2021 Hyundai Kona

MSRP range: $20,500 - $29,550
4.1 out of 5 stars(30)
MSRP$22,090
Edmunds suggests you pay$20,881

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2021 Hyundai Kona Review

  • Optional turbocharged engine provides quick acceleration
  • Nimble handling makes it enjoyable to drive
  • Lots of features for your money
  • Weak base engine
  • Gear shifts from the turbo engine's transmission are often unrefined
  • Interior is trimmed with a lot of hard plastic panels
  • New Night Edition trim
  • Part of the first Kona generation introduced in 2018

The 2021 Hyundai Kona is one of our favorite extra-small SUVs. It has an easy-to-use infotainment interface, smooth-operating driving aids and quick acceleration from its optional turbocharged engine. It's also pretty fun to drive thanks to its nimble handling and small size. Hyundai's long warranty and reasonable pricing are two other big draws.

There are a few minor downsides — you can read more about them in our Expert Rating below — but overall the Kona is a smart pick for a pint-size SUV. We recommend checking it out alongside other highly ranked models such as the upscale Mazda CX-30, roomier Kia Soul or outdoorsy Subaru Crosstrek.

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The Kona is a top competitor among subcompact SUVs thanks to a strong optional turbocharged engine, sharp handling and a usable interior. But there are a few shortcomings that keep it from being an easy winner, such as inconsistent transmission shifting and a plasticky cabin.
The Kona is a sporty subcompact SUV with above-average acceleration and handling. In Edmunds testing of a Kona Ultimate (with the turbocharged engine), we measured 0-60 mph in just 7.2 seconds, which is a very quick time for this class of car. The Kona is surprisingly composed and grippy through turns, too. It maintains control and doesn't exhibit excessive body roll.

However, the turbo engine's dual-clutch automatic transmission can be slow to engage when accelerating from a stop. Once the Kona gets going, upshifts are usually smooth, but downshifts are always a little rough. Maximum braking performance is also underwhelming.
The Kona's suspension irons out smaller imperfections and takes the edges off just about any bump. But over larger bumps, the Kona tends to be busy and bouncy. Road noise is a bit intrusive too, but that's not uncommon for the class. Overall, the Kona is quieter than competitors in city driving.

The Kona's front seats are well shaped and pretty supportive, with plenty of adjustability. The available leather upholstery is stiff, and the cushions are noticeably firm. In back, the seats are flat and broad but not too upright. The climate control struggles a bit to cool the entire cabin when it's sweltering outside. But the rest of the time it's effective at keeping you comfortable.
It's hard to ignore the Kona's plasticky feel, but overall the interior is easy to live with. The buttons are grouped logically and clearly labeled, and Hyundai's infotainment interface has a logical menu structure. The relatively narrow roof pillars allow for good forward and side visibility. The backup camera's wide, clear picture fills in the gaps when reversing.

There is a suitable amount of space for the driver and front passenger. Rear-seat headroom is decent for the class — more than enough for average adults — but legroom is tight, especially behind a tall driver. Fortunately, there is generous space under the front seats for the rear passengers' feet. The relatively short doors can be opened wide even in tighter parking spaces, making for good access.
The Kona is a feature-rich vehicle, with lots of standard and available technology features that work well. We also like the optional Infinity stereo system that provides plenty of bass response and good sound quality. The navigation system gets the job done with an easy-to-read display and useful turn-by-turn prompts. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are standard.

Blind-spot monitoring and rear cross-traffic alert are fitted on all but the base trim, and a more extensive suite of features is available. The Kona's systems are consistently accurate, not triggering false alarms in our time with the vehicle.
The Kona really only falters in terms of utility when compared directly to class leaders. Thanks to a low liftover height and a wide load floor, the trunk is easy to use. But compared to similar SUVs such as the Honda HR-V, the Kona comes up short on maximum cargo space.

There are lots of water-bottle-size pockets, a diminutive cellphone tray, and a relatively small console box and glovebox. So while small-item storage is decent, it lacks variety. The car-seat anchor points are clearly marked and close to the surface, but they're tucked between firm cushions.
The 1.6-liter AWD Kona gets an EPA-estimated 27 mpg in combined driving. That's a few mpg behind AWD-equipped competitors, but this engine provides more power. On our evaluation loop of mixed driving, our test Kona averaged 28.3 mpg, so drivers should be able to match the EPA estimates in real-world driving.
The base car has a good set of features at an affordable price, but choosing the much more appealing 1.6-liter optional engine makes for a pricey subcompact SUV. Everything feels robustly built, but only the primary touch points, such as on the steering wheel and shifter, have been treated with soft-touch materials. The alternating textures break things up visually, but there's no hiding the dreary plastic.

