2017 Toyota Highlander Hybrid vs 2017 Kia Niro Hybrid
For the first time since it entered its current generation back in 2013, every Toyota Highlander model went through some upgrades and enhancements for a mid-generation facelift. With new design cues and plenty of new or upgraded features, the Highlander Hybrid continues to be a force to be reckoned with in the segment. We thought we’d see how it measures up to one of, if not the newest hybrid crossovers on the market by comparing the 2017 Toyota Highlander Hybrid vs 2017 Kia Niro Hybrid.
Advantages of the 2017 Toyota Highlander Hybrid
The table up above takes a look at four different, important specifications to these types of vehicles. We thought we’d start at the top and work our way down, and the first two rows analyze performance. The first row looks at horsepower, of which the Highlander Hybrid has plenty. In fact, it offers an impressive 88 horsepower more than the new Niro Hybrid, which is a pretty sizeable advantage. Those 88 horses give the Highlander Hybrid a definite leg up, delivering a much more enjoyable driving experience. The 20 extra pound-feet of torque only enhances that sentiment.
Additionally, with the back seats folded flat, the Highlander Hybrid offers an extra 33.7 cubic feet of space for cargo. While you might not always need to drop the seats and fill your vehicle with goods, it’s a definite advantage if the need ever arises. The final row then looks at the average combined fuel efficiency across both highway and city. The Highlander Hybrid offers 8.3 l/100km, while the Niro Hybrid hasn’t yet been determined officially. According to Kia, it will offer 4.7 l/100km, but we find that hard to believe. Perhaps that is the efficiency for the Niro Plug-in, which would make more sense. Either way, the Niro will likely offer a slight advantage in efficiency, due in large part to the Highlander Hybrid’s big power advantage.
So essentially, this one comes down to a big boost in power and space against a big boost in efficiency. If you land on the 2017 Toyota Highlander Hybrid side of that argument, then give us a call or schedule a test drive right here on our website.