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2020 Kia Niro vs. 2021 Toyota RAV4 Review

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2020 Kia
Niro

MSRP*: $24,590 to $32,790
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2021 Toyota
RAV4

MSRP*: $26,350 to $36,280
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Invoice* $23,853 to $31,807 $24,544 to $33,829
MPG - City 46 - 51 MPG 25 - 28 MPG
MPG - Hwy 40 - 46 MPG 32 - 35 MPG
Seating Capacity 5 seats 5 seats
Cargo Space 54.5 ft3 69.7 - 69.8 ft3
Engine 139-hp, 1.6-liter, 4 Cylinder Engine (Gas/Electric Hybrid) 203-hp, 2.5-liter, 4 Cylinder Engine (Gasoline Fuel)
Transmission 6-Speed A/T 8-Speed A/T
Drivetrain Front Wheel Drive All Wheel Drive, Front Wheel Drive
Horsepower 139 hp 203 hp
Towing Capacity Info not available 1,500 - 3,500 lbs
Exterior Length 171.5 in 180.9 - 181.5 in
Exterior Width 71.1 in 73.0 - 73.4 in
Leg Room Front 41.7 in
Rear 37.4 in
Front 41.0 in
Rear 37.8 in
Head Room Front 40.1 in
Rear 39.1 in
Front 37.7 - 39.5 in
Rear 39.5 in
Basic Warranty 5 years/60,000 miles 3 years/36,000 miles
Overall Safety Rating** **** *****
Frontal Crash Rating** **** ****
Side Crash Rating** ***** *****

**Vehicle crash and safety data is provided by NHTSA, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The NHTSA testing was established by Congress to reduce highway deaths and injuries.

*MSRP and Invoice prices displayed are for educational purposes only, do not reflect the actual selling price of a particular vehicle, and do not include applicable gas taxes or destination charges.

Comparison Review

Comfort
Passengers in the back seat may find themselves a little more cramped in the Kia Niro than the Toyota RAV4. The Kia Niro will be popular with taller drivers and passengers in the front seat, due to its greater front head- and legroom than the Toyota RAV4.

Convenience
You'll be making about the same number of stops at the gas station with the Kia Niro as you will with the Toyota RAV4, as they are both able to travel similar distances on a tank of gas.

Cost
There are a lot of factors to consider when calculating the overall cost of a vehicle. The main consideration is Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP). When looking only at MSRP, the Kia Niro will have less of an impact on your bank account than the Toyota RAV4. Another consideration is the Destination Charge, which is a standard charge for transporting the vehicle to the dealer from where it's built. Both the Kia Niro and the Toyota RAV4 have similar Destination Charges.

Dimensions
Since the Kia Niro is much slimmer than the Toyota RAV4, it'll be much easier to find a wide enough space in a crowded parking lot. If you go with the Kia Niro, you'll have a much easier time finding a large enough space to park than you will with the Toyota RAV4.

Handling
The Kia Niro has a smaller turning radius than the Toyota RAV4, allowing you to more easily maneuver in and out of tight spots.

Performance
When it comes to horsepower, the Kia Niro has a lot less horsepower than the Toyota RAV4.

Powertrain
With somewhat higher torque, the Kia Niro transmits power to its wheels a bit more effectively than the Toyota RAV4.

Utility
In terms of seating, you'll be able to fit about the same number of people in both the Kia Niro and the Toyota RAV4. The Kia Niro has significantly less cargo capacity than the Toyota RAV4.

Warranty
You'll have greater peace of mind with the more generous basic warranty of the Kia Niro than that of the Toyota RAV4.