2019 Honda CR-V vs. 2019 Hyundai Kona

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

Both the CR-V and the Kona have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, front wheel drive, height adjustable front shoulder belts, plastic fuel tanks, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, daytime running lights, rearview cameras, available all wheel drive, crash mitigating brakes, lane departure warning systems, blind spot warning systems, rear cross-path warning and driver alert monitors.

For its top level performance in all IIHS frontal, side, rear impact and roof-crush tests, with its optional front crash prevention system, and its available headlight’s “Acceptable” rating, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety grants the CR-V the rating of “Top Pick” for 2018, a rating granted to only 85 vehicles tested by the IIHS. The Kona has not been tested, yet.

Warranty

There are over 24 percent more Honda dealers than there are Hyundai dealers, which makes it easier should you ever need service under the CR-V’s warranty.

Reliability

J.D. Power and Associates rated the CR-V third among compact suvs in their 2018 Initial Quality Study. The Kona isn’t in the top three in its category.

Engine

The CR-V LX’s standard 2.4 DOHC 4 cyl. produces 37 more horsepower (184 vs. 147) and 48 lbs.-ft. more torque (180 vs. 132) than the Kona’s standard 2.0 DOHC 4 cyl. The CR-V LX’s 2.4 DOHC 4 cyl. produces 9 more horsepower (184 vs. 175) than the Kona Limited/Ultimate’s standard 1.6 turbo 4 cyl. The CR-V EX/EX-L/Touring’s standard 1.5 turbo 4 cyl. produces 15 more horsepower (190 vs. 175) than the Kona Limited/Ultimate’s standard 1.6 turbo 4 cyl.

As tested in Consumer Reports the CR-V LX is faster than the Hyundai Kona 4 cyl.:

 

CR-V

Kona

Zero to 60 MPH

8.6 sec

11.1 sec

Fuel Economy and Range

On the EPA test cycle the CR-V gets better fuel mileage than the Kona:

 

 

 

MPG

CR-V

 

FWD

2.4 DOHC 4 cyl.

26 city/32 hwy

 

 

1.5 turbo 4 cyl.

28 city/34 hwy

 

AWD

2.4 DOHC 4 cyl.

25 city/31 hwy

 

 

1.5 turbo 4 cyl.

27 city/33 hwy

Kona

 

FWD

2.0 DOHC 4 cyl.

27 city/33 hwy

 

 

1.6 turbo 4 cyl.

28 city/32 hwy

 

AWD

2.0 DOHC 4 cyl.

25 city/30 hwy

 

 

1.6 turbo 4 cyl.

26 city/29 hwy

The CR-V has a standard cap-less fueling system. The fuel filler is automatically opened when the fuel nozzle is inserted and automatically closed when it’s removed. This eliminates the need to unscrew and replace the cap and it reduces fuel evaporation, which causes pollution. The Kona doesn’t offer a cap-less fueling system.

Transmission

The CR-V has a standard continuously variable transmission (CVT). With no “steps” between gears, it can keep the engine at the most efficient speed for fuel economy, or keep it at its peak horsepower indefinitely for maximum acceleration. The Kona doesn’t offer a CVT.

Brakes and Stopping

The CR-V stops shorter than the Kona:

 

CR-V

Kona

 

70 to 0 MPH

166 feet

175 feet

Car and Driver

Tires and Wheels

For better traction, the CR-V has larger tires than the Kona (235/65R17 vs. 205/60R16).

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the CR-V LX has standard 17-inch wheels. Smaller 16-inch wheels are standard on the Kona SE Limited/Ultimate.

Suspension and Handling

For superior ride and handling, the Honda CR-V has fully independent front and rear suspensions. An independent suspension allows the wheels to follow the road at the best angle for gripping the pavement, without compromising ride comfort. The Kona 4x2 has a rear torsion beam axle, with a semi-independent rear suspension.

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the CR-V’s wheelbase is 2.3 inches longer than on the Kona (104.7 inches vs. 102.4 inches).

For better handling and stability, the average track (width between the wheels) on the CR-V is 1.3 inches wider in the front and 1.6 inches wider in the rear than the average track on the Kona.

For greater off-road capability the CR-V has a 1.5 inches greater minimum ground clearance than the Kona (8.2 vs. 6.7 inches), allowing the CR-V to travel over rougher terrain without being stopped or damaged.

Chassis

The front grille of the CR-V uses electronically controlled shutters to close off airflow and reduce drag when less engine cooling is needed. This helps improve highway fuel economy. The Kona doesn’t offer active grille shutters.

The CR-V uses computer-generated active noise cancellation to help remove annoying noise and vibration from the passenger compartment, especially at low frequencies. The Kona doesn’t offer active noise cancellation.

