2021 Hyundai Kona

Original MSRP Range
$20,400 - $45,400
Available Style(s)
Sport Utility
MPG
25 - 28 MPG City / 29 - 33 MPG Hwy
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2021 Hyundai Kona

What We Like

  • Superb value for money
  • Smartphone integration is standard
  • 1.6-liter turbo engine on the menu
  • All-wheel drive with locking center differential is also optional
  • Electric variant can cover 258 miles

Ratings

Expert Rating

4.4/ 5

Consumer Rating

4.6/ 5

Overview

How Much Does a 2021 Hyundai Kona Cost?

The 2021 Hyundai Kona comes in SE, SEL, SEL Plus, Night Edition, Limited and Ultimate trim levels. All-wheel drive is available at every trim level, costing $1,400. The 2021 Kona Electric’s trim levels are SEL, Limited and Ultimate, with virtually the same inventories as the regular counterparts. SE ($21,540) comes fairly well equipped with a 2.0-liter engine, 6-speed automatic transmission, 16-in alloy wheels, hill-start assist, forward collision warning, lane-keeping assistance, driver attention warning, seven airbags, power windows/door locks/side mirrors, automatic on/off LED headlights, LED daytime running lights, air conditioning, 60/40 split/fold rear seat, Bluetooth connectivity, two USB ports, 7-in infotainment touchscreen, audio system with satellite radio capability, Apple CarPlay/Android Auto smartphone integration, dual-level cargo floor and a cargo cover. SEL ($23,340) adds 17-in alloy wheels, blind spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert, keyless entry/ignition, rear privacy glass, heated outboard mirrors with turn signal indicators, illuminated vanity mirrors, leather-wrapped steering wheel/shift knob, and heated front seats. SEL Plus ($25,190) brings a powered sunroof, 8-speaker Infinity audio setup, 8-way power-adjustable driver’s seat (including lumbar support), wireless charging, LED fog lights and Blue Link (giving users the ability to perform various functions like remote locking/unlocking using a smartphone). Night Edition ($26,740) puts the 1.6-liter turbocharged engine/7-speed transmission combination under the hood. It also includes black upholstery and black covers for the side mirrors, plus LED headlights/taillights and 18-in alloy wheels made by RAYS (a high-quality Japanese manufacturer).   Limited ($27,340) has leather seating surfaces, 18-in alloy wheels and automatic climate control. Ultimate ($29,190) receives automatic high beams, rear parking sensors, head-up display, rain-sensing wipers, Blue Link with remote care/remote access/destination guidance, adaptive cruise control with stop/go, pedestrian detection for the forward collision mitigation system, navigation radio with traffic updates, and an 8-in touchscreen. Pricing for the 2021 Kona Electric was not available when we compiled this review, but by using 2020’s figures as a guide, we expect it start around $38,500 and go up to $46,500 or so. Keep in mind that a federal tax credit of $7,500 and various state incentives will take the sting from the eventual prices.

