13 Reasons Why Hyundai Kona Beats the Honda HR-V

There you are, swiping past seemingly hundreds of subcompact SUVs as you search for a new crossover to call your own. Two of the more popular SUV models, Hyundai Kona and Honda HR-V, strike your fancy. But which one should be your family’s next home away from home? When it comes time to buy or lease a new compact SUV, make the right choice. Read on to find out why the 2020 Hyundai Kona is HR-V’s more capable arch-nemesis.



The 2020 Kona is priced competitively in the subcompact crossover segment, and its price is lower than the HR-V’s. Compare pricing of comparable HR-V and Kona trims below:

  • Kona SE vs. HR-V LX: $19,990 vs. $20,620
  • Kona SEL vs. HR-V EX: $21,800 vs. $23,820
  • Kona Limited vs. HR-V EX-L: $25,550 vs. $25,420
  • Kona Ultimate vs. HR-V Touring: $27,500 vs. $28,640

2. Driver Attention Warning

Only the Hyundai Kona offers the Driver Attention Warning (DAW) option, which provides drivers with extra protection on the road. DAW automatically senses driver inattention, fatigue, and distractions, then sends alerts to help prevent collisions. The HR-V does not include any comparable in-SUV safety feature, neither as a standard feature nor an option.

3. Awards Won

Last year’s Hyundai Kona brought home a slew of awards, including Car and Driver’s Best SUV Value, North American Utility Vehicle of the Year, U.S. News & World Report’s Best Subcompact SUV for the Money, and several other prestigious accolades. Read more about the Kona’s award-winning characteristics.

4. Heads-up Display

The future is Hyundai. Unlike the HR-V, the 2020 Kona can be purchased with an optional heads-up display (HUD). The HUD projects important driving data, such as current speed, turn-by-turn navigation, cruise control settings, and safety alerts—all on the dashboard-mounted screen above the steering wheel.


5. Wireless Device Charger

With the Honda HR-V, you must use a cord to charge your phone—that’s so 2017! The 2020 Kona comes with an optional wireless charging pad that’s positioned right in front of the shifter at the bottom of the center stack. Wireless charging is available on SEL models and above.

6. Better Safety Ratings

The IIHS includes the Hyundai Kona on its list of Top Safety Pick+ vehicles. The HR-V is safe, too, but only qualifies for the IIHS Top Safety Pick (without the plus).

7. LED Headlights & Taillights

The new HR-V comes standard with just LED taillights. The 2020 Hyundai Kona has available LED headlights and taillights, which use less power than traditional headlamps and taillight bulbs.

8. High Beam Assist

Hyundai’s innovative High Beam Assist feature automatically dims high beams when there’s oncoming traffic, then turns them back on when the roads are clear. HR-V doesn’t have a comparable feature at the same price point.

9. Blue Link®

Hyundai’s award-winning Blue Link technology is available on the Kona as a free 3-year trial. Blue Link allows you to connect your smartphone to the SUV and remotely control engine start, climate, in-car maintenance scheduling, stolen vehicle recovery, and more. The HR-V does not have the same high-end software or app.


10. Larger Touchscreen

Standard on both the HR-V and Kona is a 7-inch multimedia touchscreen display. However, Honda’s SUV doesn’t come with an optional upgrade, while the 2020 Kona does in its 8-inch color touchscreen with navigation. Kona’s 8” display provides a clearer screen, with audio and infotainment controls right within reach.

11. Kona Electric

The Hyundai Kona is also available as an electric SUV that has a 258-mile range. Kona Electric is available by order, so contact a Hyundai dealer near you for more details.

12. Better Reviews

Hyundai Kona is one of the best-reviewed SUVs in the country. Most of the nation’s critics agree that the Kona is a better crossover than the HR-V; the Kona beats the HR-V according to these experts and consumers:

13. More Vehicle Warranty Coverage

Of course, Hyundai is the choice for Americans because of its warranty coverage. Every new Kona comes with a 5-year/60,000-mile New Vehicle Limited Warranty, a 10-year/100,000-mile Powertrain Limited Warranty, and 5 years of 24-hour roadside assistance without mileage restrictions. Honda and its HR-V only offer 3-year warranties and a 60,000-mile roadside assistance package.

When you sit down and compare the nuts and bolts of Hyundai Kona to those of the Honda HR-V, the choice is clear: Hyundai’s crossover is a winner.


Would you like to bring the new Kona home today? Head to Jim Burke Hyundai, your hometown Hyundai SUV dealer near Hoover, AL. We have a great assortment of 2019 and 2020 Kona models available for lease and sale, as well as some older crossovers if you’d like to buy pre-owned. Visit us at 1424 5th Ave North in Birmingham to view our inventory. You can also call our Hyundai sales team at (205) 588-6283 to schedule a test drive or obtain more information about our Hyundai incentives and lease offers.

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