|10-Way||Power Drivers Seat||8-Way|
|Standard||Teen Driver||Not Available|
|50.2||Max Cargo Capacity (cu.ft.)||45.8|
Sometimes two vehicles are very similar, making it difficult to choose between two. You may be tempted by a lower price on one, but then you may second guess yourself and wonder what you'll be missing if you go with the lower price. Two vehicles that may seem at first sight to be very similar are the 2022 Buick Encore GX and the 2022 Hyundai Kona. They look very similar, maybe even identical, from certain angles. But while they may look similar on the outside and seem to the average person to be "basically the same car," they are actually quite different, and the 2022 Buick Encore GX will offer you better features than the 2022 Hyundai Kona, especially in terms of safety technology and cargo space. While we hope you'll take our word for it, we want to prove it to you. So, here is our comparison of the 2022 Buick Encore GX vs 2022 Hyundai Kona.
The 2022 Buick Encore GX seats up to five passengers and provides them with 39.7 inches of front headroom and 40.9 inches of front legroom. Though the 2022 Kona's front-row passenger dimensions are similar, its storage space suffers because of it and is significantly smaller than that of the 2022 Encore GX. The second row of seats in the Kona is also a bit more cramped than the back seats in the Encore GX, which makes the Buick a better pick if you often carry passengers.
The 2022 Buick Encore GX soars miles above the 2022 Hyundai Kona when it comes to cargo space. The 2022 Encore is home to an adjustable cargo floor, which, combined with the 60/40 folding rear seats, is able to be crafted in a variety of configurations to suit all manner of cargo needs. In total, the 2022 Encore offers 50.2 cubic feet of storage space, as compared with the 2022 Kona's 45.8 cubic feet of storage space. While this difference may seem negligible when read, consider the difference five cubic feet can make.
Imagine going on a road trip when you are packing luggage and trying to fit your whole life into the car; think of adding to your storage space by five whole cubic feet – consider the number of extra items you would be able to store with those five extra cubic feet. The fact of the matter is that the Encore GX simply exceeds the Kona in terms of cargo space, which will make packing easier, especially as your family grows. You do not want to miss out on that extra storage space.
Overall, the 2022 Encore GX provides a better driving experience in terms of its style and comfort. For instance, whereas the Kona provides a 6-way adjustable driver seat in its lowest trim and an 8-way power-adjustable driver's seat in its two higher trims, the 2022 Encore GX is able to provide a 10-way power driver seat with power lumbar. The lumbar support truly will pay off, even if you intend to remain local and use the car for simple commutes. But it will especially come in handy if you anticipate taking advantage of the Encore's generous cargo space to go road tripping or embark on longer drives. You will be able to drive for long distances without stopping if you are comfortable and your back is not bothering you, and you will hopefully have less pain overall if your time spent behind the wheel includes lumbar support.
While both vehicles offer basic premium features, the Encore GX goes further. For instance, instead of just having a leather-wrapped steering wheel, Buick offers a leather-wrapped heated steering wheel. Before you write off the heated steering wheel as an unnecessary luxury, consider how much this may improve your driving experience, especially if you are traveling in a colder part of the country. While it may not be all that cold down here in Georgia (though winter mornings can still get chilly), you'll want to use your car to see the world, and some parts of the world will leave you wanting warm hands. If your hands are cold while driving, they will grow stiff and will be less nimble for a critical moment when you need to act quickly to protect yourself and your passengers from oncoming danger. We want you to be well-prepared.
When it comes to entertainment technology, the 2022 Buick Encore GX has a huge leg-up over the 2022 Hyundai Kona in that it offers an in-vehicle Wi-Fi hotspot, whereas the Kona does not. If you intend to spend a significant amount of time in the car, especially on road trips when passengers may need to complete work or school assignments, this hotspot will pay dividends and make for a much more enjoyable ride. Even if it is not for productivity purposes, the presence of Wi-Fi will allow for increased entertainment for passengers. We want you and your passengers to feel comfortable and at home in your vehicle, and Wi-Fi is just one of the many features in the 2022 Buick Encore GX that will help you to feel at home.
By far, the biggest safety technology benefit which is present in the 2022 Buick Encore GX and not in the 2022 Hyundai Kona is that of Teen Driver. The 2022 Encore GX is a fantastic car for teens and new drivers to learn with because, being a compact SUV, it teaches new drivers how to have control over a larger vehicle without being as overwhelming as a full-size SUV. But, they need not learn all alone because Buick's Teen Driver technology exists to help new drivers cultivate safe and effective driving habits as well as to put mom and dad's minds at ease as the kids start driving.
Teen Driver is linked to a designated key fob. Once set up, this key fob becomes your teenager's designated key and will activate the Teen Driver features upon starting the vehicle. Teen Driver may be registered with up to eight key fobs, so if you have several teens all of driving age, they may each have their own key fob with its own unique settings. When registering the key fob, there are many different settings from which the parents may choose.
Audio Volume Limit sets a volume limit for the audio system so as to make sure that the driver is not distracting themself with loud music. In addition to volume limits, Teen Driver will protect your teens' ears with its SiriusXM Station Filter, which prohibits your teen from listening to explicit content on SiriusXM satellite radio. While these two are designed to keep your teens focused on the road, Teen Driver also has more active features that prevent your teen from cultivating bad driving habits.
The Buckle to Drive setting prevents the driver from shifting out of park for 20 seconds after the brake pedal is pressed if the seat belt is not yet buckled. We do not want anybody driving without a seat belt, especially your kids. Teen Driver doesn't stop once your child is buckled, though. Speed Warning allows you to set a speed warning between 40 MPH and 75 MPH, meaning the vehicle will give the driver a visual warning on the Driver Information Center as well as an audible warning if this speed is exceeded. Closely linked with Speed Warning is the Speed Limiter feature, which sets a speed limit of 85 MPH; this makes it impossible for the driver to exceed 85 MPH. We, like you, want your teenager to enjoy the new freedom that comes with having a driver's license without making any mistakes that could change everything.
Ultimately, we want to make sure that parents are engaging in healthy dialogues with their teens about safe driving, and this is why we feel strongly about the benefit of the Teen Driver Report Card. This feature allows parents to examine an in-vehicle report card tracking your teen's driving based upon criteria such as distance driven, maximum speed, speed warnings incurred, frequency of a floored gas pedal, safety triggers, and so on. We hope that this feature will help you and your kids to maintain good and effective communication with each other.
Teen Driver is a safety feature unique to Buick, and its absence will be noticed if the Hyundai Kona is chosen over the Encore GX. If you have teens, or will someday have teens, learning to drive, there is no question about the benefit of having Teen Driver safety technology in your vehicle, and for this, there is no comparison in the Kona. The 2022 Buick Encore GX is the way to go for safety.