2021 Hyundai Kona vs. Its Competition

2021 Hyundai Kona
Martin Padgett Martin Padgett Editorial Director

The Hyundai Kona picks some experienced competition as its targets, but there are some softer opponents.

The Honda HR-V should be high on any compact crossover buyer's shopping list due to its efficient space and engine.

If style is a priority, the Jeep Renegade is a natural competitor.

It’s the only other quirky pick on the list.

Its interior feels a little cheap, but the Jeep is ready for rugged trails more than the Kona.

Same goes for the Crosstrek: it’s slow like the base Kona, and its interior is a little less zesty than the Kona’s, but it’s more durable than the Jeep’s.

The Ford Ecosport and Chevrolet Trax may appeal to traditional buyers, but we advise branching beyond the Ford/GM tree—there are better picks out there.

2021 Hyundai Kona2021 Hyundai Kona
2021 Chevrolet Trax2021 Chevrolet Trax
2021 Ford Ecosport2021 Ford Ecosport
2021 Jeep Renegade2021 Jeep Renegade
2021 Subaru Crosstrek Limited, left, and Sport, right2021 Subaru Crosstrek
2020 Honda HR-V2020 Honda HR-V
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The 2021 Hyundai Kona wears like statement jewelry, and drives like a bargain.
If you need a spacious new vehicle for the tiniest of parking spaces (and budgets), the Trax is an acceptable but mediocre contender.
The 2021 Ford Ecosport small crossover forsakes its name and doesn’t offer much by way of driving excitement or efficiency.
The 2021 Jeep Renegade is the small off-road SUV that doesn’t know how to quit.
The 2021 Subaru Crosstrek flexes a more potent available powertrain but still prioritizes safety and capability.
The 2020 Honda HR-V oozes with practicality, though gas mileage and safety equipment have room to improve.
MSRP From     
Gas Mileage     
25 MPG City / 33 MPG Hwy23 MPG City / 32 MPG Hwy23 MPG City / 29 MPG Hwy21 MPG City / 30 MPG Hwy22 MPG City / 34 MPG Hwy26 MPG City / 34 MPG Hwy
Regular Unleaded I-4Turbocharged Gas 4-CylIntercooled Turbo Regular Unleaded I-3Regular Unleaded I-4Regular Unleaded H-4Regular Unleaded I-4
EPA Class     
Small SUV 2WDSmall Sport Utility VehicleSmall SUV 2WDSmall SUV 2WDSmall SUV 4WDSmall Station Wagons
Style Name     
SE Automatic FWDFWD 4-Door LSS FWDJeepster FWD *Ltd Avail*ManualLX 2WD CVT
Front Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveAll Wheel DriveFront Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity     
Passenger Doors     
Body Style     
Sport UtilitySport Utility VehicleSport UtilitySport UtilitySport UtilitySport Utility
Automatic w/ODAutomaticAutomatic w/ODAutomatic w/ODManual w/ODCVT w/OD
Detailed Spec Comparison
 2021 Hyundai Kona vs. 2021 Chevrolet Trax2021 Hyundai Kona vs. 2021 Ford Ecosport2021 Hyundai Kona vs. 2021 Jeep Renegade2021 Hyundai Kona vs. 2021 Subaru Crosstrek2021 Hyundai Kona vs. 2020 Honda HR-V