hybrid has .3 inches more front headroom, 1.7 inches more rear headroom and .7 inches more rear legroom than the Crosstrek Hybrid.
The front step up height for the Niro Plug-In Hybrid is 2 inches lower than the Crosstrek Hybrid (15.5” vs. 17.5”). The Niro Plug-In Hybrid’s rear step up height is 1.8 inches lower than the Crosstrek Hybrid’s (16.2” vs. 18”).
The Niro Plug-In Hybrid has a much larger cargo volume with its rear seat up than the Crosstrek Hybrid with its rear seat up (19.4 vs. 15.9 cubic feet). The Niro Plug-In Hybrid has a much larger cargo volume with its rear seat folded than the Crosstrek Hybrid with its rear seat folded (54.5 vs. 43.1 cubic feet).
A low lift-over cargo hatch design makes loading and unloading the Niro Plug-In Hybrid easier. The Niro Plug-In Hybrid’s cargo hatch lift-over height is 29 inches, while the Crosstrek Hybrid’s liftover is 30.7 inches.
The Niro Plug-In Hybrid’s cargo area is larger than the Crosstrek Hybrid’s in almost every dimension:
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The engine computer on the Niro Plug-In Hybrid automatically engages the starter until the car starts with one twist of the key and disables the starter while the engine is running. The Crosstrek Hybrid’s starter can be accidentally engaged while the engine is running, making a grinding noise and possibly damaging the starter and ring gear.
When two different drivers share the Niro Plug-In Hybrid EX Premium, the memory seats and mirrors make it convenient for both. Each setting activates different, customized memories for the driver’s seat position and outside mirror angle. The Crosstrek Hybrid doesn’t offer a memory system.
The Niro Plug-In Hybrid Touring’s standard easy entry system glides the driver’s seat back when the door is unlocked or the ignition is switched off, making it easier for the driver to get in and out. The Crosstrek Hybrid doesn’t offer an easy entry system.
When the Niro Plug-In Hybrid EX Premium is put in reverse, both rearview mirrors tilt from their original position. This gives the driver a better view of the curb during parallel parking maneuvers. Shifting out of reverse puts the mirrors into their original positions. The Crosstrek Hybrid’s mirrors don’t automatically adjust for backing.
Standard air-conditioned seats in the Niro Plug-In Hybrid EX Premium keep the driver and front passenger comfortable and take the sting out of hot seats in Summer. The Crosstrek Hybrid doesn’t offer air-conditioned seats.
The Niro Plug-In Hybrid’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 Crosstrek Hybrid doesn’t offer dual zone air conditioning.
Both the Niro Plug-In Hybrid and the Crosstrek Hybrid offer rear vents. For greater rear passenger comfort, the Niro Plug-In Hybrid EX/EX Premium has standard rear air conditioning vents to keep rear occupants cool in summer or warm in winter. The Crosstrek Hybrid doesn’t offer rear air conditioning vents, only heat vents.
To quickly and conveniently keep personal devices charged without cables tangling and wearing out, the Kia Niro Plug-In Hybrid EX/EX Premium has a standard wireless phone charging system (Qi) in the center console. The Crosstrek Hybrid doesn’t offer wireless personal charging.
The Niro Plug-In Hybrid EX Premium has a 115-volt a/c outlet on the center console, allowing you to recharge a laptop or run small household appliances without special adapters that can break or get misplaced. The Crosstrek Hybrid doesn’t offer a house-current electrical outlet.
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