The New Hyundai Kona vs. The New Honda HR-V: Which Subcompact SUV Suits Toledo Drivers the Best?


The subcompact SUV class is an interesting one as the models in it meet somewhere between hatchbacks and crossovers, which makes their blend of performance, space, and practicality quite unique. These models are some of the most versatile on the market today, and drivers are the ones to benefit from these sensible models for every-day use, but which subcompact SUV best matches what you need and want from your next vehicle?

Below, car shoppers searching for a new car will find a run through of what separates the all-new Hyundai Kona from similar models, like the Honda HR-V, which should help drivers interested in this category of vehicles find the model that is right for them. Be sure to check it out and call us if you have any questions!

2018 Hyundai Kona vs. 2018 Honda HR-V

  • $19,500 --Starting Price-- $19,670
  • 175 horsepower --Available Horsepower-- 141 horsepower
  • 195 pound-feet --Available Torque-- 127 pound-feet
  • 2018 Top Safety Pick+ --IIHS Safety Rating-- No Award
  • 41.5 inches --Front Legroom-- 41.2 inches
  • 52.2 inches --Rear Hip Room-- 47.4 inches
  • 34.8 feet --Turning Diameter-- 37.4 feet
  • 5 years/60,000 miles --Basic Warranty-- 3 years/36,000 miles
  • 10 years/100,000 miles --Powertrain Warranty-- 5 years/60,000 miles


These models are incredibly light, which is why they don't need rugged six-cylinder engines to power them, but the Hyundai Kona is an absolute joy to drive as it has two engines more powerful than the HR-V's lone engine option, more agile handling, and is lighter than the Honda HR-V, which literally can't keep up with the Kona. Plus, the Hyundai Kona is available with an innovative dual-clutch automatic transmission that makes for smoother acceleration and deceleration while also improving efficiency.


There isn't much of a difference between the starting prices of these two models, but the Hyundai Kona shows off its affordability in a multitude of other ways. It comes standard with features, like Android Auto and Apple CarPlay for your mobile devices, that aren't available on any Honda HR-V, and the Hyundai-backed basic and powertrain warranties on every new Kona cover it for more miles than the warranties of the Honda HR-V.


Technology, Comfort, and Safety

The smartphone-centric systems mentioned above are only the beginning of the differences between the feature packages of these models, and it's another area where the Hyundai Kona has a clear upper hand. It offers solar control glass and power-adjustable front seats for your comfort while standard and available technology, like the 7-inch touchscreen, wireless charging ability, and head-up display, make it the smarter of the two options as Honda HR-V doesn't offer similar gear.

Finally, delivering added confidence on the road, the safety features of the Hyundai Kona are more extensive than those of the Honda HR-V. The 2018 Hyundai Kona is available with the newest driver-assisting systems like Rear Cross Traffic Alert, Forward Collison-Avoidance Assist, and Dynamic Bending Light, which helped it to earn a 2018 Top Safety Pick+ award from the IIHS. The 2018 Honda HR-V doesn't offer similar advanced safety tech and as such did not earn an award from the IIHS.

The New Hyundai Kona is Waiting for Interested Car Shoppers at Our Dealership in Toledo!

Our convenient location makes us a popular car dealership for many car shoppers around the shores of Lake Erie, from Monroe, MI to Fremont, OH, so if you're in the area and wondering what makes shopping at Taylor Hyundai of Toledo a great experience, give us a visit or a call today!

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