2018 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid vs 2018 Kia Niro Hybrid

We’re not afraid to admit that one of the hottest vehicles on the market right now is the brand-new Kia Niro Hybrid. The subcompact crossover has been turning heads since its debut in the 2017 model year, but we decided to see what the fuss is all about by pitting our own small hybrid crossover against it in a competitive comparison. With that in mind, we compared the 2018 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid vs 2018 Kia Niro Hybrid.

In conducting our comparison, we put together the table just below, populated with some of the most important specifications to consider when shopping for a vehicle like these. We thought we’d go through the table row by row to help show you the advantages each vehicle has over the other, starting from the top with power.

2018 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid


2018 Kia Niro Hybrid

194 HP Horsepower 139 HP
32 mpg Combined Fuel Efficiency 50 mpg
35.6 cu. ft. Cargo Capacity 19.4 cu. ft.
5 Seating Capacity 5

Advantages of the 2018 RAV4 Hybrid

While power might not be as important in a hybrid crossover as it is in a traditional sport utility vehicle, it’s still an important factor to consider. You need enough power to get you, your passengers, and all of your cargo up and moving, but not so much that it impeded the hybrid’s efficiency. The RAV4 Hybrid does so splendidly, delivering 194 horsepower, which is 55 HP more than the Kia Niro Hybrid offers.

Of course the much nimbler Niro Hybrid does then fire back by offering superior fuel efficiency, 18 extra miles to the gallon combined to be specific. But power isn’t the only aspect the RAV4 Hybrid has an advantage in. While both crossovers offer seating for 5, the RAV4 delivers more room for all of your cargo, thanks to 35.6 cubic feet of space behind the back seat – 16.2 cu. ft. more than the Kia Niro.

If you think you might be interested in a 2018 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid of your own, be sure to get in touch with us right away here at the Arlington Toyota sales desk.