2018 Hyundai Kona

2018 Hyundai Kona

If you're looking for a laid back approach to the crossover SUV, the 2018 Hyundai Kona is ready for you.

What is the Hyundai Kona?

Hyundai is going tropical. Their latest offering is the Kona, named after the western shore of the Big Island in Hawaii. As a 5-door subcompact sport utility vehicle, think of the Kona as the hatchback younger brother of conventional SUVs. The exterior look isn't for everyone. It's got two pairs of headlights, the top ones just narrow slits. Coming in lime green, sky blue, red, and black, it looks like a beach cruiser, with the surfboard sold separately. If you want it be a more muscular mountain climber, you can upgrade it to all-wheel drive and a 7-speed dual-clutch transmission.

Hyundai Kona Offers Value Out of the Gate

Who will love the Kona best? Those who like a bargain. The Hyundai Kona starts at just $21,000 but for such a low price tag, you get a ton of standard options. It'd be hard to find many vehicles where all these features come standard: 7-inch touchscreen with smartphone capability, a backup camera, Bluetooth, a USB port, and keyless entry. Take one step up to the SEL trim for $22,000 and get blind-spot monitoring, heated front seats, proximity-key entry, and SiriusXM satellite radio.

The Kona Lets You Go Green, No Matter the Exterior Color

If you're trying to be eco-friendly, you're also in luck. The 28 city/32 highway fuel economy of the Hyundai Kona places it in the top ten among SUVs. On top of that, the debut year of the Kona also introduces the battery-electric version, delivering a smashing range of 186 or 292 miles, depending on battery pack option.

The Kona is Bigger on the Inside

The Kona isn't big. But it's a lot bigger on the inside than it looks. In point of fact, even though the Kona is a full foot shorter than the Hyundai Tucson, it has one of the largest exteriors among small crossovers. On top of that, its fifth door reveals almost 20 cubic feet of cargo space. So, load up and hit the beach with a few friends. Or invite only your best friend, fold down the back seat and enjoy 46 cubic feet of storage space.

The interior looks how you'd expect a brand-new crossover to look. We saw it in sleek black everything with lime green accents to match its exterior color. The retractable touch screen floats above the dash without compromising the view too much--it's an impressive addition to the Hyundai lineup.