2021 Hyundai Tucson vs. 2021 Hyundai Kona

2021 Hyundai Tucson

Engine: 2.0L I-4
Horsepower: 161
MPG (City/Highway): 23/28 *
Cargo Space:

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2021 Hyundai Kona

Engine: 2.0L I-4
Horsepower: 147
MPG (City/Highway): 27/33 *
Cargo Space: 45.8 cu. ft.

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2021 Hyundai Tucson vs 2021 Hyundai Kona

Serving Memphis, TN

The Kona is an exciting crossover SUV that was introduced to Hyundai’s lineup a few years ago. As a subcompact crossover SUV, it took its place below the compact Tucson. At first glance, these two models are very similar, and this can make your crossover selection difficult. However, after taking a closer look at their standout qualities, you can confidently select your preferred model.


The differences between the 2021 Tucson and the 2021 Kona begin with the on-the-road experiences they provide. The Tucson is equipped with a six-speed Shiftronic automatic transmission and a 2.4-liter, four-cylinder engine. With this pairing, it produces 181 horsepower for you to enjoy behind the wheel. In comparison, the Kona’s lower trims receive 147 horsepower from a four-cylinder, 2.0-liter engine. This is associated with the same auto transmission that is loaded in the Tucson. The Kona’s top trim options are outfitted with a turbocharged four-cylinder, 1.6-liter engine. This powertrain generates 175 horsepower with a 7-speed dual-clutch EcoShift transmission.


As you compare these crossovers’ exteriors, you will immediately see that the Tucson is slightly larger across every dimension. It also has linear surfaces on the hood and roof, a flat nose, and even lower-body molding coverage across the front and rear. As is the case with the Kona, the Tucson has angled LED headlights and a hexagonal grille. The Kona’s headlights, however, are stacked with thinner lights on the top. The hood and roof are slightly rounded. Also, the lower-body molding is thicker over the Kona’s wheel wells.


As neighbors in Hyundai’s crossover lineup, you may not be surprised to learn that the Kona and the Tucson share many interior features throughout their trims. These include Bluetooth connectivity, leather or cloth seats, Apple CarPlay with Android Auto, an auto climate management system, dual display screens, a proximity key, and other items. The higher trim levels in the 2021 Tucson have standout features as well. These include 12-volt power outlets throughout the cargo area and cabin, BlueLink tech, and more.

Our Wolfchase Hyundai reps are ready to support your continued comparison of the Kona and the Tucson. To schedule your test drive of these two models, reach out to our associates today.


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