2019 Hyundai Kona vs. Its Competition

2019 Hyundai Kona
Martin Padgett Martin Padgett Editorial Director

The Hyundai Kona picks some experienced competition as its targets, but there are some softer opponents.

The Ford Ecosport and Chevrolet Trax may appeal to traditional buyers, but we advise branching beyond the Ford/GM tree—there are better picks out there.

If style is a priority, the Jeep Renegade is a natural competitor.

It’s the only other quirky pick on the list.

Its interior feels a little cheap, but the Jeep is ready for rugged trails more than the Kona.

Same goes for the Crosstrek: it’s slow like the base Kona, and its interior is a little less zesty than the Kona’s, but it’s more durable than the Jeep’s.

The 2018 Honda HR-V should be high on any compact crossover buyer's shopping list due to its efficient space and engine.

The CX-3 is another stilted wagon, but it’s more cramped than the Kona.

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Quick Specs
The 2019 Hyundai Kona takes less of your money for more of its space; it’s a compact crossover SUV that shares our priorities, if not our sensibilities.
The 2019 Chevrolet Trax makes a compelling used car alternative, but rivals do many things better.
The 2019 Ford EcoSport wants for safety and styling that match even the lowered standards set by its price.
The 2019 Jeep Renegade’s new engine should help this likable crossover SUV use less fuel.
The 2019 Mazda CX-3 fails to launch in the crossover-SUV space race.
The 2019 Subaru Crosstrek is as plucky as ever, but with more available safety gear this year.
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Detailed Spec Comparison
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