In the subcompact SUV game, there are two models that stand the test of time: the 2021 Nissan LEAFand the 2021 Hyundai Kona. Drivers throughout Ithaca, Elmira, and Cortland, NY, love both of these cars. Of course, they are not created equal. 

If you're looking at both of them and are not sure which one to choose, Maguire Nissan can help. Our goal is to help you come to a decision between the LEAF and the Kona. So, we put together this side-by-side comparison of the two in order for you to learn more about them. 

Nissan LEAF vs Hyundai Kona: Interior Space

Stay comfortable in your car for miles and miles with the Nissan LEAF and the Hyundai Kona. Both offer seating for up to five people, and cloth and leather interior seating is available. Where the LEAF really stands out over the Kona, though, is with its total interior volume as well as front head and leg space. The Nissan LEAF sees a total interior volume of 116 cubic feet, while the Hyundai Kona provides 113.3 cubic feet of total interior volume. In the front, the Nissan offers 41.2 inches of headroom and 42.1 inches of legroom. In the front of the Hyundai, you'll have 39.6 inches of headroom and 41.5 inches of legroom. 

In the rear, both the LEAF and the Kona have comparable headroom and legroom. 

Nissan LEAF vs Hyundai Kona: Performance

When you need a subcompact SUV that performs, the Nissan LEAF and the Hyundai Kona are at the top of the list. The Nissan LEAF features an available 160 kW AC synchronous electric motor that generates 214 horsepower and 250 lb-ft of torque. The Kona features an inline 4-cylinder engine that produces 147 horsepower and 132 lb-ft of torque.  

Nissan vs Hyundai: Safety Features

Safety is everything when you're on the road. Today, your car is smart enough to be able to react and respond to tons of dangerous situations in time, if you can't. The 2021 Nissan LEAF and the Hyundai Kona are excellent at this and offer many similar safety features, such as Intelligent Forward Collision Warning, Lane Departure Warning, and much more. However, the Nissan stands tall over the Hyundai in the safety department as the Nissan offers standard safety features that include Intelligent Blind Spot Intervention, Rear Cross Traffic Alert, Rear Sonar System, and Intelligent Trace Control. 

If you want Blind Spot Collision Warning and Rear Cross-Traffic Collision-Avoidance Assist features in the Kona, you would need to upgrade to a higher trim level. 

2021 Nissan LEAF vs 2021 Hyundai Kona: Final Word

If you're in the market for a subcompact SUV, you know now that the Nissan LEAF and the Hyundai Kona are great at what they do. However, we at Maguire Nissan think that drivers throughout Ithaca, Elmira, and Cortland, NY, would much prefer the LEAF to the Kona. 

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