Hyundai's 10-year/100,000-mile powertrain warranty continues to be an industry standout, and the five-year/60,000-mile bumper-to-bumper warranty is also better than the coverage for the other vehicles in this class that we'd buy.
The Kona is easy to use, and it gives you a bit more of that SUV-style seating and view. Handling is better than you'd expect. In this class, it's hard to have more fun. In a lot of ways, the formula is right. But a handful of problems and polarizing styling keep the Kona from true greatness.

Which Kona does Edmunds recommend?

The SEL offers a lot of bang for your buck. It costs more than the base model but gets you a lot of desirable extras such as heated seats, keyless entry and a blind-spot monitor. But the Kona is at its best with its available turbocharged engine. This year's new Night trim level is the cheapest way to get it. We also recommend all-wheel drive; in addition to the extra traction the system provides, the rear torsion beam is replaced by a multilink suspension that improves ride quality and handling.

Hyundai Kona models

The 2021 Hyundai Kona is a subcompact crossover SUV available in six trim levels: SE, SEL, SEL Plus, Night, Limited and Ultimate. The SE, SEL and SEL Plus models are powered by a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine (147 horsepower, 132 lb-ft of torque) that is paired to a six-speed automatic transmission. The others use a turbocharged 1.6-liter engine (175 hp, 195 lb-ft) mated to a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic. Front-wheel drive is standard, and all-wheel drive is optional across the lineup.

SE
The entry-level Kona SE starts you off with:

  • 16-inch alloy wheels
  • Height-adjustable driver's seat
  • 7-inch touchscreen
  • Six-speaker audio system
  • Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone integration
  • Forward collision mitigation (warns you of an impending collision and applies the brakes in certain scenarios)
  • Lane departure mitigation (warns you of a lane departure when a turn signal isn't used and can automatically steer to maintain lane position)

SEL
The SEL adds a few safety and convenience features, including:

  • 17-inch wheels
  • Heated mirrors
  • Roof rails
  • Keyless entry and ignition
  • Leather-wrapped steering wheel
  • Heated front seats
  • HD and satellite radio
  • Blind-spot monitor (alerts you if a vehicle in the next lane over is in your blind spot)
  • Rear cross-traffic alert (warns you if a vehicle behind you is about to cross your vehicle's path while in reverse)

SEL Plus
The SEL Plus includes a smattering of luxury upgrades, such as:

  • Sunroof
  • Foglights
  • Power-adjustable driver's seat
  • Auto-dimming rearview mirror
  • Eight-speaker Infinity audio system
  • Wireless charging pad

Night
The new Kona Night is the least expensive trim to come with the turbocharged engine. It reverts back to the SEL's features and then adds on:

  • 18-inch black-painted Rays wheels
  • LED headlights
  • Black exterior trim
  • Power-adjustable driver's seat
  • Eight-speaker Infinity audio system

Limited
The Limited starts with SEL Plus features and the turbocharged engine. From there, it adds:

  • 18-inch wheels
  • LED headlights
  • Chrome exterior trim
  • Automatic climate control
  • Leather upholstery

Ultimate
The top-trim Ultimate further adds:

  • Automatic wipers
  • 8-inch touchscreen
  • Integrated navigation system
  • Adaptive cruise control (maintains a driver-set distance between the Hyundai and the car in front)
  • Rear parking sensors (alerts you to obstacles that may not be visible behind the vehicle when parking)
  • Head-up display (displays important information in your sight line onto the windshield)

Consumer reviews

Read what other owners think about the 2021 Hyundai Kona.

