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Tesla Model Y vs. Kia Niro EV

In comparing the Tesla Model Y to the Kia Niro EV, the Tesla Model Y has the advantage in the area of base engine power. The Kia Niro EV has the advantage in the area of typical lower range of pricing for one- to five-year-old used cars. Based on this comparison of the Tesla Model Y versus the Kia Niro EV, the two cars are fairly comparable.

Tesla Model Y versus Kia Niro EV Pricing

A one- to five-year-old used Tesla Model Y ranges from $57,996 to $69,887 while a used Kia Niro EV from the same model year range is priced between $32,512 to $45,948.

Engine Power and Fuel Efficiency Comparison

For engine performance, the Tesla Model Y’s base engine makes 346 horsepower, and the Kia Niro EV base engine makes 201 horsepower. The Model Y is rated to deliver an average of 127 miles per gallon of gasoline-equivalent (MPGe), with a highway range of 330 miles. The Niro EV is rated to deliver an average of 123 miles per gallon of gasoline-equivalent (MPGe), with a highway range of 239 miles. Both models use electricity. The charge time for the Model Y is 10 hours (240V), while the charge time for the Niro EV is 59 hours (120V).

Hauling, Towing, and Off-Road Capabilities Comparison

The Tesla Model Y has the advantage of offering higher ground clearance, while the Kia Niro EV has the advantage of offering higher payload capacity.

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2022 Tesla Model Y

2022 Kia Niro EV

Pricing

New Asking Price:

-

Used Asking Price:

$57,996 - $69,887

5-Year Depreciation (lower is better):

46.7%

Pricing

New Asking Price:

$39,766 - $47,344

Used Asking Price:

$32,512 - $45,948

5-Year Depreciation (lower is better):

56.8%

iSeeCars Scores & Rankings

Overall Score:

Not available

Reliability:

Not available

Retained Value:

9.3 / 10

Safety:

10.0 / 10

iSeeCars Scores & Rankings

Overall Score:

Not available

Reliability:

Not available

Retained Value:

7.7 / 10

Safety:

Not available

iSeeCars Rankings

2 / 14

iSeeCars Rankings

Summary Review

The Tesla Model Y is a two-row, five-passenger crossover. An optional third row with two jump seats is also available in some trims. Like every Tesla, it offers great performance bang for the buck, with acceleration that surpasses most gas-powered crossovers in its price range.

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Summary Review

The Kia Niro EV is one of the most practical and engaging five-door electric vehicles sold in America. This is one to carefully consider if you don’t need the functionality of a larger AWD utility vehicle.

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Pros and Cons

  • Roomier than its sibling the Model 3
  • Optional third row
  • Segment-leading range

  • No Android Auto or Apple CarPlay
  • No spare tire on any trim
  • Few luxury features 
  • Some early reliability issues

Pros and Cons

  • Satisfying driving experience
  • Kia’s simple and effective infotainment system
  • Ample cargo volume - competitive with larger crossovers despite its compact size

  • Not a true crossover
  • No AWD available
  • No spare tire
  • Low volume

Available Body Styles

SUV

Available Body Styles

SUV

Available Drivetrain Options

Electric

Available Drivetrain Options

Electric

Trim Levels

Long Range, Performance

Trim Levels

EX, EX Premium, S

Warranty Information

Warranty, Bumper-to-Bumper:

4 years / 50000 miles

Warranty, Powertrain

8 years / 120000 miles

Warranty, Roadside Assistance:

4 years / 50000 miles

Warranty Information

Warranty, Bumper-to-Bumper:

5 years / 60000 miles

Warranty, Powertrain

10 years / 100000 miles

Warranty, Roadside Assistance:

5 years / 60000 miles

Safety Ratings

NHTSA Safety Rating (last 5 year average):

5 out of 5 Stars

IIHS Safety Rating:

Not yet available

Safety Ratings

NHTSA Safety Rating (last 5 year average):

Not yet available

IIHS Safety Rating:

Not yet available

Base Drivetrain Specifications

Horsepower:

346 hp

Torque:

389 foot-lbs

Power-to-Weight Ratio (higher is better):

0.078 hp per pound

Towing Capacity:

