2019 Mazda CX-3 vs. 2019 Hyundai Kona

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

Your buying experience includes...

business_centerProfessional Staff
account_balanceSimple Financing
local_gas_stationFull Tank of Gas
local_car_washFree Car Wash

Safety

The CX-3 has standard Whiplash-Reducing Headrests, which use a specially designed headrest to protect the driver and front passenger from whiplash. During a rear-end collision, the Whiplash-Reducing Headrests system moves the headrests forward to prevent neck and spine injuries. The Kona doesn’t offer a whiplash protection system.

Both the CX-3 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 and lane departure warning systems.

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 CX-3 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.

Reliability

From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ December 2018 Auto Issue reports that Mazda vehicles are more reliable than Hyundai vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Mazda third in reliability. Hyundai is ranked 10th.

Engine

The CX-3’s 2.0 DOHC 4 cyl. produces 1 more horsepower (148 vs. 147) and 14 lbs.-ft. more torque (146 vs. 132) than the Kona’s standard 2.0 DOHC 4 cyl.

As tested in Consumer Reports the Mazda CX-3 is faster than the Hyundai Kona 4 cyl.:

 

CX-3

Kona

Zero to 30 MPH

3.5 sec

4 sec

Zero to 60 MPH

9.6 sec

11.1 sec

45 to 65 MPH Passing

5.9 sec

6.9 sec

Quarter Mile

17.4 sec

18.3 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

82.2 MPH

80 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

On the EPA test cycle the CX-3 gets better fuel mileage than the Kona:

 

 

 

MPG

CX-3

 

FWD

2.0 DOHC 4 cyl.

29 city/34 hwy

 

AWD

2.0 DOHC 4 cyl.

27 city/32 hwy

Kona

 

FWD

2.0 DOHC 4 cyl.

27 city/33 hwy

 

 

1.6 turbo 4 cyl.

28 city/32 hwy

 

AWD

2.0 DOCH 4 cyl.

25 city/30 hwy

 

 

1.6 turbo 4 cyl.

26 city/29 hwy

Tires and Wheels

For better traction, the CX-3 has larger tires than the Kona (215/60R16 vs. 205/60R16).

Passenger Space

The CX-3 has .2 inches more front legroom and .4 inches more rear legroom than the Kona.

Ergonomics

When two different drivers share the CX-3 Grand Touring, the optional 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.

To help drivers see further while navigating curves, the CX-3 Grand Touring has standard adaptive headlights to illuminate around corners automatically by reading vehicle speed and steering wheel angle. The Kona doesn’t offer cornering lights.

The CX-3’s optional 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.

On extremely cold winter days, the CX-3 Grand Touring’s optional heated steering wheel provides comfort, allowing the driver to steer safely and comfortably before the vehicle heater warms up. The Kona doesn’t offer a heated steering wheel.

To keep a safe, consistent following distance, the CX-3 offers an optional Radar 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 CX-3 is less expensive to operate than the Kona because it costs $27 less to do the manufacturer’s suggested maintenance for 50,000 miles. Typical repairs cost much less on the CX-3 than the Kona, including $180 less for a water pump, $225 less for a muffler, $18 less for a starter and $47 less for a timing belt/chain.

Recommendations

The Car Book by Jack Gillis recommends the Mazda CX-3, based on economy, maintenance, safety and complaint levels.

© 1991-2018 Advanta-STAR Automotive Research. All rights reserved.

How much is your car worth?

Get the best value for your car from an Asbury dealership.

Featured Videos