The Hyundai Kona Shines as a Well-Rounded Subcompact Crossover

The Hyundai Kona is, arguably, as good as it gets for a subcompact crossover. The Kona is now in its fourth year of providing a smooth ride, remarkable fuel economy, lots of standard features, and a high level of maneuverability along with Hyundai's unmatched warranty. For 2021, a Night Edition package-which transforms the Kona with unique features such as a black headliner, gloss-black accents on the side mirrors and door handles, and 18-inch semi gloss-black alloy wheels-joins the trim lineup, which is, in ascending order, the SE, SEL, SEL Plus, Limited, and Ultimate.


Under the hood of the 2021 Hyundai Kona is a 2.0-liter inline four-cylinder (I4) engine that produces 147 horsepower and 132 lb-ft of torque. This engine is hitched to a six-speed automatic transmission for gear shifting convenience. When equipped with the standard front-wheel drivetrain, the Hyundai Kona can deliver up to 27 mpg in the city and 33 mpg on the highway, which is good for a subcompact vehicle. For increased acceleration ability, though, go with either the Limited or Ultimate trim, which is powered by a 1.6-liter turbo I4 with 175 horsepower and 195 lb-ft of torque. This I4 workhorse is hitched to a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission for smoother shifts. With either engine, power is pushed to the front wheels. There is an option, though, to have an all-wheel drivetrain instead for better road grip, especially when driving conditions are wet and slippery.


The 2021 Hyundai Kona has two rows of cloth-trimmed seats to accommodate up to five people. The cargo space, which is measured at 19.2 cubic feet, has a dual-level floor to store smaller items. The rear seats can be folded down to maximize the space in the cabin for a maximum of 45.8 cubic feet. The SEL trim level gains front-seat heating and a leather-wrapped steering wheel. For eight-way power adjustability on the driver's seat, go with at least the SEL Plus. The Limited and Ultimate get leather-trimmed seats.

Tech Features

With remote keyless entry, the 2021 Hyundai Kona provides a key fob, rather than an ignition key, to gain access to its cabin. For infotainment, the subcompact crossover combines a six-speaker AM/FM stereo system, Bluetooth hands-free phone calling and audio streaming, Android Auto and Apple CarPlay smartphone integration, and a 7-inch color touchscreen. Two USB ports and an audio jack are present to play content from and charge mobile devices such as smartphones and tablets.

At the SEL trim level, Hyundai upgrades the remote keyless entry system to proximity keyless entry and a push-button for more convenient access and engine start. In addition, the SEL gains HD Radio for digital radio tuning and a trial subscription to SiriusXM Radio. At the SEL Plus trim level, the Kona introduces wireless device charging, the eight-speaker Infinity Premium Audio system to replace the standard six-speaker system, and the Blue Link Connected Car System with three-year subscriptions to the Connected Care and Remote packages. The Limited trim gains a rearview mirror that has auto-dimming ability and a garage-door opener. Unique to the Ultimate are a head-up display, an 8-inch color touchscreen that replaces the 7-inch, a navigation system, and three years of the Blue Link Guidance package in addition to Connected Care and Remote.

Safety Features

For driver assistance, the 2021 Kona gets front collision warning, driver attention warning, lane-keeping assist, and a rearview camera with rear parking sensors. If a crash occurs, the Kona can deploy any of its six airbags. More driver assistance appears at the SEL trim level, which gains a blind-spot monitoring system with rear cross-traffic alert; and the Ultimate trim level, which gets the additional adaptive cruise control, parking distance warning, and pedestrian detection.

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