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2019 Honda Insight vs 2019 Kia Niro

2019 Honda Insight vs 2019 Kia Niro

The hybrid automotive market gets more and more competitive every year. With that in mind, we want to see how two relative newcomers compare with our 2019 Honda Insight vs 2019 Kia Niro comparison. We will specifically be looking at the base trim models for both vehicles. For the Honda Insight, that means the LX trim and for the Kia Niro, that means the FE trim. By looking at the base models for both of these hybrids, we’ll establish a baseline for what you can expect from the rest of the lineups for each of these hybrid models.

If you would like to see what the new Honda Insight models look like, then you can see the new Insight inventory at Meridian Honda in Meridian by clicking the link below. Otherwise, keep reading to see how these two models compare.

2019 Honda Insight LX


2019 Kia Niro FE

55-City / 49-Highway / 52-Combined* Efficiency (MPG) 52-City / 49-Highway / 50-Combined
2-Speed CVT Transmission 6-Speed Automatic
Standard Adaptive Cruise Control Not Available
42.3”-Front / 37.4”-Rear Legroom 41.7”-Front / 37.4”-Rear

How do the Honda Insight and Kia Niro hybrids compare?

One attractive reason to come to the hybrid market is the efficiency. Driving an efficient vehicle can save you money down the road, and according to EPA estimates, the 2019 Honda Insight LX gets better fuel mileage than the Niro FE both in the city and in the combined mileage category.*

The Honda Insight LX owes some of its efficiency to its standard 2-speed CVT. A CVT is a continuously variable transmission, which means that it changes its gear ratios smoothly and on the fly. Not only are CVTs typically more efficient, but they also offer a smoother ride than a traditional automatic.

Hybrids are high-tech vehicles, and the Insight gives you great tech right out of the gate. In fact, the LX base trim gets adaptive cruise control which can adjust your cruise control speed based on traffic making it even easier to cruise. This feature is not available on the base model Niro and actually only comes standard on the top Niro trim.

Finally, we look at legroom. The differences here may not seem like much. However, you have to remember that the Niro is a crossover and the Insight is a sedan. With these facts in mind, it’s quite surprising that the Insight actually provides more legroom in the front and the same legroom in the back as the Niro.

*55 city/49 highway/52 combined mpg rating for LX and EX trims. 51 city/45 highway/48 combined mpg rating for the Touring trim. Based on 2019 EPA mileage ratings. Use for comparison purposes only. Your mileage will vary depending on driving conditions, how you drive and maintain your vehicle, battery-package/condition and other factors.