Average user rating: 4.1 stars
30 total reviews
5 star reviews: 63%
4 star reviews: 10%
3 star reviews: 7%
2 star reviews: 10%
1 star reviews: 10%

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Most helpful consumer reviews

5/5 stars, Well-built Car With Solid Feel (after a discovery)
AndyH,
NIGHT 4dr SUV AWD (1.6L 4cyl Turbo 7AM)
It was time to replace the old family minivan, as the days of "family" road trips were behind us. Kona's mostly driven by my wife for a pretty short commute to work. I did the legwork and checked out new vehicles and after reading some great reviews over multiple sources decided upon the Kona. I drove both the 2.0 and the 1.6 Turbo and ended up buying the Night Edition with 1.6T as it was noticeably more responsive than the non-turbo version and definitely like the look of the 18 inch wheels with blackout treatment. Hyundai warranty gave an extra boost of confidence. Read some reviews saying that if you're on the taller side you might feel a bit cramped in it (not our issue), so we feel the seats and sight lines out the windows were excellent. Backup camera is a great feature and appears to have decent illumination and angle of view to make backing up a breeze. Tilt/Telescopic steering wheel is great and the interior overall is well laid out. Rear hatch space is adequate for a grocery run and if you need more space you can always fold down the rear seats. Again, this is not a car for a family of 5 or 6. Rear legroom good for kids or shorter adults. Probably wouldn't want to be back there for extended periods. Acceleration is more than adequate with the turbo and for me it seems to cruise at 65/70mph at about 2400 rpm with the 7 speed auto transmission. I don't get the feelingthat this engine is struggling as it performs "normal" driving tasks. Now I'll mention an issue that was very disturbing bu SO easily remedied. I'm driving the car both on local roads and some highway, and I'd experience what I'd call "steernig drift" or "wandering". I'd hold my hands lightly on the wheel and it would suddenly jerk to the right...or left for no apparent reason. As someone who's been around cars a long time and likes to work on them I'm thinking things like alignment, tire issues, tie rods and all those things related to steering issues. Did some research and found that the problem lies with the ACTIVE LANE KEEPING system which is part of the Lane Departure feature. This system uses sensors to look at the road lines to keep you centered and will actually feel like someone (or something) is tugging at the steering wheel against your will. This system can be fooled by road cracks and other poor road surface issues which in the northeast is almost EVERYWHERE. I was able to turn off the "Active Lane Keeper" feature in the menu system, and VOILA!, I'm back in control of the wheel and no more drift and wandering steering. After further research such organizations as AAA warn against the use of these systems, claiming they're still in their infancy and could do more harm than good. I would agree that these systems are NOT ready for prime-time. This is not a Hyundai issue. I read the exact same thing about other brands including 70k Audis. You can still keep the "lane alert" feature on. That's the one that beeps if you drift over the lane lines, but it WON'T attempt to steer the car for you. Long review, but trying to save someone the headache of making this discovery. Absolutely 5 star car and I'd highly recommend it.
5/5 stars, A very happy customer
Amy ,
SE 4dr SUV (2.0L 4cyl 6A)
Prior to my 2021 Kona, I had a 2016 accent. I am so happy with my new purchase! I love that Kona has excellent crash ratings, as my other car was totaled by a dump truck. I feel safe and I love that my car is up off the ground. I also loved that my car is AWD, as I live in upstate NY. There are so many new features I am getting used to. For example, the back up camera. I love my new car and I highly recommend it!
5/5 stars, Little Beauty
JA Jones,
Limited 4dr SUV (1.6L 4cyl Turbo 7AM)
If you like the feel of driving an SUV, but the size of some models seems unnecessary or intimidating, the Kona is perfect! It’s a Goldilocks size - just right! I just bought two 50 pound bags of livestock feed and they fit in the back easily. All the great features are too numerous to mention, but the technology is all state of the art. Zippy when it comes to power, housed in a smart looking vehicle with attractive lines, the Kona is a great ride, no question!
4/5 stars, Bang for buck
Bob,
SE 4dr SUV (2.0L 4cyl 6A)
While it has some size draw backs (which is expected in a compact suv) even my base model had more bells and whistles that I ever expected. I went to the dealership and said all I want is AWD, got in and was wondering what all this other stuff is. Nimble and fun to drive and actually for a four cylinder it impressed me, not that it's going to be a drag racer but it's capable and gets great mpg. I might give it five if just a tad more cargo area.

