2018 Hyundai Kona Priced At $20,450, Turbocharged Model At $25,650

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, Automotive Editor - February 5, 2018

Hyundai has announced pricing for its hotly-anticipated Kona subcompact crossover and the vehicle was worth the wait, as it’s one of the more affordable in its class. The 2018 Kona, which goes on sale later this March, will carry a price tag of $20,450 (all prices include $950 destination fee).

That figure is for the SE trim, which is powered by a 147-horsepower 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that’s matched to a six-speed automatic transmission. The trim comes with front-wheel drive as standard, while all-wheel drive is a $1,300 option (that's the case on all trims). Notable standard features include a seven-inch touchscreen with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay compatibility, 16-inch alloy wheels, and remote keyless entry. As usual, Hyundai has found a way to pack the Kona with desirable features at a good price.

The SEL trim is the next step up and costs $22,100. Consumers that want a contrast roof with either of the SEL trims can pay an additional $150. The SEL trim comes with 17-inch alloy wheels, blind-spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert, heated front seats, and a leather-wrapped steering wheel as standard.

The Limited trim is where things start to get fancy. The Limited, along with the Ultimate trim, ditch the 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine for a turbocharged 1.6-liter four-cylinder unit. The 1.6-liter unit cranks out 175 hp and is matched to a seven-speed dual-clutch gearbox. Pricing for the Limited trim starts at $25,650. Standard features on the Limited trim include LED headlights and taillights, a sunroof, automatic temperature control, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, and leather upholstery.

The range-topping Ultimate trip costs $28,350 and adds tech and luxury features to the crossover. Lane keeping assist, forward collision warning with pedestrian detection, automatic high beams, parking distance warning, an Infinity sound system, wireless device charging, and an eight-inch touchscreen are all standard.

With a starting price of $20,450, the Kona undercuts the $21,085 Mazda CX-3, the $20,645 Honda HR-V ($21,445 with an automatic transmission), and the $23,495 Toyota C-HR. All competitor prices include destination charges.

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, Automotive Editor

Joel Patel is an automotive journalist that hails from Northern Virginia, but now calls Detroit home. His work has been featured on various automotive outlets, including Autoweek and Autoblog. When not writing about cars, Joel enjoys trying new food, wrenching on his car, and watching movies.