Kona vs Crosstrek

With a starting price of $19,500, a 100,000 mile warranty and IIHS Top Safety Pick+, it's not hard to see why the all new Hyundai Kona is the winner.


Hyundai
Kona
Subaru
Crosstrek
Pricing $19,500 $21,795
Reliability 100,000mi / 10yr Warranty 60,000mi / 5yr Warranty
Engine & Acceleration 80 cu. ft. 83.7 cu. ft.
Ride & Handling
Safety
Overall





Pricing

Winner: Kona

The first thing to note in the comparison is the price. Although it is a brand new model, the Hyundai is less expensive than the Forester across all trim levels. We are comparing similarly equipped vehicles in the Kona Limited AWD model vs the Crosstrek 2.0I Limited model.


Reliability

Winner: Kona

Hyundai features and industry leading 60 month/60,000 mile basic warranty and a 10 year, 100,000 mile powertrain warranty. The Subaru has a 36 month/36,000 mile basic and 5 year/60,000 mile powertrain warranty. While the Kona is a brand new model, J.D. Power’s2017 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed show that Hyundai vehicles are better in initial quality than Subaru vehicles. J.D.

Power ranks Hyundai 6th in initial quality, above the industry average. With 25 more problems per 100 vehicles, Subaru is ranked 25th, well below the industry average.

Consumer Reports’ April 2017 Auto Issue also reports that Hyundai vehicles are more reliable than Subaru vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Hyundai 4 places higher in reliability than Subaru.

Engine & Acceleration

Winner: Kona

Feature by feature the two are surprisingly similar but underneath the hood is where the Kona’s turbo really shines. Fun is standard for the Kona and what is more fun than an astounding 175 hp and 195 foot pounds of torque vs the more pedestrian Crosstrek with 152 hp and only 145 foot pounds of torque. Major advantage to the Kona here.

Ride & Handling

Winner: Kona

Again, the Hyundai seems to be the clear winner for a number of reasons. The Kona’s larger tires and width profile should provide a surer grip to the road. Turn radius on the Kona is also tighter than the Subaru’s although that is to be expected given the slightly shorter wheelbase for the Kona. The variable assist power steering that is standard on the Kona and lacking on the Crosstrek also makes a difference, so the Kona will be easier to park and maneuver in tight quarters.

Safety

Winner: Kona

If safety is important to you then the Kona may be the better option. While both models feature a wide array of safety features, The Kona optional driver alert monitor detects an inattentive driver then sounds a warning. According to the NHTSA, drivers who fall asleep cause about 100,000 crashes and 1500 deaths a year. The Crosstrek doesn’t offer this option.

The Kona also features larger brake rotors which will stop the Kona quicker than the Subaru in case of an emergency.

Both vehicles have a complete array of airbags for all occupants, traction control, electronic stability systems, rear view cameras, rear parking sensors, blind spot warning systems, and lane departure warnings.

Overall

Winner: Kona

The 2018 Hyundai Kona was named as the number one SUV in its class while the Crosstrek came in a very distant 7th. For the full listing, click here: https://cars.usnews.com/cars-trucks/rankings/subcompact-suvs

Indeed, here is what US News said about the Kona versus the Crosstrek:

Which Is Better: Hyundai Kona or Subaru Crosstrek?

The Subaru Crosstrek finishes below the Kona in our class rankings, but its base price is about $2,300 higher. The Crosstrek has just one engine available, and it falls between the Kona's two engine options in terms of horsepower. The Subaru feels slow and doesn't handle as well as the Kona, but both SUVs are reasonably capable off road. These two also have nicer interiors than most rivals, but the Subaru has more passenger and cargo space. The Crosstrek is a good SUV, but the Kona is better.

Other reviews on the Kona include:

https://www.msn.com/en-us/autos/autos-suvs/first-drive-2018-hyundai-kona/ar-AAxLgcg

Hyundai
Kona
Subaru
Crosstrek
Pricing
Reliability
Engine & Acceleration
Ride & Handling
Safety
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