The latest matchup involves the 2021 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV and the 2021 Kia Niro, and you’re interested in both. Could one work out better for your San Jose, San Francisco, and Oakland, California, travels? Let’s find out in this San Jose Mitsubishi comparison for Bay Area drivers!
When examining the interior, space appears to take the stage for what’s different. The new Outlander PHEV gives you 8-way power adjustable front seats with power driver lumbar support, while the Kia Niro provides 6-way power adjustable front seats with no extra support unless added.
Many dimensions within the Mitsubishi and the Kia Niro rival each other, like the front headroom and shoulder room and the rear legroom. Let’s check out the slight differences in the chart below:
You get 30.4 cubic feet of cargo space to start in the Mitsubishi, which can expand to 66.6 cubic feet of cargo space with the rear seats down. In the Kia Niro, you only receive 19.4 cubic feet of cargo space. This expands to only 54.5 cubic feet of cargo space.
Your Mitsubishi will feel more spacious for your guests at 102.1 cubic feet of passenger volume. For the Kia Niro, it fits 100.9 cubic feet of passenger volume.
||Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV
|Front Shoulder Room
If you want to do the same in the Kia Niro, the Smart Key with Push-Button Start does not come standard. It’s only available in higher trims.
Similar systems in the Kia Niro, including Blind Spot Collision Warning, a Lane Keep Assist System, and Rear Cross-Traffic Collision Warning only accompany higher trims. The Rear-View Camera does include Dynamic Parking Guidelines, but no multi-view visibility.
If you drive the Kia Niro, it uses a 1.6L 4-cylinder engine and full parallel hybrid system that stays on the road for an EPA-estimated 239 miles. It achieves an EPA-estimated 50 combined MPGe.
Your grasp on the road may differ as well. Five diverse driving modes like S-AWC ECO, Gravel, Normal, Sport, and Snow, plus Super All-Wheel Control (S-AWC) in the Outlander PHEV provide plenty of traction. You’ll also be able to tow a maximum of 1,500 pounds when properly equipped.
For Kia Niro drivers, it uses front-wheel drive with a Drive Mode System sporting only two modes, including ECO and SPORT. Unfortunately, you cannot tow a load with this set of wheels.
So, how did the matchup between the 2021 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV and the 2021 Kia Niro pan out? San Jose, San Francisco, and Oakland, CA, drivers still parked in research mode can find out more by scheduling a test drive at San Jose Mitsubishi.