The 2019 Hyundai Kona Wins North American Utility Vehicle of the Year

January 28th, 2019 by

The 2019 Hyundai Kona/Kona EV faced off against 20 eligible competitors in the runnings for North American Utility Vehicle of the Year*. After much deliberation from the jurors, finalists were narrowed down to the Jaguar I-PACE, Acura RDX, and Hyundai Kona. In the end, the new Hyundai Kona bested the I-PACE and RDX and earned the title. Learn more about the award and Hyundai Kona below!

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How Was the Winner Chosen?

The North American Car, Utility, and Truck of the Year Awards are unique because they’re incredibly thorough — leaving little room for doubt in jurors’ minds. For this year’s awards, 54 jurors were pulled from all different types of media outlets from across the United States and Canada. Evaluations of each eligible model began in June 2018 and included hundreds of test drives and three rounds of voting. Finalists were chosen based on their overall influence in their respective segments, as well as their value.

In the end, the 2019 Hyundai Kona/Kona EV reigned supreme over its luxury competitors. Jamie Page Deaton, executive editor at U.S. News & World Report Best Cars, had this to say about the Kona EV, “A livable EV range, affordable price and practical cabin combine with lively driving dynamics to make the Kona EV a true pleasure. It’s the kind of EV that could convince the most ardent EV-skeptic.”

More from the Hyundai Kona & Kona EV

The Hyundai Kona is a compact SUV offered in four trim levels: SE, SEL, Limited, and Ultimate. It’s powered by a 147-hp 2.0L or 175-hp 1.6L turbo engine, depending on the trim. Standard features for the SE include Forward Collision-Avoidance Assist, Lane Keeping Assist, and Driver Attention Warning. Aiming for the Ultimate gets you a Heads-Up Display, wireless device charging, and an 8-inch touchscreen with navigation.

The Hyundai Kona EV is all-electric SUV that travels up to 258 miles on a single charge and generates 201 hp and 291 lb-ft of torque. It’s offered in three trims: SEL, Limited, and Ultimate. You’ll get an EV Fast Charger and a Regenerative Braking System on the entry-level SEL. Moving up to the Limited gets you a sunroof, LED headlights, and leather upholstery, while the Ultimate introduces a heated steering wheel, Parking Distance Warning – Reverse, and Smart Cruise Control with Stop and Go.

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