Even in its last year on the market, the Hyundai Kona's safety credentials are still exemplary and its safety ratings excellent. It scored the maximum five stars overall at the NHTSA, with only the rollover test yielding four stars. Similarly, the IIHS awarded the 2023 Kona its best Good rating for all its major crash-test criteria.
NHTSA safety ratings are not available at this time.
In terms of passive and active safety, every Hyundai Kona is equipped with safety features such as six airbags, ABS, stability and traction control, tire-pressure monitoring, automatic headlights, and the obligatory backup camera. All trims also get the Hyundai SmartSense driver assistance suite with front-collision warning, pedestrian detection, lane-keep assist, lane-following assist, driver-attention warning, blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, and safe-exit warning. The Limited trim adds some additional safety and driver-assistance features, notably LED headlights with automatic high beams, an auto-dimming interior rearview mirror, rear parking sensors, cyclist detection, Highway Driving Assist, and an electric parking brake with hill-hold assist.
|Hyundai Kona Trims||SE||SEL||N Line||Limited|
|Rear Parking Aid||N/A||N/A||N/A||S|
|Blind Spot Monitor||S||S||S||S|
|Lane Departure Warning||S||S||S||S|
|Lane Keeping Assist||S||S||S||S|
|Tire Pressure Monitor||S||S||S||S|
The Hyundai Kona's reliability is generally very good and J.D. Power awarded the 2023 Kona an excellent 83 out of 100 for its Quality & Reliability assessment. The 2021 Kona was the last model to be recalled - for faulty piston rings that may cause an engine stall. The 2022 Kona was recall-free and, at the time of writing, so was the 2023 model. The standard limited warranty on the Hyundai Kona is one of the best in the business and runs for five years/60,000 miles, supplemented with a ten-year/100,000-mile powertrain warranty and a seven-year/unlimited-mileage anti-perforation warranty.
Considering its comprehensive safety equipment, the standard fitment of the Hyundai SmartSense driver-assistance suite across the board, and its full-mark scores at both the NHTSA and IIHS for crash safety, the Kona is a very safe car.
The Kona's front-seat occupants are protected by two front and two seat-mounted side airbags, and both rows are covered by full-length curtain airbags, for a total of six airbags.