There is quite a bit more difference than just the ride height between the two.Raising it will also negatively impact your MPG by messing with the aerodynamic forcing on the car. If you wanted a raised crossover you should have bought the Crosstrek hybrid not the Niro.
Ideally, I'd do coil overs and raise it 1 to 1.5" (and align it) when then the snow tires go on and lower it slightly below stock in the warmer months. I'd even go up a tire size on the Blizzaks with the extra room in the fenders.I'd love to have airbags to change from low-down on the highway to lifted to drive on my dirt road.
Need to find a bag of hundreds, first.