Compare 2019 Subaru Crosstrek vs 2019 Hyundai Kona

2019 Subaru Crosstrek vs 2019 Hyundai Kona
2019 Subaru Crosstrek 2019 Hyundai Kona
All Wheel Drive
  Standard Optional
  152 147
Fuel Capacity
  16.6 gal. 13.2 gal.

2019 Subaru Crosstrek vs 2019 Hyundai Kona

Serving Columbus, OH

If you like adventures, you want a car that does, too. With the performance-ready, off-road capable Crosstrek, you'll have no problem getting off the beaten path. The latest Crosstrek features an impressive 8.7 inches of ground clearance, which help it drive confidently over a variety of terrains. The Crosstrek also features Subaru's own innovative symmetrical all-wheel drive system, which helps it adjust instantly to provide the wheels with more traction. The interior features more standard and available amenities than before and it's multimedia system gains new technology. The latest Crosstrek also stands out for its comfortable ride quality, no matter where you're traveling or how far you are going. The Crosstrek also has more standard safety technology than most of its competitors offer. The Hyundai Kona also gets the latest in technology and performance this year. However, its interior is not quite as comfortable as that of the Crosstrek, and it is notably short on cargo space.


In terms of performance, the Subaru Crosstrek leads the way. Under its hood, you'll find Subaru's own Boxer engine, which has a sophisticated design that maximizes fuel economy, efficiency, and performance all at once. The Boxer engine also provides the Crosstrek with a nice boost of power that comes in handy on highways and improves its off-road performance. The Crosstrek also has a noticeably quieter engine and interior than the Hyundai Kona. This makes a big difference, especially when you're traveling farther distances. A high-strength steel body and active torque vectoring, which offers more stability and traction, are other features that enhance the Crosstrek's performance. The 2019 Hyundai Kona, in contrast, has a weaker base engine. While the Crosstrek is known for its smooth, confident handling, critics and consumers note that the Kona's gear-shifting is noticeably clunkier and less refined.

Interior Features

Inside, the Subaru Crosstrek is equipped with a comfortable, spacious passenger area and plenty of cargo space. Its notable features include a premium Harmon Kardon sound system, a cavernous cargo area, and split-folding rear seats. If you think that rides in the Crosstrek seem quieter, you're right. That's because the interior features acoustic sound-dampening glass that keeps road and engine noise out of the cabin. Unlike the 2019 Hyundai Kona, which critics note has an interior with comparatively cheaper materials, the Crosstrek features leather seats that are also ventilated at the higher trim levels. The Crosstrek seats up to five passengers with plenty of space, thanks to its total of 100.9 cubic feet of interior passenger volume. The 2019 Hyundai Kona, in contrast, has just 94.1 cubic feet of passenger volume. It also has considerably less cargo space than the Crosstrek. It might not sound like much, but these capacity dimensions can be the difference between a comfortable and cramped ride.

Safety & Reliability

Subaru historically stands out for its safety features, and the Crosstrek does not disappoint. The Crosstrek features Subaru's own innovative EyeSight driver assist technology, which makes the car an IIHS top safety pick in 2019. Equipped with this cutting-edge safety package, the Crosstrek (and other Subaru models) have been shown in studies to have fewer injuries in rear-end collisions. This safety package includes a number of safety features that you normally have to pay extra for, or that aren't offered at all, such as pre-collision warning with pedestrian detection, lane-keep assist, and blind-spot monitoring. While the 2019 Kona gets more standard safety features this year, it still falls short of the technology that the Crosstrek offers.

If you want a rugged and durable off-road vehicle, the 2019 Subaru Crosstrek is worth a look. Fortunately, you can test it out right here at our dealership. Let us know when you want to arrange a test drive, and we'll let you try out the Hyundai Kona for comparison, too.

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