2020 Hyundai Kona vs. Its Competition

2020 Hyundai Kona
Brian León Brian León Contributing Writer

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

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

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.

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

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Quick Specs
6.3
The 2020 Hyundai Kona is an eyeful, but has nearly everything crossover buyers want in a city-friendly package.
5.0
The 2020 Buick Encore was a good choice for city slickers, but it’s showing its age in all the wrong ways
3.7
The 2020 Ford Ecosport is not particularly good value, not particularly efficient, and not particularly good.
5.3
The 2019 Honda HR-V makes a perfect in-town companion with its spacious, flexible interior and good ride quality.
5.8
The 2019 Mazda CX-3 fails to launch in the crossover-SUV space race.
5.5
The 2019 Subaru Crosstrek is as plucky as ever, but with more available safety gear this year.
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