Honda HR-V Vs. Hyundai Kona

By Justin Cupler | March 19th, 2019

Small crossovers are the hottest segment today as they combine the usefulness of a crossover and the drivability of a sedan. The 2019 Honda HR-V and 2019 Hyundai Kona are two small crossovers with tons to offer out Rochester area families. Which suits your family better? Find out below.


The 2019 Honda HR-V was once one of the more unique crossovers on the market, but as new models come out, its looks have moved more toward the mainstream. This less dramatic appearance will entice buyers looking for a simpler vehicle that will get them from point A to B with little fuss.

The 2019 Hyundai Kona is one of the more recent subcompact crossovers that forced the HR-V’s looks toward the center. It boasts a front end to remember with thin headlights, large fog lights, sleek grille, and a small hood-scoop-like sliver in the fascia. This design continues to the rear where the Kona boasts thin taillights and larger combination lights. All this combines with its black body cladding to create a unique look younger buyers will love.

In terms of size, the HR-V is significantly longer and taller than the Kona. Its wheelbase, however, is only 0.4 inches longer, giving the Kona shorter overhangs for a sportier stance.


Measurement 2019 Honda HR-V 2019 Hyundai Kona Difference
Length 170.4 inches 164 inches +6.4 inches
Width 69.8 inches 70.9 inches -1.1 inches
Height 63.2 inches 61 inches +2.2 inches
Wheelbase 102.8 inches 102.4 inches +0.4 inches
Ground Clearance 6.7 to 7.3 inches
Curb weight 2,906 to 3,150 pounds 2,890 to 3,344 pounds 16 to -194 pounds


Advantage: 2019 Honda HR-V

  • Toned down styling (relatively)
  • Larger body without huge weight gain

Advantage: 2019 Hyundai Kona

  • Bold styling will grab eyeballs
  • Wheels pushed to the corners


Inside, the 2019 Honda HR-V continues with its traditional styling. The only part setting the HR-V apart from others is its long climate-control vent on the passenger’s side. The HR-V does its best job of differentiating itself from others in its class with its unique Magic Seat second row that unlocks up to 58.8 cubic feet of cargo room — 13 cubes more than the Kona.

The Kona’s interior is also fairly simple in its base trim, save for its sportier round air vents. When you start ticking option boxes, though, you get lime-green interior touches and other bits to spice things up a bit.

In terms of features, the Honda HR-V has loads of premium options, including a 7-inch touchscreen, Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, and more. That said, the Kona has these features standard, adding to its already big-time value. Other standard features on the Kona that are options on the HR-V include automatic emergency braking, lane-keep assist, driver attention warning, and rearview camera with dynamic guidelines.


The Honda HR-V falls short in roominess in a few spots, but it makes up for it where size really matters. For example, it offers an extra 4.7 inches of rear legroom and up to an extra 13 cubic feet of cargo room.


Measurement 2019 Honda HR-V 2019 Hyundai Kona Difference
Front headroom 39.5 inches 39.6 inches -0.1 inches
Front legroom 41.2 inches 41.5 inches -0.3 inches
Front shoulder room 56.8 inches 55.5 inches +1.3 inches
Front hip room 53.1 inches 53.3 inches -0.2 inches
Rear headroom 38.3 inches 37.8 inches +0.5 inches
Rear legroom 39.3 inches 34.6 inches +4.7 inches
Rear shoulder room 54.5 inches 54.5 inches
Rear hip room 47.4 inches 52.2 inches -4.8 inches
Cargo capacity (behind second row) 23.2 to 24.3 cubic feet 19.2 cubic feet +4 to +5.1 cubic feet
Cargo capacity (second row folded) 57.6 to 58.8 cubic feet 45.8 cubic feet +11.8 to 13 cubic feet


Advantage: 2019 Honda HR-V

  • Tons more rear legroom
  • Larger cargo area

Advantage: 2019 Hyundai Kona

  • More rear hip room
  • More standard tech
  • More creative color schemes


Subcompact crossovers are never built for performance, so it’s understandable that the 2019 HR-V and 2019 Kona have little to offer in this area. That said, the Kona has a little more pop from both of its engine options, but especially from the 175-horsepower 1.6-liter turbocharged. With this engine, the Kona hustles to 60 mph in just 7.5 seconds, beating the HR-V by 0.9 seconds.

