Jones Auto Centers Compares 2021 Toyota Rav4 VS 2021 Hyundai Kona Near Buckeye, AZ

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2021 Toyota Rav4

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2021 Toyota Rav4

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2021 Hyundai Kona

Safety Comparison

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For enhanced safety, the front and rear seat shoulder belts of the Toyota Rav4 have pretensioners to tighten the seatbelts and eliminate dangerous slack in the event of a collision and force limiters to limit the pressure the belts will exert on the passengers. The Hyundai Kona doesn’t offer pretensioners for the rear seat belts.

The Rav4 has a standard Secondary Collision Brake, which automatically applies the brakes in the event of a crash to help prevent secondary collisions and prevent further injuries. The Kona doesn’t offer a post collision braking system: in the event of a collision that triggers the airbags, more collisions are possible without the protection of airbags that may have already deployed.

Over 200 people are killed each year when backed over by motor vehicles. The Rav4 (except LE/XLE) offers optional Rear Cross-Traffic Braking that uses rear sensors to monitor and automatically apply the brakes to prevent a rear collision. The Kona doesn’t offer backup collision prevention brakes.

The Rav4 Limited/TRD Off-Road offers an optional Bird’s Eye View Camera to allow the driver to see objects all around the vehicle on a screen. The Kona only offers a rear monitor and rear parking sensors that beep or flash a light. That doesn’t help with obstacles to the front or sides.

Both the Rav4 and the Kona have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front wheel drive, height adjustable front shoulder belts, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, crash mitigating brakes, daytime running lights, lane departure warning systems, rearview cameras, driver alert monitors, available all wheel drive, blind spot warning systems and rear cross-path warning.

Warranty Comparison

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There are over 49 percent more Toyota dealers than there are Hyundai dealers, which makes it easier should you ever need service under the Rav4’s warranty.

Reliability Comparison

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J.D. Power and Associates’ 2019 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Toyota vehicles are more reliable than Hyundai vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Toyota second in reliability, above the industry average. With 16 more problems per 100 vehicles, Hyundai is ranked 8th.

From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ December 2019 Auto Issue reports that Toyota vehicles are more reliable than Hyundai vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Toyota third in reliability. Hyundai is ranked 6th.

Engine Comparison

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The Rav4’s 2.5 DOHC 4-cylinder produces 56 more horsepower (203 vs. 147) and 52 lbs.-ft. more torque (184 vs. 132) than the Kona’s standard 2.0 DOHC 4-cylinder. The Rav4’s 2.5 DOHC 4-cylinder produces 28 more horsepower (203 vs. 175) than the Kona Night/Limited/Ultimate’s standard 1.6 turbo 4-cylinder.

As tested in Consumer Reports the Toyota Rav4 is faster than the Hyundai Kona 4 cyl.:

Rav4

Kona

Zero to 30 MPH

3.1 sec

4 sec

Zero to 60 MPH

8.3 sec

11.1 sec

45 to 65 MPH Passing

4.5 sec

6.9 sec

Quarter Mile

16.5 sec

18.3 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

88 MPH

80 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

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On the EPA test cycle the Rav4 gets better fuel mileage than the Kona:

MPG

Rav4

2WD

2.5 DOHC 4-cyl.

28 city/35 hwy

2.5 DOHC 4-cyl.

27 city/35 hwy

4WD

2.5 DOHC 4-cyl.

27 city/33 hwy

2.5 DOHC 4-cyl.

25 city/33 hwy

LE 2.5 DOHC 4-cyl.

27 city/34 hwy

TRD 2.5 DOHC 4-cyl.

25 city/32 hwy

Kona

2WD

2.0 DOHC 4-cyl.

27 city/33 hwy

1.6 Turbo 4-cyl.

28 city/32 hwy

4WD

2.0 DOHC 4-cyl.

25 city/30 hwy

In heavy traffic or at stoplights the Rav4 LE AWD/XLE/XLE Premium’s engine automatically turns off when the vehicle is stopped, saving fuel and reducing pollution. The engine is automatically restarted when the driver gets ready to move again. (Start/Stop isn’t accounted in present EPA fuel mileage tests.) The Kona doesn’t offer an automatic engine start/stop system.

The Rav4 has 1.3 gallons more fuel capacity than the Kona (14.5 vs. 13.2 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups.

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

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For better stopping power the Rav4’s brake rotors are larger than those on the Kona:

Rav4

Kona

Front Rotors

12 inches

11 inches

Rear Rotors

11.1 inches

10.3 inches

The Rav4 stops much shorter than the Kona:

Rav4

Kona

70 to 0 MPH

161 feet

175 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

126 feet

133 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels Comparison

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For better traction, the Rav4 has larger standard tires than the Kona (225/65R17 vs. 205/60R16).

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Rav4 LE/XLE has standard 17-inch wheels. Smaller 16-inch wheels are standard on the Kona SE. The Rav4 XLE Premium/Adventure/Limited’s 19-inch wheels are larger than the 18-inch wheels on the Kona Night/Limited/Ultimate.

Suspension and Handling Comparison

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For superior ride and handling, the Toyota Rav4 has fully independent front and rear suspensions. An independent suspension allows the wheels to follow the road at the best angle for gripping the pavement, without compromising ride comfort. The Kona 4x2 has a rear torsion beam axle, with a semi-independent rear suspension.

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Rav4’s wheelbase is 3.5 inches longer than on the Kona (105.9 inches vs. 102.4 inches).

For better handling and stability, the average track (width between the wheels) on the Rav4 is 1.1 inches wider in the front and 1.4 inches wider in the rear than the average track on the Kona.

