2021 Hyundai Kona vs. 2020 Toyota Rav4 Hybrid

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Safety

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When descending a steep, off-road slope, the Kona’s standard Downhill Brake Control allows you to creep down safely. The Rav4 Hybrid doesn’t offer Downhill Brake Control.

Both the Kona and the Rav4 Hybrid have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact 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, 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 Rav4 Hybrid’s 3-year/36,000-mile basic warranty expires 2 years and 24,000 miles sooner.

Hyundai’s powertrain warranty covers the Kona 5 years and 40,000 miles longer than Toyota covers the Rav4 Hybrid. Any repair needed on the engine, transmission, axles, joints or driveshafts is fully covered for 10 years or 100,000 miles. Coverage on the Rav4 Hybrid ends after only 5 years or 60,000 miles.

The Kona’s corrosion warranty is 2 years longer than the Rav4 Hybrid’s (7 vs. 5 years).

Hyundai pays for scheduled maintenance on the Kona for 1 year and 11,000 miles longer than Toyota pays for maintenance for the Rav4 Hybrid (3/36,000 vs. 2/25,000).

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 Kona’s reliability 30 points higher than the Rav4 Hybrid.

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 Toyota vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Hyundai 10th in initial quality, above the industry average. With 24 more problems per 100 vehicles, Toyota is ranked 19th, below the industry average.

Engine

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As tested in Motor Trend the Kona Night/Limited/Ultimate 1.6 turbo 4-cylinder is faster than the Toyota Rav4 Hybrid:

Kona

Rav4 Hybrid

Zero to 60 MPH

6.4 sec

7.5 sec

Quarter Mile

15.1 sec

15.6 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

91.7 MPH

90.4 MPH

Brakes and Stopping

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The Kona stops much shorter than the Rav4 Hybrid:

Kona

Rav4 Hybrid

60 to 0 MPH

119 feet

143 feet

Motor Trend

60 to 0 MPH (Wet)

131 feet

145 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 Rav4 Hybrid (235/45R18 vs. 225/65R17).

The Kona SE’s standard tires provide better handling because they have a lower 60 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the Rav4 Hybrid LE/XLE’s standard 65 series tires. The Kona Night/Limited/Ultimate’s tires have a lower 45 series profile than the Rav4 Hybrid XSE/Limited’s 60 series tires.

Suspension and Handling

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The Kona has standard front and rear gas-charged shocks for better control over choppy roads. The Rav4 Hybrid’s suspension doesn’t offer gas-charged shocks.

The Kona has variable-assist power steering, for low-effort parking, better control at highway speeds and during hard cornering, and a better feel of the road. The Rav4 Hybrid doesn’t offer variable-assist power steering.

The Kona Ultimate handles at .85 G’s, while the Rav4 Hybrid XSE pulls only .75 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

The Kona Ultimate executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 1.5 seconds quicker than the Rav4 Hybrid XSE (26.9 seconds @ .65 average G’s vs. 28.4 seconds @ .61 average G’s).

For better maneuverability, the Kona’s turning circle is 1.3 feet tighter than the Rav4 Hybrid’s (34.8 feet vs. 36.1 feet).

Chassis

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The Hyundai Kona may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 500 to 800 pounds less than the Toyota Rav4 Hybrid.

The Kona is 1 foot, 4.9 inches shorter than the Rav4 Hybrid, making the Kona easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

Passenger Space

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The Kona has .1 inches more front headroom, .5 inches more front legroom and 4.5 inches more rear hip room than the Rav4 Hybrid.

Ergonomics

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The Kona Ultimate has a standard heads-up display that projects speed and other key instrumentation readouts in front of the driver’s line of sight, allowing drivers to view information without diverting their eyes from the road. The Rav4 Hybrid doesn’t offer a heads-up display.

The Kona’s standard variable intermittent wipers have an adjustable delay to allow the driver to choose a setting that best clears the windshield during light rain or mist. The Rav4 Hybrid LE’s standard fixed intermittent wipers only have one fixed delay setting, so the driver will have to manually switch them between slow and intermittent.

The Kona has a standard automatic headlight on/off feature. When the ignition is on, the headlights automatically turn on at dusk and off after dawn. The Rav4 Hybrid has an automatic headlight on/off feature standard only on the XLE/XSE/Limited.

Model Availability

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The Kona is available in both front-wheel drive and four-wheel drive configurations. The Rav4 Hybrid doesn’t offer a two-wheel drive configuration.

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 $725 less than the Rav4 Hybrid over a five-year period.

Recommendations

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Consumer Reports® recommends both the Hyundai Kona and the Toyota Rav4 Hybrid, based on reliability, safety and performance.

Motor Trend performed a comparison test in its January 2019 issue and they ranked the Hyundai Kona SE higher than the Toyota Rav4 Hybrid XSE.

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 Rav4 Hybrid 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 Rav4 Hybrid has never been a Car and Driver “Top Five/10Best Truck” pick.

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