Hyundai Kona vs. Tucson

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, Automotive Editor - January 11, 2024
2024 Hyundai Kona

Hyundai has been busy updating its lineup recently and the two more well-known SUVs that have received updates include the Kona and Tucson. The subcompact Hyundai Kona is fully redesigned for 2024, while the Hyundai Tucson has received more standard features and has a revised lineup. While the Kona and Tucson compete in different segments and have a lot of differences, choosing between the two SUVs may be harder than you think.

In this brief comparison, we’ll look into the similarities and differences between the Hyundai Kona and Tucson. We’ll compare the two models when it comes to pricing, performance, fuel economy, features, and cargo capacity to name a better option for most shoppers.

Hyundai Kona vs. Tucson Price

2024 Hyundai Tucson

Hyundai Kona prices start at $25,435 for the SE trim, while the most expensive Hyundai Kona is the Limited trim which costs $32,985. Pricing for the all-electric Hyundai Kona Electric ranges from $34,010 for the SE trim up to $42,380 for the Limited.

The cheapest Hyundai Tucson SE costs $28,585 and the most expensive Tucson is the Limited which starts at $37,845. Hyundai also offers the Tucson as a hybrid that ranges from $33,660 to $40,800. Prices for the Hyundai Tucson PHEV start at $39,810 and go up to $46,535.

There’s a price difference of $3,150 when you compare gas-powered SE trims to one another. Comparing Limited trims to one another reveals a price difference of $4,860. The most expensive Kona Electric Limited is $4,155 cheaper than the Tucson PHEV Limited.

While the Hyundai Kona is more affordable than the Tucson, both SUVs are available with similar lease deals. The Tucson tends to be available with better financing rates and cash rebate deals than the Kona.

Hyundai Kona vs. Tucson Performance Specs

2024 Hyundai Tucson Engine

The Hyundai Kona is available with three powertrains. The gas-powered Kona comes with a standard 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that makes 147 horsepower, while a turbocharged 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine that’s rated at 190 hp is available. The all-electric Kona Electric has a single electric motor that makes 133 hp with the 48.6-kWh battery pack or 201 hp with the available 64.8-kWh battery pack.

Regardless of the powertrain, the Kona never feels quick. Its engines have an adequate amount of power for daily use with the Kona Electric being the peppiest of the bunch. Shoppers who spend a lot of time on the highway may want extra performance.

Hyundai offers the Tucson with three different engines. The gas-powered Tucson features a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine that makes 187 hp. The available Tucson Hybrid features a turbocharged 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine and an electric motor that’s rated at 226 hp. Lastly, the Tucson PHEV has a more powerful version of the hybrid engine that produces 261 hp.

The gas-powered Tucson feels more lethargic than the gas-powered Kona, but its electrified engines have more grunt. Still, 261 hp with a compact SUV doesn’t bring a large increase in performance over the Kona’s available 201-hp powertrain.

Hyundai Kona vs. Tucson Fuel Economy

With the standard 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine, the Hyundai Kona can get up to 31 mpg combined. With the available turbocharged 1.6-liter engine, the Kona is rated at up to 28 mpg combined.

The most efficient Hyundai Tucson is the hybrid model that can get up to 38 mpg combined. The Tucson PHEV is the next powertrain when it comes to fuel economy, carrying a combined rating of up to 35 mpg. The 2.5-liter four-cylinder gas engine in the Tucson can get up to 28 mpg combined.

Unlike the Tucson, the Kona is available as an EV, which can travel up to 261 miles on a single charge.

Hyundai Kona vs. Tucson Interior Features

2024 Hyundai Kona Dashboard

Both the Hyundai Kona and Tucson are available with high-tech features. The Kona comes with a 12.3-inch touchscreen, a 4.2-inch driver information display, wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, Bluetooth, and four USB ports as standard. Available features include navigation, a Wi-Fi hotspot, a 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster, and an eight-speaker Bose audio system.

Despite being larger and more expensive than the Kona, the Tucson doesn’t come with the same high-end features as the Kona. Standard features on the Tucson include an eight-inch touchscreen, wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, six audio speakers, two USB ports and Bluetooth. Available features include dual 10.25-inch screens, a wireless charging pad, eight audio speakers, four USB ports, and satellite radio.

Hyundai Kona vs. Tucson Cargo Space

2024 Hyundai Kona Rear Seat Cargo

Unsurprisingly, the larger Hyundai Tucson has more cargo space than the Kona. The subcompact Kona, though, isn’t too far behind.

The Kona has 25.5 cubic feet of cargo space behind the rear seats and a total of 63.7 cubic feet of cargo space with the rear seats folded. These are some of the largest figures for the segment.

The compact Tucson has 38.7 cubic feet of cargo space with the rear seats in place and 74.8 cubic feet of total cargo space. The Tucson has 11.1 cubic feet more of total cargo space than the Kona with the rear seats folded.

Hyundai Kona vs. Tucson: Which Is Better?

With the fully redesigned Hyundai Kona, Hyundai proves that bigger tends to be better. The Kona has grown dramatically in size compared to the previous generation and it’s a better SUV because of it. While we miss the performance-oriented Kona N and wish the Kona had better performance, its roomy interior, high-tech features, spacious cargo area, and affordable starting price tag make it the better choice for most shoppers.

The Tucson is a great choice for shoppers looking for a small SUV. Its wide range of engines, efficient electrified powertrains, and spacious seats make it a better option than the Kona. Unfortunately, it loses this comparison because of its higher starting price tag, list of standard features, and dull engine performance with the gas engine.

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, Automotive Editor

Based out of the Washington, D.C. area, Joel Patel is an automotive journalist that hails from Northern Virginia. His work has been featured on various automotive outlets, including Autoweek, Digital Trends, and Autoblog. When not writing about cars, Joel enjoys trying new foods, wrenching on his car, and watching horror movies. 

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