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2021 Nissan Kicks Vs. 2021 Hyundai Kona

2021 Nissan Kicks Vs. 2021 Hyundai Kona

Posted at Wed, Jan 26, 2022 12:45 PM

2021 Nissan Kicks Vs. 2021 Hyundai Kona

The small car SUV war is currently raging in the US, with the 2021 Nissan Kicks and 2021 Hyundai Kona being the top buys. Both vehicles have their own peculiarities. The Kona is slightly heavier than the Kicks but has a more powerful motor. Various features of the two vehicles are compared below:

  • Trims on Offer- Three trims are available for the Nissan Kicks, with them being called SV, SR, and S. Buyers of the Kona will get more options, with six trims on offer. The names of these trims are Limited, Night Edition, SEL, SEL Plus, SE, and Ultimate.
  • Seating Capacity- Both subcompact SUVs get 4 doors and can comfortably seat 5 adults.
  • Drivetrain Options- The 2021 Nissan Kicks only offers FWD (Front-Wheel-Drive) as Nissan prioritizes fuel economy over off-road performance with this, On the other hand, the 2021 Hyundai Kona offers both AWD (All-Wheel-Drive) and FWD. Expect the Kona to be more capable over rough terrain thanks to modern AWD technology.
  • Cargo Capacity- It is impossible to describe an SUV without talking about cargo space. Despite being the smaller subcompact, the Kicks offers more cargo space. At 25.3 cubic feet, it is significantly more than 19.2 cubic feet on the Kona.
  • Engines- The 2021 Nissan Kicks features a 6-liter inline-4 engine with 125 hp and 115 lbs.-ft of torque coupled to a CVT (Continuously Variable Transmission). Expect the 2021 Hyundai Kona to come with a 2.0-liter inline-4 engine that develops 147 hp and 132 lb-ft of torque. Power is sent to the front or all wheels via a 6-speed automatic transmission. Kona buyers will also be offered another engine, a more powerful 1.6-liter turbocharged engine that produces 175 horsepower and 195 lbs. ft of torque, mated to a 7-speed dual-clutch transmission (DCT).
  • Fuel Economy- Being the lighter vehicle here at 2,691 lbs., the Nissan Kicks offers a better fuel economy, with 31 MPG in the city and 36 MPG on the highway. The 2021 Hyundai Kona is heavier by almost 200 lbs. at 2,890 lbs. here, delivering 29 MPG in the city and 33 MPG on the highway.
  • Fuel Tank- The Hyundai Kona has a larger fuel tank of these two SUVs, at 13.2 gallons. Compared to this, buyers of the Nissan Kicks will be able to fill 10.8 gallons worth of fuel.
  • Dimensions- The Kicks is longer and taller than the Kona, but loses out in terms of width. In other words, occupants are likely to sit more comfortably in the Kicks with a maximum width of 70.9 inches, as against 69.3 inches in the Kona.
  • Basic Warranty- Expect the 2021 Nissan Kicks to offer a Basic Warranty of 3 years/36,000 miles. This is lesser than that on the 2021 Hyundai Kona, which is 5 years/ 60,000 miles.
  • Color Options- Buyers will be able to get more color options on the Kicks in comparison to the Kona. 12 color options can be seen on the 2021 Nissan Kicks as opposed to 8 options on the Hyundai Kona.
  • Tires- Customers will get 16-inch tires for both vehicles.