2021 Hyundai Kona videos

MARK TAKAHASHI: Subcompact or extra small SUVs are rapidly gaining popularity among shoppers, and it makes perfect sense. Most drivers aren't willing to give up the elevated ride height and greater view of the road once they've experienced driving one. But not everyone needs something as big as a Suburban or even a CRV. The newer class of pint-sized SUVs benefit from a sedan-sized footprint that makes them easy to maneuver and park while also returning strong fuel economy. They also provide a much bigger and more flexible cargo area than the typical sedan. They're not the best choice for growing families, but they're great for almost everyone else, from first-time drivers to empty-nesters. Before we tear through the list, do us a favor. Hit like and subscribe below and head over to edmunds.com/sellmycar to get a cash offer on your vehicle. Here then are the best subcompact crossover SUVs that have made it through Edmunds' exhaustive evaluations that include track testing and real-world driving. Whether you're looking for something basic or luxurious, we've got you covered. We're starting with the best here. As we're filming this in July, 2021, we rank the Chevy Trailblazer as the best subcompact crossover. Like any of the vehicles in this class, it's easy to drive and packed with features. The Trailblazer further distinguishes itself with sharp Camero-like styling and positively spacious rear seats. It's not particularly quick, even with a more powerful 1.3-liter engine upgrade. Handling is pretty far from what we consider inspiring, too. But then again, most shoppers aren't really looking for something sporty in this segment. For them, the Trailblazer would be more than adequate. This new Trailblazer easily exceeded expectations, and we're confident you'll be just as pleasantly surprised by how good it is. In a very close second place is the Mazda CX-30. Not only does it stand out from the rest with its sleek style, but it continues to impress with an interior that rivals some luxury brands. What's better, it's way more fun to drive. The base engine gets the CX-30 to 60 miles an hour in nine seconds, which is a little quicker than average, while the new turbo-charge option gets you there in only 6.4 seconds. That makes it the quickest in the class. It's also a Mazda, which means it handles the curves better than rivals, yet the ride quality remains calm and comfortable. Drawbacks are few, forgiveable, and includes some big blind spots and below-average fuel economy. Frankly, it's been a while since Buick has been in a best of list. But it's good to see them back with the Encore GX. Considering it's related to the top Chevy Trailblazer, it makes perfect sense. It's in a numerical tie with the Mazda, bolstered by similar levels of sporty handling, ride comfort, and appealing style. It further benefits from a slightly larger cargo space, but it's held back by its loud engine, noticeable road noise, and thick roof pillars that make it hard to see out the back. It can also be a little more expensive than others in this class. The Hyundai Kona is right in there with an equally impressive Edmunds' rating score. Like the CX-30, it has a punchy turbo engine option, and it's perfectly at home on a twisty mountain road. As with most Hyundais, the Kona earns more points for value as you get a lot of features for the money as well as the longest warranty coverage in the industry. It's pretty likely that the Kona could meet or beat the Mazda with a stronger base engine and smoother shifts in the turbo's transmission. It also gets knocked for the abundance of hard plastics inside and smaller rear passenger and cargo space. And finally the Subaru Crosstrek isn't easy. Is it a wagon, a hatchback, a subcompact crossover? Whatever you call it, it's in a three-way tie for second place with the Buick and Hyundai. The Crosstrek sets itself apart from the rest with taller ground clearance and standard all-wheel drive, giving it greater abilities off-road or in nasty weather. We also like it for its spacious rear seats and comfortable ride. The base engine is pretty weak, but a new larger and more powerful 182-horsepower engine in the top trends should solve that. There's quite a bit of body roll when taking turns, though, and the cargo capacity is on the small side. Let's say you're looking for something a little nicer than the very fine Mazda. That's where we get into the luxury class of subcompacts. They offer all the same driving and convenience advantages of previous picks but step it up with more refined interiors, newer tech, and added prestige, for a price, of course. The GLB class is relatively new on the scene, but it made a big impact. It debuted as our top pick in the subcompact luxury SUV class, due in no small part to its spacious interior, decent performance, and high levels of comfort. It's also packed with tech, including the praiseworthy MBUX infotainment system. We also like the GLB for its rugged boxy shape that reminds us of the big G-class that resides on the other side of the pricing scale. I like to call it the lower case g-wagon. It is still a Mercedes, though, which means the price can easily spiral out of control when you start adding options. The standard GLB-250 is very competent but isn't all that exciting to drive. The good news is there's an AMG version with 302 horsepower that should easily correct that. If you're seeking a sporty counterpart to the competent GLB without spending another $10,000 for the AMG version, perhaps you should check out the BMW X1. On paper, the X1's 27.1-cubic-foot cargo capacity beats the GLB by about five cubic feet. But that includes the underfloor area that is usually where the spare tire is. With more realistic above-floor usage, the GLB pulls ahead thanks to its boxy shape that can accept bulkier objects. The X1's sporty handling will keep spirited drivers happy on a twisty mountain pass and the potent turbocharged engine has more than enough power. It'll reach 60 miles an hour in 6.4 seconds, which is only 1/10 ahead of the GLB, but the BMW's sharper responses make it feel quicker. The drawback to that sporty handling is a stiffer ride quality. Remember the first-generation Mercedes GLA that debuted back in 2015? Well, forget about that one because it was terrible. This new one is great, though. Why? Because it's pretty much the same as a class-leading GLB. But instead of a boxy throwback silhouette, it has a sleeker, tapered body. That shape results in reduced rear headroom and quite a bit less cargo space, about 1/3 less than the GLB actually. With only 15.4 cubic feet, that capacity is about what we expect from smaller sedans. Otherwise, the GLA delivers the same experience as the GLB, with decent performance, high scores for comfort, a great infotainment system, and a powerful AMG variant with an overly stiff suspension. If boxy isn't your thing, the GLA might be a good compromise. Rounding out the German luxury trinity is the Audi Q3, which like the others is loaded with all the latest tech and features a refined interior. It's not terribly fun to drive, though, as it takes 7.8 seconds to reach 60 miles an hour, making it one of the slower picks in the class. On top of that, it also misses the mark slightly when it comes to fuel economy. The responsive steering and composed handling allow the Q3 to handle curves with confidence. But if you're hoping for something sporty, let's stick with the BMW X1. Closing out the luxury subcompacts is one of my favorites, the Volvo XC40. This funky futuristic alternative is big on design and clever features. And since it's a Volvo, safety plays a key role. I'm particularly a fan of the many storage solutions the designers built into the XC40. There's a hook that flips out from the glove box to hold bags, a handy little waste bin in the center console, and one of the most versatile cargo areas around. It could use some suspension tweaks to improve handling, though, and the infotainment system isn't nearly as intuitive as the ones found in its German rivals. Well, that's it for our current list of the best subcompact crossover SUVs. During the course of the year, these rankings may change with the introduction of newer models. So remember to check out edmunds.com for all the latest news, reviews, and information. Thanks for watching and don't forget to hit the like and subscribe buttons below.

