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2021 Kia Niro EV vs. 2021 Lexus NX 300 Review

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2021 Kia
Niro EV

MSRP*: $39,090 to $44,650
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Picture of the 2021 Lexus NX 300

2021 Lexus
NX 300

MSRP*: $37,610 to $45,460
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Invoice* $38,112 to $43,534 $35,165 to $42,506
MPG - City 123 MPG 22 MPG
MPG - Hwy 102 MPG 27 - 28 MPG
Seating Capacity 5 seats 5 seats
Cargo Space 53.0 ft3 54.6 ft3
Engine 201-hp, (electric) Inline-4
Transmission Automatic Auto Manual
Drivetrain Front-wheel All-wheel, Front-wheel
Horsepower 201 hp 235 hp
Towing Capacity Info not available 2,000 lbs
Exterior Length 172.2 in 182.7 in
Exterior Width 71.1 in 73.6 in
Leg Room Front 41.7 in
Rear 36.0 in
Front 42.8 in
Rear 36.1 in
Head Room Front 40.1 in
Rear 37.7 in
Front 37.4 - 38.2 in
Rear 38.0 - 38.1 in
Basic Warranty 5 years/60,000 miles 4 years/50,000 miles
Overall Safety Rating** Info not available *****
Frontal Crash Rating** Info not available ****
Side Crash Rating** Info not available *****

**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
The Kia Niro EV offers rear passengers about the same room to stretch out as the Lexus NX 300, with comparable head- and legroom. As far as headroom and legroom go, there's not much difference between front seat comfort in the Kia Niro EV and the Lexus NX 300.

Convenience
With the Lexus NX 300, you will definitely be making fewer stops at the gas station than with the Kia Niro EV, due to its tank size and fuel economy.

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 EV will have less of an impact on your bank account than the Lexus NX 300. Another consideration is the Destination Charge, which is a standard charge for transporting the vehicle to the dealer from where it's built. The Destination Charge for the Kia Niro EV is much higher than that for the Lexus NX 300.

Dimensions
Since the Kia Niro EV is much slimmer than the Lexus NX 300, it'll be much easier to find a wide enough space in a crowded parking lot. If you go with the Kia Niro EV, you'll have a much easier time finding a large enough space to park than you will with the Lexus NX 300.

Handling
The Kia Niro EV has a smaller turning radius than the Lexus NX 300, allowing you to more easily maneuver in and out of tight spots.

Performance
The Kia Niro EV has a little less horsepower than the Lexus NX 300.

Powertrain
With somewhat higher torque, the Kia Niro EV transmits power to its wheels a bit more effectively than the Lexus NX 300.

Utility
In terms of seating, you'll be able to fit about the same number of people in both the Kia Niro EV and the Lexus NX 300. You'll be able to fit about the same amount of groceries in the Kia Niro EV as you will in the Lexus NX 300.

Warranty
You'll have greater peace of mind with the more generous basic warranty of the Kia Niro EV than that of the Lexus NX 300.