If you're in the market for a compact, adventure-ready SUV, you probably have the Hyundai Kona and the Honda HR-V at the top of your list. The question is, which one is better suited for your journeys through the St. Charles, St. Louis, O'Fallon, and Saint Peters, MO, areas?

To help you find the answer, our team at St. Charles Hyundai has put these SUVs into a head-to-head comparison. It's the 2021 Hyundai Kona vs. the Honda HR-V. Let's see which one comes out on top!

Hyundai Kona


Honda HR-V

147 hp


141 hp

132 lb-ft


127 lb-ft

8 in.

Available Touchscreen

7 in.


Standard Android Auto™



Standard Apple CarPlay®


Does the Hyundai Kona Offer More Power?

If you need an SUV that gives you better performance when you press down on the gas pedal, you can feel that extra acceleration with the Hyundai Kona. Its Inline 4-cylinder engine generates 147 horsepower and 132 lb-ft of torque. The similar Inline 4-cylinder of the Honda HR-V maxes out at just 141 horsepower and 127 lb-ft of torque.

While the HR-V can only be equipped with its standard engine, the Kona offers an available 1.6L Inline 4-cylinder turbocharged engine. The engine is standard in the Night, Limited, and Ultimate trims. The Kona's second tier of engine capacity provides a performance defined by energetic capability like:

  • 175 horsepower
  • 195 lb-ft of torque
  • EPA-estimated 28 city/32 highway MPG (FWD)*
  • EPA-estimated 26 city/29 highway MPG (AWD)*

Both SUVs can be equipped with the available All-Wheel Drive (AWD). This system monitors road conditions and intuitively provides more power to the wheels with the most grip. That way, you can continue to move safely through rain and other weather conditions that form slick surfaces. Drivers who traverse off-road and rural surfaces may want to consider AWD for their SUV.

2021 Hyundai Kona vs Honda HR-V: Interior Comfort

The 2021 Hyundai Kona and the Honda HR-V have seating for five passengers, but if you're looking for some more room to stretch out, the Kona edges out the HR-V again. It has 39.6 inches of headroom and 41.5 inches of legroom up front. The HR-V, on the other hand, only has 39.5 inches of front-row headroom and 41.2 inches of legroom.

Both SUV models also bring plenty of amenities to keep you relaxed on trips long and short. You'll be able to sink into the following available amenities:

  • Leather-trimmed upholstery
  • Heated front seats
  • 8-way power driver seat

The latest in infotainment is also an important factor in assessing the vehicle that gets you from A to B. The Kona offers technology that gives it another edge over the HR-V. This starts with screen size to assist drivers while they are on the go.

The Honda HR-V has a standard 5-inch LCD screen. The Kona, however, starts with a standard 7-inch screen that creates a more accessible portal to infotainment. While the HR-V screens can be upgraded to seven inches, the Kona offers an available 8-inch screen upgrade.

With that bigger screen, you can access Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto™-something you can do on all Hyundai Kona trims. Both features, however, are not available in all trims of the HR-V.

Innovative Safety Features

If you're looking for more peace of mind on the road, both SUVs can provide that feeling with their comprehensive safety suites. The Honda HR-V comes with the available Honda Sensing® Technologies, a suite of safety technology that assists drivers in different situations.

How does Hyundai prepare its SUV drivers with safety procedures? The Hyundai Kona comes with Hyundai SmartSense, an array of safety technology that heightens driver awareness of changing road conditions. A Kona is complete with features that are not available on all trims of the Honda HR-V, such as:

  • Lane Keeping Assist
  • Forward Collision-Avoidance Assist
  • Driver Attention Warning

The Driver Attention Warning safety asset that is only available on the Kona is an important addition for long trips and nighttime driving. The system detects drowsy and distracted driving patterns and provides an alert inside the vehicle.

Finally, when it comes to having confidence in a crowded parking lot, both models come with a standard rearview monitor. Only the Kona, however, offers the available Parking Distance Warning. The convenient feature provides alerts to drivers when they get too close to an obstacle. This can help you detect that stray shopping cart-or a car that might be trying for that same parking spot.

While both vehicles are safe choices for drivers, the 2021 Hyundai Kona continues to provide key advantages over the Honda HR-V. The collection of standard design features that are not available in the HR-V can add up over time. The assurance of driving a vehicle complete with advantages in engine power, interior comfort, and safety technology is the kind of feeling you understand best when you are behind the wheel.

2021 Hyundai Kona vs Honda HR-V: Take A Test Drive

Now that you know what both SUVs bring to the table, it's clear that if you want more power, extra space, and advanced technology, the 2021 Hyundai Kona edges out the Honda HR-V.

If you'd like to see what it can bring to your adventures through the areas of St. Charles, St. Louis, O'Fallon, and Saint Peters, Missouri, visit us here at St. Charles Hyundai and schedule a test drive today!

*2021 KONA SE/SEL/SEL Plus: FWD 27 City/33 Hwy/30 Combined MPG, AWD 25 City/30 Hwy/27 Combined MPG. 2021 KONA Night/Limited/Ultimate: FWD 28 City/32 Hwy/30 Combined MPG, AWD 26 City/29 Hwy/27 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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