Hyundai Kona vs. Subaru Crosstrek

Hyundai Kona

Subaru Crosstrek

At a Glance: Kona vs. Crosstrek

When you’re searching for a sporty compact SUV that’s ready to zip around Dearborn or Detroit, MI, there’s a good chance you’re considering either a Hyundai Kona or a Subaru Crosstrek. After all, they’re known for delivering impressive performance, technology, and safety features. Which one is going to be the right fit for you?

To make answering that question as simple as possible, our team at LaFontaine Hyundai has created this handy breakdown of the Hyundai Kona vs. Subaru Crosstrek. Now, let’s see how these two models compare!



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Select a category below to learn more about how the Hyundai Kona compares to the Subaru Crosstrek.


Hyundai Kona

Although they’re both considered small SUVs, the Hyundai Kona and the Subaru Crosstrek are powerful vessels. Let’s peek under their hoods to see which one will have you feeling more confident behind the wheel.

Engine Specs

The Hyundai Kona and the Subaru Crosstrek come with impressive engines. Both options feature 2.0L 4-cylinder engines that will create a strong, smooth performance. So, you’ll have a similar experience in terms of power and acceleration behind the wheel of the Kona and the Crosstrek.

When it comes to fuel economy, the Kona is a bit more efficient. Its standard configuration yields an EPA-estimated 29 city/34 highway MPG.* On the other hand, the Crosstrek receives an EPA-estimated 27 city/34 highway MPG. So, when you’re navigating city streets or dealing with stop-and-go traffic, you’ll travel farther, longer in the Kona.

Sizing Up Their Transmissions

While power is important, the transmission transfers that power from the engine to the wheels. Which one will do so smoothly and efficiently?

The Kona equips an Intelligent Variable Transmission (IVT). Like an automatic transmission, it adjusts and adapts for better acceleration and fuel economy. Similarly, the Crosstrek pairs its engine with a CVT (Continuously Variable Transmission).

Still, if you want to have more hands-on control, the Kona also provides shift by cable with SHIFTRONIC® manual shift mode.



Hyundai Kona

Of course, you’ll be spending your time inside the cabin, so it only makes sense to explore the interior of each model. While they have quite a few similarities, there are some differences worth noting.

Comfort Amenities

Inside the cabins of the Kona and the Crosstrek, you’ll find five spacious seats. Take advantage of the 60/40 split-folding rear seats in both models to achieve the perfect passenger-to-cargo ratio. Still, if you have luggage or gear to take on a weekend jaunt or even a weekly grocery haul to transport home, you’ll find more room in the Kona:

  • Hyundai Kona (cargo with rear seats upright/folded down): 25.5 cu. ft./63.7 cu. ft.
  • Subaru Crosstrek (cargo with rear seats upright/folded down): 19.9 cu. ft./54.7 cu. ft.

Both models come standard with 6-way adjustable driver seats, and the Kona makes an 8-way power driver seat available. The Kona and the Crosstrek also offer heated front seats so you can warm up on chilly mornings and cool evenings or ease any tension after a long day.

Convenience Features

The Hyundai Kona has the Crosstrek beat when it comes to convenience, though. The Kona features several cord-free technologies to declutter your cabin and simplify usage. Wireless smartphone integration is just one example. The available wireless device charger is the kicker, though. This feature lets you charge your smartphone without a cord!

With an upgrade, the Subaru can be equipped with wireless smartphone integration. However, it has no comparable wireless device charger.



Hyundai Kona

When you’re on the go, you want to be able to stay connected, be entertained, and remain safe. So, it only makes sense to check the various technologies within the Hyundai Kona and the Subaru Crosstrek.

Infotainment Inventory

The Kona and the Crosstrek have a variety of similar infotainment technologies. Among their offerings are:

  • Multimedia touchscreen
  • Bluetooth® audio streaming and hands-free connectivity
  • Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto™ compatibility
  • Optional premium audio system

Still, the 7-inch touchscreen in the Crosstrek pales in comparison to the standard 12.3-inch touchscreen display in the Kona. The Subaru SUV also makes an 11.6-inch screen available, but it’s still smaller than the standard display in the Hyundai.

Top-of-the-Line Safety Tech

Of course, the most important technologies are those that help protect you. The Hyundai Kona and the Subaru Crosstrek both go above and beyond to keep you and your passengers safe no matter where you’re headed. However, the Kona comes standard with more features, including:

  • Blind-Spot Collision-Avoidance Warning
  • Driver Attention Warning
  • Forward Collision-Avoidance Assist
  • Safe Exit Warning

While the Crosstrek also offers an array of active safety features, some of those offered by the Kona are unavailable in the Subaru and many of its other driver-assistive features are not standard.


Which One Is Right for You?

Hyundai Kona

As you can see from this Hyundai Kona vs. Subaru Crosstrek comparison, the Hyundai Kona goes above and beyond in ways that create a premium driving experience.

Get behind the wheel and see for yourself by taking a test drive with us at LaFontaine Hyundai. Shoppers near Dearborn and Detroit, MI, can schedule a test drive by giving us a call today!

All of the tools you need to move forward with experiencing a new Kona for yourself are conveniently available right here online.

[*] 2024 KONA SE – FWD: 29 City / 34 Hwy / 31 Combined MPG; HTRAC AWD: 27 City / 29 Hwy/ 28 Combined . SEL – FWD: 28 City / 35 Hwy / 31 Combined MPG; HTRAC AWD 26 City / 29 Hwy / 27 Combined. N Line FWD: 26 City/32 Hwy/28 Combined MPG; HTRAC AWD: 24 City/ 29 Hwy/26 Combined MPG. Limited FWD: 26 City/32 Hwy/28 Combined MPG; HTRAC AWD: 24 City/29 Hwy/26 Combined MPG. All figures are EPA estimates and for comparison purposes only. Actual mileage may vary with options, driving conditions, driving habits and vehicle’s condition.

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