Overview (Final Score: A)
The 2018 Hyundai Kona is all-new, marking the Korean automaker’s latest foray into the subcompact classes. The Kona is competing in the newly-popular subcompact crossover-SUV segment against some strong, but often polarizing rivals. The Kona’s strengths are in its good looks, excellent powertrain options, and value orientation.
The Kona is brand new, so there are a few things that are tougher to give ratings for, such as reliability expectation, but the company’s strong warranty coverage helps make up for that. It’s also important to note that the Kona changes dramatically between some trim points due to powertrain and suspension changes, which can affect how it’s perceived when driven.
The 2018 Kona is a five-passenger subcompact crossover and comes in four trim levels. Two engine and transmission pair options are available, depending on trim level, and either front-wheel or all-wheel drive can be opted for.
What We Love About the 2018 Hyundai Kona:
- Great exterior look with good styling
- High fuel economy and safety ratings for the class
- Unusually good technology for the segment
What We Don’t Love About the 2018 Hyundai Kona:
- Interior lacks some refinement
- Expensive to get into the more desirable trims
- Finding good price deals will require some work
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