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2022 Hyundai Tucson vs. Kona

2022 Hyundai Tucson vs. 2022 Hyundai Kona
2022 Hyundai Tucson


2022 Hyundai Kona
$25,500 MSRP

Starting Price

$21,150 MSRP
2.5L 4-Cylinder Engine

Base Engine

2.0L MPI 4-Cylinder Engine
26 City/33 Highway

EPA-Estimated Fuel Economy (FWD)

30 City/35 Highway

Trim Levels

80.3 cubic feet

Maximum Cargo Space

45.8 cubic feet

If you’re looking for a fresh new SUV for your Houston rides, you may have come across the Hyundai Tucson or Kona. These are both excellent choices with a wide variety of impressive specs and features, but only one will ultimately suit your driving needs and lifestyle. So, what’s the difference between the Hyundai Tucson and Kona? Although these are both compact SUVs, they feature different trim levels, pricing, engine options, and dimensions. The team at Baytown Hyundai has everything you need to know to make an informed decision in our Hyundai Tucson / Kona comparison guide below!



Hyundai Tucson vs. Kona: Price & Trim Levels

Price is often one of the most important aspects that drivers look at when choosing a new vehicle, and it’s one of the key differences between the Hyundai Tucson and Kona. Going on price alone, the Kona is the more affordable option, with each of its trims coming at a lower price than the corresponding Tucson trim. However, the Tucson has five available trim levels to the Kona’s four (the XRT trim is only available with the Tucson) and has upgraded performance specs and features to match its higher price level. You’ll have to decide which is more important to you, but to make it easier, we’ve listed the available trim levels and their price points below:

2022 Hyundai Tucson:

  • SE – $25,500 MSRP
  • SEL – $26,800 MSRP
  • N Line – $30,900 MSRP
  • XRT – $31,550 MSRP
  • Limited – $35,000 MSRP

2022 Hyundai Kona:

  • SE – $21,150 MSRP
  • SEL – $22,950 MSRP
  • N Line – $25,700 MSRP
  • Limited – $28,450 MSRP

Hyundai Tucson vs. Kona: Performance & Efficiency

When it comes to performance, the Tucson outmatches the Kona at the base-level trim with a 2.5L 4-cylinder engine, as befits its higher price. However, the Kona can be upgraded to an available turbocharged engine that ultimately delivers higher performance numbers than the Tucson. The Kona also gets better fuel economy numbers in both front-wheel-drive and all-wheel-drive configurations. Here are the full performance and efficiency specs:

2022 Hyundai Tucson

  • 2.5L 4-cylinder engine with 187 hp and 178 lb-ft of torque
  • 8-speed automatic with SHIFTRONIC®
  • 26 city/33 highway mpg with FWD
  • 24 city/29 highway mpg with AWD

2022 Hyundai Kona

  • Standard 2.0L MPI 4-cylinder engine with 147 hp and 132 lb-ft of torque
  • Standard Intelligent Variable Automatic Transmission (IVT)
  • Available 1.6L Turbo GDI engine with 195 horsepower and 195 lb-ft of torque
  • Available 7-speed EcoShift® Dual Clutch Transmission
  • 30 city/35 highway mpg with FWD
  • 28 city/33 highway mpg with AWD

Hyundai Tucson vs. Kona: Interior Features & Space

If you’re stuck deciding between the Hyundai Tucson or Kona, you might want to look at the respective interior dimensions. In addition to price, SUV drivers often take the interior cargo and passenger space of a vehicle into major consideration when making a decision. While the Tucson and Kona offer similar dimensions for passenger’s head and legroom, the Tucson ultimately features a much larger cabin with nearly twice as much cargo volume and a good deal more passenger space. If you’re looking to maximize space for your passengers and cargo, then the Tucson is the way to go. However, if you prefer a compact frame to more easily maneuver around Pasadena, then you might prefer the smaller Kona.

Although the cabins are different sizes, both the Kona and Tucson feature a wide variety of overlapping interior features, including Hyundai SmartSense®, Android Auto™, Apple CarPlay®, center touchscreen display, BlueLink® Connected Car system, Proximity Key, power driver’s seat, and wireless charging capabilities.

Check out the full dimensions:

2022 Hyundai Tucson

  • Head Room (front/rear): 40.1/39.5 inches
  • Leg Room (front/rear): 41.4/41.3 inches
  • Shoulder Room (front/rear): 57.6/56.0 inches
  • Hip Room (front/rear): 54.5/53.9 inches
  • Passenger Volume: 108.2 cubic feet
  • Cargo Volume (front/rear): 42.1/80.3 cubic feet

2022 Hyundai Kona

  • Head Room (front/rear): 39.6/37.8 inches
  • Leg Room (front/rear): 41.5/35.2 inches
  • Shoulder Room (front/rear): 55.5/54.5 inches
  • Hip Room (front/rear): 53.3/52.2 inches
  • Passenger Volume: 94.1 cubic feet
  • Cargo Volume (front/rear): 19.2/45.8 cubic feet

Compare the New Hyundai Tucson vs. Kona at Baytown Hyundai

Now that we’ve investigated the differences between the Hyundai Tucson and Kona on paper, you might want to see how these respective SUVs handle on the road. Just contact our office or stop by the dealership, and we can set up a test drive of an available model around Beaumont! You can also contact us with any questions about the Hyundai Tucson or Kona, or to learn more about our current lineup of Hyundai vehicles. And if you’ve made a decision and want to move forward in the buying or leasing process, our finance center is a great place to start.


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