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Features & Specs

Base MSRP
$20,500
MPG & Fuel
27 City / 33 Hwy / 30 Combined
Fuel Tank Capacity: 13.2 gal. capacity
Seating
5 seats
Drivetrain
Type: front wheel drive
Transmission: 6-speed shiftable automatic
Engine
Inline 4 cylinder
Horsepower: 147 hp @ 6200 rpm
Torque: 132 lb-ft @ 4500 rpm
Basic Warranty
5 yr./ 60000 mi.
Dimensions
Length: 164.0 in. / Height: 61.0 in.
Overall Width with Mirrors: N/A
Overall Width without Mirrors: 70.9 in.
Curb Weight: 2890 lbs.
Cargo Capacity, All Seats In Place: 19.2 cu.ft.

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Safety

Our experts’ favorite Kona safety features:

Forward Collision-Avoidance Assist
Warns if a front collision is imminent and applies the brakes if the driver doesn't react in time.
Driver Attention Warning
Uses sensors to determine if the driver is becoming fatigued, then triggers an alert with a suggestion to stop for a rest.
Blind-Spot Collision Warning
Alerts the driver if another vehicle is lurking in or approaching the blind spot. If the turn signal is activated in that direction, a warning is triggered.

NHTSA Overall Rating 5 out of 5 stars

The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration offers independent analysis.

Frontal Barrier Crash RatingRating
Overall5 / 5
Driver5 / 5
Passenger5 / 5
Side Crash RatingRating
Overall5 / 5
Side Barrier RatingRating
Overall5 / 5
Driver5 / 5
Passenger5 / 5
Combined Side Barrier & Pole RatingsRating
Front Seat5 / 5
Back Seat5 / 5
RolloverRating
Rollover4 / 5
Dynamic Test ResultNo Tip
Risk Of Rollover14.1%

IIHS Rating

The Insurance Institute of Highway Safety uses extensive crash tests to determine car safety.

Side Impact Test
Good
Roof Strength Test
Good
Rear Crash Protection / Head Restraint
Good
IIHS Small Overlap Front TestNot Tested
Moderate Overlap Front Test
Good



Hyundai Kona vs. the competition

2021 Hyundai Kona

2021 Hyundai Kona

2020 Hyundai Tucson

2020 Hyundai Tucson

Hyundai Kona vs. Hyundai Tucson

Hyundai's Tucson is a size class larger. That means the Tucson provides more passenger space and cargo room. But it's also more expensive than the Kona and not as nimble. They're from the same brand, so the Kona and the Tucson not surprisingly have similar features and infotainment systems.

