2020 Chevrolet Trax vs. 2019 Hyundai Kona

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

Both the Trax and the Kona have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, driver knee 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, collision warning systems, lane departure warning systems, blind spot warning systems, rear parking sensors and rear cross-path warning.

Warranty

There are almost 4 times as many Chevrolet dealers as there are Hyundai dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the Trax’s warranty.

Reliability

The Chevrolet Trax’s engine uses a cast iron block for durability, while the Kona’s engines use an aluminum block. Aluminum engine blocks are much more prone to warp and crack at high temperatures than cast iron.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2019 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Chevrolet vehicles are more reliable than Hyundai vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Chevrolet fourth in reliability, above the industry average. With 9 more problems per 100 vehicles, Hyundai is ranked 8th.

Engine

The Trax’s 1.4 turbo 4 cyl. produces 16 lbs.-ft. more torque (148 vs. 132) than the Kona’s standard 2.0 DOHC 4 cyl.

As tested in Consumer Reports the Chevrolet Trax is faster than the Hyundai Kona 4-cylinder:

Trax

Kona

Zero to 60 MPH

10.8 sec

11.1 sec

45 to 65 MPH Passing

6.8 sec

6.9 sec

Quarter Mile

18.2 sec

18.3 sec

Brakes and Stopping

For better stopping power the Trax’s standard front brake rotors are larger than those on the Kona:

Trax

Kona

Front Rotors

11.8 inches

11 inches

The Trax stops much shorter than the Kona:

Trax

Kona

70 to 0 MPH

166 feet

175 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

113 feet

133 feet

Motor Trend

Passenger Space

The Trax has 1 inch more rear headroom and 1.1 inches more rear legroom than the Kona.

Cargo Capacity

The Trax has a larger cargo volume with its rear seat folded than the Kona with its rear seat folded (48.4 vs. 45.8 cubic feet).

Ergonomics

The Trax’s front and rear power windows all lower with one touch of the switches, making it more convenient at drive-up windows and toll booths, or when talking with someone outside of the car. The Kona’s rear power window switches have to be held the entire time to open them fully.

The Trax’s power window, power lock and cruise control switches are lit from behind, making them plainly visible and easier to operate at night. The Kona’s passenger power window switches are unlit, making them difficult to find at night and operate safely.

The Trax Premier’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 Trax LT/Premier has a 115-volt a/c outlet on the center console, allowing you to recharge a laptop or run small household appliances without special adapters that can break or get misplaced. The Kona doesn’t offer a house-current electrical outlet.

Economic Advantages

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Trax 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 less on the Trax than the Kona, including $78 less for a starter and $34 less for fuel injection.

Recommendations

The Chevrolet Trax outsold the Hyundai Kona by almost two to one during 2018.

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