Hyundai Kona vs. Competitors for Sale in Springfield, MA


Compact crossovers are certainly in high demand, which means there’s a hearty rivalry among automakers to grab market share in this segment. One of the leading sellers is the award-winning Hyundai Kona, which competes mainly with the Toyota C-HR, Honda HR-V, Nissan Kicks, Ford EcoSport, Chevrolet Trax, and Mazda CX-30. Let’s examine just how the 2020 Hyundai Kona stacks up against these opponents.

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Pricing and Amenities

The compact crossover segment is appreciated for its cost-effectiveness, and if you’re looking to spend less but still get a lot of value, take a good look at the Kona. With a starting MSRP of $20,100, it outdoes the EcoSport ($20,485), the HR-V ($20,820), the C-HR ($21,295), the CX-30 ($21,900), and the Trax ($22,295). You’ll get some pretty impressive features, too, even on the lower-level trims. The standard equipment includes Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone connectivity and a driver attention monitor on the base SE, and heated front seats on the next trim up, the SEL. Many of the Kona’s rivals don’t add these features until higher up the trim ladder. Although the Kicks has a lower MSRP than the Kona, it doesn’t have those desirable features available on its two lowest trims.

Fuel Efficiency and Engines

Nobody likes going to the gas station, and if you own a Kona, you’ll find yourself there less often than you would with most of its rivals. According to EPA estimates, the front-wheel-drive Kona gets 27 mpg in the city and 33 mpg on the highway. The CX-30 (25 city/33 highway), Trax (26 city/31 highway), EcoSport (27 city/29 highway), and C-HR (27 city/31 highway) are less efficient in comparison. While the HR-V is EPA-rated for slightly better fuel economy, it’s a bit more expensive, and even though the Kicks is more fuel efficient and has a lower starting MSRP, it lacks in a few more noteworthy areas.

For those who want a little pep and variety with their vehicle, the Kona offers a fairly robust engine upgrade to a turbocharged 1.6-liter four-cylinder hat makes 175 horsepower and 195 pounds-feet of torque (the base 2.0-liter four-cylinder produces 147 hp and 132 lb.-ft of torque). The EcoSport has an available 2.0-liter four-cylinder turbo engine, but at 166 hp and 149 lb.-ft. of torque it’s less powerful than the Kona’s. The other crossovers compared here offer just one standard engine.

Safety and Technology

The 2020 Kona was awarded a five-star safety rating by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). Many of the other vehicles in this lineup earned the same accolade as well, except for the four-star EcoSport. While the latest Kicks has yet to be crash tested, last year’s model was only awarded four stars; the CX-30 is in its debut year and had also not been crash-tested as of this writing.

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