STATUS: Unchanged for 2020 - This spunky little wagon shows off its playful side with flared fenders that accommodate the car's wide stance. As well, the ride height is elevated for those times when you're confronted with deeply rutted roads and/or trails. The extended distance between the front and rear wheels means that rear-seat passengers catch a leg- and knee-space break. There's also plenty of room for gear with the back seat upright or folded flat. Hyundai has given the Kona plenty of poke, starting with a 2.0-liter four-cylinder that puts out 147 horsepower and 132 pound-feet of torque. The optional turbo 1.6 makes 175 horses and 195 pound-feet. A six-speed automatic transmission connects to the 2.0, while the turbo uses a seven-speed automatic with manual control. The optional all-wheel-drive system can be added with either powerplant. For the 2019 model year, Hyundai introduced the Kona Electric, with 290 pound-feet of torque and 258 miles of maximum range, slightly bettering the Chevrolet Bolt's range.
Base price (incl. destination): $21,000
Type: Four-door hatchback/wagon
Engines (h.p.): 2.4-liter I-4 (147); 1.6-liter I-4, turbocharged (175); electric motor (201)
Transmissions: Six-speed automatic (2.0); seven-speed automated manual (turbo 1.6); single-speed controller (Electric)
Layout: Front- /all-wheel-drive
Base mpg (city/highway/combined): 27/33/30 (2.0)
Bas weight (lb.): 2,890