The 2018 Hyundai Kona is a new subcompact SUV that slots below the compact Hyundai Tuscon in the brand’s crossover lineup. Although its design is a bit funky and overwrought in some places, overall it is quite well-proportioned and eschews the cartoonish appearance of some competitors. Like most vehicles in its size category, the Kona has a second-row seat that’s best suited to occasional use due to its limited legroom. Also, its tidy dimensions mean that the highway ride can get busy as the suspension struggles to shake off road imperfections. Prices start at an MSRP of $19,500.
Pros: Agile, Futuristic Styling, Low Starting Price, Efficient, Strong Warranty
Cons: Tiny Interior, No Performance Model
Looks Best In: Thunder Gray exterior/Black interior
Competition: Toyota C-HR, Kia Soul, Chevrolet Trax, Mazda CX-3, Jeep Renegade, Subaru Crosstrek, Nissan Kicks
Safety Score: The 2018 Hyundai Kona has not yet been crash tested by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.
Summary: Practical and affordable, the 2018 Hyundai Kona is a compelling choice for shoppers looking for the ride height of a crossover but still need to fit into tiny parking spots. A smallish interior is expected in this segment, so if you like the Kona but need more space check out the Hyundai Tucson.
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