2019 Honda HR-V vs. 2019 Hyundai Kona

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Both the HR-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, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, daytime running lights, rearview cameras, available all wheel drive, crash mitigating brakes and lane departure warning systems.


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


The engine in the HR-V has a single overhead cam for simplicity. The engines in the Kona have dual overhead cams, which add to the number of moving parts and the complexity of the cylinder heads.

A reliable vehicle saves its owner time, money and trouble. Nobody wants to be stranded or have to be without a vehicle while it’s being repaired. Consumer Reports rates the HR-V’s reliability 21 points higher than the Kona.


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




Zero to 60 MPH

10.5 sec

11.1 sec

45 to 65 MPH Passing

6.7 sec

6.9 sec

Quarter Mile

18.1 sec

18.3 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

81.1 MPH

80 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

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











1.8 SOHC 4 cyl.

28 city/34 hwy



LX 1.8 SOHC 4 cyl.

27 city/31 hwy



Sport/EX/EX-L/Touring 1.8 SOHC 4 cyl.

26 city/31 hwy







2.0 DOHC 4 cyl.

27 city/33 hwy



1.6 turbo 4 cyl.

28 city/32 hwy



2.0 DOHC 4 cyl.

25 city/30 hwy



1.6 turbo 4 cyl.

26 city/29 hwy


The HR-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

For better stopping power the HR-V’s standard brake rotors are larger than those on the Kona:




Front Rotors

11.5 inches

11 inches

Rear Rotors

11.1 inches

10.3 inches

The HR-V stops shorter than the Kona:





70 to 0 MPH

170 feet

175 feet

Car and Driver

Tires and Wheels

For better traction, the HR-V has larger tires than the Kona (215/55R17 vs. 205/60R16).

The HR-V’s tires provide better handling because they have a lower 55 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the Kona SE Limited/Ultimate’s standard 60 series tires.

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


The HR-V Sport/EX/EX-L/Touring 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 under full throttle, the interior of the HR-V EX-L AWD is quieter than the Kona SEL 4x4 (76 vs. 78 dB).

Passenger Space

The HR-V has 1.3 inches more front shoulder room, .5 inches more rear headroom and 4.7 inches more rear legroom than the Kona.

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

Cargo Capacity

The HR-V has a much larger cargo area with its rear seat up than the Kona with its rear seat up (24.3 vs. 19.2 cubic feet). The HR-V has a much larger cargo area with its rear seat folded than the Kona with its rear seat folded (58.8 vs. 45.8 cubic feet).


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

The HR-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.

To keep a safe, consistent following distance, the HR-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 HR-V is less expensive to operate than the Kona because it costs $54 less to do the manufacturer’s suggested maintenance for 50,000 miles. Typical repairs cost much less on the HR-V than the Kona, including $110 less for a water pump, $232 less for a muffler, $9 less for front struts and $21 less for a timing belt/chain.


Consumer Reports® recommends both the Honda HR-V and the Hyundai Kona, based on reliability, safety and performance.

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