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2021 Kia Niro EV vs. 2021 Toyota Highlander Review

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2021 Kia
Niro EV

MSRP*: $39,090 to $44,650
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2021 Toyota
Highlander

MSRP*: $35,085 to $49,190
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Invoice* $38,112 to $43,534 $32,032 to $44,911
MPG - City 123 MPG 20 - 21 MPG
MPG - Hwy 102 MPG 27 - 29 MPG
Seating Capacity 5 seats 7 - 8 seats
Cargo Space 53.0 ft3 84.3 ft3
Engine 201-hp, (electric) V-6
Transmission Automatic Auto Manual
Drivetrain Front-wheel All-wheel, Front-wheel
Horsepower 201 hp 295 hp
Towing Capacity Info not available 5,000 lbs
Exterior Length 172.2 in 194.9 - 197.4 in
Exterior Width 71.1 in 76.0 in
Leg Room Front 41.7 in
Rear 36.0 in
Front 42.0 in
Rear 41.0 in
Head Room Front 40.1 in
Rear 37.7 in
Front 38.4 - 41.2 in
Rear 37.1 - 39.4 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 Toyota Highlander 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 Toyota Highlander.

Convenience
With the Toyota Highlander, 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 Toyota Highlander. 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 EV and the Toyota Highlander have similar Destination Charges.

Dimensions
Since the Kia Niro EV is much slimmer than the Toyota Highlander, 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 Toyota Highlander.

Handling
The Kia Niro EV has a smaller turning radius than the Toyota Highlander, 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 Toyota Highlander.

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

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

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