2020 Toyota Corolla Hatchback vs. 2020 Hyundai Kona

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Safety

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The Corolla Hatchback has standard Whiplash Injury Lessening Seats (WIL), which use a specially designed seat to protect the driver and front passenger from whiplash. During a rear-end collision, the WIL system allows the backrest to travel backwards to cushion the occupants and the headrests move forward to prevent neck and spine injuries. The Kona doesn’t offer a whiplash protection system.

The Corolla Hatchback has a standard Secondary Collision Brake, which automatically applies the brakes in the event of a crash to help prevent secondary collisions and prevent further injuries. The Kona doesn’t offer a post collision braking system: in the event of a collision that triggers the airbags, more collisions are possible without the protection of airbags that may have already deployed.

Both the Corolla Hatchback 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, plastic fuel tanks, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, crash mitigating brakes, daytime running lights, lane departure warning systems, rearview cameras, driver alert monitors and available blind spot warning systems.

Warranty

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Toyota pays for scheduled maintenance on the Corolla Hatchback for 2 years and 25000 miles. Toyota will pay for oil changes, lubrication and any other required maintenance. Hyundai doesn’t pay scheduled maintenance for the Kona.

There are over 47 percent more Toyota dealers than there are Hyundai dealers, which makes it easier should you ever need service under the Corolla Hatchback’s warranty.

Reliability

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A reliable vehicle saves its owner time, money and trouble. Nobody wants to be stranded or have to be without a vehicle while it’s being repaired. Consumer Reports rates the Corolla Hatchback’s reliability 20 points higher than the Kona.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2019 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Toyota vehicles are more reliable than Hyundai vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Toyota second in reliability, above the industry average. With 16 more problems per 100 vehicles, Hyundai is ranked 8th.

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

Engine

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The Corolla Hatchback’s 2.0 DOHC 4 cyl. produces 21 more horsepower (168 vs. 147) and 19 lbs.-ft. more torque (151 vs. 132) than the Kona’s standard 2.0 DOHC 4 cyl.

As tested in Consumer Reports the Toyota Corolla Hatchback is faster than the Hyundai Kona 4 cyl. (automatics tested):

Corolla Hatchback

Kona

Zero to 30 MPH

3.4 sec

4 sec

Zero to 60 MPH

8.7 sec

11.1 sec

45 to 65 MPH Passing

5.4 sec

6.9 sec

Quarter Mile

16.8 sec

18.3 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

87 MPH

80 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

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On the EPA test cycle the Corolla Hatchback gets better fuel mileage than the Kona:

MPG

Hatchback

FWD

Manual

2.0 DOHC 4-cyl.

28 city/37 hwy

Auto

2.0 DOHC 4-cyl.

32 city/41 hwy

XSE 2.0 DOHC 4-cyl.

30 city/38 hwy

Kona

FWD

Auto

1.6 Turbo 4-cyl.

28 city/32 hwy

2.0 DOHC 4-cyl.

27 city/33 hwy

Environmental Friendliness

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In its Green Vehicle Guide, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) rates the Toyota Corolla Hatchback higher (6 out of 10) than the Hyundai Kona (5). This means the Corolla Hatchback produces up to 6.9 pounds less smog-producing pollutants than the Kona every 15,000 miles.

Transmission

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The Corolla Hatchback offers an optional 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 Corolla Hatchback’s standard brake rotors are larger than those on the Kona:

Corolla Hatchback

Kona

Front Rotors

11.5 inches

11 inches

Rear Rotors

10.5 inches

10.3 inches

The Corolla Hatchback stops shorter than the Kona:

Corolla Hatchback

Kona

60 to 0 MPH

129 feet

133 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels

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The Corolla Hatchback SE’s standard 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. The Corolla Hatchback XSE/Nightshade’s tires have a lower 40 series profile than the Kona Limited/Ultimate’s 45 series tires.

Suspension and Handling

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For superior ride and handling, the Toyota Corolla Hatchback 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 Corolla Hatchback’s wheelbase is 1.5 inches longer than on the Kona (103.9 inches vs. 102.4 inches).

Passenger Space

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The Corolla Hatchback has .5 inches more front legroom and .6 inches more front hip room than the Kona.

Ergonomics

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The Corolla Hatchback’s power parking brake sets with one touch and releases with one touch or automatically. The Kona 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 Corolla Hatchback’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’s standard power window switches have to be held the entire time to close them fully. Only its driver’s window opens automatically. With the Kona SEL/Limited/Ultimate’s power windows, only the front windows open or close automatically.

If the windows are left open on the Corolla Hatchback the driver can close them all at the outside door handle. On a hot day the driver can lower the windows at the outside door handle or from a distance using the keyless remote. (This window function must be activated by your Toyota service department.) The driver of the Kona can only operate the windows from inside the vehicle, with the ignition on.

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) conducts detailed tests on headlights for their range both straight ahead and in curves and to be certain they don’t exceed acceptable amounts of glare to oncoming drivers. The Corolla Hatchback’s available headlights were rated “Acceptable” by the IIHS, while the Kona’s headlights are rated “Poor” to .”

To help drivers see further while navigating curves, the Corolla Hatchback XSE offers optional adaptive headlights to illuminate around corners automatically by reading vehicle speed and steering wheel angle. The Kona doesn’t offer cornering lights.

The Corolla Hatchback’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.

The Corolla Hatchback XSE’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 doesn’t offer dual zone air conditioning.

Both the Corolla Hatchback and the Kona offer rear vents. For greater rear passenger comfort, the Corolla Hatchback XSE has standard rear air conditioning vents to keep rear occupants cool in summer or warm in winter. The Kona doesn’t offer rear air conditioning vents, only heat vents.

Model Availability

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The Toyota Corolla comes in sedan and four door hatchback bodystyles; the Hyundai Kona isn’t available as a sedan or four door hatchback.

Economic Advantages

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According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Corolla Hatchback is less expensive to operate than the Kona because it costs $291 less to do the manufacturer’s suggested maintenance for 50,000 miles. Typical repairs cost much less on the Corolla Hatchback than the Kona, including $174 less for a water pump, $251 less for a muffler and $174 less for a power steering pump.

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The Toyota Corolla outsold the Hyundai Kona by over four to one during the 2019 model year.

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