2023 Hyundai Tucson vs. 2023 Hyundai Kona: What’s the Difference?

2022 Hyundai Tucson vs. 2022 Hyundai Kona
2023 Hyundai Tucson


2023 Hyundai Kona
$26,900 MSRP


$22,140 MSRP
2.5L 4-Cylinder Engine

Base Engine

2.0L MPI 4-Cylinder Engine
26 city / 33 hwy / 29 combined mpg

EPA-Estimated Fuel Economy (FWD)

30 city / 35 hwy / 32 combined mpg
5 passengers


5 passengers
80.3 cubic feet

Maximum Cargo Space

45.8 cubic feet

If you’re shopping for a versatile, fun to drive, and affordable SUV to upgrade your Montgomery commute, you may wish to consider either the 2023 Hyundai Tuscon or Kona. Both models can deliver efficient performance and come loaded with convenient features that will enhance your driving experience. So, what’s the difference between the 2023 Hyundai Tucson and Kona? Find out in this 2023 Hyundai Tucson vs. Kona comparison from Columbia Hyundai, then stop by our showroom in Cincinnati to compare Hyundai SUVs in person today!

2023 Hyundai Tucson vs. Kona: Price & Trims

One of the first things you’ll notice when you compare the Hyundai SUVs, is that the new Hyundai Kona comes with a lower sticker price than the new Hyundai Tucson. That being said, both of these SUVs are budget-friendly options that have a lot to offer a wide range of Mason-area drivers. There are five standard gas-powered Kona trim levels and five standard gas-powered Tucson trims to choose from. Check out their prices below:

2023 Hyundai Tucson:

  • SE – $26,900 MSRP
  • SEL – $28,500 MSRP
  • XRT- $33,725 MSRP
  • N-Line- $33,775 MSRP
  • Limited – $36,160 MSRP

2023 Hyundai Kona:

  • SE – $22,140 MSRP
  • SEL – $23,950 MSRP
  • N Line – $27,850 MSRP
  • Limited – $28,950 MSRP
  • N – $34,950 MSRP

2023 Hyundai Tucson vs. Kona: Performance & Efficiency

Whether you choose the 2023 Hyundai Tucson or Kona, you’ll enjoy spirited performance and outstanding fuel economy returns on Fairfield roads. While the Tucson has slightly lower fuel economy ratings than those of the Kona, it is equipped with a stronger engine. The Kona mpg is higher on both city streets and on the highway, and even though it has a smaller engine it can still deliver plenty of get-up-and-go. Take a look at the difference between the 2023 Hyundai Tucson and Kona in terms of performance specs and gas mileage to see which is the better fit with your driving needs:

2023 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

2023 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

2023 Hyundai Tucson vs. Kona: Interior Space & Features

A key difference between the 2023 Hyundai Tucson and Kona is size. The Tucson is a compact SUV while the Kona is a subcompact. With either the 2023 Hyundai Tucson or Kona you’ll enjoy seating for up to five, but there will be a bit more room inside the cabin of the Tucson for you and your passengers, as well as nearly double the cargo space than the Kona. Here’s a quick look at the interior dimensions and capacities of each of these Hyundai SUVs:

2023 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
  • Max. Cargo Volume (front/rear): 80.3 cubic feet

2023 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
  • Max. Cargo Volume (front/rear): 45.8 cubic feet

Both Hyundai SUVs include features such as Hyundai SmartSense®, Android Auto™ and Apple CarPlay®, center touchscreen display, BlueLink® Connected Car system, Proximity Key, power driver’s seat, and wireless charging capabilities. With either the 2023 Hyundai Tucson or Kona you’ll also get 60/40 split fold-down and reclining rear seatbacks that allow you to reconfigure the cabin to suit your needs.

Compare Hyundai SUVs at Columbia Hyundai

Now that you know more about the difference between the 2023 Hyundai Tucson and the Kona, head on down to Columbia Hyundai in Cincinnati to test drive your favorite Hyundai SUV today. Remember to browse our current new vehicle specials and feel free to contact us if you have any questions. If you’d like to continue your Hyundai SUV research, check out our Tucson vs. Santa Fe comparison.


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