In comparing the Tesla Model 3's and the Kia Niro EV's specifications and ratings, the Tesla Model 3 has the advantage in the areas of resale value and base engine power. The Kia Niro EV has the advantage in the areas of typical lower range of pricing for one- to five-year-old used cars, and interior volume. Based on this comparison of the Tesla Model 3's and the Kia Niro EV's specifications and ratings, the two cars are fairly comparable.
Tesla Model 3 vs. Kia Niro EV Pricing
A used 2023 Tesla Model 3 ranges from $34,950 to $49,496 while a used 2023 Kia Niro EV is priced between $30,941 to $46,786.
Tesla Model 3 vs. Kia Niro EV Resale/Retained Value
Looking at the 5-year depreciation rate for both models, the Tesla Model 3 loses 48.2 percent of its value and the Kia Niro EV loses 56.8 percent of its value. This means the Tesla Model 3 retains 8.5 percentage points more of its value and has the advantage of higher resale value versus the Kia Niro EV.
Engine Power and Fuel Efficiency Comparison
For engine performance, the Tesla Model 3’s base engine makes 271 horsepower, and the Kia Niro EV base engine makes 201 horsepower. The Model 3 is rated to deliver an average of 127 miles per gallon of gasoline-equivalent (MPGe), with a highway range of 272 miles. The Niro EV is rated to deliver an average of 126 miles per gallon of gasoline-equivalent (MPGe), with a highway range of 253 miles. This gives the Tesla Model 3 the fuel efficiency and maximum range advantage over the Kia Niro EV. Both models use electricity. The charge time for the Model 3 is 10.4 hours (240V), while the charge time for the Niro EV is 59 hours (120V).
Passenger Space Comparison
The Kia Niro EV, a electric SUV, has the advantage of offering more interior volume, reflected in more front head room, rear head room, rear shoulder room and rear leg room. The Tesla Model 3, a electric compact car, has the advantage in the areas of front leg room cargo space. The Tesla Model 3 and Kia Niro EV are comparable in regards to front shoulder room.
Safety Ratings Comparison
When comparing crash test ratings from NHTSA, both the Tesla Model 3 and the Kia Niro EV have the same average safety rating of 5 out of 5 Stars. When comparing IIHS evaluations, the Tesla Model 3 has the advantage with a Top Safety Pick+ award.