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Venue vs Kona vs Elantra

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I own(ed) all three. 2018 Kona, 2021 Venue & 2022 Elantra.

All 3 were purchased brand new with the Elantra this past Friday. Hyundai keeps improving their models which is part of them being a great automotive manufacturer. I liked the Kona very much although the Venue has more headroom compared to a 2018. Designers fixed the new 2022 Kona which currently have more headroom. IMHO, the Elantra is the most stylish and first tank of gas got 42.9 mpg combined! The Venue is the easiest to make U-turns.

***The 2022 Hyundai models come with a Smart driving mode which could be similar to SNOW on the older models. By combining the SNOW driving mode with cruise control you might be able to replicate the outstanding mileage improvements of the Elantra and other new models with the Smart driving mode.

MPG = 1 Elantra 42.9 2 Venue 34mpg 3 Kona 33mpg (2.0 1.6 2.0 no turbos)
Style = 1 Elantra 2 Kona 3 Venue
Driver's Headroom 1 Venue 2 2022 Kona 3 2022 Elantra 4 2018 Kona
Acceleration 1 Kona 2 Elantra 3 Venue
Highway Comfort 1 Elantra 2 Kona 3 Venue
City Get Thru Traffic 1 Venue 2 Kona 3 Elantra
Road Visibility 1a Kona 1b Venue 2 Elantra

I loved the Kona except for the lack of headroom in the 2018 model which has been corrected in the 2022. I absolutely love the 2022 Elantra. It gets better combined mileage than an Accent and has tons more passenger room relatively speaking! I liked the Venue a lot, but it was a little boxy and caused electrical static in a mounted camera I use in my business.

All 3 are winners and would choose any over a Civic or HRV. I did not go near Toyotas because the dealers are very difficult in my area. Same goes for Kia. I do like the Mazda 3 + CX-30 and owned a CX-5 (all-times favorite) and MX-3, but since I buy new cars every year or two I like the practical familiarity of Hyundai. Android Auto is also a requirement for my needs.
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Sedans are not very useful IMO.
Stylish but lacks utility.
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Sedans are not very useful IMO.
Stylish but lacks utility.
Amen. Sedans look nice but are pretty useless. Trucks, vans, crossovers, SUVs, wagons, hatchbacks-- all are more useful. Though perhaps the OP already has one of the other form factors?

It's a function of one's needs and what one already owns in their vehicle stable. I only own one vehicle, so it has to be something other than a sedan/coupe.

In 2014 my mother needed a new vehicle because her knees/hips were bad, and she was having a hard time getting in/out of her low-to-the-ground Jetta. I sold it privately for her (got her top dollar since she kept all maintenance records, and it only had 35k miles (5 years old)). Anyway, I took that money and she added $5k to it and she bought a brand new 2014 Jeep Patriot Sport 4x4 small SUV for $17k I think it was.

Sister and BIL needed a car too, but they instead dropped $17k or so on a stupid little Fiat 500 2-door hatchback in late 2014. I had told them "you guys have 3 teenage boys and you're buying a clown car?!?" :)

We went car camping soon after, and I drove my mom's Jeep. I slept comfortably in the back of the Jeep with the rear seats folded and I was sleeping on an air mattress (legs fully stretched out). While my sister and BIL had to sleep in the front seat of their Fiat 500 with the seats reclined. I offered them the use of the Jeep but they refused. Sleeping is way better when one's legs are straight out. Better for circulation.

I haven't tried, but I am sure I can sleep in the back of the Venue if I had to.
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We went from a wore-out 2011 Soul to a 2022 Venue Limited. Wife wanted heated seats, and didn't want a sunroof.
Originally we were looking at the 2021 Venue Denim, but the local dealers wouldn't even give us a test-drive. We were willing to wait a while to see if prices dropped, but I hit some road debris in my daily driver (Toyota Yaris) and killed the air conditioner. Not good at the start of summer in Texas. It was either play taxi and use the wife's Soul, or suffer the heat in the Yaris until I could get it fixed.

Overall, we are very pleased with the Venue, however, the Venue has less headroom than the Soul -- I bump my head on the ceiling, getting in, every time. It drives very well, although the ride is choppy and the suspension is a bit too firm. It does have a very tight turning radius, equal or better than the Soul. Haven't taken it on a long road trip, so I have no idea what highway mileage we may get. In town, it does do 2-3 MPG better than the Soul. We also looked at the Kona and the Tucson, but since there was no hope of dealing on the price or the dealer adds, we went the cheaper route.
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