2019 Honda HR-V 2019 Hyundai Kona [Difference]
Engine 1.8-liter 4-cyl 2.0-liter 4-cyl
Horsepower 141 hp at 6,500 rpm 147 hp at 6,200 rpm -6 hp
Torque 127 lb-ft at 4,300 rpm 132 lb-ft at 4,500 rpm -5 lb-ft
Transmission CVT 6-speed automatic
Driveline FWD (std.) / AWD (opt.) FWD (std.) / AWD (opt.)
0-60 time 8.6 seconds 8.3 seconds +0.3 seconds
MPG City 26 to 28 mpg* 25 to 27 mpg +1 mpg
MPG Highway 31 to 34 mpg* 30 to 33 mpg +1 mpg
MPG Combined 28 to 30 mpg* 27 to 30 mpg 0 to +1 mpg
Optional engine
1.6-liter turbo 4-cyl
175 hp at 5,500 rpm -34 hp
195 lb-ft at 1,500 to 4,500 rpm -68 lb-ft
7-speed dual-clutch automatic
FWD (std.) / AWD (opt.)
0-60 time
7.5 seconds +0.9 seconds
MPG City
26 to 28 mpg
MPG Highway
29 to 32 mpg +2 mpg
MPG Combined
27 to 30 mpg +1 to 0 mpg


Advantage: 2019 Honda HR-V

  • Small fuel economy advantage

Advantage: 2019 Hyundai Kona

  • More powerful
  • Significantly quicker with turbo engine
  • Smaller and nimbler

Pricing and Features

The 2019 Honda HR-V comes in four flavors — LX, Sport, EX, EX-L, and Touring — and their starting prices range from $20,520 to $28,540.


The 2019 Hyundai Kona lineup includes four trim levels: SE, SEL, Limited, and Ultimate. Their starting prices range from $19,990 to $27,500.

2019 Honda HR-V Key Features and Pricing by Trim

LX: $20,520**

  • 1.8-liter four-cylinder engine
  • Continuously variable transmission
  • Eco Assist system
  • Hill-start assist
  • Four-wheel anti-lock disc brakes
  • 17-inch silver-painted alloy wheels
  • LED daytime running lights
  • Two-speed intermittent wipers
  • Projector-beam headlights with auto-off
  • Security system
  • Remote keyless entry
  • LED brake lights
  • Body-color, power mirrors
  • Air conditioning
  • Power door locks
  • Power windows with one-touch-up/down front windows
  • Cruise control
  • Tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel
  • Map lights
  • LED pocket lights
  • Rear seat heating ducts
  • Floor mats
  • Cargo area tie-down anchors
  • Cargo area light
  • Steering-wheel-mounted controls
  • Chrome door pulls
  • Front vanity mirrors
  • 60/40 split-folding second-row Magic Seat
  • Four-speaker, 160-watt audio system
  • 5-inch color LCD screen
  • Bluetooth connectivity with audio streaming
  • Speed-sensitive volume control
  • 1-amp USB audio interface in front console
  • Multi-angle rearview camera with guidelines


Sport: $22,220**

  • All LX features, plus
  • Active noise cancellation
  • Paddle shifters
  • Larger front stabilizer bar
  • 18-inch machine-finish alloy wheels with matte-black inserts
  • Gloss-black mirrors
  • Roof rails
  • Exhaust finisher
  • Fog lights
  • Gloss-black underbody spoilers
  • Sport pedals
  • Leather-wrapped steering wheel
  • Leather-wrapped shift knob
  • One 1.5-amp USB port in front console
  • Six-speaker,180-watt audio system
  • 7-inch high-resolution display
  • Apple CarPlay
  • Android Auto
  • HondaLink
  • SMS text messaging function
  • Multi-angle rearview camera with dynamic guidelines


