Hyundai Kona and Kona Electric Are 2019 Car and Driver 10Best Winners

At the North American International Auto Show in Detroit, our automaker's small crossovers took home wins in the magazine's Best Subcompact SUV category as part of its 2019 10Best Trucks and SUVs awards.

Car and Driver highlighted such standout aspects as their all-new platform, sporty handling dynamics and performance, ample ground clearance, and the elevated driving position, which they found ideal for visibility and comfort during both urban and out-of-the-way driving. Moreover, judges appreciated the interior, which they found both attractive and inviting and that offered great touchscreen ergonomics. Finally, they singled out Kona Electric to praise its whopping 258-mile estimated range and standard fast-charging capability, the latter not often found among the competition (count on a charge time of around an hour via a high-output Level III station, or 9.5 hours or so on a standard Level II system). The overall takeaway? The new Kona us "excellent" compared to many other compact SUVs, and furthermore, "proof that not all crossovers are [created] equal."

This was the first time a Hyundai CUV had been named to the list, and we can see why the experts appreciated it. In fact, many industry authorities do. Take the car and truck research and valuation leader, Kelley Blue Book, for example. In a recent review, they called it a "cut above the average subcompact SUV" ... as "sporty and well-equipped as it is fun to drive," offering plenty of personality, playfulness, and a long list of upscale features and impressive driver-assist technology standards. The new Kona EV, they continued, offered a range to "top rivals," ride quality both "quick and fun," and, together with the standard-engine Kona, a warranty that's "one of the best in the business." Needless to say, we can see prospects for road trips, from around the corner to Aurora and up to St. Charles or Batavia to out to Elgin or over to Naperville.

Begin your adventure with one to visit us here in North Aurora. At our 209 Hansen Boulevard showroom, we'll be delighted to introduce you to all the new Hyundai Kona has to offer, followed by a spin to take it all in firsthand. We look forward to seeing you soon!