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2021 Ford EcoSport vs. 2022 Kia Niro Review

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2021 Ford
EcoSport

MSRP*: $20,395 to $28,345
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2022 Kia
Niro

MSRP*: $24,690 to $31,990
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MPG - City 23 - 27 MPG 46 - 53 MPG
MPG - Hwy 29 MPG 40 - 48 MPG
Seating Capacity 5 seats 5 seats
Cargo Space 50.0 ft3 54.5 - 63.2 ft3
Engine
  • 123-hp, 1.0-liter, 3 Cylinder Engine (Gasoline Fuel)
  • 166-hp, 2.0-liter, 4 Cylinder Engine (Gasoline Fuel)
  • 139-hp, 1.6-liter, 4 Cylinder Engine (Gas/Electric Hybrid)
Transmission 6-Speed A/T 6-Speed A/T
Drivetrain Four Wheel Drive, Front Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive
Horsepower 123 - 166 hp 139 hp
Towing Capacity 1,400 - 2,000 lbs Info not available
Exterior Length 161.3 in 171.5 in
Exterior Width 69.5 in 71.1 in
Leg Room Front 42.9 in
Rear 36.7 in
Front 41.7 in
Rear 37.4 in
Head Room Front 39.6 in
Rear 37.5 in
Front 40.1 in
Rear 39.1 in
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 Kia Niro than in the Ford EcoSport, 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 Ford EcoSport and the Kia Niro.

Convenience
With the Kia Niro, you will definitely be making fewer stops at the gas station than with the Ford EcoSport, 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 Ford EcoSport will have less of an impact on your bank account than the Kia Niro.

Dimensions
Since the Ford EcoSport is much slimmer than the Kia Niro, it'll be much easier to find a wide enough space in a crowded parking lot. If you go with the Ford EcoSport, you'll have a much easier time finding a large enough space to park than you will with the Kia Niro.

Handling
The Ford EcoSport has the same turning radius as the Kia Niro, so they both maneuver the same in and out of tight spots.

Performance
The Ford EcoSport has a little more horsepower than the Kia Niro.

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

Utility
In terms of seating, you'll be able to fit about the same number of people in both the Ford EcoSport and the Kia Niro. The Ford EcoSport has less cargo space than the Kia Niro, which is okay if you don't need to move a lot in one trip.

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