2018 Kia Niro

Starting Price: $24,280 | Price Yours

Above Average: Stylish, great fuel economy, comfort and solid interior design in a 5-person package.

Below Average: Some hybrids and electrics out there get better range than the hybrid or electric 2018 Kia Niro. No all-wheel drive.

Consensus: The 2018 Kia Niro offers a variety of engine types in a stylish, 4-door hatchback, with impressive fuel economy.


2018 Kia Sportage

Starting Price: $24,590 | Price Yours

Above Average: Style, excellent warranty, more high-tech safety equipment than previous years, climate controlled seats and optional turbocharged engine makes the affordable 2018 Kia Sportage feel premium.

Below Average: Offers less room than the Honda CR-V and lags a bit in fuel efficiency.

Consensus: The 2018 Kia Sportage has added tech at the entry level, a great warranty and stylish good looks. It also offers AWD and FWD.

The 2018 Kia Niro offers a ton of styling, ample space for backseat passengers, and a really solid fuel economy in its segment. It comes with a variety of engines including a hybrid and plug-in hybrid and it gets a combined city/highway fuel-economy rating of 50 mpg. The plug-in hybrid engine is new for 2018 and Kia has replaced the Lane Departure Warning system with a Lane Keep Assist system. There are a number of trim levels, all of which include Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, a rearview camera, and a 7-inch touch screen as standard.  At the top end the Touring trim gets an Advanced Tech Package and EX models get an electronic review mirror to help reduce glare at night. The 2018 Kia Niro feels nimble and light behind the wheel and offers a ton of acceleration, particularly in Sport Mode where the throttle gets sharper the gear ratios change to make the 6-speed transmission feel peppy. Unlike other hybrids, the Kia offers individual styling that makes it stand out in a crowd and it doesn’t feel like a gussied up golf cart. The 2018 Kia Sportage is a gasoline powered SUV that comes with a wealth of standard equipment at it’s entry point. You can get blind spot and rear-traffic alert, lane departure warnings and autonomous emergency braking on the 2018 Kia Sportage. The Sportage comes in two engine variants, a standard 2.4-liter, 4-cylinder that puts out 181 horsepower or a 2.0-liter, 4-cylinder, turbocharged engine that puts out 240 horsepower. The 2018 Kia Sportage also comes with available all-wheel drive or standard as front-wheel drive. We recommend stepping up to the EX trim to get more features at a reasonable price of just over $27,000. The Kia Sportage is more of an SUV than the hatch-like Kia Niro and has a slightly higher ride height.


Best in industry warranties, enjoyable driving dynamics and technology packed vehicles that offer styling and value.

Kia Niro Advantages

Hybrid and Plug-in Hybrid engines available if you are looking to save on gas.

Kia Sportage Advantages

SUV proportions and space, available turbocharged engine and optional all-wheel drive offered with locking differential should you decide you want to do more than just run to the store in perfect weather.

Final Recommendation

It’s a solid draw between the 2018 Kia Niro and the 2018 Kia Sportage. If you need more space and AWD then the Kia Sportage is for you. If you are looking to save on fuel and want a slightly smaller vehicle that still hauls 5 people, go for the Kia Niro.  Surprisingly enough, the Kia Niro has more interior cargo space than the Sportage. 

  2018 Kia Niro 2018 Kia Sportage
Popular Powertrains    
Engine 1.6-liter 4-cylinder hybrid 2.4-liter 4-cylinder
Horsepower 104 @ 5700 RPM 181 @ 6000 RPM
Torque 109 lb-ft @ 4000 RPM 175 lb-ft @ 4000 RPM
Transmission Automatic, 6-Spd w/Dual-Clutch & Sportmatic Automatic, 6-spd w Overdrive & Sportmatic
Fuel Economy 50 combined/52 city/49 highway 25 combined/ 22 city/ 29 highway
Also Available Plug-in hybrid 2.0-liter turbo 4-cylinder
Warranty 10 year/100,000 miles 10 year/ 100,000 miles
NHTSA Overall Safety Rating n/a 5-star
Max Seating Capacity 5 5
Wheelbase 106.3 inches 105.1 inches
Overall Length 171.5 inches 176.4 inches
Width 71.1 inches 73.0 inches
Height 60.4 inches 64.4 inches
Turning Diameter 34.8 feet 34.8 feet
Headroom, Front 40.1 inches 39.3 inches
Headroom, Rear 39.1 inches 39.1 inches
Legroom, Front 41.7 inches 41.5 inches
Legroom, Rear 37.4 inches 38.2 inches
Shoulder Room, Front 56.0 inches 57.1 inches
Shoulder Room, Rear 55.2  inches 55.1 inches
EPA Passenger Volume 100.9 cu. ft. n/a
EPA Cargo Volume 54.5 cu. ft.  30.7 cu. ft. 
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