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The Outlander PHEV has all-wheel drive to maximize traction under poor conditions, especially in ice and snow. The Kona Electric doesn’t offer all-wheel drive.
The Outlander PHEV GT has a standard Multi View Camera to allow the driver to see objects all around the vehicle on a screen. The Kona Electric only offers a rear monitor and rear parking sensors that beep or flash a light. That doesn’t help with obstacles to the front or sides.
Both the Outlander PHEV and the Kona Electric have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, driver knee airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, height adjustable front shoulder belts, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, crash mitigating brakes, daytime running lights, lane departure warning systems and rearview cameras.
The Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV weighs 459 pounds more than the Hyundai Kona Electric. The NHTSA advises that heavier vehicles are much safer in collisions than their significantly lighter counterparts.
The Outlander PHEV’s maximum EPA estimated driving range on a full tank of fuel and a full charge is 315.8 miles, after which it can be refueled at any gas station in minutes. The Kona Electric’s range is only 258 miles, after which the minimum recharge time is 54 minutes for only an 80% charge at a specially configured quick charge station not available in most areas. A full recharge at a conventional charging station can take up to 9 hours and 35 minutes.
For better traction, the Outlander PHEV has larger tires than the Kona Electric (225/55R18 vs. 215/55R17).
For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Outlander PHEV has standard 18-inch wheels. Only 17-inch wheels are available on the Kona Electric.
For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Outlander PHEV’s wheelbase is 2.7 inches longer than on the Kona Electric (105.1 inches vs. 102.4 inches).
The Outlander PHEV has 8 cubic feet more passenger volume than the Kona Electric (102.1 vs. 94.1).
The Outlander PHEV has 1 inch more front headroom, .9 inches more front shoulder room, .6 inches more rear headroom, 4.5 inches more rear legroom and 1.5 inches more rear shoulder room than the Kona Electric.
For enhanced passenger comfort on long trips the Outlander PHEV’s rear seats recline. The Kona Electric’s rear seats don’t recline.
The Outlander PHEV has a much larger cargo volume with its rear seat up than the Kona Electric with its rear seat up (30.4 vs. 19.2 cubic feet). The Outlander PHEV has a much larger cargo volume with its rear seat folded than the Kona Electric with its rear seat folded (66.6 vs. 45.8 cubic feet).
To make loading and unloading groceries and cargo easier, especially for short adults, the Outlander PHEV has a standard power liftgate, which opens and closes automatically by pressing a button. The Kona Electric doesn’t offer a power liftgate.
The Outlander PHEV has a 1500 lbs. towing capacity. The Kona Electric has no towing capacity.
The Outlander PHEV’s power parking brake sets with one touch and releases with one touch or automatically. The Kona Electric has a lever-type parking brake that has to be strenuously raised to engage properly. It has to be lifted up more and a button depressed to release it.
The Outlander PHEV’s front and rear power windows all 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 Kona Electric’s passenger windows don’t open or close automatically.
The Outlander PHEV’s power window switches are lit from behind, making them plainly visible and easier to operate at night. The Kona Electric’s passenger power window switches are unlit, making them difficult to find at night and operate safely.
The Outlander PHEV’s rain-sensitive wipers adjust their speed and turn on and off automatically based on the amount of rainfall on the windshield. This allows the driver to concentrate on driving without constantly adjusting the wipers. The Kona Electric SE/Limited’s standard manually variable intermittent wipers have to be constantly adjusted.
The Outlander PHEV’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 Electric doesn’t offer the luxury of an automatic dimming rear view mirror.
On extremely cold winter days, the Outlander PHEV GT’s standard heated steering wheel provides comfort, allowing the driver to steer safely and comfortably before the vehicle heater warms up. The Kona Electric doesn’t offer a heated steering wheel.
The Outlander PHEV’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 Electric doesn’t offer dual zone air conditioning.
Both the Outlander PHEV and the Kona Electric offer rear vents. For greater rear passenger comfort, the Outlander PHEV has standard rear air conditioning vents to keep rear occupants cool in summer or warm in winter. The Kona Electric doesn’t offer rear air conditioning vents, only heat vents.
The Outlander PHEV GT has a 115-volt a/c outlet, allowing you to recharge a laptop or run small household appliances without special adapters that can break or get misplaced. The Kona Electric doesn’t offer a house-current electrical outlet.
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