The CR-V offers all-wheel drive to maximize traction under poor conditions, especially in ice and snow. The Niro doesn’t offer all-wheel drive.
The CR-V EX/EX-L/Touring’s driver alert monitor detects an inattentive driver then sounds a warning and suggests a break. According to the NHTSA, drivers who fall asleep cause about 100,000 crashes and 1500 deaths a year. The Niro doesn’t offer a driver alert monitor.
The CR-V EX/EX-L/Touring has standard HondaLink Assist, which uses a global positioning satellite (GPS) receiver and a cellular system to send emergency personnel to the scene if any airbags deploy. The Niro doesn’t offer a GPS response system, only a navigation computer with no live response for emergencies, so if you’re involved in an accident and you’re incapacitated help may not come as quickly.
Both the CR-V and the Niro have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, front wheel drive, height adjustable front shoulder belts, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, daytime running lights, rearview cameras, available crash mitigating brakes, lane departure warning systems, blind spot warning systems and rear cross-path warning.
For its top level performance in all IIHS frontal, side, rear impact and roof-crush tests, with its optional front crash prevention system, and its available headlight’s “Acceptable” rating, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety grants the CR-V its highest rating: “Top Pick Plus” for 2017, a rating granted to only 60 vehicles tested by the IIHS. The Niro has not been tested, yet.
The CR-V’s 5 year corrosion warranty has no mileage limitations, but the corrosion warranty on the Niro runs out after 100,000 miles.
There are over 34 percent more Honda dealers than there are Kia dealers, which makes it easier should you ever need service under the CR-V’s warranty.
J.D. Power and Associates’ 2016 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Honda vehicles are more reliable than Kia vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Honda 7th in reliability, above the industry average. With 27 more problems per 100 vehicles, Kia is ranked 17th.
The CR-V LX’s standard 2.4 DOHC 4 cyl. produces 45 more horsepower (184 vs. 139) than the Niro’s 1.6 DOHC 4 cyl. hybrid. The CR-V EX/EX-L/Touring’s standard 1.5 turbo 4 cyl. produces 51 more horsepower (190 vs. 139) than the Niro’s 1.6 DOHC 4 cyl. hybrid.
The CR-V has 2.1 gallons more fuel capacity than the Niro (14 vs. 11.9 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups.
The CR-V has a standard cap-less fueling system. The fuel filler is automatically opened when the fuel nozzle is inserted and automatically closed when it’s removed. This eliminates the need to unscrew and replace the cap and it reduces fuel evaporation, which causes pollution. The Niro doesn’t offer a cap-less fueling system.
For better stopping power the CR-V’s front brake rotors are larger than those on the Niro:
For better traction, the CR-V has larger tires than the Niro (235/65R17 vs. 205/50R16). The CR-V LX’s tires are larger than the largest tires available on the Niro (235/65R17 vs. 225/45R18).
For better ride, handling and brake cooling the CR-V LX has standard 17-inch wheels. Smaller 16-inch wheels are standard on the Niro FE/LX/EX.
For better handling and stability, the average track (width between the wheels) on the CR-V is 1.4 inches wider in the front and 1.4 inches wider in the rear than the track on the Niro.
The front grille of the CR-V uses electronically controlled shutters to close off airflow and reduce drag when less engine cooling is needed. This helps improve highway fuel economy. The Niro doesn’t offer active grille shutters.
The CR-V uses computer-generated active noise cancellation to help remove annoying noise and vibration from the passenger compartment, especially at low frequencies. The Niro doesn’t offer active noise cancellation.
The CR-V has 8.8 cubic feet more passenger volume than the Niro (105.9 vs. 97.1).
The CR-V has 1.4 inches more front hip room, 1.9 inches more front shoulder room, .1 inches more rear headroom, 3 inches more rear legroom, 1.2 inches more rear hip room and .4 inches more rear shoulder room than the Niro.
The CR-V has a much larger cargo area with its rear seat up than the Niro with its rear seat up (39.2 vs. 19.4 cubic feet). The CR-V has a much larger cargo area with its rear seat folded than the Niro with its rear seat folded (75.8 vs. 54.5 cubic feet).
Pressing a switch automatically lowers the CR-V’s rear seats, to make changing between passengers and cargo easier. The Niro doesn’t offer automatic folding seats.
A standard locking glovebox (which can’t be accessed with the valet key) keeps your small valuables safer in the CR-V. The Niro doesn’t offer locking storage for small valuables.
To make loading and unloading groceries and cargo easier, especially for short adults, the CR-V EX-L/Touring has a standard power cargo door, which opens and closes automatically by pressing a button, or on the CR-V Touring, by just kicking your foot under the back bumper, completely leaving your hands free. The Niro doesn’t offer a power cargo door.
The CR-V EX/EX-L/Touring has a standard remote vehicle starting system, so the vehicle can be started from inside the driver's house. This allows the driver to comfortably warm up the engine before going out to the vehicle. The climate system will also automatically heat or cool the interior. The Niro doesn’t offer a remote starting system.
If the windows are left down on the CR-V the driver can raise them all using the key in the outside lock cylinder; on a hot day the driver can lower the windows. The driver of the Niro can only operate the windows from inside the vehicle, with the ignition on.
The CR-V Touring’s standard wipers adjust their speed and turn on and off automatically according to the amount of rainfall on the windshield. The Niro’s manually variable intermittent wipers have to be constantly adjusted.
While driving with high beams on, sensitive light sensors standard on the CR-V EX/EX-L/Touring detect other vehicles which could be blinded and automatically switch to low beams. The Niro doesn’t offer automatic dimming high beams.
Both the CR-V and the Niro offer rear vents. For greater rear passenger comfort, the CR-V has standard rear air conditioning vents to keep rear occupants cool in summer or warm in winter. The Niro doesn’t offer rear air conditioning vents, only heat vents.
Consumer Reports® recommends the Honda CR-V, based on reliability, safety and performance.
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