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

In the market for a new SUV? You’re in luck! The Hyundai Tucson and Kona compact SUVs are both fresh for 2022, with powerful performance specs, roomy cabins, and a wide variety of interior and exterior cabins. You can’t go wrong picking either Hyundai Tucson or Kona, but only one will ultimately best suit your needs around Sacramento and beyond. To help you make a decision, the team at Folsom Lake Hyundai has put together a comparison guide outlining the difference between the Hyundai Tucson and Kona below. Check it out, then head to our inventory to start picking out your next ride!



Hyundai Tucson vs. Kona: Price & Trim Levels

If you’re purely after a more affordable ride, then the Hyundai Kona is a better choice for your Rancho Cordova rides. Each of its four trim levels is offered at a lower price than its Tucson counterpart. However, the Tucson’s higher starting prices are compensated by improved performance specs and more features, along with an extra trim level (the XRT configuration). Here’s the full price list:

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

The Tucson’s higher price is justified by its engine performance, featuring a powerful 2.5L 4-cylinder engine compared to the Kona’s standard 2.0L. However, the Kona is not without its own performance advantages. It comes with an available upgrade in the form of a 1.6L Turbo GDI engine, that ultimately outmatches the Tucson in terms of horsepower and torque. The Kona also gets better gas mileage for both front-wheel drive and all-wheel drive, so if fuel efficiency is the name of the game for you, the Kona may be a better choice. Check out the full performance 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

An SUV’s interior can often be a deciding factor for drivers looking for a capable new ride. You’ll be happy to know that the Kona and Tucson both come equipped with a wide variety of impressive 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.

The point where these SUVs start to differ is in the size of their respective cabins. They both seat five passengers and feature similar dimensions for head and legroom, but the Tucson offers nearly twice the amount of cargo volume compared to the Kona. If you’re planning on taking vacations or road trips in your SUV where you’ll have to pack the cabin full of luggage and supplies, then the Tucson is the way to go. However, the Kona’s more nimble frame makes it easier to navigate into tight parking spots and maneuver around narrow roads. 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 Folsom Lake Hyundai

Our Hyundai SUV comparison has outlined the difference between the Hyundai Tucson and Kona on paper—your next step might be seeing how each respective model handles on the road! Contact our office anytime or stop by the dealership to get behind the wheel and set up a test drive around El Dorado Hills. Our team is happy to answer any questions you may have about the Hyundai Tucson or Kona, either in person or over the phone. If you’ve already reached a decision and want to get a jump-start on the process of bringing a Tucson or Kona home for yourself, be sure to check out our finance center!


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