2018 Kia Niro Hybrid vs 2018 Ford C-Max Hybrid

2018 Kia Niro Hybrid Exterior Passenger Side Front vs 2018 Ford C-Max Hybrid Exterior Driver Side Front Profile

Since its debut last year, the Kia Niro Hybrid has been turning heads all over the place thanks to its incredible design, impressive efficiency, and overall well-rounded product. Not only did it help Kia establish itself in the hybrid market, but it also represented its first entry into the ultra-popular subcompact crossover segment, a twofer! We thought we’d see how it measures up to one of its closest competitors by comparing the 2018 Kia Niro Hybrid vs 2018 Ford C-Max Hybrid.

While it has been a different kind of vehicle in other parts of the globe, in North America the C-Max has always been a Hybrid vehicle. There was a C-Max Energi for a while as well, but mostly just the Ford C-Max Hybrid. Similarly, the Kia Niro was introduced exclusively as a hybrid vehicle upon its debut. More often than not, an automaker introduces a hybrid version of a preexisting vehicle rather than introducing a brand-new model as a hybrid only. But that’s not the case here!

2018 Kia Niro Hybrid


2018 Ford C-Max Hybrid

139 HP / 195 lb-ft. Power Ratings 188 HP / 129 lb-ft.
52 mpg City Fuel Efficiency 42 mpg
49 mpg Highway Fuel Efficiency 38 mpg
19.4 cu. ft. Cargo Capacity 24.5 cu. ft.

Advantages of the 2018 Niro Hybrid

As you can tell by one glance at the table above, each vehicle has its clear advantages. We thought we’d go through it row by row to give you a better understanding of just how these two vehicles compare to one another. For starters, we looked at the two vehicles power ratings. Generally, greater horsepower correlates to great torque as well, but that’s clearly not the case here. The Ford C-Max Hybrid generates an extra 49 horsepower, however the Kia Niro Hybrid fires back by doling out an extra 66 pound-feet of torque. That makes power pretty much a toss up between these two small crossovers.

Efficiency is very clearly in one vehicles favor though, and that vehicle is the Niro. Achieving an extra 10 miles per gallon driven through city streets and an extra 11 mpg when taking to the highway, the Niro Hybrid is vastly superior when it comes to fuel efficiency. Not only does that make it more environmentally friendly, but it means you’ll save quite a bit of cash at the pump over time.

The C-Max Hybrid is not without a clear advantage of its own as well, however. As it is a compact crossover – the Niro, again, being a subcompact – it offers quite a bit more space for cargo, in the form of 5.1 cu. ft. to be exact. If you can overlook the disadvantage in space, then the 2018 Kia Niro Hybrid could make a fantastic vehicle for you. Be sure to get in touch with us right here at Hometown Kia if you’re interested!