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2021 Honda HR-V Vs. Hyundai Kona

2021 Honda HR-V Vs. Hyundai Kona

Both the 2021 Honda HR-V and the Hyundai Kona are very reliable vehicles, although the HR-V will likely fare marginally better. When it comes to engines, there isn't much choice on either compact SUV. Expect the HRV to be a more practical vehicle between the two. For more points of comparison, read below.

Areas of Comparison:

1)      Fuel Efficiency- As both are subcompact SUVs, fuel efficiency plays a major role in understanding the costs of ownership. The HR-V will be the better vehicle here, offering 28 MPG in the city and 34 MPG on the highway. On the other hand, customers can expect the Hyundai Kona to return mileages of 26 MPG in the city and 29 MPG on the highway. Interestingly, both vehicles have identical fuel tank capacities of 13.2 gallons.

2)      Cargo Space- Occupants will be able to carry more luggage inside the 2021 Honda HR-V, which is surprisingly roomy despite being a subcompact SUV. The 2WD (2-Wheel-Drive) version of this vehicle can offer 24.3 cubic feet of space, compared to 19.2 cubic feet inside the 2021 Hyundai Kona. Therefore, for picnics and other such excursions, the HRV is likely to be the better option.

3)      Engine Specs- Buyers will find that the 2021 Honda HR-V comes with a 1.8-liter engine capable of producing 141 horsepower and 127 lbs.-ft of torque, paired with a CVT (Continuously Variable Transmission). In comparison, the 2021 Hyundai Kona gets a slightly the larger 2.0-liter engine with 147 horsepower and 132 pound-feet of torque, paired with a six-speed automatic transmission. that the vehicle is a pleasure to drive.

4)      Infotainment Systems- Both vehicles are available with 7.0-inch touchscreen infotainment systems, though the Kona gets an optional 8.0-inch as well. It’s a lot easier to use touchscreen infotainment system controls on the Kona than on the HR-V though.

5)      About the Interiors- Maximizing space is critical in small car SUVs. Enough space is needed for everyone, including the unlucky one who has temporarily taken a seat in the rear middle row. The HR-V, on the other hand, is a little luckier, with more head and legroom in the back than the Kona.

6)      Seat Functionality- HR-V owners can choose from three different “Load and Go” modes on the Honda Magic Seat: Utility, Long, and High. In utility mode, the HR-V pushes the envelope and maximizes luggage space by folding the entire rear row flat. In high mode, one or both seat cushions can be folded down to make room for taller, more upright things like plants, bikes, or 4-foot-tall lava lamps. Unlike before, the simple 60/40 split-folding rear seat pales in comparison.

7)      The Price of Safety- Honda's semi-automatic cruise control feature, Adaptive Cruise Control, is standard on the 2021 HR-V EX. Low Speed Follow technology allows the HRV to adapt to changing traffic conditions by accelerating, decelerating, or even stopping. Although Smart Cruise Control is available on 2021 Hyundai Kona, it's the only standard on the top-of-the-line Kona Ultimate trim level and costs over $4,000 more than the HR-V EX.

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