Compare Hyundai Kona & Hyundai Tucson features 

Hyundai Kona vs. Honda HR-V

The Honda HR-V is the undisputed champ of utility. It has more cargo capacity than the Kona. If you need space for 6-foot-tall passengers, the HR-V is one of the few subcompacts that can accommodate. On the downside, the Honda is lightly equipped in its lower trims. You have to upgrade to midrange models to get some features that are standard on the Hyundai.

Compare Hyundai Kona & Honda HR-V features 

Hyundai Kona vs. Mazda CX-30

The newest competitor in the small SUV class is also the best. Introduced just last year, the Mazda CX-30 is most notable for its premium interior design and materials quality. It's also fun to drive, just like the Kona. The CX-30 has a little more interior space too. But you'll typically pay a little more to get a CX-30 than a comparably equipped Kona.

Compare Hyundai Kona & Mazda CX-30 features 

2021 Hyundai Kona First Impressions

What is the Kona?

The 2021 Hyundai Kona is the newest version of our favorite subcompact crossover. It doesn't do one thing better than rivals. In fact, we think some others are more fun to drive, have more comfortable seats, or have more playful styling. But the Kona's well-rounded nature means it does everything pretty well, while others in the class make too many compromises.

One of the Kona's most outstanding strengths is its tech suite. The infotainment interface is attractive and easy to navigate and doesn't require too much attention to operate. Driving aids are similarly intuitive and realistically behave like a human driver — in a good way. As with many Hyundais, we're impressed with the Kona's value statement. It's more affordable than many small SUVs, and even the base model comes with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone integration. If you want your pint-sized crossover with a dash of performance, the optional turbocharged engine posts some of the best acceleration numbers in the class.

The Hyundai Kona isn't faultless — standout flaws include limited cargo space, a tight back seat, and a cabin that relies too heavily on dreary plastics. The Honda HR-V is more utilitarian, with greater cargo space and clever seats that fold all sorts of ways to increase storage capacity. The Kia Soul is also quite spacious and offers a feature set similar to the Kona, though, unlike many in the class, it doesn't offer all-wheel drive as an option.

EdmundsEdmunds says

The Hyundai Kona's long list of strengths make it a smart purchase for buyers looking for a well-rounded small crossover.


FAQ

Is the Hyundai Kona a good car?

The Edmunds experts tested the 2021 Kona both on the road and at the track, giving it a 7.9 out of 10. You probably care about Hyundai Kona fuel economy, so it's important to know that the Kona gets an EPA-estimated 27 mpg to 30 mpg, depending on the configuration. What about cargo capacity? When you're thinking about carrying stuff in your new car, keep in mind that the Kona has 19.2 cubic feet of trunk space. And then there's safety and reliability. Edmunds has all the latest NHTSA and IIHS crash-test scores, plus industry-leading expert and consumer reviews to help you understand what it's like to own and maintain a Hyundai Kona. Learn more

What's new in the 2021 Hyundai Kona?

According to Edmunds’ car experts, here’s what’s new for the 2021 Hyundai Kona:

  • New Night Edition trim
  • Part of the first Kona generation introduced in 2018
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Is the Hyundai Kona reliable?

To determine whether the Hyundai Kona is reliable, read Edmunds' authentic consumer reviews, which come from real owners and reveal what it's like to live with the Kona. Look for specific complaints that keep popping up in the reviews, and be sure to compare the Kona's average consumer rating to that of competing vehicles. Learn more

Is the 2021 Hyundai Kona a good car?

There's a lot to consider if you're wondering whether the 2021 Hyundai Kona is a good car. Edmunds' expert testing team reviewed the 2021 Kona and gave it a 7.9 out of 10. Safety scores, fuel economy, cargo capacity and feature availability should all be factors in determining whether the 2021 Kona is a good car for you. Learn more

How much should I pay for a 2021 Hyundai Kona?

The least-expensive 2021 Hyundai Kona is the 2021 Hyundai Kona SE 4dr SUV (2.0L 4cyl 6A). Including destination charge, it arrives with a Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of about $20,500.

