2022 Kia Niro EV vs. 2022 Nissan Leaf Comparison

2022 Kia Niro EV vs.  2022 Nissan Leaf Comparison

The electric car market is constantly growing with new entrants, but many of them are expensive luxury vehicles. That doesn’t mean it’s impossible to find a fairly affordable EV, though. Such options at the lower end of the price spectrum are the Kia Niro EV and Nissan Leaf.

2022 Kia Niro EV

2022 Kia Niro EV

The Kia Niro EV is a feature-rich electric SUV, recently made available in all 50 states. That makes it more competitive with the tough Nissan Leaf. Prices start at $39,990 before federal or state incentives. Praise yours or View offers near you

Kia Niro EV Highlights

SUV versatility: These two EVs have similar interior space, but the Niro EV is slightly more versatile. The rear seats can be folded flat in the Niro EV, but for the Leaf. That means you can open up the Niro EV’s cargo area for up to 53 cubic feet of space.

Range of 239 miles: The Niro EV comes standard with an impressive electric range of 239 miles. That beats the Leaf with a standard 149-mile range, as well as the 226-mile range with the Leaf Plus.

Excellent warranty: The Kia Niro EV has an excellent warranty. The base 5 year/60,000 mile warranty and the 10 year/100,000 mile warranty on the powertrain is much more generous than the Leaf warranty.

2022 Nissan Leaf

2022 Nissan Leaf

2022 Nissan Leaf

The Nissan Leaf is the original mass-market EV and is still a good value in electric cars. Now in its second generation, the Leaf is a practical hatchback that happens to be electric. The price starts at $27,400 before any tax incentives go into effect. Praise yours or View offers near you

Nissan Leaf Highlights

Value prices: The Nissan Leaf has a significantly lower starting price than the Kia Niro EV. Granted, that’s partly because the standard Leaf has a shorter range than the 90-mile Kia, but even the longer-range Leaf Plus is a lot cheaper than the Niro EV.

Low cost of ownership: The Nissan Leaf is a consistent winner of our 5-year Cost to Own award in the electric vehicle class. That’s largely due to its low sticker prices, but reasonable maintenance and insurance costs, as well as manageable depreciation, making it an affordable car to live with.

Two battery options: If you can live with a 149-mile range, you can save money by getting the more affordable and slightly more efficient 40 kW-hour battery in the Nissan Leaf. If you’re willing to pay a little extra for more range, the 62 kW-hour battery in the Leaf Plus has a range of up to 326 miles.


Comparable interior space, comparable performance and range (with Leaf Plus), comparable charging times


The Kia Niro EV has a longer range and warranty than the Nissan Leaf, but the Leaf is the cheapest choice. If you’re looking for greater range and greater SUV versatility, go for the Niro EV. However, the Leaf is a better bargain if you want a good price and a lower cost of ownership.

2022 Kia Niro EV 2022 Nissan Leaf
Starting price $39,990 $27,400
Popular powertrains
engine Electric motor with 64 kWh . battery Electric motor with 40 kWh . battery
horsepower 201 hp @ 3,800 rpm 147 hp @ 3,282 rpm
Couple 291 lb-ft @ 0 rpm 236 lb-ft
Transfer 1-speed automatic 1-speed automatic
Fuel economy 112 combined MPGe 111 combined MPGe
Range 239 miles 149 miles
Also available 62 kW-hour battery
Basic warranty 5 years/60,000 miles 3 years/36,000 miles
Powertrain warranty 10 years/100,000 miles 5 years/60,000 miles
NHTSA General Safety Assessment 5 stars N/A
Maximum seating capacity 5 5
wheelbase 106.3 inches 106.3 inches
Total length 172.2 inches 176.4 inches
Width 71.1 inches 70.5 inches
Height 61.8 inches 62.0 inches
turning diameter: 34.8 cubic feet 36.1 feet
Headroom, front 40.1 in 41.2 inches
Headroom, rear 37.7 inches 37.3 inches
Legroom, front 41.7 inches 42.1 inches
Legroom, rear 36.0 inches 33.5 inches
Shoulder room, front 56.0 inches 54.3 inches
Shoulder room, rear 55.1 inches 52.5 inches
Freight volume 18.5/53.0 cubic feet 23.6 cubic feet