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Should I buy a Hyundai Kona or Honda HR-V?

Asked by Stephen

I started watching you guys on YouTube since I am in the market for leasing a new car and had a general question for you. I am looking for a small size SUV such as the Hyundai Kona, Honda HRV etc but there is so much information out there that I am having a hard time narrowing down the best overall pick. Safety is my number one priority followed by how it drives and the interior of the vehicle. Decent trunk space would be great. I was wondering if you have any recommendations on what small SUV's fit these criteria? I am in New York State.

Answered by CarsGuide

18 Mar 2021 David Morley

It’s nice to see that the worldwide web has put Carsguide in touch with people in the USA and that they’re prepared to ask for advice from half a planet away. Meanwhile, if safety is your number one priority, then you really need to find a vehicle with all the latest driver aids such as autonomous emergency braking, lane-keeping assistance and rear-cross-traffic alert. These are the new safety must-haves now that air-bags, stability control and other systems are considered par for the course.

The catch with your situation (from our point of view) is that the vehicles we assess and test in Australia don’t necessarily correlate with the North American buying experience. The specifications of Australian-delivered cars don’t always line up with those of a USA-market vehicle, and that can mean that the safety kit fitted here isn’t mirrored by the same make and model sold on your side of the pond. Don’t forget, too, that some makes and models (Hyundai and Kia are good examples) often feature Australian input into the suspension and steering settings to make them more palatable to an Australian audience. As a result, the same car without that input (such as the version sold in the US) might drive very differently.

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