Subaru Comparisons | 2017 Subaru Outback VS 2017 Kia Niro

The 2017 Subaru Outback offers a generous mix of off-road capability, in-cabin tech, and handsome good looks. This balancing act isn’t difficult for the 2017 Subaru Outback, but if you’re in the market for a smart, capable crossover, you’re probably checking up on all your options out there. In an effort to reduce your research time, we’ve done the legwork on this little comparison: we’ve put the 2017 Subaru Outback up against the 2017 Kia Niro. Both are good looking—if different looking—crossover SUVs, but that’s about where the similarities end. Ready to dig into the differences? Let’s do it:

2017 Subaru Outback VS 2017 Kia Niro

  • Power: If you’re interested in a satisfying experience behind the wheel, you might want to skip the Kia Niro. The 2017 Kia Niro starts off its drivetrain with a standard 1.6-liter inline-four rated at 104 horsepower and 109 pound-feet of torque. On the other hand, the 2017 Subaru Outback will start you off right, with a standard 2.5-liter four-cylinder SUBARU BOXER® engine rated at 175 horsepower and 174 pound-feet of torque. The difference is so stark, we don’t even have to explain. The numbers really speak for themselves here.
  • Capability: Another big point of difference: you’ll find standard Subaru Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive (AWD) on the Subaru Outback (and almost all other Subaru models); flip to the other side of the VS sign and there’s no AWD system to be found on the 2017 Kia Niro—not just available at an extra cost, but simply not there. If traction and handling are important to you, the Outback is the clear winner here.
  • Cargo Volume: This might be the deal sealer for a lot of Turnersville, NJ drivers: cargo volume is always at a premium, and you’ll find a whole lot more of it in the 2017 Subaru Outback than in the 2017 Kia Niro. The maximum cargo capacity of the 2017 Subaru Outback is 73.3 cubic-feet, and the maximum cargo capacity of the 2017 Kia Niro is 54.5 cubic-feet. That’s quite a disparity, one that might mean the difference between bringing just the bare essentials on your camping trip or bringing along the gear you’d actually want.

We’re not in the business of making your decisions for you, but we think the few differences we’ve teased out here speak volumes about which of these SUVs is right for drivers from Turnersville, Blackwood, Mantua, Sewell, and Williamstown, NJ. If you’d like to learn more about the 2017 Subaru Outback, come see us at Prestige Subaru to take it for a test drive and we think you’ll be surprised and impressed at what the Subaru Outback has to offer.

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