The 2022 Hyundai Kona Limited subcompact SUV in a blue paint color option driving on a frontage highway road
2022 Hyundai Kona Limited | Hyundai Motor America

The Hyundai Kona is a subcompact SUV produced by the Hyundai Motor Company. It is sized and priced between the even smaller Hyundai Venue subcompact SUV and the Hyundai Tucson compact SUV.

With a design meant to evoke a modern and progressive era, the Hyundai Kona debuted and released in 2017. It is sold under various nameplates in international markets, including as the Hyundai Encino and the Hyundai Kauai. Both the Kona and Kauai are named after places in Hawaii, following the tradition of Hyundai naming its SUVs after famous travel locations (Tucson, Santa Fe, etc.)

Beyond the standard internal combustion engine Kona model, the nameplate is offered on the Hyundai Kona Electric that debuted overseas in 2018 and hit American shores in 2019. A performance-focused Hyundai Kona N-Line variant is also on its way.

Competitors of the Hyundai Kona and its EV variant include the Chevrolet Bolt EUV, the Kia Niro and Niro EV, the Kia Seltos, the Kia Soul, the Mazda CX-30, and the Subaru Crosstrek.

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  • 2022 Hyundai Kona (Starting MSRP $21,150)
  • 2022 Hyundai Kona Electric (Starting MSRP $34,000)
  • Pros: The Hyundai Kona subcompact SUV has distinctive styling, plenty of standard features, and a great turbocharged engine option. As for the Kona Electric, the EV is easy to handle, has a competitive driving range for its size and price, and comes with a 10-year warranty.
  • Cons: The small build of the Kona and Kona Electric models lacks cargo space. Additionally, the standard engine option of the Kona provides meek acceleration. 
  • See Also: Venue and Tucson

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