Nissan LEAF vs Kia Niro EV

2020 Nissan LEAF
2020 Nissan LEAF
$31,600MSRP
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2023 Kia Niro EV
2023 Kia Niro EV
$39,550MSRP
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2020 Nissan LEAF
$31,600MSRP
Overview
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2023 Kia Niro EV
$39,550MSRP
Overview
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Overview

MSRP

$31,600

MSRP

$39,550

Average price

$13,094

Average price

$21,652

Listings

3565

Listings

2058
Ratings & Reviews
User Reviews
User Reviews

Expert reviews

6.8 out of 10

Expert reviews

7.2 out of 10
Pros
  • Standard advanced safety features
  • Great handling
Cons
  • Poor value for money
Pros
  • Stylish design
  • Spacious
  • Great warranty
Cons
  • Fairly pedestrian performance
  • All-wheel drive not available

Reviews Summary

This is the car I wish Nissan made 10 years ago, when the first-generation Leaf almost stranded me on my way to work. Batteries have improved so much since 2010, they've made those early cars practically worthless on the used market. Case in point: with the second-generation Leaf, Nissan has added a new Plus model that claims up to 226 miles per charge, offers quicker acceleration, and includes more technology for every Leaf trim. It's enough to make the Leaf feel like a real car.

Reviews Summary

The 2023 Kia Niro enters its second generation with fresh styling and numerous mechanical and tech updates, but it still offers a choice of three powertrains, with the Niro Hybrid, Niro EV, and Niro PHEV plug-in hybrid all returning for 2023. That means a change in focus for the all-electric Niro EV, which is the subject of this review.

The first-generation Niro EV was Kia’s first mass-market electric car not based on an existing gasoline model (the Soul EV paved the way for it). But the redesigned 2023 Kia Niro EV now shares the lineup with the Kia EV6. That model takes aim at more premium EVs like the Ford Mustang Mach-E, Hyundai Ioniq 5, and Nissan Ariya, leaving the Niro EV to compete with entry-level models, such as the Chevrolet Bolt EV and EUV, Volkswagen ID.4, and Nissan’s Leaf.

Available in all 50 states, the 2023 Niro EV launches in whimsically named Wind and Wave trim levels. We spent some time in the higher-level Wave version for this review.

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Popular Features & Specs

Engine

147 hp Electric

Engine

201 hp Electric

Drive Train

FWD

Drive Train

FWD

Seating Capacity

5

Seating Capacity

5

EV Battery Capacity

40 kWh

EV Battery Capacity

65 kWh

MPG City

123

MPG City

126

MPG Highway

99

MPG Highway

101

Battery Charge Time (120V)

Battery Charge Time (120V)

59 hours

Battery Charge Time (240V)

8 hours

Battery Charge Time (240V)

2020 Nissan LEAF
2020 Nissan LEAF
$31,600MSRP
Overview
Overview
OverviewShop Now
2023 Kia Niro EV
2023 Kia Niro EV
$39,550MSRP
Overview
Overview
OverviewShop Now
2020 Nissan LEAF
$31,600MSRP
Overview
Overview
OverviewShop Now
2023 Kia Niro EV
$39,550MSRP
Overview
Overview
OverviewShop Now
Overview
MSRP
$31,600
$39,550
Average price
$13,094
$21,652
Listings
Ratings & Reviews
User reviews
4.0
4.7
Expert reviews

6.8 out of 10

Read full review

7.2 out of 10

Read full review
Pros & cons
Pros
  • Standard advanced safety features
  • Great handling
Cons
  • Poor value for money
Pros
  • Stylish design
  • Spacious
  • Great warranty
Cons
  • Fairly pedestrian performance
  • All-wheel drive not available
Summary
This is the car I wish Nissan made 10 years ago, when the first-generation Leaf almost stranded me on my way to work. Batteries have improved so much since 2010, they've made those early cars practically worthless on the used market. Case in point: with the second-generation Leaf, Nissan has added a new Plus model that claims up to 226 miles per charge, offers quicker acceleration, and includes more technology for every Leaf trim. It's enough to make the Leaf feel like a real car.

The 2023 Kia Niro enters its second generation with fresh styling and numerous mechanical and tech updates, but it still offers a choice of three powertrains, with the Niro Hybrid, Niro EV, and Niro PHEV plug-in hybrid all returning for 2023. That means a change in focus for the all-electric Niro EV, which is the subject of this review.

The first-generation Niro EV was Kia’s first mass-market electric car not based on an existing gasoline model (the Soul EV paved the way for it). But the redesigned 2023 Kia Niro EV now shares the lineup with the Kia EV6. That model takes aim at more premium EVs like the Ford Mustang Mach-E, Hyundai Ioniq 5, and Nissan Ariya, leaving the Niro EV to compete with entry-level models, such as the Chevrolet Bolt EV and EUV, Volkswagen ID.4, and Nissan’s Leaf.

Available in all 50 states, the 2023 Niro EV launches in whimsically named Wind and Wave trim levels. We spent some time in the higher-level Wave version for this review.

Video
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Popular Features & Specs
Engine
147 hp Electric
201 hp Electric
Drive Train
FWD
FWD
Seating Capacity
5
5
EV Battery Capacity
40 kWh
65 kWh
MPG City
123
126
MPG Highway
99
101
Battery Charge Time (120V)
59 hours
Battery Charge Time (240V)
8 hours
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