The Hyundai Kona vs. The Subaru Crosstrek

At Dave Hallman Hyundai in Erie, PA


The Hyundai Kona is one of the most appealing small crossovers available, offering comfortable accommodations, configurable cargo space, and advanced features for a surprisingly accessible price. It's got sporty style and driving dynamics to match. And thanks to its convenient size and easy maneuverability, it provides excellent practicality without imposing space requirements.

Of course, the subcompact crossover class is crowded and offers plenty of options for Erie drivers to choose from. But the overall well-roundedness and appeal of the Hyundai Kona are tough to top. Here's a look at how it compares some key areas to a prominent competitor, the Subaru Crosstrek.


The Hyundai Kona and Subaru Crosstrek have similarly performing base engines, with the Crosstrek rated slightly higher at 152 horsepower to the Kona's 147 horsepower. However, for Edinboro drivers seeking something more potent to enliven their daily commute, the Hyundai Kona wins handily.

Kona N Line and Limited equip a 1.6-liter turbocharged powerplant and seven-speed dual-clutch transmission, bumping up its horsepower rating to 195 without losing any fuel economy (EPA-estimated 32 mpg). Crosstrek's Sport and Limited tiers get a 2.5-liter powertrain upgrade, but with 182 horsepower and a continuously variable transmission, it can't keep up with the Kona.

The Kona N widens the gap even more with a punchy 276-horsepower 2.0-liter turbo-four and eight-speed dual-clutch transmission, plus high-performance upgrades like electronically controlled suspension, an electronic limited-slip differential, sport exhaust, and Pirelli P-Zero tires. And by pressing the red NGS button on the steering wheel, you can boost horsepower to 286 for 20 seconds, more than any vehicle in Subaru's lineup.

Features and Value

The Hyundai Kona offers more and better features than the Subaru Crosstrek for thousands of dollars less. Kona's base trim comes standard with an 8-inch touchscreen and wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. And by moving up the trim levels, you equip more screen real estate with a 10.25-inch digital instrument panel and a 10.25-inch Navigation touchscreen. The Crosstrek comes standard with a 6.5-inch screen, while its available 8-inch display is reserved for the top tier, and navigation costs extra.

For the same price as the Crosstrek's entry-level trim, McKean drivers can get a Kona SEL with features like heated mirrors, proximity entry, Blind-Spot Collision Warning, and Rear Cross-traffic Collision-Avoidance Assist. And by adding the Convenience package, you'll get additional amenities like wireless charging, phone-as-a-key capability, heated front seats, and a power sunroof. All of these features cost appreciably more on the Crosstrek.

The Kona is also backed by Hyundai's superior warranty coverage: a five-year/60,000-mile basic warranty and a ten-year/100,000-mile powertrain warranty. Subaru cuts warranty coverage nearly in half, with a three-year/36,000-mile basic and five-year/60,000-mile powertrain warranty.

Find Your Hyundai Kona with Dave Hallman Hyundai near Fairview and North East

If you have any questions about the 2022 Hyundai Kona and its available options, offers, and ordering opportunities, feel free to contact Dave Hallman Hyundai at your convenience. And if you'd like to experience Kona's comfort, amenities, and driving dynamics firsthand, we invite you to visit our Erie Hyundai dealership, where you can see for yourself what sets the Kona apart from the competition. We'd love to give you a tour.