Kona Trims

Sport UtilityOriginal MSRP / PriceEngineHorsepowerCity MPG / Hwy MPGTransmissionDrive
Kona EV Limited FWD$41,800 / $40,5604 Cylinder Turbo / Electric201N/A7-Speed Shiftable Automatic / Single-SpeedFWD / AWD4WD
Kona EV SEL FWD$37,190 / $36,2374 Cylinder / Electric201N/A6-Speed Shiftable Automatic / Single-SpeedFWD / AWD4WD
Kona EV Ultimate FWD$45,400 / $43,7804 Cylinder Turbo / Electric201N/A7-Speed Shiftable Automatic / Single-SpeedFWD / AWD4WD
Kona Limited DCT AWD$27,600 / $26,4004 Cylinder Turbo / Electric17526 / 297-Speed Shiftable Automatic / Single-SpeedFWD / AWD4WD
Kona Limited DCT FWD$26,200 / $25,0614 Cylinder Turbo / Electric17528 / 327-Speed Shiftable Automatic / Single-SpeedFWD / AWD4WD
Kona NIGHT DCT AWD$27,000 / $25,8264 Cylinder / Electric17526 / 296-Speed Shiftable Automatic / Single-SpeedFWD / AWD4WD
Kona NIGHT DCT FWD$25,600 / $24,4884 Cylinder / Electric17528 / 326-Speed Shiftable Automatic / Single-SpeedFWD / AWD4WD
Kona SE Auto AWD$21,800 / $21,1604 Cylinder14725 / 306-Speed Shiftable Automatic / Single-SpeedFWD / AWD4WD
Kona SE Auto FWD$20,400 / $19,8024 Cylinder14727 / 336-Speed Shiftable Automatic / Single-SpeedFWD / AWD4WD
Kona SEL Auto AWD$23,600 / $22,5764 Cylinder / Electric14725 / 306-Speed Shiftable Automatic / Single-SpeedFWD / AWD4WD
Kona SEL Auto FWD$22,200 / $21,2374 Cylinder / Electric14727 / 336-Speed Shiftable Automatic / Single-SpeedFWD / AWD4WD
Kona SEL Plus Auto AWD$25,450 / $24,3444 Cylinder / Electric14725 / 306-Speed Shiftable Automatic / Single-SpeedFWD / AWD4WD
Kona SEL Plus Auto FWD$24,050 / $23,0064 Cylinder / Electric14727 / 336-Speed Shiftable Automatic / Single-SpeedFWD / AWD4WD
Kona Ultimate DCT AWD$29,450 / $28,1684 Cylinder Turbo / Electric17526 / 297-Speed Shiftable Automatic / Single-SpeedFWD / AWD4WD
Kona Ultimate DCT FWD$28,050 / $26,8304 Cylinder Turbo / Electric17528 / 327-Speed Shiftable Automatic / Single-SpeedFWD / AWD4WD
Hyundai Kona Safety

Is the 2021 Hyundai Kona a Safe Car?

In crash tests, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) gave the Hyundai Kona a 5-star rating overall, with five stars in the front and side impact tests, and four stars in the rollover test. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) made the Kona a Top Safety Pick after taking top marks in every major category. Every 2021 Kona has a driver attention alert. A good reason to think seriously about at least the SEL trim level is that it comes with blind spot monitoring as standard.
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5 Year Cost to Own

$37,228 ($0.50 per mile)

5-Year Cost to Own includes out of pocket expenses like fuel and insurance, plus the cars loss in value over time (depreciation)See Detailed Cost to Own
Warranty

Original Warranty

Basic5 Years/60,000 Miles
Drivetrain10 Years/100,000 Miles
Corrosion7 Years/Unlimited Miles
Roadside Assistance5 Years/Unlimited Miles
Maintenance3 Years/36,000 Miles

Safety Features & Equipment

Braking & Traction
  • 4-Wheel Anti-Lock Brakes
  • Brake Assist
  • Tire Pressure Monitoring System
  • Traction Control
Passenger Restraint
  • Child Safety Locks
  • Driver Air Bag
  • Passenger Air Bag
  • Rear Side Curtain Airbags
  • Side Air Bag
  • Side Head Air Bag
Road Visibility
  • Daytime Running Lights
  • Fog Lights
Accident Prevention
  • Bluetooth, Hands-Free
  • Rearview Camera
Security
  • Alarm System
  • Telematics
  • Vehicle Anti-Theft System
Packages
  • Cargo Pkg
  • Winter Weather Pkg

Competition

2021 Hyundai Kona vs the competition

2021 Subaru Crosstrek — All-wheel drive is standard, so the Crosstrek is a smart pick for those yearning outdoorsy adventures. Solid fuel economy and a roomy cabin press home the Crosstrek’s advantage. Updated for 2021. 2021 Honda HR-V — Just as the CR-V is a titan among compact crossovers, the HR-V fills the same role one size down. Great build, reliability, versatility and resale values. 2021 Jeep Renegade — The most off-road-capable of the Kona’s competitors. When properly equipped, the Renegade can take on terrain that most in this class would need to detour around. 2021 Mazda CX-3 — Great styling, solid economy and athletic dynamics make the CX-3 a must-consider for potential buyers. There’s plenty of technology as well. 2021 Toyota C-HR — Quirky styling, lots of safety tech and decent fuel economy. Front-drive only, but still with a certain poise. 2021 Nissan Kicks — Also front-drive only. Keenly priced and relatively spacious. Used Hyundai Santa Fe Sport — A 2014-2017 Santa Fe Sport will have a lot more interior space, horsepower and features. Plus, with a certified pre-owned model, Hyundai reinstates the duration of the original 10-year/100,000-mile powertrain warranty.

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