2019 Hyundai Kona Boasts Minor Price Increase But More Safety


A small price increase sounds like a fair trade for safety.

When the Hyundai Kona arrived on the scene for the 2018 model year, we knew it was going to be a success. The Kona blends funky styling with good value in a package that's hard to beat in its segment. Even though the year isn't over and Hyundai didn't really get the Kona out to dealerships until March, the Korean automaker has already sold more than 24,000 of them in 2018. Hyundai rushed to get the 2018 Kona on sale as quickly as possible but now it is time for the brand to introduce the 2019 model along with a full breakdown of pricing.

The base SE trim is powered by a 2.0-liter four-cylinder producing 147 horsepower going out to front-wheel-drive (all-wheel-drive is also available). 2019 Kona SE models start at $19,990 (excluding a freight charge of $980), which is $490 more than the 2018 model. The reason for the small price increase is the addition of new standard Hyundai SmartSense safety technologies. All 2019 Kona models will now come with forward collision-avoidance assist, lane keep assist, and driver attention warning as standard. Hyundai has also added an additional USB charging port and soft touch front door armrests and inserts.

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Stepping up to the SEL trim costs $21,800 while the Limited and Ultimate trims add a turbocharged 1.6-liter engine with 175 hp mated to a seven-speed dual-clutch for $25,550 and $27,500 respectively. AWD is available on the all trim levels starting at $21,390 for the SE trim, $23,200 for the SEL trim, $26,950 for the Limited trim, and $28,900 for the Ultimate trim (an increase of $1,400). The 2019 Kona will also offer a new color called Sunset Orange, another interesting color that will likely be ignored while most buyers chose a boring color.