The 2021 Hyundai Kona Is an Under-the-Radar Alternative to the 2021 Nissan Rogue Sport

The 2021 Hyundai Kona and 2021 Nissan Rogue Sport are SUVs that may appeal to the same audience for different reasons. The Hyundai Kona has great overall ratings while the Nissan Rogue Sport is very comfortable. So how can a car shopper decide between these two subcompact SUVs? Let’s take a look at their Consumer Reports ratings to see which is the better choice for you. 

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The 2021 Hyundai Kona and 2021 Nissan Rogue Sport have similar road test scores

While the Rogue Sport’s road test score is a point higher than the Kona at a 72 to a 71, the Kona’s overall score is much higher. The Hyundai Kona gets a 76 and the Nissan Rogue Sport gets a 59.

Consumer Reports gives the 2021 Hyundai Kona 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.

On the other hand, Consumer Reports gives the 2021 Nissan Rogue Sport  a 3/5 for its acceleration. It takes 10.3 seconds to go from 0 to 60. Its transmission scores a 4/5. Routine handling receives a very good 4/5 and emergency handling gets a 3/5. The Nissan Rogue Sport’s max avoidance speed is 53 mph.

Comfort is better in the Nissan Rogue Sport

As far as comfort, the 2021 Nissan Rogue Sport gets a very good 4/5 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 24.5 cubic feet of storage space.

The 2021 Hyundai Kona isn’t quite as good overall. It 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 Hyundai Kona is way more reliable

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. 

Consumer Reports gives the 2021 Nissan Rogue Sport a 2/5 for its predicted reliability. The 2019 had a 2/5. The climate system, in-car electronics and suspension all get a 1/5. The Rogue Sport gets a good predicted owner satisfaction score, at a 2/5. The driving experience gets a 52, while comfort gets a 64. Styling gets a 75, and value is a 61.  

Even though the 2021 Hyundai Kona and 2021 Nissan Rogue Sport have similar road test scores, the Kona is an overall better choice. It’s more reliable and its Consumer Report ratings are generally higher. If you’re torn between both SUVs, the Kona is the way to go. 

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