Hyundai Kona vs. Hyundai Tucson

What’s different between the Hyundai Kona and Hyundai Tucson?

If you’re in the middle of choosing between a small SUV or a compact crossover – you’ve probably seen both the Hyundai Kona and Hyundai Tucson. Both vehicles are unique in their own way, which have made them popular amongst Iowa drivers for different reasons. But which model is right for you?

In this comparison we’ll dive into the design, technology, safety features and more for both the Hyundai Kona and Hyundai Tucson. This way you can be more comfortable when choosing which one you want as your next vehicle. If you still have questions or want to feel what it’s like behind the wheel of either of these models, the team at Vern Eide Hyundai is here for you.

Hyundai Kona vs. Hyundai Tucson: Price and Warranty Coverage

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When looking at prices across trim levels for these vehicles, you’ll notice the Hyundai Kona is a more cost-effective option – with a difference of up to seven thousand dollars at the highest trim level.

Since they’re both Hyundai vehicles, their warranty coverages are the same for all new models. Including a 5-year/60,000-mile new vehicle warranty, 10-year/100,000-mile powertrain warranty, 7-year/unlimited miles anti-perforation warranty and a 5-year/unlimited mile 24-hour roadside assistance warranty.

They also have warranty’s that cover new parts, accessories, and emissions. With a standard 1-year/12,000-mile replacement parts and accessories warranty, and an 8-year/80,000-mile federal emission defect and performance warranty.

If you’re looking for a more cost-effective option with your next vehicle, the Hyundai Kona has the edge.

Hyundai Kona vs. Hyundai Tucson: Interior Features


Inside the Hyundai Kona you’ll find standard tech features like an 8-inch color touchscreen with display audio with wireless Android Auto and Apple CarPlay compatibility. For comfortability the Hyundai Kona comes standard with a 6-way adjustable driver seat and 60/40 fold-down seatback with adjustable head restraints.

The Hyundai Tucson has very similar standard features like the 8-inch color touchscreen with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. Its main differences are in its comfortability, with complete remote release folding rear seats, while the 6-way adjustable driver seat remains standard.

Both vehicles also come with similar available features like a 10.25-inch touchscreen navigational system, wireless device charging. The Hyundai Tucson has more features that become standard as you move up trim levels like dual automatic temperature control and Bluelink Connected Car Services.

As for interior passenger space, the Tucson comes out on top with 108.2 cubic feet of passenger volume, while the Kona has 94.1 cubic feet.

Kona vs. Tucson: Safety Features

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Since the Kona and Tucson are both Hyundai vehicles, they both come with Hyundai’s line of SmartSense safety features. This includes blind-spot collision-avoidance assistance, lane keeping assist, lane following assist, rear occupant alert, rear cross-traffic collision-avoidance assist, and more. Tucson’s list of SmartSense features is slightly longer, however, with additions like forward-collision-avoidance assist.

Other safety features in the Hyundai Kona include an electronic shift lock system, bodyside reinforcements, advanced dual front airbags with occupant classification system, and an immobilizer.

Kona vs. Tucson: Specs and Performance

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The Hyundai Kona has enough power to get the job done. With a 2.0-liter, MPI-Atkinson 4-cylinder engine capable of 147-horsepower and 132 lbs-ft of torque. The Hyundai Tucson, however, is even stronger with a 2.5-liter inline 4-cylinder engine capable of 187-horsepower and 178 lbs-ft of torque. 

Kona makes up for its lesser horsepower and torque with a higher fuel economy. With an EPA estimated 30/35 MPG (City/Highway) in front-wheel-drive you’ll have fewer stops at the pump. While the Hyundai Tucson has an EPA estimated 25/32 MPG (City/Highway) in front-wheel-drive.

Hyundai Kona vs. Hyundai Tucson: Towing Capacity and Cargo Space


With its standard 2.5-liter engine, the Hyundai Tucson can tow upwards of 2,000 pounds if properly equipped. The Hyundai Kona, on the other hand, doesn’t have as much power to legally tow anything – it’s not recommended to try and tow with the Kona.

The Hyundai Tucson also has the edge on cargo room behind the first row, with 41.2 cubic feet of cargo room with the rear seats up, and a spacious 80.3 cubic feet of space with the seats down. Since Kona is a small, compact, SUV its cargo space is for the minimalist. With 19.2 cubic feet of cargo room with the rear seats up, and 45.8 cubic feet with the seats folded down.

Hyundai Kona & Hyundai Tucson For Sale at Vern Eide Hyundai

When it comes to the Hyundai Kona and Tucson, they’re both dependable vehicles. The differences lie in how you want to use them. The Tucson is for Iowa families looking for more versatility in their drive. While the Kona is for drivers looking for good standard features, high fuel efficiency, in a cost-effective package. If you have any questions about either of these vehicle models, the team at Vern Eide Hyundai in Sioux City has the answers. We’d be thrilled to get you behind the wheel and show you exactly what advantages both the Hyundai Kona and Hyundai Tucson have to offer. You can give us a call at 712-587-9144 or fill out a contact form.

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