2020 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport vs. 2020 Hyundai Kona

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

The Outlander Sport offers optional parking sensors to help warn the driver about vehicles, pedestrians or other obstacles behind or, optionally, in front of the vehicle. The Kona doesn’t offer a front parking aid.

Both the Outlander Sport 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, lane departure warning systems, blind spot warning systems and rear cross-path warning.

Engine

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The Outlander Sport ES/SP/SE’s standard 2.0 DOHC 4 cyl. produces 1 more horsepower (148 vs. 147) and 13 lbs.-ft. more torque (145 vs. 132) than the Kona’s standard 2.0 DOHC 4 cyl.

As tested in Consumer Reports the Outlander Sport ES/SP/SE 2.0 DOHC 4 cyl. is faster than the Hyundai Kona 4 cyl.:

Outlander Sport

Kona

Zero to 30 MPH

3.8 sec

4 sec

Zero to 60 MPH

9.6 sec

11.1 sec

45 to 65 MPH Passing

6.6 sec

6.9 sec

Quarter Mile

17.6 sec

18.3 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

80.7 MPH

80 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

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The Outlander Sport AWD’s standard fuel tank has 2.6 gallons more fuel capacity than the Kona (15.8 vs. 13.2 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups. The Outlander Sport FWD’s standard fuel tank has 3.4 gallons more fuel capacity than the Kona (16.6 vs. 13.2 gallons).

Transmission

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The Outlander Sport 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

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

Outlander Sport

Kona

Front Rotors

11.6 inches

11 inches

Rear Rotors

11.9 inches

10.3 inches

The Outlander Sport stops much shorter than the Kona:

Outlander Sport

Kona

60 to 0 MPH

120 feet

133 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels

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For better traction, the Outlander Sport has larger tires than the Kona (225/55R18 vs. 205/60R16).

The Outlander Sport’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’s standard 60 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Outlander Sport has standard 18-inch wheels. Smaller 16-inch wheels are standard on the Kona SE.

Suspension and Handling

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For superior ride and handling, the Mitsubishi Outlander Sport has fully independent front and rear suspensions. An independent suspension allows the wheels to follow the road at the best angle for gripping the pavement, without compromising ride comfort. The Kona 4x2 has a rear torsion beam axle, with a semi-independent rear suspension.

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Outlander Sport’s wheelbase is 2.7 inches longer than on the Kona (105.1 inches vs. 102.4 inches).

Passenger Space

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The Outlander Sport has .1 inches more front legroom, .7 inches more front shoulder room, .1 inches more rear headroom, 1.7 inches more rear legroom and 1 inch more rear shoulder room than the Kona.

Cargo Capacity

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The Outlander Sport has a much larger cargo volume with its rear seat up than the Kona with its rear seat up (21.7 vs. 19.2 cubic feet). The Outlander Sport has a much larger cargo volume with its rear seat folded than the Kona with its rear seat folded (49.5 vs. 45.8 cubic feet).

Ergonomics

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The Outlander Sport’s driver’s power window opens or closes with one touch of the window control, making it more convenient at drive-up windows and toll booths. The Kona’s standard driver’s power window switch has to be held the entire time to close it fully.

Consumer Reports rated the Outlander Sport’s headlight performance “Good,” a higher rating than the Kona’s headlights, which were rated “Fair.”

The Outlander Sport’s standard outside mirrors include heating elements to clear off the mirrors for better visibility. Hyundai only offers heated mirrors on the Kona SEL/Limited/Ultimate.

Economic Advantages

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Insurance will cost less for the Outlander Sport owner. The Car Book by Jack Gillis rates the Outlander Sport with a number “1” insurance rate while the Kona is rated higher at a number “8” rate.

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Outlander Sport is less expensive to operate than the Kona because it costs $9 less to do the manufacturer’s suggested maintenance for 50,000 miles. Typical repairs cost less on the Outlander Sport than the Kona, including $175 less for a muffler.

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