New Hyundai 2020 Hyundai Kona vs 2020 Nissan Kicks near Detroit MI near Detroit l Southfield Michigan

2020 Hyundai Kona vs 2020 Nissan Kicks near Detroit MI

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2020 Hyundai Kona vs 2020 Nissan Kicks near Detroit MI

Vehicle Overview

If are in the market for a 2020 model-year subcompact car, entries like the Hyundai Kona and Nissan Kicks are worth checking out. Debuting in 2018, the Kona and Kicks provide great fuel economy, practical spaciousness, and lithe handling, and they are both easy on your pockets. In addition, the 2020 model year welcomes a few additions on each nameplate as they both continue to be top-choice subcompacts. However, here are a few reasons why the 2020 Hyundai Kona is a better choice than the 2020 Nissan Kicks.

Detroit MI - 2020 Hyundai Kona's Overview

Smartphone Integration – 2020 Hyundai Kona

These days, it is expected for new rides to have standard Android Auto and Apple CarPlay technology to enable the infotainment system to mirror the functions of your smartphone, be it an iPhone or Android device. Instead of using your phone, you can use the display screen and physical controls of your car’s infotainment system to execute the phone’s various functions, such as making or receiving phone calls, streaming music, or getting driving directions. You can get both Android Auto and Apple CarPlay on the Hyundai Kona at the base trim level. You would need to upgrade to the SV trim level—one notch up from the base-level S—to add Android Auto and Apple CarPlay as standard infotainment features on the Nissan Kicks.

Detroit MI - 2020 Hyundai Kona's Exterior

Interior – 2020 Hyundai Kona near Detroit MI

As subcompact vehicles, the Hyundai Kona and the Nissan Kicks provide two rows of seats to accommodate up to five occupants. The Kona, though, has 94.1 cubic feet of passenger space, which is slightly more than the Kicks’ 93.9 cubic feet. There’s even more of a difference regarding cargo room, which is measured between the upright rear seats and the liftgate. You can fold down the rear seats to maximize this area on either vehicle. However, the Kona, benefits from its SUV-like design to provide a max cargo space of 45.8 cubic feet. This is 13.5 more cubic feet than the maximum cargo space on the Kicks, which resembles a small hatchback.

Detroit MI - 2020 Hyundai Kona's Interior

Mechanical – Kona specs near Detroit

With a 2.0-liter inline 4-cylinder (I4) engine that puts out 147 horsepower and 132 lb-ft of torque, the Hyundai Kona has enough power for normal driving. That’s 25 more horsepower and 18 more lb-ft of torque than what the 1.6-liter I4 pumps out on the Nissan Kicks. Even better, you can upgrade the Kona’s power plant with a turbocharged I4, which is the same size as the Kicks engine—albeit with 53 more horsepower.

Detroit MI - 2020 Hyundai Kona's Mechanical

Powertrain – Hyundai Kona specs near Detroit MI

The Hyundai Kona is especially highlighted for its ride quality. It neither feels too tight nor too soft, with a MacPherson strut front and coupled torsion beam axle rear suspension that soaks up most road imperfections. Actually, the handling gets better if you go with the all-wheel drivetrain, which is accompanied by a multi-link design in the rear, hill descent control for safe driving down a slope without braking, and a locking rear differential for maintaining enough power needed to keep the tires on the surface. There’s also motor-driven column-mounted steering for controlled turns. The Kicks’ handling is rather on the soft side; it is neither as exciting nor as tight as the Kona.

Safety – 2020 Hyundai Kona dealer

According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), the Hyundai Kona is an excellent choice if you place premium on safety. The organization designates the Kona as a “Top Safety Pick Plus.” This is the highest honor that IIHS bestows on new vehicles. The Kona’s top rating is based on the hatchback scoring the best possible rating of “Good” in all crashworthiness test categories, as well as getting a top-level “Superior” rating in front crash prevention and the top-tier “Good” rating regarding ease of use of the LATCH system (“Lower Anchors and Tethers for Children”), which comprises the attachment points for securing child safety seats in the back row. The Nissan Kicks is not singled out as an exceptionally safe subcompact like its Hyundai counterpart. IIHS was only able to test it on one of the six current crashworthiness categories, and it gets a lower “Acceptable” rating in front crash prevention.

Read “2020 Hyundai Kona vs 2020 Nissan Kicks near Detroit” and really want more information about the Kona, instead of the Kicks? At Glassman Hyundai, we are known for serving Detroit Southfield Dearborn residents superbly, and we have a robust inventory to check out online. Go to our Glassman Hyundai website and see what we have, and you can schedule a test drive today. One of our Hyundai sales specialists—known for serving Detroit Southfield Dearborn—will be available to assist you in getting the Kona that has your preferred features.

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