Hyundai Kona
Hyundai Kona
Hyundai Kona

2021 Hyundai Kona

Pros: Powerful turbocharged engine is available; spacious interior for a subcompact SUV; lengthy list of available features

Cons: Hard plastic prevalent in the interior; steering response is uneven

CG Says: The 2021 Hyundai Kona adds a new Night Edition appearance package, but is otherwise unchanged. The subcompact-crossover Kona slots below the Hyundai Tucson in both size and price and is one of the smallest vehicles in the class. Two gas powertrains are offered: SE and SEL models have 147-horsepower 2.0-liter 4-cylinder paired with a 6-speed automatic transmission, while Limited and Ultimate models get a 175-hp turbocharged 1.6-liter 4-cylinder mated to a 7-speed automated-manual transmission. The turbo 1.6 is one of the most powerful engines in the class. All gas-powered Konas offer a choice of front-wheel drive or all-wheel drive. The Kona Electric has a 201-hp electric motor with an estimated range of 258 miles and is only available in California, Connecticut, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, Oregon, Rhode Island, and Vermont., The Kona Electric is front-wheel drive only. Available features include blind-spot alert, Apple CarPlay/Android Auto compatibility, wireless cell-phone charging, and head-up instrument display. The Kona offers a comprehensive list of standard and available features—many that are unusual for the class. Despite the fact that the Kona is one of the smallest subcompact SUVs, it offers generous passenger and cargo room for its size, as well as pleasant driving manners. Although Hyundai is a latecomer to the segment, the Kona is one of the strongest entries and a must see for subcompact-SUV shoppers.

The Facts
Class Subcompact SUV
Body Style(s) 4-door wagon
Passenger Count 5
Drive Wheels front-wheel drive, all-wheel drive
Manufacturer Hyundai
Nation of Manufacture South Korea
Base Prices SE: $21,575
AWD SE: $22,975
SEL: $23,375
AWD SEL: $24,775
SEL Plus: $25,225
AWD SEL Plus: $26,625
Limited: $27,375
AWD Limited: $28,775
Ultimate: $29,225
AWD Ultimate: $30,625
Electric SEL: $38,365
Electric Limited: $42,975
Electric Ultimate: $46,575

Base Engine
2.0-liter 4-cylinder (SE, SEL)
Horsepower
147
Std. Transmission
6-speed automatic
Avail. Transmission
NA
EPA City Range (mpg)
25-27
EPA Hwy Range (mpg)
30-33

Optional Engine
turbocharged 1.6-liter 4-cylinder (Limited, Ultimate)
Horsepower
175
Std. Transmission
7-speed automated manual
Avail. Transmission
NA
EPA City Range (mpg)
26-28
EPA Hwy Range (mpg)
29-32

Optional Engine
electric motor (Electric)
Horsepower
201
Std. Transmission
single speed
Avail. Transmission
NA
EPA City Range (MPGe)
NA
EPA Hwy Range (MPGe)
NA