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The 2021 Hyundai Kona’s reliability is very high. This makes this Consumer Reports-recommended subcompact SUV an attractive option for car shoppers. Additionally, the Kona has a solid road-test score, as well as a decent owner satisfaction score. 

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The reliability of the 2021 Hyundai Kona is a perfect 5

To determine the reliability of the 2021 Hyundai Kona, Consumer Reports sends out surveys to people who have bought previous versions. They then combine this survey data with what they know about the current model. Consumer Reports gives the 2021 Hyundai Kona a perfect 5/5 for its predicted reliability. The 2020 also had an excellent reliability rating, with no problem areas.

The Kona gets a good predicted owner satisfaction score, at a 3/5. The driving experience gets an 67, while comfort gets a 56. Styling gets a 74, and value is a 62. There isn’t any information about how many people would buy the 2021 Hyundai Kona again.

The 2021 Hyundai Kona’s road test score is pretty good

Overall, the 2021 Hyundai Kona scores a 71 for its road test. Consumer Reports gives the 2021 Hyundai Kona scores a 2/5 for its acceleration. It takes 11.1 seconds to go from 0 to 60. Its transmission scores a 4/5. Routine and emergency handling both receive a very good 4/5. The Hyundai Kona’s max avoidance speed is 56 mph.

The Hyundai Kona gets a perfect 5/5 for its braking. It can brake from 60 mph on dry pavement in 129 feet and 131 feet on wet pavement. The Kona’s headlights only score a 2/5.

As far as comfort, the 2021 Hyundai Kona gets an okay 3/5 for its ride, as well as for noise. Front-seat comfort is pretty good, at a 4/5. Rear seat comfort gets only a 3/5. Interior fit and finish get a decent 3/5. The trunk and cargo space scores only a 1/5, with just 22.5 cubic feet of storage space.

The Kona has a good number of safety features

The 2021 Hyundai Kona comes standard with a good number of the most important safety features. Forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking for the city, lane-keeping assistance, and lane departure warning are all standard in the 2021 Hyundai Kona. So are a rearview camera, anti-lock brakes, traction control, stability control, and daytime running lights. 

Optional are blind-spot warning, pedestrian detection, and rear cross-traffic warning. Automatic emergency braking for the highway isn’t an option in the 2021 Hyundai Kona.

Both the IIHS and NHTSA have crash-tested the 2021 Hyundai Kona. The IIHS gives it all good ratings. The NHTSA gives it five stars for everything except for its rollover rating. The rating for both the 2WD and 4WD rollover is four stars.

Overall, the Consumer Reports-recommended 2021 Hyundai Kona is a solid subcompact SUV with good reason. With its decent road-test score, perfect reliability, and good safety ratings, it’s no surprise people love it.


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