2020 Hyundai Kona in Fairfield





The Hyundai Kona may be small, but that's a big part of its appeal. This subcompact crossover is great for zipping around and it's a breeze to park, especially in the city, yet it still has enough space to stash your gear and keep up to five occupants comfortable. Although this is just its third model year, the Kona has impressed the automotive world from the start, winning significant accolades that include the 2019 North American Utility Vehicle of the Year. Now it's back for 2020 with some minor additions to its lineup of standard and available features. The Kona's affordable sticker price and award-winning safety features help make it one of the most practical vehicles you can buy.


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Trims Levels


For 2020, the Kona comes in five trim levels: SE, SEL, SEL Plus, Limited, and Ultimate. The SE is equipped better than some of its rivals, with alloy wheels, a 7-inch touchscreen infotainment display, two USB ports, Bluetooth wireless technology, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, driver attention warning technology, and some helpful driver-assist features. The SEL model adds roof rails, push-to-start ignition, heated front seats, and satellite radio. The SEL Plus gets into a bit more luxury with a sunroof, a power-adjustable driver's seat, a wireless charging pad for smartphones, an upgraded eight-speaker Infinity sound system, and Hyundai's Blue Link communications system. Next, the Limited trim includes LED headlights and taillights, leather seating, automatic climate control, and an auto-dimming rearview mirror. At the top, the Ultimate is loaded with automatic windshield wipers, a heads-up display, a larger 8-inch multimedia touchscreen display, a navigation system, and more active safety features.



Mechanical Features and Fuel Economy


The SE, SEL, and SEL trims come standard with a 2.0-liter naturally aspirated four-cylinder engine, which is paired to a six-speed automatic transmission. This engine produces 147 horsepower and 132 lb.-ft. of torque. The Limited and Ultimate trims upgrade to a more powerful turbocharged 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine, which puts out 175 horsepower and 195 lb.-ft. of torque. These trims also upgrade their transmission to a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic. All trims come standard with front-wheel drive, but all-wheel drive is an option across the board.


Due to its compact size and efficient pair of powertrains, the Kona gets excellent gas mileage. The 2.0-liter engine with FWD gets an EPA-estimated 27 mpg city and 33 mpg highway, while the AWD model trails slightly with 26 mpg city and 30 mpg highway. The 1.6-liter turbocharged engine delivers similar results, with the FWD model getting an EPA-rated 28 mpg city and 32 mpg highway, while the AWD models get 26 mpg city and 29 mpg highway.




Although it's compact in size, the 2020 Kona provides the protection of a much larger vehicle. It even received a 5-Star Overall Safety Rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) for its excellent results in government-issued collision tests. While the higher trim levels have the most advanced safety features, the base trim level is still reasonably equipped with lane keeping assist, forward collision-avoidance assist, and driver attention warning. The SEL trim adds blind-spot collision warning, lane change assist, and a rear cross-traffic collision warning system. Finally, the Ultimate trim adds forward collision-avoidance assist with pedestrian detection, smart cruise control, and parking distance warning.