As tested by Car and Driver while cruising at 70 MPH, the interior of the CR-V Touring AWD is quieter than the Kona SEL 4x4 (69 vs. 71 dB).

Passenger Space

The CR-V has .5 inches more front headroom, 1.8 inches more front hip room, 2.4 inches more front shoulder room, 1.4 inches more rear headroom, 5.8 inches more rear legroom and 1.1 inches more rear shoulder room than the Kona.

For enhanced passenger comfort on long trips the CR-V’s rear seats recline. The Kona’s rear seats don’t recline.

Cargo Capacity

The CR-V has a much larger cargo volume with its rear seat up than the Kona with its rear seat up (39.2 vs. 19.2 cubic feet). The CR-V has a much larger cargo volume with its rear seat folded than the Kona with its rear seat folded (75.8 vs. 45.8 cubic feet).

A low lift-over cargo hatch design makes loading and unloading the CR-V easier. The CR-V’s cargo hatch lift-over height is 26 inches, while the Kona’s liftover is 27.5 inches.

The CR-V’s cargo area is larger than the Kona’s in every dimension:

 

CR-V

Kona

Length to seat (2nd/1st)

37.5”/71”

28.6”/61”

Max Width

54”

48”

Min Width

41.5”

40”

Height

41”

30”

Pressing a switch automatically lowers the CR-V’s rear seats, to make changing between passengers and cargo easier. The Kona doesn’t offer automatic folding seats.

A standard locking glovebox (which can’t be accessed with the valet key) keeps your small valuables safer in the CR-V. The Kona doesn’t offer locking storage for small valuables.

To make loading and unloading groceries and cargo easier, especially for short adults, the CR-V EX-L/Touring has a standard power liftgate, which opens and closes automatically by pressing a button, or on the CR-V Touring, by just kicking your foot under the back bumper, completely leaving your hands free. The Kona doesn’t offer a power liftgate.

Towing

The CR-V has a 1500 lbs. towing capacity. The Kona has no towing capacity.

Ergonomics

When two different drivers share the CR-V EX-L/Touring, the memory seats make it convenient for both. Each setting activates different, customized memories for the driver’s seat position. The Kona doesn’t offer memory seats.

The CR-V EX-L/Touring’s standard easy entry system glides the driver’s seat back when the door is unlocked or the ignition is switched off, making it easier for the driver to get in and out. The Kona doesn’t offer an easy entry system.

If the windows are left open on the CR-V the driver can close them all at the outside door handle. On a hot day the driver can lower the windows at the outside door handle or from a distance using the keyless remote. The driver of the Kona can only operate the windows from inside the vehicle, with the ignition on.

Consumer Reports rated the CR-V’s headlight performance “Good,” a higher rating than the Kona’s headlights, which were rated “Fair.”

The CR-V EX-L/Touring’s standard rear view mirror has an automatic dimming feature. This mirror can be set to automatically darken quickly when headlights shine on it, keeping following vehicles from blinding or distracting the driver. The Kona doesn’t offer the luxury of an automatic dimming rear view mirror.

The CR-V EX/EX-L/Touring’s standard dual zone air conditioning allows the driver and front passenger to choose two completely different temperatures so people with different temperature preferences won’t have to compromise. This makes both the driver and front passenger as comfortable as possible. The Kona doesn’t offer dual zone air conditioning.

Both the CR-V and the Kona offer rear vents. For greater rear passenger comfort, the CR-V has standard rear air conditioning vents to keep rear occupants cool in summer or warm in winter. The Kona doesn’t offer rear air conditioning vents, only heat vents.

To keep a safe, consistent following distance, the CR-V EX/EX-L/Touring has a standard Adaptive Cruise Control, which alters the speed of the vehicle without driver intervention. This allows the driver to use cruise control more safely without constantly having to disengage it when approaching slower traffic. The Kona doesn’t offer an adaptive cruise control.

Economic Advantages

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the CR-V is less expensive to operate than the Kona because it costs $297 less to do the manufacturer’s suggested maintenance for 50,000 miles. Typical repairs cost much less on the CR-V than the Kona, including $170 less for a water pump, $220 less for a muffler and $48 less for a timing belt/chain.

Recommendations

The Honda CR-V has won recognition from these important consumer publications:

 

CR-V

Kona

Consumer Reports® Recommends

TRUE

TRUE

Car Book “Best Bet”

TRUE

FALSE

J.D. Power and Associates rated the CR-V first among compact suvs in owner reported satisfaction. This includes how well the vehicle performs and satisfies its owner’s expectations. The Kona isn’t in the top three.

The CR-V was chosen as one of Car and Driver’s “Top Five/10Best Trucks” for 3 of the last 17 years. The Kona has never been a Car and Driver “Top Five/10Best Truck” pick.

Motor Trend selected the CR-V as their 2018 Sport Utility of the Year. The Kona has never been chosen.

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