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2021 Hyundai Venue Review

The 2021 Hyundai Venue finishes in the top third of our subcompact SUV rankings. It's not the most thrilling SUV to drive, but it has a comfortable interior and user-friendly technology at a bargain price.

Pros & Cons

  • Easy to maneuver in tight spaces
  • Good gas mileage
  • Easy-to-use infotainment technology
  • Small cargo capacity
  • Engine feels lethargic at times

New for 2021

  • Six-speed manual transmission discontinued
  • Some feature shuffling between trims

Rankings & Research

The 2021 Hyundai Venue's #5 ranking is based on its score within the Subcompact SUVs category. Currently the Hyundai Venue has a score of 7.7 out of 10, which is based on our evaluation of 15 pieces of research and data elements using various sources.

7.7

Overall

Scorecard

Critics' Rating: 7.7
Performance: 6.9
Interior: 7.3
Safety:
This rating isn’t available yet for the current model year. In the meantime, last year’s rating of 9.4 for safety is being used to calculate this vehicle’s overall score.
TBD
Reliability:
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Is the Hyundai Venue a Good SUV?

Yes, the Hyundai Venue is a good subcompact SUV. It has a firm but comfortable ride and gets good gas mileage. Inside, it looks good and has reasonably spacious seats, and its infotainment system is easier to use than many rival systems. Still the Venue isn't a perfect vehicle. Its engine isn't that powerful, and even by small crossover standards, the Venue has hardly any cargo space.

Why You Can Trust Us: 15 Reviews Analyzed

Our car reviews include everything you need to know before heading to the dealership. We combine the opinions of the automotive press with quantifiable data like crash test results and reliability ratings to form a complete picture of every vehicle we rank.

This 2021 Venue review incorporates applicable research for all models in this generation, which launched for 2020.

U.S. News Best Cars has been ranking vehicles since 2007, and our team has more than 75 years of combined experience in the automotive industry. Our car reviews are objective. To keep them that way, our editorial staff doesn’t accept expensive gifts or trips from automakers, and a third party handles all the advertising on our site.

Should I Buy the Hyundai Venue?

The Venue makes a strong case as a cost-effective option that can nimbly navigate city streets. Most competitors have higher starting prices than this Hyundai, which makes it a great value in the class.

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2020 vs. 2021 Hyundai Venue: What's the Difference?

The 2021 Hyundai Venue doesn't look all that different from the 2020 Venue, which was an all-new model. For 2021, the formerly standard six-speed manual transmission has been discontinued, so every model now features a continuously variable automatic transmission. Additionally, there's been some slight shuffling of features between trims.

Compare the 2020 and 2021 Venue »

If you're considering an older model, be sure to read our 2020 Venue review to help make your decision. Also, check out our Best New Car Deals and Best New Car Lease Deals pages to learn about savings and discounts you can find on new vehicles.

How Much Does the Hyundai Venue Cost?

The Venue starts at around $18,750, a figure that's lower than almost every class rival's starting price. Things don't get much more expensive as you move up the trim range. The top-of-the-line Venue Denim starts at $22,050, which is well below the top-trim price of several other subcompact SUVs.

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Hyundai Venue Versus the Competition

Hyundai Venue vs. Nissan Kicks

The Nissan Kicks places right next to the Venue in our subcompact SUV rankings. The Venue gets a slight edge for its attractive interior and additional standard features, but the Kicks has comfier seats and more cargo space. Performance-wise, these two are neck and neck. They feature similar engine performance, smooth rides, and good gas mileage. They’re also highly maneuverable, but neither offers all-wheel drive.

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Hyundai Venue vs. Mazda CX-3

The Mazda CX-3 absolutely smokes the Venue in terms of performance. It's arguably the most athletic small crossover, with quick acceleration and buttoned-down handling. It boasts a cushioned ride and good fuel economy ratings, and it offers all-wheel drive. The Mazda has a much more upscale interior than the Hyundai, as well as more total cargo space, though the Venue has more room behind its rear seats. The Mazda also carries a lower price tag.

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Venue Interior: Comfortable but Not Cavernous

Venue Cargo Space

One of the biggest drawbacks to buying a Venue is the lack of cargo space. This Hyundai only gives you 18.7 cubic feet of space behind the rear seats and 31.9 cubic feet with the rear seats folded down. Most other subcompact SUVs provide more room behind the rear seats, and almost all of them have higher maximum capacities.

How Many People Does the Venue Seat?

This Hyundai crossover seats five, at least in theory. The rear seats are a little too cramped to put three people back there. The front seats provide plenty of head- and legroom for most occupants. They're reasonably comfortable as well. As mentioned, the rear seats aren't quite as roomy, but two adults could sit in the back, at least for short trips.

Venue and Child Car Seats

The Venue comes with two complete sets of LATCH connectors for the rear outboard seats. There’s also a tether anchor for the rear middle seat.

Venue Interior Quality

The Venue looks good inside, and the higher trims feature some pleasant styling touches. The materials quality is fairly low, with plenty of hard plastics, but that's par for the course among entry-level SUVs.

Venue Infotainment, Bluetooth, and Navigation

This Hyundai comes with one of the most user-friendly infotainment systems in the subcompact SUV class, and its standard touch screen is bigger than most rivals'. It doesn't have a cutting-edge look or feel, but the screen responds quickly to inputs, and standard connectivity features like Apple CarPlay and Android Auto make it easy to sync your phone with the vehicle.

