2024 Hyundai Kona wins with quality and value

It seems that every car that is delivered to review seems to be better than the last.  The keen competition in the auto world is driving U.S. car manufacturers to compete with the incredible Japanese, Korean and German vehicles.  The recent U.S. Union bargaining has given wage increases to U.S. auto workers and that will result ultimately in higher prices for U.S. cars.  Europe and Asia will have their labor challenges, as well in the future, driving up their  pricing.

The latest Hyundai product is one of the best of the year in the 2024 Hyundai Kona Limited all-wheel drive;  sleek SUV design  with flashy “Atlas White” two-tone paint and 19” alloy polished metallic wheels.  The front hood sports a unique light  across the entire hood of the Kona, giving a new design concept in lighting. A  cool front-end design that is very modern in design.

The rubber really meets the road with the 1.6L turbo-charged 4-cylinder engine linked to the 8-speed automatic transmission with steering wheel-paddle shifters.  With the  powerful turbo engine,  I rarely shifted out of the drive mode that handled the acceleration perfectly in freeway and mountain drives.  Fuel economy was excellent with 32 mpg on open roads and an overall city/freeway mileage of 28 mpg. 

This Kona had a different shift system with a vertical knob to dial drive and reverse, with  park in-between the two choices.  It was different,  but after a few drives it was easy to adjust.  I chose to use the “sport” mode dial for my drives that was slightly faster than the normal drive mode.

One of the great safety features showing up on most Hyundai vehicles is called the “Blind Sport View Monitor” that shows the adjacent traffic and any hidden vehicle in the blind spot area. The Kona is loaded with safety features that include front, side, and side-curtain safety airbags.  The Kona has all the latest safety features that are advanced and effective in today’s driving.

Hyundai prides themselves in offering America’s best auto warranty that offers a five-year/60,000 new vehicle warranty and ten-year 100,000 power train warranty that is important with the turbo engine.  The Hyundai parts are made in Korea with final assembly in Ulsan, Korea where they excel in their auto skills.

Driving the Kona is exceptional on steering, acceleration, and comfort.  It is somewhat amazing that this 4-door all-wheel drive is on the market for $33,645, loaded with so many safety, navigation, and comfort features including Bose premium audio.  The heated seats and steering wheel and outside mirrors were appreciated this past week in the snow flurries. 

To say, “I like this vehicle, is an understatement, I love this Kona.”  This is the best vehicle I’ve driven in 2023 for value.