Hyundai Kona Electric: All the EV You Need?

An electric daily driver is looking like a better idea all the time. One of the best ones on the market right now is the Hyundai Kona Electric.

The battery pack is a 60-kWh unit and it provides the motors with enough juice for an EPA-estimated range of 258 miles on a full charge. And everything else about the car is totally normal. It’s a crossover with useful space inside. The seats are comfortable. All of the safety, driver assistance, and infotainment systems work quite well. And the starting price is $37,000 before any federal or state tax incentives.

If you were thinking about making the jump to an electrified daily, this is a good place to start your search.

[Disclaimer: Hyundai tossed us the keys to the Kona Electric and include a full tank of electrons.]

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2 responses to “Hyundai Kona Electric: All the EV You Need?”

  1. Zentropy Avatar
    Zentropy

    I think my problem with EVs is that I’ve always been very passionate about cars. Emotions get involved, and I’m not always rational in my decisions about them. From a purely clinical perpective, the Kona seems like a really good transportation device (sorry, I just can’t call it a car). It makes a ton of good sense, but I’m just not sure I’m ready to be dispassionate about my driving.

    With that out of the way, I’m curious how this stacks up against the Kia Niro EV, which at quick glance has about 93% of the Kona’s range, the same power, and starts about $2k higher. I’m not a big fan of Hyundai’s wacky styling language, but I generally like Kia’s, and I think the Niro is more attractive even if it doesn’t look as expensive.

  2. njhoon Avatar
    njhoon

    I like the Kona and it’s Kia brethren the Niro. I think they nailed the size, CUV type thing but failed miserably on price point. I am in the market for a hybrid and would love to have one of these in the mix but their not. The brutal truth is at 27/9K the Camry and Accord hybrid simply knock these out of contention. Now with the Honda Insight redo and even cheaper than the Accord and much longer range makes the competition even harder.

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