A polarizing design might deter some buyers from the 2019 Hyundai Kona, but this subcompact crossover SUV has a lot of appeal. At the top of the list, it's a good value, with even the entry-level SE model coming with plenty of standard equipment. Notably, 2019 models gain some standard driver aids—all Konas offer forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, lane-keeping assist, and driver attention monitoring technology. You'll be happy with the equipment on the SE and SEL trim above it, but it's worth moving up to the Limited or top-end Ultimate because both use a 175-hp turbocharged 1.6-liter engine over the standard 147-hp 2.0-liter engine.
Every Kona uses an automatic transmission and is front-wheel-drive, but all-wheel drive is an option across the lineup. It's an option worth having because, in addition to improving traction, its more sophisticated rear suspension system benefits both handling and ride comfort. Among the Kona's rivals, including the Mazda CX-3 and Nissan Kicks, it is one of the better-driving subcompact crossovers. It feels nimble and quick, and only the dual-clutch automatic that's paired with the 1.6-liter turbo engine feels slow to react at times. A high-value proposition, the Kona is well worth a look, particularly since it comes with Hyundai's generous transferable warranty.