5 things families will love about the 2018 Hyundai Kona

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The Kona may be Hyundai’s best vehicle. It’s certainly racking up enough accolades to make a strong argument. What makes it so great for families? Let’s take a closer look.

1.) The Kona can seat four comfortably. Despite being a subcompact crossover, the Kona can comfortably seat four adults in its two rows. Putting three across the backseat may be too tight, unless all the rear-seat passengers are quite thin.

2.) Android Auto and Apple CarPlay come standard. Many vehicles, even luxury cars and SUVs, don’t offer the two technologies in their base models. Some even require a subscription fee to activate the technology. Buyers have been clear- they want the technologies, and Hyundai has been clear- they’re giving it to them.

3.) You don’t need to pay extra to control your Kona with your smartphone. Each buyer gets three years of Hyundai’s Blue Link technology with their purchase. When you download the Blue Link app, you can securely and remotely start your car, set the climate control to heat or cool the interior, lock the doors, unlock the doors, and defrost the windshield. In the event of an accident, it can send an automatic collision notification and request emergency assistance.

4.) It’s not a gas guzzler. When equipped with the standard 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine the more powerful turbocharged 1.6-liter four-cylinder power plant, the Kona achieves very good fuel economy. The base engine achieves 27 mpg in the city and 33 mpg on the highway while the other gets 28 mpg in the city and 32 mpg on the highway according to EPA estimates. I plug-in electic hybrid variant of the model is coming soon.

5.) There’s great small item storage. Need a space just for your phone? Hyundai has put a phone tray under the center stack that allows you to see your phone while you drive, even if you don’t interact with it. There is an armrest between the front seats that has a cubby area below. Two cupholders are next to a traditional style shifter. There is also adequate in-door storage.

The 2018 Hyundai Kona starts at a low $19,000 and can come with all-wheel drive, which makes it a formidable choice for empty nesters and young families.

Eileen Falkenberg-Hull
Eileen is the writer of the nationally syndicated column Automotive Minute in The Business Journals, which explores the automotive industry focusing on news, reviews, and interviews. She loves finding out about the business strategy, design, and drivability of vehicles. Eileen is a contributor to U.S. News & World Report Best Cars.