2023 Kia Niro EV vs. 2024 Subaru Ascent Review

Picture of the 2023 Kia Niro EV

2023 Kia
Niro EV

MSRP*: $39,550 to $44,550
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Picture of the 2024 Subaru Ascent

2024 Subaru
Ascent

MSRP*: $34,395 to $48,695
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MPG - City Info not available 19 - 20 MPG
MPG - Hwy Info not available 25 - 26 MPG
Seating Capacity 5 seats 7 - 8 seats
Cargo Space 63.7 ft3 72.8 - 75.6 ft3
Engine
  • 201-hp, Electric Motor (Electric Fuel System)
  • 260-hp, 2.4-liter, 4 Cylinder Engine (Gasoline Fuel)
Transmission Automatic Continuously Variable
Drivetrain Front Wheel Drive All Wheel Drive
Horsepower 201 hp 260 hp
Towing Capacity 1,653 lbs 2,000 - 5,000 lbs
Exterior Length 174.0 in 196.8 in
Exterior Width 71.9 in 76.0 in
Leg Room Front 41.5 in
Rear 36.9 in
Front 42.2 in
Rear 38.6 in
Head Room Front 40.5 in
Rear 38.1 in
Front 40.4 - 41.2 in
Rear 38.7 - 40.0 in

*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 backseat will be able to stretch out a lot more in the Subaru Ascent than in the Kia Niro EV, due to its greater 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 Subaru Ascent.

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 Subaru Ascent.

Dimensions
Since the Kia Niro EV is much slimmer than the Subaru Ascent, 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 Subaru Ascent.

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

Performance
In terms of towing capacity, the Subaru Ascent is clearly the choice over the Kia Niro EV for pulling heavy loads. When it comes to horsepower, the Kia Niro EV has a lot less horsepower than the Subaru Ascent.

Powertrain
The Kia Niro EV has much lower torque than the Subaru Ascent, which generally means that it won't feel as fast or powerful.

Utility
The Kia Niro EV has less seating than the Subaru Ascent, making the Subaru Ascent the better choice, if you need to chauffeur many passengers. The Kia Niro EV has less cargo space than the Subaru Ascent, which is okay if you don't need to move a lot in one trip.