Other versions include:

  • SEL 4dr SUV (2.0L 4cyl 6A) which starts at $22,300
  • SEL 4dr SUV AWD (2.0L 4cyl 6A) which starts at $23,700
  • SE 4dr SUV (2.0L 4cyl 6A) which starts at $20,500
  • SE 4dr SUV AWD (2.0L 4cyl 6A) which starts at $21,900
  • Limited 4dr SUV AWD (1.6L 4cyl Turbo 7AM) which starts at $27,700
  • SEL Plus 4dr SUV AWD (2.0L 4cyl 6A) which starts at $25,550
  • SEL Plus 4dr SUV (2.0L 4cyl 6A) which starts at $24,150
  • Ultimate 4dr SUV AWD (1.6L 4cyl Turbo 7AM) which starts at $29,550
  • Limited 4dr SUV (1.6L 4cyl Turbo 7AM) which starts at $26,300
  • Ultimate 4dr SUV (1.6L 4cyl Turbo 7AM) which starts at $28,150
  • NIGHT 4dr SUV AWD (1.6L 4cyl Turbo 7AM) which starts at $27,600
  • NIGHT 4dr SUV (1.6L 4cyl Turbo 7AM) which starts at $26,200
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What are the different models of Hyundai Kona?

If you're interested in the Hyundai Kona, the next question is, which Kona model is right for you? Kona variants include SEL 4dr SUV (2.0L 4cyl 6A), SEL 4dr SUV AWD (2.0L 4cyl 6A), SE 4dr SUV (2.0L 4cyl 6A), and SE 4dr SUV AWD (2.0L 4cyl 6A). For a full list of Kona models, check out Edmunds’ Features & Specs page. Learn more

More about the 2021 Hyundai Kona

2021 Hyundai Kona Overview

The 2021 Hyundai Kona is offered in the following submodels: Kona SUV. Available styles include SEL 4dr SUV (2.0L 4cyl 6A), SEL 4dr SUV AWD (2.0L 4cyl 6A), SE 4dr SUV (2.0L 4cyl 6A), SE 4dr SUV AWD (2.0L 4cyl 6A), Limited 4dr SUV AWD (1.6L 4cyl Turbo 7AM), SEL Plus 4dr SUV AWD (2.0L 4cyl 6A), SEL Plus 4dr SUV (2.0L 4cyl 6A), Ultimate 4dr SUV AWD (1.6L 4cyl Turbo 7AM), Limited 4dr SUV (1.6L 4cyl Turbo 7AM), Ultimate 4dr SUV (1.6L 4cyl Turbo 7AM), NIGHT 4dr SUV AWD (1.6L 4cyl Turbo 7AM), and NIGHT 4dr SUV (1.6L 4cyl Turbo 7AM). Hyundai Kona models are available with a 2.0 L-liter gas engine, with output up to 147 hp, depending on engine type. The 2021 Hyundai Kona comes with front wheel drive, and all wheel drive. Available transmissions include: 6-speed shiftable automatic. The 2021 Hyundai Kona comes with a 5 yr./ 60000 mi. basic warranty, a 5 yr./ unlimited mi. roadside warranty, and a 10 yr./ 100000 mi. powertrain warranty.

What do people think of the 2021 Hyundai Kona?

Consumer ratings and reviews are also available for the 2021 Hyundai Kona and all its trim types. Overall, Edmunds users rate the 2021 Kona 4.1 on a scale of 1 to 5 stars. Edmunds consumer reviews allow users to sift through aggregated consumer reviews to understand what other drivers are saying about any vehicle in our database. Detailed rating breakdowns (including performance, comfort, value, interior, exterior design, build quality, and reliability) are available as well to provide shoppers with a comprehensive understanding of why customers like the 2021 Kona.

Edmunds Expert Reviews

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What's a good price for a New 2021 Hyundai Kona?

2021 Hyundai Kona SE 4dr SUV (2.0L 4cyl 6A)

The 2021 Hyundai Kona SE 4dr SUV (2.0L 4cyl 6A) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $22,090. The average price paid for a new 2021 Hyundai Kona SE 4dr SUV (2.0L 4cyl 6A) is trending $1,209 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

Edmunds members save an average of $1,209 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is $20,881.

The average savings for the 2021 Hyundai Kona SE 4dr SUV (2.0L 4cyl 6A) is 5.5% below the MSRP.

2021 Hyundai Kona SEL 4dr SUV (2.0L 4cyl 6A)

The 2021 Hyundai Kona SEL 4dr SUV (2.0L 4cyl 6A) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $24,005. The average price paid for a new 2021 Hyundai Kona SEL 4dr SUV (2.0L 4cyl 6A) is trending $1,193 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

Edmunds members save an average of $1,193 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is $22,812.

