2023 Kia Niro EV 5 Advantages vs. 2023 Ford Mustang Mach-E | Rare Techy
The Kia Niro hybrid, plug-in hybrid (PHEV) and all-electric models underwent a major redesign for 2023. All three have updated exterior styling, and the PHEV now has a range of 33 miles. The driving range of the Niro EV has also increased and the quality of its interior looks much better. So it is now in an even better position to compete with its competitors. To prove it, here are five categories where the 2023 Kia Niro EV beats the Ford Mustang Mach-Ed.
1. The 2023 Kia Niro EV is more affordable than the Mach-E
Kia started the 2023 Niro EV Wind at just $39,450, and the updated Wave trim starts at $44,450. Both share the same powertrain, so you won’t be missing out on performance if you buy the lower trim. The Wind is also equipped with numerous standard convenience technologies and 20 safety features.
The 2023 Ford Mustang Mach-E is more expensive than both Niro EV trims, starting at $46,895. If you want all-wheel drive (which isn’t available on the Niro EV), Ford is asking $2,700. The most expensive model, the performance-optimized GT Extended Range, costs $69,895.
2. The Niro has a better standard range than the Mach-E
Kia says both Niro EVs get 253 miles of electric range. The DC fast charger can restore 70% of the battery in less than 45 minutes. The standard powerplant produces 201 hp and 188 lb-ft of torque.
The Ford Mustang Mach-E only gets 247 miles with the standard range battery or 230 miles with AWD. However, if you option your Mach-E with an extended-range battery, those figures increase to 306 miles and 290 miles. In addition, the Mustang Mach-E’s base powerplant is more powerful, with 266 hp and 317 lb-ft of torque.
According to Ford, the GT model has a maximum range of just 270 miles. Keep in mind that the Extended Range battery is $8,600 for front-wheel drive models and $11,300 for AWD.
3. The 2023 Kia Niro EV also has better fuel economy
In addition to the increased range, the 2023 Niro EV has a fuel economy rating of 113 MPGe. Kia also offers a heat pump to keep that mileage rating as high as possible in the colder months.
The EPA does not yet have official MPGe ratings for the 2023 Ford Mustang Mach-E. However, last year’s model got 103 MPGe at best with the standard range battery. The 2022 Ford Mustang Mach-E GT is only rated at 84 MPGe.
4. 2023 Kia Niro EV exceeds Mach-E in ground clearance
Those who live in colder climates may be hesitant to buy an EV without AWD. Despite not having this feature, the Kia Niro EV handles well over small snow mounds with 5.9 inches of ground clearance. The Niro EV also features an advanced traction control system that detects and mitigates wheel spin.
But the Ford Mustang Mach-E isn’t too far behind, with 5.7 inches of ground clearance.
5. Ford cannot beat Kia’s standard warranty
According to Edmunds, the standard warranty on the Ford Mustang Mach-E is three years or 36,000 miles. By 2023, all electrical components will be covered for eight years or 100,000 miles. You also get a five-year/60,000-mile powertrain warranty.
The 2023 Kia Niro EV comes with an excellent standard warranty: five years or 60,000 miles. Also included is standard transmission coverage for 10 years or 100,000 miles.
While the Ford Mustang Mach-E offers powerful and efficient powertrain options, they can quickly drain your wallet. Despite some limitations, the 2023 Kia Niro EV is efficient and affordable enough to offer excellent value.
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