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The Hyundai Kona is one of the better subcompact SUVs. It competes with the Honda HR-V, Mazda CX-3, and the like.
The base 2.0- liter engine and six-speed automatic transmission are adequate around town but can feel sluggish at times. We got 26 mpg with it in our Kona with the optional all-wheel drive. The uplevel 1.6-liter turbo is more powerful, but power delivery is neither as smooth nor as predictable. Nimble handling makes the Kona feel very responsive in corners. The ride, however, is stiff, and the cabin gets loud with road and engine noise. The controls are super-easy to use. Standard active safety features include FCW and AEB. BSW, and rear cross traffic warning are standard on all but the base trim.
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2018-2020
2018 Redesign Year
The Hyundai Kona is playful and inexpensive, making it one of the more appealing subcompact SUVs. The base 2.0-liter engine is adequate around town, but it can feel sluggish under hard acceleration.
We recorded 26 mpg overall with this engine in our AWD model, typical for the class. The uplevel 1.6-liter turbo is stronger, but its power delivery is not as smooth or predictable. Nimble handling makes the Kona feel very responsive in corners. The ride, however, is stiff and the cabin gets loud because of road and engine noise. A power driver seat with lumbar support adjustment comes in an option package, rare in the segment. The controls are very easy to use. Forward-collision warning and automatic emergency braking are available. Android Auto and Apple CarPlay compatibility is standard. An all-electric version is new for 2019. The Kona electric is as good as the conventional version. Its 201-hp electric motor makes the car quick, with smooth and quiet acceleration. Its range is a robust 258 miles. It takes 9 hours to charge the 64-kilowatt-hour battery from empty on a 240-volt connector.
$21,450 - $34,475
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$20,600 - $33,275
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$19,100 - $25,200
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