The 2021 Hyundai Kona Electric Is One of the Best Electric SUVs You Can Buy – If You Can Find It

The 2021 Hyundai Kona Electric is an electric version of the standard Hyundai Kona, and Consumer Reports finds the electric version preferable. With its excellent ratings, lots of people will want one, but they’re not available in every state. What is the 2021 Hyundai Kona Electric‘s availability?

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The 2021 Hyundai Kona Electric’s availability is limited

You can only get the 2021 Hyundai Kona Electric in some states. These include California, Colorado, Connecticut, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, Oregon, Rhode Island, Vermont, and Washington. 

Perhaps the Hyundai Kona Electric’s availability will expand as sales increase. People love their Kona Electric’s, so this is a possibility. The 2021 Hyundai Kona Electric has a pretty good owner satisfactions core, at a 4/5. Owners give the driving experience an 88 and comfort a 71. Styling gets a 54. Value is a 39, which isn’t bad as far as value ratings go. 80% of people would buy their Hyundai Kona Electric again, which is second highest in its class.

How is the Kona Electric’s road test score?

Consumer Reports gives the 2021 Hyundai Kona Electric a 4/5 for its acceleration. It can reach 0 to 60 in 6.6 seconds. Its transmission scores a perfect 5/5. Routine handling gets a very good 4/5, but its emergency handling only receives a 3/5. The Hyundai Kona Electric’s max avoidance speed is 54 mph. Braking is very good in the Kona Electric. It scores a 4/5 and can brake from 60 mph on wet pavement in 135 feet and dry pavement in 145 feet. However, the X’s headlights score a pretty terrible 1/5.

As far as comfort, the 2021 Hyundai Kona Electric gets a 3/5 for its ride. It’s fairly quiet: it scores a 4/5 for its noise. While the front seat comfort gets a very good 4/5, the rear seat comfort is just a 3/5.

Interior fit and finish get a mediocre 3. The trunk and cargo space scores only a 2/5, so it’s not a great vehicle for a trip to a wholesale club.

The 2021 Hyundai Kona Electric comes with a lot of safety features

Consumer Reports recommends a slew of advanced safety features that car shoppers should consider. The 2021 Hyundai Kona Electric comes standard with almost all of this safety equipment. Standard in the Kona Electric is forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking for the city, lane departure warning, lane keeping assist, and blind spot warning. It also has rear cross traffic warning, a rear view camera, anti lock brakes, traction and stability control, and daytime running lights. Pedestrian detection is optional in the Kona Electric, and emergency braking for the highway isn’t available. 

Neither the IIHS nor the NHTSA have crash-tested the 2021 Hyundai Kona Electric.

Consumer Reports gives the 2021 Hyundai Kona Electric just a 3/5 for its predicted reliability. Although there are no reliability ratings for 2020, the 2019 has an okay reliability rating. Although most of the ratings are good, the power equipment is a major problem area in the 2019 Hyundai Kona Electric.  

The 2021 Hyundai Kona has good scores almost across the board, but if you don’t live in one of the states where it’s available, you may not have much luck getting one. If you can get one though, you’re sure to appreciate all that the Kona Electric has to offer.

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