The average savings for the 2021 Hyundai Kona SEL 4dr SUV (2.0L 4cyl 6A) is 5% below the MSRP.

2021 Hyundai Kona SEL Plus 4dr SUV AWD (2.0L 4cyl 6A)

The 2021 Hyundai Kona SEL Plus 4dr SUV AWD (2.0L 4cyl 6A) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $27,255. The average price paid for a new 2021 Hyundai Kona SEL Plus 4dr SUV AWD (2.0L 4cyl 6A) is trending $1,079 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

Edmunds members save an average of $1,079 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is $26,176.

The average savings for the 2021 Hyundai Kona SEL Plus 4dr SUV AWD (2.0L 4cyl 6A) is 4% below the MSRP.

2021 Hyundai Kona Limited 4dr SUV AWD (1.6L 4cyl Turbo 7AM)

The 2021 Hyundai Kona Limited 4dr SUV AWD (1.6L 4cyl Turbo 7AM) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $29,405. The average price paid for a new 2021 Hyundai Kona Limited 4dr SUV AWD (1.6L 4cyl Turbo 7AM) is trending $1,470 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

Edmunds members save an average of $1,470 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is $27,935.

The average savings for the 2021 Hyundai Kona Limited 4dr SUV AWD (1.6L 4cyl Turbo 7AM) is 5% below the MSRP.

2021 Hyundai Kona NIGHT 4dr SUV AWD (1.6L 4cyl Turbo 7AM)

The 2021 Hyundai Kona NIGHT 4dr SUV AWD (1.6L 4cyl Turbo 7AM) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $29,335. The average price paid for a new 2021 Hyundai Kona NIGHT 4dr SUV AWD (1.6L 4cyl Turbo 7AM) is trending $1,129 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

Edmunds members save an average of $1,129 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is $28,206.

The average savings for the 2021 Hyundai Kona NIGHT 4dr SUV AWD (1.6L 4cyl Turbo 7AM) is 3.8% below the MSRP.

Available Inventory:

We are showing 1 2021 Hyundai Kona NIGHT 4dr SUV AWD (1.6L 4cyl Turbo 7AM) vehicle(s) available in the in the Ashburn area.

2021 Hyundai Kona Ultimate 4dr SUV AWD (1.6L 4cyl Turbo 7AM)

The 2021 Hyundai Kona Ultimate 4dr SUV AWD (1.6L 4cyl Turbo 7AM) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $31,255. The average price paid for a new 2021 Hyundai Kona Ultimate 4dr SUV AWD (1.6L 4cyl Turbo 7AM) is trending $1,470 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

Edmunds members save an average of $1,470 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is $29,785.

The average savings for the 2021 Hyundai Kona Ultimate 4dr SUV AWD (1.6L 4cyl Turbo 7AM) is 4.7% below the MSRP.

Available Inventory:

We are showing 1 2021 Hyundai Kona Ultimate 4dr SUV AWD (1.6L 4cyl Turbo 7AM) vehicle(s) available in the in the Ashburn area.

Which 2021 Hyundai Konas are available in my area?

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What is the MPG of a 2021 Hyundai Kona?

2021 Hyundai Kona SEL 4dr SUV (2.0L 4cyl 6A), 6-speed shiftable automatic, regular unleaded
30 compined MPG,
27 city MPG/33 highway MPG

2021 Hyundai Kona SEL 4dr SUV AWD (2.0L 4cyl 6A), 6-speed shiftable automatic, regular unleaded
28 compined MPG,
26 city MPG/30 highway MPG

2021 Hyundai Kona SE 4dr SUV (2.0L 4cyl 6A), 6-speed shiftable automatic, regular unleaded
30 compined MPG,
27 city MPG/33 highway MPG

EPA Est. MPG30
Transmission6-speed shiftable automatic
Drive Trainfront wheel drive
Displacement2.0 L
Passenger Volume113.3 cu.ft.
Wheelbase102.4 in.
Length164.0 in.
WidthN/A
Height61.6 in.
Curb Weight2890 lbs.

Should I lease or buy a 2021 Hyundai Kona?

Is it better to lease or buy a car? Ask most people and they'll probably tell you that car buying is the way to go. And from a financial perspective, it's true, provided you're willing to make higher monthly payments, pay off the loan in full and keep the car for a few years. Leasing, on the other hand, can be a less expensive option on a month-to-month basis. It's also good if you're someone who likes to drive a new car every three years or so.

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