2021 Hyundai Kona vs. 2020 Lexus UX Series

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Safety

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Both the Kona and the UX Series 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, available all wheel drive, blind spot warning systems, rear parking sensors and rear cross-path warning.

Warranty

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The Kona comes with a full 5-year/60,000-mile basic warranty, which covers the entire truck and includes 24-hour roadside assistance. The UX Series’ 4-year/50,000-mile basic warranty expires 1 year and 10,000 miles sooner.

Hyundai’s powertrain warranty covers the Kona 4 years and 30,000 miles longer than Lexus covers the UX Series. Any repair needed on the engine, transmission, axles, joints or driveshafts is fully covered for 10 years or 100,000 miles. Coverage on the UX Series ends after only 6 years or 70,000 miles.

The Kona’s corrosion warranty is 1 year longer than the UX Series’ (7 vs. 6 years).

Hyundai pays for scheduled maintenance on the Kona for 2 years and 26,000 miles longer than Lexus pays for maintenance for the UX Series (3/36,000 vs. 1/10,000).

There are over 3 times as many Hyundai dealers as there are Lexus dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the Kona’s warranty.

Reliability

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J.D. Power and Associates’ 2020 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Hyundai vehicles are better in initial quality than Lexus vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Hyundai 10th in initial quality, above the industry average. With 6 more problems per 100 vehicles, Lexus is ranked 12th.

Engine

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As tested in Motor Trend the Hyundai Kona 4 cyl. is faster than the UX 200 2.0 DOHC 4-cylinder:

Kona

UX Series

Zero to 60 MPH

8.3 sec

8.5 sec

Quarter Mile

16.3 sec

16.5 sec

As tested in Motor Trend the Kona Night/Limited/Ultimate 1.6 turbo 4-cylinder is faster than the UX 250h 2.0 DOHC 4-cylinder hybrid:

Kona

UX Series

Zero to 60 MPH

6.4 sec

8.3 sec

Quarter Mile

15.1 sec

16.3 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

91.7 MPH

87.3 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

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To lower fuel costs and make buying fuel easier, the Hyundai Kona uses regular unleaded gasoline. The UX Series requires premium for maximum efficiency, which can cost 20 to 55 cents more per gallon.

The Kona has 2.6 gallons more fuel capacity than the UX Series Hybrid’s standard fuel tank (13.2 vs. 10.6 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups.

Brakes and Stopping

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The Kona stops much shorter than the UX Series:

Kona

UX Series

60 to 0 MPH

119 feet

129 feet

Motor Trend

60 to 0 MPH (Wet)

131 feet

143 feet

Consumer Reports

Tires and Wheels

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For better traction, the Kona Night/Limited/Ultimate’s tires are larger than the largest tires available on the UX Series (235/45R18 vs. 225/50R18).

The Kona Night/Limited/Ultimate’s tires provide better handling because they have a lower 45 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the UX Series’ 50 series tires.

The Kona has a standard space-saver spare (not available on 1.6T/AWD) so you can replace a flat tire and drive to have the flat repaired or replaced. A spare tire isn’t available on the UX Series; it requires you to depend on its run-flat tires, which limits mileage and speed before they are repaired. If a run-flat is damaged beyond repair by a road hazard your vehicle will have to be towed.

Suspension and Handling

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The Kona Ultimate handles at .85 G’s, while the UX 200 pulls only .78 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

The Kona Ultimate executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 1.3 seconds quicker than the UX 200 (26.9 seconds @ .65 average G’s vs. 28.2 seconds @ .62 average G’s).

Chassis

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The Hyundai Kona may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 350 to 400 pounds less than the Lexus UX Series.

The Kona is 1 foot, 1 inches shorter than the UX Series, making the Kona easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

Passenger Space

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The Kona has 3.7 cubic feet more passenger volume than the UX Series (94.1 vs. 90.4).

The Kona has 2.4 inches more front headroom, .5 inches more front shoulder room, 1.5 inches more rear headroom, 1.5 inches more rear legroom and 1.6 inches more rear shoulder room than the UX Series.

Payload

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The Kona has a higher maximum payload capacity than the UX Series (930 vs. 890 lbs.).

Ergonomics

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The power windows standard on both the Kona and the UX Series have locks to prevent small children from operating them. When the lock on the Kona is engaged the driver can still operate all of the windows, for instance to close one opened by a child. The UX Series prevents the driver from operating the other windows just as it does the other passengers.

Economic Advantages

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Insurance will cost less for the Kona owner. The Complete Car Cost Guide estimates that insurance for the Kona will cost $145 to $1720 less than the UX Series over a five-year period.

IntelliChoice estimates that five-year ownership costs (depreciation, financing, insurance, fuel, fees, repairs and maintenance) for the Hyundai Kona will be $5466 to $7039 less than for the Lexus UX Series.

Recommendations

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Consumer Reports® recommends both the Hyundai Kona and the Lexus UX Series, based on reliability, safety and performance.

J.D. Power and Associates rated the Kona third among small suvs in owner reported satisfaction. This includes how well the vehicle performs and satisfies its owner’s expectations. The UX Series isn’t in the top three in its category.

The Kona was chosen as one of Car and Driver’s “Top Five/10Best Trucks” in 2019. The UX Series has never been a Car and Driver “Top Five/10Best Truck” pick.

The Hyundai Kona outsold the Lexus UX Series by over four to one during 2019.

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