Edmunds Senior Writer Mark Takahashi somehow landed a trip to Hawaii to drive the latest entrant in the subcompact crossover SUV class: the 2018 Hyundai Kona. He’s not a big fan of the exterior styling but considers the Kona one of the best-driving vehicles in the class. Add in plentiful features, an accessible price and Hyundai’s industry-leading warranty coverage, and the Kona becomes a strong value contender.
Q: How much does the 2018 Hyundai Kona cost?
A: The base SE trim starts at $20,450, including destination fees. The fully loaded Ultimate trim will set you back almost $30,000.
Q: What engines are available in the 2018 Hyundai Kona?
A: The base engine is a 147-horsepower 2.0-liter four-cylinder. The top two trims receive a 175-hp turbocharged 1.6-liter, which is our pick for the Kona.
Q: Which trim should I get?
A: The 2018 Hyundai Kona’s Limited trim costs about $25,000 and gets the better 1.6-liter turbocharged engine. It also offers a good mix of features for the price.
Q: What does the 2018 Hyundai Kona compete against?
A: The main competitors in the class are the Honda HR-V, the Mazda CX-3 and the Toyota C-HR.
Read our First Drive review of the 2018 Hyundai Kona: (add link) (use the first drive URL which will publish at Embargo)
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