2018 Hyundai Kona vs Buick Encore vs Toyota RAV4

 Tipton Hyundai: 2018 Hyundai Kona vs Buick Encore vs Toyota RAV4 in Brownsville, TX
The 2018 Hyundai Kona is the Korean automaker's first subcompact crossover. How does it fare against more established competitors like the Toyota RAV4 and Buick Encore?

Performance

The Kona, Encore, and RAV4 are all closely matched in terms of engine performance, though the Kona's standard 2.0-liter DOHC four-cylinder takes the lead by producing nine more horsepower than the Encore's base engine. The 1.6-liter turbo-four unit on the Kona Limited and Kona Ultimate is also significantly more powerful than the Encore's optional 1.4-liter turbo and produces an impressive 23 lb-ft of torque more than the RAV4's 2.5-liter four-cylinder.

Distinguishing Style

One odd quirk of the subcompact crossover segment is that nearly every vehicle that belongs in it seems to have gone for funky styling with lots of strange angles and edges. Not the 2018 Hyundai Kona. The new cascading grille, three-tier lighting layout, and overall shape, though stylish, remain nonetheless conventional enough as to not be polarizing. Compared to vehicles like the RAV4 and Encore, the Kona is not quirky - it's just handsome.

Warranty

Nobody beats Kia in the automotive industry when it comes to warranties, giving the Kona a major edge against the Encore and RAV4. The Kona comes with a full five-year/60,000-mile basic warranty; the Encore's basic warranty expires one year and 10,000 miles sooner, and the RAV4's basic warranty expires two years and 24,000 miles sooner. The Kona's powertrain warranty, which lasts 10 years or 100,000 miles, is even more impressive when compared to the Encore and RAV4 powertrain warranties, which don't last more than six years or 70,000 miles.

Handling

The 2018 Hyundai Kona is surprisingly agile, especially when compared to the Encore. It features full rear suspension, including a rear stabilizer bar, whereas the Encore offers neither. It also has a tighter turning circle. The RAV4 comes closer to the Kona than the Encore, though again the Kona makes a strong impression thanks to its front and rear gas-charged shocks, which provide better control on bumpy roads and are not offered on the RAV4.
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