  • Standard infotainment features: an 8-inch touch screen, four speakers, HD Radio, a USB port, Bluetooth, Apple CarPlay, and Android Auto
  • Available infotainment features: six speakers, satellite radio, an additional USB port, and navigation
  • Other available features: a sunroof, automatic climate control, and push-button start

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Venue Performance: Efficient but Not Quick

Venue Engine

The Venue features a 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine that puts out 121 horsepower and 113 pound-feet of torque. A continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT) is standard.

The engine has enough juice for most driving situations, though it's not overflowing with power. Acceleration is leisurely, but the Venue moves quickly enough that you won't have to sweat passing maneuvers. The engine drones a bit at higher RPMs, but the CVT works well.

Venue Gas Mileage

This Hyundai gets some of the best fuel economy ratings in the subcompact SUV class. The Venue gets 30 mpg in the city and 33 mpg on the highway.

Venue Ride and Handling

The Venue feels poised on winding roads because of its accurate steering and composed handling, and it's incredibly easy to maneuver in tight quarters. The ride is a bit firm over road imperfections, but it's generally comfortable. Notably, the vehicle’s boxy, upright shape can make it difficult to control on windy days.

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Venue Reliability

Is the Hyundai Venue Reliable?

The 2021 Hyundai Venue has a slightly above-average predicted reliability rating of 3.5 out of five.

Hyundai Venue Warranty

Hyundai covers the Venue with a five-year/60,000-mile limited warranty and a 10-year/100,000-mile powertrain warranty.

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Venue Safety

Venue Crash Test Results

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gave the 2021 Hyundai Venue an overall safety rating of four out of five stars with four stars in the frontal crash and rollover tests and five stars in the side crash test.

At the time of writing, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has not crash tested the 2021 Venue.

Venue Safety Features

Standard advanced safety features:

  • Rearview camera
  • Forward collision warning
  • Pedestrian detection
  • Automatic emergency braking
  • Lane keep assist
  • Driver drowsiness monitoring

Available advanced safety features:

  • Blind spot monitoring
  • Rear cross traffic alert

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Venue Dimensions and Weight

The Venue is 13.3 feet long, and its curb weight ranges from 2,612 to 2,738 pounds.

Where Is the Hyundai Venue Built?

Hyundai builds the 2021 Venue in South Korea.

Which Hyundai Venue Model Is Right for Me?

The Venue comes in three trims: SE, SEL, and Denim. All models come with a 121-horsepower 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine, a continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT), and front-wheel drive.

Many buyers will likely stick with the base trim, which comes with a decent array of features given its starting price. The SEL trim also makes a great choice for shoppers, as it offers basically every piece of technology you can get in this Hyundai. Notably, the SEL is the only trim to offer a sunroof.

Venue SE

The Venue SE carries a base price of $18,750. Standard features include a rearview camera, forward collision warning, pedestrian detection, lane keep assist, driver drowsiness monitoring, cloth upholstery, an infotainment system with an 8-inch touch screen, four speakers, HD Radio, a USB port, Bluetooth, Apple CarPlay, and Android Auto.

Venue SEL

The Venue SEL starts at $19,800. In addition to the base trim's features, the SEL comes with blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, drive mode select (with Normal, Sport, and Snow settings), automatic climate control, six speakers, and an additional USB port. Available features in this trim include a sunroof, heated front seats, push-button start, satellite radio, and navigation.

Venue Denim

The Venue Denim costs $22,050. The Denim comes standard with synthetic leather upholstery, heated front seats, push-button start, satellite radio, and navigation. Essentially, the Denim trim comes with every feature you can get in the Venue other than a sunroof.

Check out our U.S. News Best Price Program for great savings at your local Hyundai dealer. You can also find excellent manufacturer incentives on our Hyundai deals page.

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The Final Call

The 2021 Hyundai Venue isn't a subcompact SUV that anyone will confuse with a luxury vehicle, but it delivers plenty of value for its meager starting price. The Venue can turn on a dime, it has a good predicted reliability rating and strong fuel economy estimates, and it comes with easy-to-use technology.

Don’t just take our word for it. Check out comments from some of the reviews that drive our rankings and analysis.

  • "The 2021 Hyundai Venue is … meant to appeal to city-centric buyers who want an SUV that fits anywhere, comes with the latest tech and safety features, is easy to own and operate, and even has a sense of style. Hyundai has delivered that in the Venue, all at price below $20,000." -- Autotrader
  • "The Venue lands in a segment crowded with competition, some of which is now rapidly seeming outdated, overpriced or encumbered with cheap interiors and noisy engines. Hyundai managed to avoid all of these pitfalls in building a car for the masses, while delivering good road manners and just enough passenger comfort." -- Autoweek (2020)
  • "The Venue is designed to capitalize on the current popularity of SUVs and target younger millennials with a low starting price and generous standard technology and safety features. … what Hyundai has built is a capable city car that ably replaces the Accent hatchback (the sedan remains) as a nimble way to get from point A to point B in the city, and that can even handle shorter highway trips. It joins the ranks of high-riding front-drive hatchbacks like the Nissan Kicks and Toyota C-HR, and it offers both solid competition for first-time car buyers and those looking for a small, affordable and moderately utilitarian new car." -- Cars.com (2020)
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