Not yet available

Base Drivetrain Specifications

Horsepower:

201 hp

Torque:

291 foot-lbs

Power-to-Weight Ratio (higher is better):

0.052 hp per pound

Towing Capacity:

Not yet available

Engine Specifications

Transmission:

Automatic

Standard/Optional Drivetrain Type:

AWD

MPGe:

127 / 117 / 122

Range (city/hwy):

330 miles

Recommended Fuel Type:

Electricity

Battery Size/Capacity :

75 kWh

Maximum Charging Rate:

10 hours (240V)

Engine Specifications

Transmission:

Automatic

Standard/Optional Drivetrain Type:

FWD

MPGe:

123 / 102 / 112

Range (city/hwy):

239 miles

Recommended Fuel Type:

Electricity

Battery Size/Capacity:

64 kWh

Maximum Charging Rate:

59 hours (120V)

Standard/Optional Features

Apple CarPlay:

N/A

Android Auto:

N/A

Wireless Smartphone Charging:

Standard

Keyless Entry:

Standard

Keyless Ignition:

Standard

Adaptive Cruise Control:

Standard

Heated Seats:

Standard

Cooled/Ventilated Seats:

N/A

Leather Upholstery:

Standard

Navigation System:

Standard

Sunroof/Moonroof:

Standard

Heated Steering Wheel:

N/A

Standard/Optional Features

Apple CarPlay:

Standard

Android Auto:

Standard

Wireless Smartphone Charging:

Standard

Keyless Entry:

Standard

Keyless Ignition:

Standard

Adaptive Cruise Control:

Standard

Heated Seats:

Standard

Cooled/Ventilated Seats:

Available

Leather Upholstery:

Standard

Navigation System:

Available

Sunroof/Moonroof:

Available

Heated Steering Wheel:

Available

Safety Equipment

Forward Collision Warning:

Standard

Pedestrian Detection:

Standard

Lane Departure Warning:

Standard

Lane Keeping Assist:

Available

Blind Spot Monitoring:

Standard

Rear Cross-Traffic Alert:

N/A

360-Degree Camera:

Available

Rear Seat Reminder:

N/A

Driver Attention Monitoring:

N/A

Safety Equipment

Forward Collision Warning:

Standard

Pedestrian Detection:

Standard

Lane Departure Warning:

Standard

Lane Keeping Assist:

Standard

Blind Spot Monitoring:

Standard

Rear Cross-Traffic Alert:

Standard

360-Degree Camera:

N/A

Rear Seat Reminder:

Standard

Driver Attention Monitoring:

Standard

Interior Dimensions

Front Head Room:

41 inches

Front Leg Room:

41.8 inches

Front Shoulder Room:

56.4 inches

Rear Head Room:

39.4 inches

Rear Leg Room:

40.5 inches

Rear Shoulder Room:

54 inches

Cargo Space:

34.3 cubic feet

Cargo Space, 2nd-row seat folded down:

76.2 cubic feet

Overall Interior Volume:

Not yet available

Interior Dimensions

Front Head Room:

40.1 inches

Front Leg Room:

41.7 inches

Front Shoulder Room:

56 inches

Rear Head Room:

37.7 inches

Rear Leg Room:

36 inches

Rear Shoulder Room:

55.1 inches

Cargo Space:

18.5 cubic feet

Cargo Space, 2nd-row seat folded down:

53 cubic feet

Overall Interior Volume:

115.1 cubic feet

Exterior Dimensions

Curb Weight:

4416 lbs

Width:

83.8 inches

Height:

63.9 inches

Length:

187.1 inches

Wheelbase:

113.8 inches

Ground Clearance:

6.6 inches

Exterior Dimensions

Curb Weight:

3854 lbs

Width:

71.1 inches

Height:

61.8 inches

Length:

172.2 inches

Wheelbase:

106.3 inches

Ground Clearance:

6.1 inches

Standard Wheel/Tire Information

Wheel Size:

19.0 x 9.5 inches

Wheel Type:

aluminum

Tire Size:

255/45R19

Standard Wheel/Tire Information

Wheel Size:

17.0 x 7.0 inches

Wheel Type:

alloy

Tire Size:

P215/55R17