A side-by-side comparison of the 2020 Toyota Prius vs. 2020 Kia Niro.

2020 Toyota Prius vs 2020 Kia Niro

2020 Toyota Prius vs 2020 Kia Niro
Serra Lifetime Warranty (Learn More) X
Serra Platinum Package (Learn More) X
Toyota Care X
Toyota Safety Sense X
1.8-L, 4-Cyl. Hybrid Engine 1.6-L, 4-Cyl.
Yes Avail. AWD No
62.7 cu.-ft. Max. Cargo Volume 54.5 cu.-ft.
54/50 Fuel Economy 52/49

Toyota is largely responsible for introducing a workable, scalable and trusted hybrid platform in the United States. The Toyota Prius has been around for about 20 years and it has continued to set the bar for the rest of the industry segment. However, just because the Prius has become the established class leader, that hasn’t stopped the competition from trying to join the game. A comparison between the 2020 Toyota Prius vs. 2020 Kia Niro will show that the competition still has a bit of a gap to close. The 2020 Prius offers better fuel economy scores across the board when compared to the Kia Rio as well as making more cargo volume available for most models. Toyota of Decatur customers can start the pre-ordering process for the 2020 Prius today by calling 256-274-4354.

At first blush, it wouldn’t seem like the 2020 Prius and 2020 Niro would actually be competitors. Sure, both are hybrid vehicles, but the Prius is a hatchback and the Niro is a compact crossover SUV. However, given the dimensions and performance of the two models, they are a lot closer than classifications would say. Both the 2020 Prius and 2020 Niro have seating for five passengers that can be configured to hall a decent amount of cargo. The 2020 Toyota Prius can hold up to 27.4 cubic-feet when people are sitting in the back and up to 62.7 cubic-feet with the seat folded down. Kia Niro owners will have 19.4 cubic-feet with rear passengers which can turn into 54.5 cubic-feet. Both automakers have equipped each hybrid vehicle with a smartphone-compatible infotainment system. Additionally, the 2020 Prius can be outfitted with a mobile Wi-Fi hotspot, a feature not found with the Niro.

Performance Specs and Fuel Economy

All 2020 Toyota Prius models available at Toyota of Decatur will have a 1.8-liter, four-cylinder engine attached to the automaker’s hybrid system and a continuously variable transmission. It will make 121 net horsepower and 105 pound-feet of torque. Front- and all-wheel-drive options are available. The 2020 Toyota Prius L Eco trim will be able to record up 58 miles per gallon in the city and 53 miles per gallon on the highway. Buyers choosing the LE, XLE or Limited models will post 54 mpg in the city and 50 mpg on the highway. Also, the all-wheel-drive versions of the XLE and LE can post 52 mpg in the city and 48 mpg on the highway.

The 2020 Kia Niro uses a similar four-cylinder engine mated to its hybrid technology. It will produce slightly more net performance but its fuel economy scores that top out at 52 mpg in the city and 49 mpg on the highway can’t match the efficiency scores offered by the Prius. Finally, the 2020 Niro isn’t available with all-wheel-drive.

Rear view of 2020 Toyota Prius
Blue 2020 Toyota Prius
A photo of the front seats in the 2020 Toyota Prius.
A photo of the dashboard and technology available in the 2020 Toyota Prius.


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