Best Electric Crossover 2021
Best Electric Crossover in 2021
There are a growing number of all-electric compact crossover SUVs available on the market today and the Hyundai Kona Electric is our choice for the best of the lot for 2021. Here’s why we chose the Kona. First, Hyundai planned to make the Kona in both gasoline and electric versions from the start. They designed this EV to accept an electric motor and battery without giving up any interior space, tuning the suspension to compensate for battery weight and refining the steering for quick and flawless input.
The Hyundai Kona Electric
Under the hood, a 150kW, 201 horsepower motor offers up 290 pound feet of torque that will make those front tires spin for a zero to 60 mph time of under 7-seconds. The Kona is no sports car, but it is plenty compelling to drive for an SUV. Range is a healthy 258 miles between charge ups and Level 2 charging takes less than 10 hours to get you a full charge. You can also use DC fast-charging stations to top off your charge to 80% in around 30 minutes.
Around the Kona
Taking a walk around the Kona, you’ll notice a unique grill that hides the electric plug-in, 17-inch wheels and sporty fender effects. It’s a smart-looking crossover that still turns heads though there are no visible changes for 2021. You’ll find multi-link suspension but 4-wheel-drive is not available. Inside, the Kona Electric it looks a lot like the gasoline-powered model except the shifter has been replaced by a few selector buttons on the console.
Upgrades and Options
Hyundai offers the Kona in three trim levels, there’s the base model with a great starting price of $37,390, the Limited version at $42,000, and the Ultimate will set you back $45,600. All models include a touchscreen infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto capability. The base model comes with a 7-inch screen, the Limited has an 8-inch screen, and the Ultimate includes a large 10.3-inch screen. The Ultimate also adds navigation to the package. A six-speaker audio system is standard, while the Limited and Ultimate models offer a premium eight-speaker Infinity audio system.
Of the three versions, we’d suggest the Limited as it includes leather upholstery, a smartphone charging pad, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, a sunroof and more for just $4,000 over the base model price. But no matter which version you choose, the Kona’s cabin is rich with features and made from quality materials.
Capacity and Safety
Though the Kona can hold five adults, the rear seating area is a bit tight as you’d expect from a compact crossover. Cargo space in the back is 19.2 cubic feet with the back seats up and 45.8 cubic feet with the rear seats down. Five suitcases easily fit in back with the seats up and 15 can be piled in with the rear seats folded in the down position.
High tech safety features include blind-spot monitoring and automatic emergency braking as standard. Adaptive cruise control and a pedestrian detection system is included on the Ultimate variant. The Kona performed well in crash tests, getting five stars from the NHTSA and a Top Safety Pick + rating from IIHS.
Hyundai Kona Warranty
Besides everything we’ve talked about here, what really sends this electric crossover to the top of our list as best electric crossover is the outstanding warranty. In fact, no other auto manufacturer can touch Hyundai’s standard warranty offerings. The basic warranty covers 5 years or 60,000 miles while the Kona’s powertrain and battery warranties cover 10 years and 100,000 miles. Plus, Hyundai now offers complimentary scheduled maintenance for 3 years or 36,000 miles. That basically means that you pay for nothing except for the electricity to charge your car for the first three years.
Hyundai's starting price and unbeatable warranty makes it the smartest choice in its segment. We can see why Motor Trend named it the North American Utility Vehicle of the Year in 2019 and it got top ratings from Car and Driver as well. As Hyundai says in its advertising for the Kona Electric, this plucky compact crossover offers, “An electric heart with an SUV soul.” We’d have to agree.
For more info on the Kona and other EV SUVs, visit the GreenCars Marketplace or https://www.hyundaiusa.com/us/en/vehicles/kona-electric.