Aiming to replace the old hatchback models, small crossover SUVs are becoming more and more popular. The new Crosstrek and the new Kona are two vehicles that combine the best features of a wagon with the broad appeal of a small crossover, but which is the right choice for your needs?

Drivers in Bristol, Somerset, and Fall River can find out the key differences between these small SUVs with our Subaru Crosstrek vs. Hyundai Kona comparison.

Performance

The 2019 Crosstrek is equipped with a 152-horsepower flat-four that mates to a six-speed manual transmission or an optional continuously variable transmission. The Kona comes with a 2.0-liter inline-four or an optional 1.6-liter turbo-four, paired to either a six- or seven-speed automatic transmission. All-wheel drive is optional for the Kona, but standard for all Crosstrek models.

The flat-four engine is a strategic choice for the Subaru. With the tall ride of a wagon, the flat-four offers a lower center of gravity, improving both body control and handling. Though the Kona is a competent vehicle, it lacks the same composure and athleticism.

Interior

The Subaru Crosstrek and the Kona share nice, solid cabins with attractive design and high-quality materials. The front seats offer excellent outward visibility and plush, supportive seats, complete with plenty of leg- and headroom to stretch out and relax. Where the Crosstrek has the edge, however, is in the rear seat. Tall or large adults can easily fit in the rear of the Crosstrek for long trips, whereas the Kona has a cramped rear seat that doesn't offer much space for anyone larger than a child.

The cargo bays of both vehicles are surprisingly large, providing more than enough space for all your gear. With the seats upright, the Crosstrek offers 22.3 cubic feet of space, which expands to 55.3 cubic feet when folded. The Kona has slightly less space, with 19.2 cubic feet with the seats upright and 45.8 cubic feet with the seats folded.

Technology

Both the Crosstrek and the Kona come with an array of technology features at base level, including Bluetooth® connectivity and touchscreen infotainment systems with Apple CarPlay™ and Android Auto™ smartphone integration. Premium features, such as an advanced sound system and upgraded infotainment, are available, though the base features provide all the entertainment you need.

Advanced safety technology is available for both vehicles, as well. The Crosstrek offers the Subaru EyeSight® safety suite, which includes features like Adaptive Cruise Control, Forward Collision Warning with Automatic Emergency Braking, and Lane Control. The Kona has a lot of the same features, bundled into the Smart Sense package, but it's only available for the higher trim levels.

Test Drive the Subaru Crosstrek

As this Subaru Crosstrek vs. Hyundai Kona comparison illustrated, these small crossovers have wide appeal for a variety of driving personalities. That said, the Crosstrek excels in many areas, making it the better all-around choice.

Drivers in Fall River, Bristol, and Somerset can learn more about the Subaru Crosstrek by visiting Stateline Subaru. Call or stop by our Subaru dealership today to schedule your test drive!

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