Most compact electric SUV lovers find it difficult to choose between the Kia Niro and the Toyota bZ4X, and we understand that. Kia offers the Niro in standard hybrid, plug-in hybrid (PHEV) and EV models. And the automaker has outdone itself with a massive redesign of the 2023 Niro.
Now, the underrated gem in Kia’s catalog is more affordable, practical and dirt-friendly to the delight of fuel-efficient and eco-friendly car lovers. A side-by-side comparison between the 2023 Kia Niro and the 2023 Toyota bZ4X shows that the Kia may actually have some advantages.
So, how does the 2023 Kia Niro EV stack up against the 2023 Toyota bZ4X? Dive into it.
2023 Kira Niro EV is more affordable than 2023 Toyota bZ4X
The 2023 Niro EV has a higher starting price than the 2023 Toyota bZ4X. According to Kia’s website, the all-new 2023 Niro EV is available in two trims. MSRP for the “Beau,” base trim, starts at $39,450. Meanwhile, the “Wave” trim is your other option, starting at $44,450.
Conversely, as Edmonds reports, the MSRP for the all-new 2023 Toyota bZ4X ranges from $42,000 to $48,780. Toyota offers the 2023 bZ4X in four trim levels: XLE, XLE AWD, Limited and Limited AWD with MSRPs of $42,000, $44,080, $46,700 and $48,780 respectively.
At a lower price than the bZ4X, the Niro EV offers owners unmatched utility, convenience and an enjoyable driving experience.
The 2023 Niro EV has a longer range than the 2023 bZ4X
The eco-friendly all-new Kia Niro EV has a decent range of 253 miles and fast charging. Kia boasts that the 2023 Niro can fill 10-80% of its charge in less than 45 minutes.
Electrek details that both the Wind and Wave Niro EVs power an all-electric powertrain with a 64.8 kWh battery that makes 201 hp and a 0-60 mph time of 7.1 seconds.
But the Wave trim has a number of upgrades, including heated mirrors, improved headlights, a power sunroof and a vehicle-to-load inverter that enables owners to power off devices from the car’s battery.
Toyota boasts that the battery electric structure of the 2023 bZ4X provides a solid foundation for improved driving performance, comfort and stability. But its range still follows Nero.
Front-wheel drive versions of the 2023 bZ4X are powered by a 71.4 kWh battery and range between 242 and 252 miles. All-wheel drive versions of the 2023 bZ4X are powered by a 72.8 kWh battery and have a range between 222 and 228 miles.
The 2023 Niro EV beats the 2023 bZ4X in cargo space
Both electric vehicles boast plenty of cargo space. But the Nero EV’s 63.7 cu. ft. Cargo volume after folding the second row is 56.1 cu. in. of the 2023 bZ4X. ft. cargo capacity.
The all-new Niro EV also comes standard with a power liftgate. Behind its rear seats, the 2023 Niro EV has 22.28 cu. ft of cargo room, making it one of the few subcompact electric SUVs with decent cargo space.
2023 Niro EV has better warranty than 2023 bZ4X
Kia offers the family-friendly SUV a 10-year/100,000-mile warranty program that includes the following: a 10-year/100,000-mile limited powertrain warranty, a 5-year/60,000-mile limited basic warranty, a 5- year/100,000-mile limited anti-perforation warranty, and a 5-year/60,000-mile roadside assistance plan. The 2023 Niro EV’s warranty coverage is much fairer than the bZ4X’s 3-year/36,000 mile coverage.
Clearly, the 2023 Niro EV is giving Toyota’s 2023 bZ4X a run for its money. Considering the EV’s affordability, extended range, larger cargo space and generous warranty coverage, it’s a better bet than the bZ4X.
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