2017 Kia Niro vs 2017 Kia Sportage

Kia has a surprising new crossover that is prepared to impress. It’s called the Kia Niro and with its hybrid drivetrain, it promises to deliver a unique combination of efficiency and capability. With another crossover in the Kia lineup, you may be wondering what this vehicles offers that the others don’t, and there’s no better way to demonstrate that then with a comparison. Let’s look at the 2017 Kia Niro vs 2017 Kia Sportage to see what each vehicle has to offer.

Make no mistake, these are two very different crossovers. Everything from their size to their drivetrain is different, and both would make a great addition to any family, but perhaps one will work better for you. If you already know which one you want, then click one of the links below to browse through the Carolina Kia of High Point inventory right now.

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2017 Kia Niro VS 2017 Kia Sportage
$22,890 Starting MSRP $23,200
52 City / 49 Highway Fuel Economy 23 City / 30 Highway
No All-Wheel Drive Optional
54.5 Cubic Feet Max Cargo Room 60.1 Cubic Feet

What’s the difference between the Kia Niro and Kia Sportage?

As you can see above, both crossovers are extremely capable, but the Niro’s fuel mileage may give you pause. Those number are not a typo, with the Niro’s innovative hybrid drivetrain it is capable of some truly impressive fuel mileage numbers. It does all that with very little sacrifice to power as it combines its 1.6-liter gas engine and its electric motor to generate a total of 139 combined horsepower.

The Sportage may get lower mileage, but it does have more power on tap with 181 horsepower on the LX and EX, and 237 horsepower on the SX Turbo. The latter still manages to achieve 21 city and 26 highway mpg.

Another key difference between these two vehicles is the availability of all-wheel drive. For 2017, the Kia Niro is only available as a front-wheel drive vehicle. Keep in mind that the all-wheel drive option for the Sportage adds $1,500 to the MSRP.

Finally when it comes to cargo room, the Sportage invariably provides a little more space because it’s a slightly bigger vehicle and the Niro’s hybrid drivetrain tends to take up more space. In the end though, with fold down rear seats, both still provide excellent cargo room that should be enough for almost all of your cargo needs.

No matter which crossover you choose, you know you are getting a fully featured machine at a great value, because these are still both Kia models. With the Kia name on both of these crossovers, you can also expect the 10 year / 100,000 mile powertrain warranty and the 5 year / 60,000 mile bumper-to-bumper warranty to provide you that extra peace of mind. If you are considering either of these vehicles in the High Point, NC area, then you should head down to Carolina Kia of High Point, we will help you find the Kia that’s right for you.

2017 Kia Niro interior overview
2017 Kia Sportage interior overview
2017 Kia Niro gauge cluster
2017 Kia Sportage cargo room

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