EX: $23,720**

  • All LX features,. Plus
  • Active noise cancellation
  • Paddle shifters
  • 17-inch unique silver-painted
  • Forward collision warning
  • Lane-departure warning
  • Automatic emergency braking
  • Road-departure mitigation
  • Lane-keep assist
  • Adaptive cruise control
  • Honda LaneWatch


EX-L: $25,320**

  • All EX features, plus
  • Leather-wrapped shift knob
  • Leather seating
  • Auto-dimming rearview mirror


Touring: $28,540**

  • All EX-L features, plus
  • All-wheel drive
  • DeDion rear suspension
  • 17-inch machine-finish alloy wheels with gloss shark-gray inserts
  • LED fog lights
  • LED headlights with auto-on/off
  • Body-color underbody spoilers
  • HomeLink universal home remote
  • Eight-way power driver’s seat
  • Satellite-linked navigation

2019 Hyundai Kona Key Features and Pricing by Trim

SE: $19,990

  • 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine
  • Six-speed automatic transmission
  • Front-wheel drive
  • 16-inch alloy wheels
  • LED daytime running lights
  • Halogen projector headlights
  • Auto-on/off headlights
  • Remote keyless entry with alarm
  • Power, body-color mirrors
  • Black window molding
  • Intermittent rear wiper
  • Variable-intermittent windshield wipers
  • Manual air conditioning
  • Rear air ducts
  • Tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel
  • Steering-wheel-mounted controls
  • 7-inch color touchscreen
  • Six-speaker AM/FM/MP3 audio system
  • Android Auto
  • Apple CarPlay
  • Dual front USB ports
  • Power windows with driver’s one-touch-down
  • Power door locks
  • Cloth seating
  • Six-way manual driver’s seat
  • Two-way manual passenger’s seat
  • 60/40 split-folding rear seat
  • Center armrest storage
  • Cargo cover
  • Dual-level cargo floor
  • Automatic emergency braking
  • Lane-keep assist
  • Driver attention warning
  • Rearview camera with dynamic guidelines
  • Hill-start assist


SEL: $21,800

  • All SE features, plus
  • 17-inch alloy wheels
  • Proximity key with keyless ignition
  • Heated mirrors with integrated turn signals
  • Tinted rear glass
  • Leather-wrapped steering wheel
  • SiriusXM
  • One-touch-up/down front windows
  • Heated front seats
  • Leather shift knob
  • Blind-spot monitoring
  • Rear cross-traffic alert


Limited: $25,550

  • All SEL features, plus
  • 1.6-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine
  • Se+22ven-speed dual-clutch transmission
  • 18-inch alloy wheels
  • Sunroof
  • Full LED headlights
  • LED taillights
  • Automatic climate control
  • Blue Link Connected Car System
  • Eight-speaker Infinity audio system with Clari-Fi Music Restoration
  • Leather seating
  • Eight-way power driver’s seat


Ultimate: $27,500

  • All Limited features, plus
  • Rain-sensing wipers
  • 8-inch color touchscreen
  • Head-up display
  • Wireless charging pad
  • Pedestrian detection
  • Reverse parking sensors

Who Should Buy the 2019 Honda HR-V?

With its extra rear-seat and cargo room, the 2019 Honda HR-V is a great buy for families with older children who need the extra room.

Who Should Buy the 2019 Hyundai Kona?

The 2019 Hyundai Kona and its more aggressive design and peppier performance fits in well with the younger, childless crowd. This is especially true considering its tighter rear seat and cargo area.


Whether you’re hauling the kiddos to soccer practice in Henrietta or bringing home materials for a home improvement projects from Rochester, the 2019 Honda HR-V will get the job done. Come see what the HR-V can do for your family by coming to Garber Honda serving the Pittsford area today for a test drive. Can’t make it in today? Swing by our online inventory page and see what 2019 HR-V models we have in stock for our Rochester area buyers. Then schedule to test drive a few when you have time.


*Based on 2019 EPA mileage ratings. Use for comparison purposes only. Your actual mileage will vary, depending on how you drive and maintain your vehicle, driving conditions, and other factors.


**MSRP excluding tax, license, registration, $1,045.00 destination charge and options. Dealers set own prices.