Electric Vehicle Contest: Nissan Leaf v. Kia Niro EV

January 6th, 2024 by

Nissan of Fort Pierce 2024 Nissan Leaf

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Electric vehicles have become increasingly popular, and compact and mid-size SUVs are leading the charge. This comparison takes a closer look at two versatile entries in the electric vehicle (EV) market: the 2024 Nissan Leaf and the 2024 Kia Niro EV. Both offer eco-friendly driving solutions, but they each have their unique advantages. Let us see how they stack up in this head-to-head showdown.

Economical and Capable

It is worth noting that the 2024 Nissan Leaf is the least expensive electric vehicle on sale today (2023). The Nissan Leaf has a starting price tag of $28,140 MSRP (Plus destination fee) for the introductory-level Leaf S trim. Moreover, it is eligible for a $3,750 federal tax credit. The SV Plus trim offers better value with a low-to-mid starting price, greater performance, advanced technology, and a longer range. When it comes to the underdeveloped affordable electric vehicle market, the Nissan Leaf is a welcome addition. The nearly $30,000 MSRP (Plus destination fee) starting price offers consumers a lower price point without that much of a drop in power, performance, or longevity. In short, the Nissan Leaf offers an affordable electric vehicle option upfront, but it also saves buyers time at the charging station and is more efficient over time. 

In terms of the 2024 Kia Niro EV, driving dynamics are adequate because Kia endowed it with decent grunt, satisfactory body control, and an even-keeled ride, but only if there are no punishing impacts like potholes. In other words, it is a relatively spacious and practical vehicle, but the ride is brittle. The 2024 Nissan Leaf, on the other hand, is a solid everyday car for the commuter, the designated driver, and even the school drop-off dad. Even though it might lack a range that pushes the boundaries of electric vehicle technology or horsepower that blows the competition away, the all-new Nissan is made for a dependable and efficient day-to-day electric vehicle.

Technological Amenities and Creature Comforts

According to Kelley Blue Book, one of the outstanding features of the 2024 Nissan Leaf is front seat comfort: “Nissan went to great lengths to make the front seats of the Leaf comfortable and supportive.” To that end, the SV Plus also incorporates a handful of specialty design and technological elements, including heated seats, heated mirrors attached to the exterior of the automobile, LED low-beam headlights manufactured for aerodynamic performance, and Nissan Connect services for navigating, playing music, and finding nearby charging stations. 

Even though the 2024 Kia Niro EV is generously equipped and the cabin provides good headroom and legroom to comfortably accommodate four adults, the interior materials are not on par with those found in the Nissan Leaf. The modifications made to the Kia Niro EV might not be enough. For example, torque took a dip with the redesign, and the Kia Niro EV is slower for it. The dual-purpose HVAC and infotainment touch controls in the center stack also lack the tactile simplicity of buttons.

Granted, the 2024 Kia Niro EV has a sporty design. While it does not set new records in terms of range or power, it provides a comprehensive and appealing package. On the other hand, the 2024 Nissan Leaf is a practical choice for budget-conscious consumers who prioritize affordability over extensive range or high-speed performance. Despite minor updates, it continues to shine in the growing electric vehicle market.

If the 2024 Nissan Leaf has captured your attention, please come visit Nissan of Fort Pierce. Are you excited about getting a new car? So are we. We are more than excited to help our customers; we are thrilled. If you are searching for a new option to buy or lease, take a look at our new vehicle inventory or our quality pre-owned vehicles.