2020 Nissan Leaf vs. 2020 Kia Niro Plug-In Hybrid

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In the past twenty years hundreds of infants and young children have died after being left in vehicles, usually by accident. When turning the vehicle off, drivers of the Leaf are reminded to check the back seat if they opened the rear door before starting out. The Niro Plug-In Hybrid doesn’t offer a back seat reminder.

The Leaf has standard Active Head Restraints, which use a specially designed headrest to protect the driver and front passenger from whiplash. During a rear-end collision, the Active Head Restraints system moves the headrests forward to prevent neck and spine injuries. The Niro Plug-In Hybrid doesn’t offer a whiplash protection system.

Over 200 people are killed each year when backed over by motor vehicles. The Leaf has standard Rear Automatic Braking that uses rear sensors to monitor and automatically apply the brakes to prevent a rear collision. The Niro Plug-In Hybrid doesn’t offer backup collision prevention brakes.

The Leaf (except S) offers an optional Around View® Monitor to allow the driver to see objects all around the vehicle on a screen. The Niro Plug-In Hybrid only offers a rear monitor and rear parking sensors that beep or flash a light. That doesn’t help with obstacles to the front or sides.

Both the Leaf and the Niro Plug-In Hybrid 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, lane departure warning systems, blind spot warning systems, rearview cameras, rear cross-path warning, available daytime running lights and driver alert monitors.

Warranty

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The Leaf’s 5-year corrosion warranty has no mileage limitations, but the corrosion warranty on the Niro Plug-In Hybrid runs out after 100,000 miles.

There are over 41 percent more Nissan dealers than there are Kia dealers, which makes it easier should you ever need service under the Leaf’s warranty.

Engine

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The Leaf’s standard electric motor produces 8 more horsepower (147 vs. 139) and 41 lbs.-ft. more torque (236 vs. 195) than the Niro Plug-In Hybrid’s 1.6 DOHC 4-cylinder hybrid. The Leaf PLUS’ standard electric motor produces 75 more horsepower (214 vs. 139) and 55 lbs.-ft. more torque (250 vs. 195) than the Niro Plug-In Hybrid’s 1.6 DOHC 4-cylinder hybrid.

Fuel Economy and Range

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On the EPA test cycle the Leaf gets better fuel mileage than the Niro Plug-In Hybrid:

MPGe

Leaf

Electric Motor

123 city/99 hwy

S PLUS Electric Motor

118 city/97 hwy

Niro Plug-In Hybrid

Electric Motor

110 city/99 hwy

MPG

1.6 4-cyl. Hybrid

48 city/44 hwy

The Leaf PLUS’ maximum EPA estimated driving range is 226 miles on a full charge. The Niro Plug-In Hybrid can only travel about 26 miles before it has to start its internal combustion engine. The Leaf with its standard battery can go 149 miles.

Environmental Friendliness

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

Brakes and Stopping

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The Leaf’s standard front and rear disc brakes are vented to help dissipate heat for shorter stops with less fading. The rear discs on the Niro Plug-In Hybrid are solid, not vented.

Tires and Wheels

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For better traction, the Leaf SV/SL’s tires are larger than the largest tires available on the Niro Plug-In Hybrid (215/50R17 vs. 205/60R16).

The Leaf S’ standard tires provide better handling because they have a lower 55 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the Niro Plug-In Hybrid’s standard 60 series tires. The Leaf SV/SL’s tires have a lower 50 series profile than the Niro Plug-In Hybrid’s 60 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Leaf SV/SL has standard 17-inch wheels. The Niro Plug-In Hybrid’s largest wheels are only 16-inches.

The Leaf has a standard easy tire fill system. When inflating the tires, the vehicle’s integrated tire pressure sensors keep track of the pressure as the tires fill and tell the driver when the tires are inflated to the proper pressure. The Niro Plug-In Hybrid doesn’t offer vehicle monitored tire inflation.

Suspension and Handling

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The Leaf has vehicle speed sensitive variable-assist power steering, for low-effort parking, better control at highway speeds and during hard cornering, and a better feel of the road. The Niro Plug-In Hybrid doesn’t offer variable-assist power steering.

Passenger Space

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The Leaf has 1.1 inches more front headroom, .4 inches more front legroom and 1.7 inches more rear hip room than the Niro Plug-In Hybrid.

Cargo Capacity

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The Leaf has a much larger cargo volume than the Niro Plug-In Hybrid with its rear seat up (23.6 vs. 19.4 cubic feet).

Ergonomics

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The Leaf SV/SL 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 Plug-In Hybrid doesn’t offer a remote starting system.

Both the Leaf and the Niro Plug-In Hybrid offer available heated front seats. The Leaf SL also has standard heated rear seats to keep those passengers extremely comfortable in the winter. Heated rear seats aren’t available in the Niro Plug-In Hybrid.

Economic Advantages

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Insurance will cost less for the Leaf owner. The Complete Car Cost Guide estimates that insurance for the Leaf will cost $175 less than the Niro Plug-In Hybrid over a five-year period.

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