Designed to Take on the World: The New Hyundai Kona  

With its athletic driving dynamics, flexible accommodations, and convenient physical footprint, the Hyundai Kona is an excellent choice for Memphis-area drivers seeking something versatile and fun-to-drive with city-friendly space requirements. The Kona is nicely equipped at an accessible price point, making it one of the most appealing models in its class. And a handful of updates for its 2022 mid-cycle refresh make this well-round small crossover even more desirable.


The compact size of the Kona and balanced handling translate to an enjoyable driving experience that feels planted in the corners and confident when switching directions. A well-tuned suspension neatly absorbs road imperfections for smooth a smooth and composed ride. The Kona SE and SEL feature a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that sends 147 horsepower and 132 pound-feet of torque to the front-wheel via an Intelligent Variable Automatic Transmission. Hyundai's All Wheel Drive (AWD) Active On-Demand system is available for all trim levels, providing even more engaging handling and better control in slippery conditions.

If you're seeking more internal motivation for your Southaven, MS, commutes, Kona N Line and Limited models equip a responsive 1.6-liter turbo-four (195 hp, 195 lb-ft) paired with a quick-shifting 7-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission.

The new Kona is also available as a fully electric crossover with a 201-horsepower motor and a 64-kWh battery pack providing an estimated 258 miles of range between charges. A 10.5 kW on-board charger (3-phased) enables the Kona Electric to replenish its battery from 0-100% in ~7.5 hours with a Level 2 home wall box. At public DC fast-charging stations (~100 kW), the Kona electric can charge 80% in around 54 minutes.

Exterior and Interior

The Hyundai Kona gets a mid-cycle refresh for the new model year that reworks its exterior aesthetic with a new horizontally split polygonal grille, revised bumpers, new wheel designs, and headlight clusters. The new N Line trim further elevates the Kona's sporty character with more aggressive styling and exclusive 18-inch wheels.

The mid-cycle enhancements carry inside Kona's cabin, which features a more refined layout with attractive style elements, quality materials, and seamlessly assimilated tech features. Despite its "subcompact" designation, the Kona provides comfortable accommodations for five people, with 19.2 cubic feet of storage behind the second row. When you need more cargo capacity for your errands in Hernando, MS, the rear seats fold easily to offer up to 45.8 cubic feet.

Technology and Safety Features

The Hyundai Kona's standard infotainment display expands from seven to eight inches for the new model year and features wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto for clutter-free smartphone integration. Using the responsive touchscreen or convenient steering wheel buttons, you can intuitively access apps and features like hands-free calls and messaging, maps and navigation, streaming media, your phone's music library, and more. A larger 10.25-inch navigation touchscreen and 10.25-inch Digital Instrument Cluster are standard on the Limited trim and available for N Line models.

The Kona also offers a full roster of Hyundai SmartSense™ advanced safety features to augment attentive driving and help better detect and avoid hazards. Here's a look at what's included on each trim level.

  • Forward Collision-Avoidance Assist with Pedestrian Detection (standard)
  • Lane Keeping Assist (standard)
  • Lane Following Assist (standard)
  • Blind Spot Collision Warning (SEL, N-Line, Limited)
  • Rear Cross-Traffic Collision Warning (SEL, N-Line, Limited)
  • Smart Cruise Control with Stop & Go (Limited; available for N-Line)
  • High Beam Assist (Limited)
  • Highway Drive Assist semi-autonomous driving system (Limited)

Test-Drive the New Hyundai Kona near Memphis, TN

Reach out to Homer Skelton Hyundai today to learn more about the new Hyundai Kona and the latest configuration options and financing offers. And if you would like to try it out for yourself, we invite you to visit us here in Olive Branch, MS, where you can get behind the wheel for a test drive. We'll be happy to give you a tour.

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