With their fun-loving exterior color options and peppy, fuel-efficient rides, the 2021 Hyundai Kona and Subaru Crosstrek deliver both substance and style. Our comparison guide is here to help you choose the one that’s right for your daily drive. May the best subcompact crossover win.
The Hyundai Kona gives you the best deal on a sporty, high-tech performance, with a starting MSRP of $20,500. Choosing the Subaru Crosstrek will cost you. Its MSRP range starts at $22,245.
Not only does the Kona potentially cost less, but it also throws in a few extra standard features. Every Hyundai Kona includes dual USB ports, to charge multiple devices. High-tech safety aids designed to help you avoid a crash — namely, the forward collision mitigation and lane departure mitigation systems — are also standard.
Like the Kona, the Subaru Crosstrek gives you a lot of tech features for your money, with a standard touch-screen infotainment center and smartphone integration via Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. However, the Crosstrek only comes standard with one USB port. And if you want high-tech safety features, you’re going to have to upgrade to the continuously variable transmission
Subaru is known for its all-wheel drive, performance gear that comes standard on every Crosstrek trim model. The base model also features a manual transmission, which has plenty of appeal for driving enthusiasts. It’s not something you see every day, either, because most modern crossovers come standard with an automatic transmission.
The Hyundai Kona is one of those crossovers. But shoppers can choose between the base engine, which is paired to a six-speed automatic, and an optional turbocharged engine, with its sporty seven-speed dual-clutch automatic. However, if you want all-wheel drive on your Kona, you’re going to have to pay extra.
For those with a long commute or a penchant for road trips, the Kona has more to love. In the subcompact crossover segment, the Kona is pretty fast. It also bests its competitors with its assured handling. Around turns, you can make the most of the Kona’s controlled body roll and pavement-gripping action.
We like that the Crosstrek comes standard with all-wheel drive, performance gear that helps you maneuver down a winding road. If you want to get the Crosstrek up to speed in a timely fashion, however, you’re going to need to upgrade to the optional engine. The base engine is on the slow side.
These small crossovers each have their own appeal, but the 2021 Hyundai Kona gives you much more for your money. Not only do you get the Kona at a lower starting price, but you also enjoy extra standard features and a smooth, reliable ride.