The Rav4’s front to rear weight distribution is more even (56.5% to 43.5%) than the Kona’s (59.4% to 40.6%). This gives the Rav4 more stable handling and braking.

For greater off-road capability the Rav4 LE/XLE has a 1.7 inches greater minimum ground clearance than the Kona (8.4 vs. 6.7 inches), allowing the Rav4 to travel over rougher terrain without being stopped or damaged. The Rav4 XLE Premium/Limited/Adventure/TRD Off-Road’s minimum ground clearance is 1.9 inches higher than on the Kona (8.6 vs. 6.7 inches).

Chassis Comparison

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The front grille of the Rav4 Adventure/Limited/TRD Off-Road uses electronically controlled shutters to close off airflow and reduce drag when less engine cooling is needed. This helps improve highway fuel economy. The Kona doesn’t offer active grille shutters.

As tested by Car and Driver while under full throttle, the interior of the Rav4 Limited 4WD is quieter than the Kona SEL 4x4 (77 vs. 78 dB).

Passenger Space Comparison

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The Rav4 has 4.8 cubic feet more passenger volume than the Kona (98.9 vs. 94.1).

The Rav4 has 1 inch more front hip room, 2.3 inches more front shoulder room, 1.7 inches more rear headroom, 3.2 inches more rear legroom and 1.9 inches more rear shoulder room than the Kona.

For enhanced passenger comfort on long trips the Rav4’s rear seats recline. The Kona’s rear seats don’t recline.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

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The Rav4 has a much larger cargo volume with its rear seat up than the Kona with its rear seat up (37.6 vs. 19.2 cubic feet). The Rav4 has a much larger cargo volume with its rear seat folded than the Kona with its rear seat folded (69.8 vs. 45.8 cubic feet).

The Rav4’s cargo area is larger than the Kona’s in almost every dimension:

Rav4

Kona

Length to seat (2nd/1st)

40”

28.6”/61”

Max Width

59”

48”

Min Width

39.4”

40”

Height

36.6”

30”

To make loading and unloading groceries and cargo easier, especially for short adults, the Rav4 (except LE) offers an optional power liftgate, which opens and closes automatically by pressing a button or, optionally on the Rav4 Limited, by just kicking your foot under the back bumper, completely leaving your hands free. The Kona doesn’t offer a power liftgate.

Ergonomics Comparison

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When two different drivers share the Rav4 (except LE/Adventure/TRD Off-Road), the optional memory seats make it convenient for both. Each setting activates different, customized memories for the driver’s seat position. The Kona doesn’t offer memory seats.

The Rav4’s power parking brake sets with one touch and releases with one touch or automatically. The Kona has a lever-type parking brake that has to be strenuously raised to engage properly. It has to be lifted up more and a button depressed to release it.

The Rav4’s front and rear power windows all open or close fully with one touch of the switches, making it more convenient at drive-up windows and toll booths, or when talking with someone outside the car. The Kona’s standard power window switches have to be held the entire time to close them fully. Only its driver’s window opens automatically. With the Kona SEL/Night/Limited/Ultimate’s power windows, only the front windows open or close automatically.

If the windows are left open on the Rav4 the driver can close them all at the outside door handle. On a hot day the driver can lower the windows at the outside door handle or from a distance using the keyless remote. (This window function must be activated by your Toyota service department.) The driver of the Kona can only operate the windows from inside the vehicle, with the ignition on.

Consumer Reports rated the Rav4’s headlight performance “Good,” a higher rating than the Kona’s headlights, which were rated “Fair.”

Both the Rav4 and the Kona offer available heated front seats. The Rav4 Limited also offers optional heated rear seats to keep those passengers extremely comfortable in the winter. Heated rear seats aren’t available in the Kona.

Optional air-conditioned seats in the Rav4 Adventure/Limited/TRD Off-Road keep the driver and front passenger comfortable and take the sting out of hot seats in Summer. The Kona doesn’t offer air-conditioned seats.

On extremely cold winter days, the Rav4 XLE/Adventure/Limited/TRD Off-Road’s optional heated steering wheel provides comfort, allowing the driver to steer safely and comfortably before the vehicle heater warms up. The Kona doesn’t offer a heated steering wheel.

The Rav4 XLE/Adventure/Limited/TRD Off-Road’s standard dual zone air conditioning allows the driver and front passenger to choose two completely different temperatures so people with different temperature preferences won’t have to compromise. This makes both the driver and front passenger as comfortable as possible. The Kona doesn’t offer dual zone air conditioning.

Both the Rav4 and the Kona offer rear vents. For greater rear passenger comfort, the Rav4 XLE/Adventure/Limited/TRD Off-Road has standard rear air conditioning vents to keep rear occupants cool in summer or warm in winter. The Kona doesn’t offer rear air conditioning vents, only heat vents.

The Rav4 Adventure/TRD Off-Road has a 115-volt a/c outlet, allowing you to recharge a laptop or run small household appliances without special adapters that can break or get misplaced. The Kona doesn’t offer a house-current electrical outlet.

Economic Advantages Comparison

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The Rav4 will cost the buyer less in the long run because of its superior resale value. The IntelliChoice estimates that the Rav4 will retain 52.4% to 53.9% of its original price after five years, while the Kona only retains 44.01% to 46.2%.

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Rav4 is less expensive to operate than the Kona because typical repairs cost much less on the Rav4 than the Kona, including $110 less for a water pump, $346 less for a muffler, $96 less for front struts and $104 less for a power steering pump.

Recommendations Comparison

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Consumer Reports® recommends both the Toyota Rav4 and the Hyundai Kona, based on reliability, safety and performance.

The Toyota Rav4 outsold the Hyundai Kona by over six to one during the 2020 model year.

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