2021 Hyundai Tucson vs 2021 Hyundai Kona
2021 Hyundai Tucson 2021 Hyundai Kona


2.0L I-4 2.0L I-4


161 147

  MPG (City/Highway)

23/28 * 27/33 *

  Cargo Space

61.9 cu. ft. 45.8 cu. ft.

2021 Hyundai Tucson vs 2021 Hyundai Kona

Serving Troy, MI

The Tucson is Hyundai’s compact crossover SUV that has been delighting drivers for more than 15 years with its overall impressive style and abilities. In 2018, the Kona joined Hyundai’s family as a subcompact crossover that sits directly below the Tucson in the lineup, and it has its appealing traits. Now that you are preparing to purchase a new crossover, a thorough review of these exciting possibilities is in order.


The 2021 Hyundai Tucson draws 181 horsepower from its 2.4-liter, I-4 engine. This powertrain is connected to a Shiftronic six-speed auto transmission and front-wheel drive throughout all six trim levels. In comparison, the 2021 Hyundai Kona is offered with two powertrains. Lower trim levels pull 147 horsepower from a 2.0-liter, I-4 engine linked to the same Shiftronic auto transmission in 2021 Tucson. The top Kona trims receive 175 horsepower from a 1.6-liter, turbo I-4 engine paired with an EcoShift 7-speed dual-clutch auto transmission.


These Hyundai crossovers share definite familial traits, but the Tucson is larger across all dimensions. The 2021 Tucson has linear yet angled surfaces over the roof and hood. The flat nose carries Hyundai’s hexagonal grille, and the pointed headlights angle toward the front wheel fenders. The thick lower-body molding is relatively even from bumper to bumper. On the other hand, the Kona has a more rounded nose with slanted, thin headlights mounted over a set of larger lights. The profile has more curvature, and the lower-body molding is thicker over the wheel wells.


Both the Kona and the Tucson are well-appointed throughout their trims, and they share many features at different trim levels. Shared features include a proximity key, two-color display screens, auto climate control, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, cloth or leather seats, Bluetooth connectivity, and more. The 2021 Tucson has a few unique features that are not available in this year’s Kona. These include BlueLink, 12-volt power outlets in the cabin and cargo area, smart cruise control, and a few other items.

Is the Tucson or the Kona a better fit for you? Our associates at Suburban Hyundai are excited to meet with you and support your research with a few on-the-road experiences. Drop by the dealership today for assistance.

* EPA estimates for comparison. Your actual mileage will vary with options, driving conditions, driving habits, and vehicle's condition.