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2021 Kia Niro EV vs. 2021 Subaru Ascent Review

Picture of the 2021 Kia Niro EV

2021 Kia
Niro EV

MSRP*: $39,090 to $44,650
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2021 Subaru
Ascent

MSRP*: $32,295 to $45,445
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Invoice* $38,112 to $43,534 $30,304 to $42,290
MPG - City 123 MPG 20 - 21 MPG
MPG - Hwy 102 MPG 26 - 27 MPG
Seating Capacity 5 seats 7 - 8 seats
Cargo Space 53.0 ft3 86.0 - 86.5 ft3
Engine 201-hp, (electric) Horizontal
Transmission Automatic Auto Manual
Drivetrain Front-wheel All-wheel
Horsepower 201 hp 260 hp
Towing Capacity Info not available 2,000 - 5,000 lbs
Exterior Length 172.2 in 196.8 in
Exterior Width 71.1 in 76.0 in
Leg Room Front 41.7 in
Rear 36.0 in
Front 42.2 in
Rear 38.6 in
Head Room Front 40.1 in
Rear 37.7 in
Front 40.1 - 41.3 in
Rear 38.7 - 40.0 in
Basic Warranty 5 years/60,000 miles 3 years/36,000 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
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. The Subaru Ascent will be a hit with tall drivers and their front seat passengers, since it has greater front head- and legroom than the Kia Niro EV.

Convenience
With the Subaru Ascent, 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). Whether you pick the Kia Niro EV or the Subaru Ascent, it's going to cost you about the same. 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 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
When it comes to horsepower, the Kia Niro EV has a lot less horsepower than the Subaru Ascent.

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

Utility
Soccer Moms beware - the Kia Niro EV seats a lot fewer people than the Subaru Ascent. The Kia Niro EV has significantly less cargo capacity than the Subaru Ascent.

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