2021 Hyundai Kona

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$20,500

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2021 Hyundai Kona
2021 Hyundai Kona

Key specs

Base trim shown.

Overview

The good:

  • Carlike maneuverability
  • Highway poise
  • Nimble
  • Smooth six-speed automatic
  • Simple touchscreen multimedia system

The bad:

  • Driving position not high enough for some
  • Firm, busy ride
  • Gas-pedal lag in Normal drive mode
  • Base engine's limited power reserves
  • Extensive use of hard plastics in cabin

6 trims

Starting msrp listed lowest to highest price.

Wondering which trim is right for you?

Our 2021 Hyundai Kona trim comparison will help you decide.

Notable features

  • New Night Edition available
  • Five-seat subcompact SUV
  • Front- or all-wheel drive
  • Choice of four-cylinder engines, including turbo
  • Apple CarPlay, Android Auto standard
  • Kona Electric with 258-mile range available

2021 Hyundai Kona Review: Our expert's take

What Is the 2021 Hyundai Kona?

The Hyundai Kona is a five-seat subcompact SUV, though from the outside, its proportions are more wagonlike in terms of height and size. This can be an advantage when driving in a crowded city center, but its driving position may not be high enough for some. 

Available with a choice of gas engines, the Kona is also offered with an all-electric drivetrain; the aptly named Kona Electric delivers a 258-mile EPA-estimated driving range. The Kona’s standard gas engine is a 147-horsepower, 2.0-liter four-cylinder that works with a six-speed automatic transmission; a 175-hp, turbocharged 1.6-liter four-cylinder that teams with a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic is also available. While gas Konas can have front- or all-wheel drive, the Kona Electric is front-drive only. Competitors include the Kia Soul, Nissan Rogue Sport and Honda HR-V

What’s New on the 2021 Hyundai Kona?

A new Night Edition powered by the turbocharged four-cylinder features LED headlights and taillights, black 18-inch wheels and trim, black cloth upholstery and aluminum pedals. 

What Features in the 2021 Hyundai Kona Are Most Important?

Standard features include: 

  • 16-inch alloy wheels 
  • 7-inch touchscreen multimedia system 
  • Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone connectivity 
  • Bluetooth 
  • Cruise control 
  • Automatic emergency braking
  • Lane-keeping assist

Available features include: 

  • Power moonroof
  • Leather seating 
  • Heated front seats
  • Navigation with 8-inch touchscreen
  • Infinity premium stereo 
  • Wireless device charging
  • Blind spot warning with rear cross-traffic alert
  • Adaptive cruise control

Should I Buy the 2021 Hyundai Kona?

The Kona is an excellent choice if you’re looking for a smaller SUV with carlike driving manners. While the base engine’s power is modest, the turbo four-cylinder provides an extra measure of performance. The Kona Electric, meanwhile, has the range needed to make it a viable daily driver, but it’s only offered in certain regions of the country.  

Consumer reviews

Rating breakdown (out of 5):
  • Comfort 5.0
  • Interior design 4.9
  • Performance 4.9
  • Value for the money 5.0
  • Exterior styling 5.0
  • Reliability 5.0

Most recent consumer reviews

5.0

I have been very happy with all my Hyundai's

This car will meet all my needs and has a lot of options. Will be roomy for my toddler and has all the features I was looking for.(646

5.0

Love this car!!

This car has sensors on the vehicle which keeps your vehicle in the lines while driving and has bluetooth capabilities and rear back up camera. It isn't the roomest vehicle and probably not for anyone over 5'9 but it's great for me and my family.

4.3

Best car under 25K

It has lots of convenient features, remote start, back-up camera and apple carplay, in SEL trim, and is roomy for 6'-1" tall man. I like it bery much.

See all 48 consumer reviews

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