2019 Honda HR-V vs Hyundai Kona

2019 Honda HR-V

If you’re seeking out an agile crossover to navigate the hilly roads of Santa Ana, Tustin, and Rancho Santa Margarita, there are plenty of options out there. However, a lot of drivers face the decision of the Honda HR-V vs. Hyundai Kona. If you find yourself in between both, you may find that learning more about these respective vehicles can help you choose the one that’s right for you.

At Norm Reeves Honda Superstore Irvine, we’re going to delve in and showcase the HR-V vs. Kona. We’ll be taking a look at the similarities and the differences, so you can see which one is best suited to your lifestyle.

Honda HR-V vs Hyundai Kona Engine Specs & Efficiency

Both crossovers take their performances and efficiencies seriously with their standard engines. Each vehicle features a formidable 4-cylinder under the hood. Each engine is capable of breaching 140 horsepower, but their differing transmissions have a significant effect on their respective fuel efficiencies.

The HR-V comes mated to the Continuously Variable Transmission, which not only executes direct gear transitions and smoother accelerations, but it performs efficiently, resulting in the vehicle’s 28/34/30 city/highway/combined MPG.* The Kona features a standard 6-speed automatic transmission. As for its fuel economy, it falls a little behind with 27/33/30 city/highway/combined MPG.

Cabin Space & Cargo Capacity

2019 Honda HR-V Interior

The HR-V and Kona each offer spacious cabins to accommodate the more adventurous drivers, with ample cargo space behind the second rows. Each vehicle offers more than 39 inches of headroom and 41 inches of legroom in the front row. However, the HR-V offers 38.3 inches of headroom and 39.3 inches of legroom in the rear, while the Kona limits second-row passenger comfort with 37.8 inches of headroom and only 34.6 inches of legroom.

Each crossover includes ample space for the cargo, with the HR-V including 24.3 cubic feet and the Kona featuring 19.2 cubic feet. Folding down the second row expands the space to 58.8 cubic feet in the HR-V and only 45.8 cubic feet in the Kona. Learn more about the 2019 Honda HR-V with our full review!

Entertainment Features & Technology

The Honda HR-V and Hyundai Kona are each outfitted with dashboard-mounted display screens that drivers can use to select their assortment of media options. Each vehicle includes USB/auxiliary inputs, Bluetooth® connectivity for hands-free phone calling and audio streaming, and AM/FM radios. The HR-V also includes the Speed-Sensitive Volume Compensation, which automatically adjusts the audio levels when engine noise is interfering with your listening. This feature isn’t included with the Kona.

Deciding on the Honda HR-V vs Hyundai Kona

2019 Honda HR-V

By reading this HR-V vs. Kona comparison, you’ve got a strong idea of what these crossovers offer and how they differ. But while you’ve noticed that the HR-V seems to have a bit of an edge over the Kona, you may find that dropping in for a closer look at the 2019 Honda HR-V can really help you decide. Of course, nothing can help you learn more than simply taking it out for a test drive.

Schedule your test drive with us at Norm Reeves Honda Superstore Irvine! We’re happy to help drivers throughout Santa Ana, Tustin, and Rancho Santa Margarita for when it’s time to find their next car!


*Based on 2019 EPA mileage ratings. Use for comparison purposes only. Your mileage will vary depending on how you drive and maintain your vehicle, driving conditions, and other factors.

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