2019 Hyundai Kona vs. 2019 Honda CR-V

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Both the Kona and the CR-V 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 parking sensors, rear cross-path warning and driver alert monitors.

For its top level performance in IIHS driver and passenger-side small overlap frontal, moderate overlap frontal, side impact, roof strength and head restraint tests, its standard front crash prevention system, and its headlight’s “Good” rating, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety grants the Kona its highest rating: “Top Pick Plus” for 2019, a rating granted to only 36 vehicles tested by the IIHS. The CR-V is only a standard “Top Pick” for 2019.


The Kona comes with a full 5-year/60,000-mile basic warranty, which covers the entire truck and includes 24-hour roadside assistance. The CR-V’s 3-year/36,000-mile basic warranty expires 2 years and 24,000 miles sooner.

Hyundai’s powertrain warranty covers the Kona 5 years and 40,000 miles longer than Honda covers the CR-V. Any repair needed on the engine, transmission, axles, joints or driveshafts is fully covered for 10 years or 100,000 miles. Coverage on the CR-V ends after only 5 years or 60,000 miles.

The Kona’s corrosion warranty is 2 years longer than the CR-V’s (7 vs. 5 years).


To reliably start during all conditions and help handle large electrical loads, the Kona has a standard 640-amp battery. The CR-V’s 410-amp battery isn’t as powerful.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2018 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Hyundai vehicles are better in initial quality than Honda vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Hyundai third in initial quality, above the industry average. With 28 more problems per 100 vehicles, Honda is ranked 23rd, below the industry average.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2018 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Hyundai vehicles are more reliable than Honda vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Hyundai 6th in reliability, above the industry average. With 16 more problems per 100 vehicles, Honda is ranked 12th.

From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ December 2018 Auto Issue reports that Hyundai vehicles are more reliable than Honda vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Hyundai 5 places higher in reliability than Honda.


The Kona Limited/Ultimate’s standard 1.6 turbo 4 cyl. produces 16 lbs.-ft. more torque (195 vs. 179) than the CR-V EX/EX-L/Touring’s standard 1.5 turbo 4 cyl.

As tested in Motor Trend the Hyundai Kona is faster than the CR-V 1.5T:


Kona 4 cyl.

Kona 1.6T


Zero to 30 MPH

2.9 sec

2.8 sec

3.1 sec

Zero to 60 MPH

8.3 sec

7.5 sec

8.6 sec

Zero to 80 MPH

13.9 sec

12.8 sec

14.7 sec

Quarter Mile

16.3 sec

15.9 sec

16.7 sec

Fuel Economy and Range

On the EPA test cycle the Kona FWD with its standard engine gets better fuel mileage than the CR-V LX FWD (27 city/33 hwy vs. 26 city/32 hwy).

Brakes and Stopping

For better stopping power the Kona SEL/Limited/Ultimate’s brake rotors are larger than those on the CR-V:


Kona SEL/Limited/Ultimate


Front Rotors

12 inches

11.1 inches

Rear Rotors

11.2 inches

10.2 inches

The Kona stops shorter than the CR-V:





60 to 0 MPH

129 feet

137 feet

Consumer Reports

60 to 0 MPH (Wet)

131 feet

146 feet

Consumer Reports

Tires and Wheels

The Kona SE Limited/Ultimate’s standard tires provide better handling because they have a lower 60 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the CR-V LX’s standard 65 series tires. The Kona Limited/Ultimate’s tires have a lower 45 series profile than the CR-V EX/EX-L/Touring’s 60 series tires.

Suspension and Handling

The Kona has standard front and rear gas-charged shocks for better control over choppy roads. The CR-V’s suspension doesn’t offer gas-charged shocks.

The Kona has variable-assist power steering, for low-effort parking, better control at highway speeds and during hard cornering, and a better feel of the road. The CR-V doesn’t offer variable-assist power steering.

The Kona SEL 4x4 handles at .88 G’s, while the CR-V Touring AWD pulls only .82 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

The Kona Ultimate 4x4 executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 1 seconds quicker than the CR-V Touring AWD (27.3 seconds @ .64 average G’s vs. 28.3 seconds @ .6 average G’s).

For better maneuverability, the Kona’s turning circle is 2.6 feet tighter than the CR-V’s (34.8 feet vs. 37.4 feet).


The Hyundai Kona may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 150 to 400 pounds less than the Honda CR-V.

The Kona is 1 foot, 4.6 inches shorter than the CR-V, making the Kona easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

As tested by Car and Driver, the interior of the Kona Ultimate 4x4 is quieter than the CR-V Touring AWD:




At idle

34 dB

40 dB


77 dB

78 dB

Passenger Space

The Kona has .2 inches more front legroom and 2.7 inches more rear hip room than the CR-V.

The front step up height for the Kona is 3 inches lower than the CR-V (16” vs. 19”). The Kona’s rear step up height is 1.9 inches lower than the CR-V’s (16.1” vs. 18”).


The Kona Ultimate has a standard heads-up display that projects speed and other key instrumentation readouts in front of the driver’s line of sight, allowing drivers to view information without diverting their eyes from the road. The CR-V doesn’t offer a heads-up display.

The power windows standard on both the Kona and the CR-V have locks to prevent small children from operating them. When the lock on the Kona is engaged the driver can still operate all of the windows, for instance to close one opened by a child. The CR-V prevents the driver from operating the other windows just as it does the other passengers.

The Kona’s front power windows open or close fully with one touch of the switches, making it more convenient at drive-up windows and toll booths, or when talking with someone outside the car. The CR-V’s standard passenger windows don’t open or close automatically. The CR-V EX/EX-L/Touring’s rear windows don’t close automatically.

The Kona SE/SEL/Limited’s standard variable intermittent wipers have an adjustable delay to allow the driver to choose a setting that best clears the windshield during light rain or mist. The CR-V LX’s standard fixed intermittent wipers only have one fixed delay setting, so the driver will have to manually switch them between slow and intermittent.

The Kona has a standard automatic headlight on/off feature. When the ignition is on, the headlights automatically turn on at dusk and off after dawn. The CR-V has an automatic headlight on/off feature standard only on the EX/EX-L/Touring.

Economic Advantages

Insurance will cost less for the Kona owner. The Car Book by Jack Gillis rates the Kona with a number “8” insurance rate while the CR-V is rated higher at a number “10” rate.

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Kona is less expensive to operate than the CR-V because typical repairs cost much less on the Kona than the CR-V, including $16 less for front brake pads, $218 less for a starter, $197 less for fuel injection, $173 less for a fuel pump, $14 less for front struts and $64 less for a power steering pump.


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

The Kona was chosen as one of Car and Driver’s “Top Five/10Best Trucks” in 2019. The CR-V hasn’t been picked since 2017.

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