Toyota C-HR vs Hyundai Kona
Toyota C-HR vs Hyundai Kona
Posted on October 7, 2021
Not every driver wants a three-row SUV; many want something feisty and fun that still provides the SUV feel with an elevated seating position and additional cargo space. For those drivers, a small SUV is a great choice, and two popular options are the Toyota C-HR and Hyundai Kona. However, only one of those SUVs has the reputation of dependability and reliability behind it, and that is the Toyota C-HR.
Toyota updated the C-HR with new standard driver-assist features for the 2021 model year. Every model now features Toyota's Safety Sense 2.0, which includes automated emergency braking, traffic-sign recognition, adaptive cruise control, and more. The mid-range XLE model also receives a new Nightshade Edition which blacks out much of the C-HR's exterior trim.
For 2021, Hyundai added a similar Night model to the Kona, which provides gloss black interior and exterior trim pieces for a more menacing appearance. The Night model, and the elimination of two exterior colour choices, were the only updates to the Kona for 2021.
The Toyota C-HR has a fun and funky exterior styling with a two-tone colour palette and sharp contours across the interior body. It is definitely more visually appealing than the Hyundai Kona, which offers a more rounded appearance that makes it blend in with most other SUVs on the market.
Toyota made wise choices inside the C-HR, filling the cabin with durable and high-quality materials. The interior of the C-HR matches the exterior with its youthful and fun appearance and well-laid-out dashboard.
While the interior of the Hyundai Kona is comfortable and adequate, it does not offer that level of spunk and shine that the CH-R provides. It has a more typical and grown-up cabin environment that does not generate the same excitement.
All models of the Toyota C-HR come standard with an 8.0-inch touchscreen infotainment system that sits atop the vehicle's sculpted dashboard. Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, SiriusXM satellite radio, and Bluetooth phone and music connectivity are a few of the other technology features that all models feature.
The Hyundai Kona's touchscreen infotainment system is built into the dashboard, and most models receive a 7.0-inch screen while buyers of the top-level trim are treated to a larger 8.0-inch unit. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto capability are standard on all trim levels, but the Kona does not provide as much standard technology as the C-HR.
Toyota Safety Sense 2.0 comes standard on the C-HR, providing drivers with automated emergency braking with pedestrian detection, lane-departure warning with lane-keeping assist, and adaptive cruise control with lane-tracing assist. This dedication earned it five stars in crash tests from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).
Hyundai also takes safety seriously, and its dedication led to the Kona being named a Top Safety Pick+ by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), thanks to its popular driver-assist technologies, which include automated emergency braking, lane-keeping assist, and a driver-attention monitor.
While both the Toyota C-HR and Hyundai Kona are value-packed small SUVs, the C-HR is a better bet for drivers in Salmon Arm, BC. At Hilltop Toyota, drivers can see the fun, funky, and festive C-HR for themselves and test drive this spunky SUV.