2016 Toyota Highlander Hybrid vs 2017 Kia Niro Hybrid
Since the Prius was first introduced nearly 20 years ago, the Toyota brand has essentially become the industry leader in terms of hybrid technology and vehicles. With seven different models currently available, no other brand can come close to the wide array of offerings that Toyota offers in terms of hybrid vehicles. We thought we’d see how one of its lesser-known hybrid vehicles measures up to one of the newest forays into the segment, by comparing the 2016 Toyota Highlander Hybrid vs 2017 Kia Niro Hybrid to see the similarities and differences.
Advantages of the 2016 Toyota Highlander Hybrid
One important thing to note is that the brand-new Kia Niro Hybrid is a subcompact hybrid crossover, while the Highlander Hybrid is a midsize. So that should explain the drastic difference in cargo volume, as seen in the bottom row of the table above. While it does explain why there is such a drastic difference, it doesn’t change the fact that the Highlander Hybrid does offer an extra 57.7 cubic feet of space for you to fill with whatever you need to bring along with you.
So that covers space, but why don’t we take a look at the engines the two vehicles offer. Fuel efficiency information hasn’t yet been released for the brand-new Kia Niro Hybrid, but power and the size of the engine has. While the bigger Toyota Highlander Hybrid offers a 3.5L V6, the Niro offers a 1.6L 4-cylinder engine. While that does put the Kia Hybrid at a disadvantage, we’re not surprised they would put a smaller 4-cylinder engine in a small crossover.
In terms of power, however, there is no plus side for the Kia Niro Hybrid. The Highlander Hybrid offers an extra 134 horsepower and 20 pound-feet of torque. That means it will deliver a more enjoyable driving experience every time you hop behind the wheel. If you think you might be interested in a 2016 Toyota Highlander Hybrid of your own, be sure to schedule a test drive right on our website or by giving us a call here at the Wheaton Toyota on the Trail sales desk.