2023 Hyundai Kona

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Ranked #3 in Subcompact Suv

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Starting MSRP 

$21,990

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Key Spec of 2023 Hyundai Kona
fuel economy

30/32/35

fuel type

Regular Unleaded

horsepower

147 hp @ 6200 rpm

basic warranty

-

ProsConsWhat's New

Optional turbo-engine

Underwhelming base engine

No major changes for the 2023 edition

Excellent performance

Lots of hard plastics in the cabin

Swift handling

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2023 Hyundai Kona Price, Review, Ratings and Pictures

Updated on: November 21, 2022

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Hyundai has released the 2023 Hyundai Kona with no major changes to the entire lineup. Just like the 2022 model year, the Kona 2023 continues to feature modern exterior design and tech-induced interior. Hyundai now offers safe-exit warning, blind-spot monitoring system and rear-cross traffic alert as standard. To make buying process simpler, the N-Line's technology package is no longer on offer and some of its features are standard. The 2023 Hyundai Kona price starts at $21,990 and an additional $1,295 is levied as destination charge. As compared to the previous model year, there is an increment in the base price by $990. 

Featuring a 5-trim lineup of SE, SEL, N-Line, Limited and Kona N, the 2023 Hyundai Kona msrp can be an expense of $21,990-$34,700 this season. Having said that, it simply translates to the fact that the range-leader 2023 Kona N will cost you $12,710 more than the base 2023 Hyundai Kona SE for enhanced specs and assets. 

Model

Invoice Price

MSRP

SE

$21,970 $21,990

SEL

$23,393

$23,800

N-Line $26,022 $27,700
Limited $29,895 $28,800
N $34,004 $34,700

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2023 Hyundai Kona For Sale 

As per the current offers from Hyundai, the Kona 2023 can be financed for as low as 3.29% APR at $520/month up to 48 months ($29 per $1,000 financed for qualified buyers). Also, a $500 cash discount is available on 2023 Hyundai Kona SE for a limited period and still stock lasts. 


For budget-oriented buyers, the used 2022 Hyundai Kona can be availed of with a base price of $19,900. Going for older model years like the 2021 Hyundai Kona could be a matter of $19,995 and Hyundai Kona 2019 can cost as much as $18,884 along with a listing of 2,984 in total. 

Model Year

Starting Inventory Price

No. Of Listing

2022 Hyundai Kona (Check Now!)

$19,900

317

2021 Hyundai Kona

$19,995

569

2020 Hyundai Kona $18,884 871
2019 Hyundai Kona $16,485 837
2018 Hyundai Kona $17,085 390

We Recommend 

Considering specifications and an msrp of $28,995, we would pick the 2023 Hyundai Kona N-Line for its performance and aesthetic N elements. 


The Kona continues to offer a 2.0-liter engine with 147 horsepower. The 1.6-liter turbo engine is reserved for the Kona Limited and N-Line models, offering 195 hp. The 2023 Hyundai Kona N price starts at an msrp of $35,995 and it’s equipped with a 2.0-liter turbo engine, offering 276 hp. The Kona N 0-60 time of 5.3 seconds is impressive. The 2023 Hyundai Kona EV is expected to offer a range of at least 258 miles per charge and will take 45 mins to charge from 10% to 80% (Level-3 DC). Every 2023 Hyundai Kona specs are competitive. Hyundai’s small SUV offers better performance than the Toyota C-HR, offers better fuel economy than the Subaru Crosstrek, and an EV trim that the Kia Seltos does not have. The 2023 Hyundai Kona N deserves a seperate detailed review and will be covered seperately. 




Over All Rating

8.0

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Notable Rankings

#3 in Subcompact Suv

#11 in Suv


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SE$21,990 onwards
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Expert Review, Pricing Analysis and Buying Guide

The 2023 Hyundai Kona follows the footsteps of the 2022 model year without any major changes. Hyundai has made some changes to the N-Line’s optional features, adding some as standard and eliminating some from the standard list. As the J.D. Power Consumer Rating for the Kona 2023 are not yet available, we assume it to be similar to the Kona 2022. The 2022 scores are 79/100 (overall) and 83/100 (quality and reliability). 

The five-year “Cost-To-Own” the Hyundai Kona 2023 is also too early to judge. However, with no changes to the powertrain, drivetrain and exterior design, we assume the estimated ownership costs related to depreciation, fuel charges, repair, insurance and maintenance to be identical to the 2022 model year. The above-mentioned factors were estimated to cost $10,430, $13,420, $665, $6,395 and $4,396 respectively.


Buying Advice
8.0/10

The best trim for 2023 Hyundai Kona is expected to be the N-Line trim. Priced at $28,995, the SUV comes with a powerful turbocharged 1.6-liter engine. It gets features like Unique 18-inch wheels, Restyled bumpers and grille, a 10.25-inch digital instrument panel, and a Power-adjustable driver's seat. One can opt for additional packages to upgrade the SUV further.

Features
8.0/10

Like other Hyundai models, the Kona comes packed with a generous list of standard features—including driver assistance and infotainment technologies—at a reasonable price- Car and Driver 

The 2023 Hyundai Kona retains the desirable features of the 2022 model year. For the 2023 model year, Hyundai has added multiple driver-assistance features like blind-spot monitoring system, rear-cross traffic alert, and safe-exit warning as standard across all the Kona configurations. The Kona SE and SEL are budget-oriented models, while the N-Line, Limited and N models are targeted towards a very specific audience, delivering sporty styling, comfort and performance respectively.  

The 2023 Kona SE offers projector halogen headlamps, LED daytime running lamps, 8-inch infotainment touchscreen, 4.2-inch MID, wireless Android Auto and Apple Carplay as standard . The Kona SEL adds heated exterior mirrors, optional two tone roof, roof side rails, shark-fin antenna, optional heated front seats, and wireless device charging. The 2023 Kona N-Line gets a sunroof and larger 10.25-inch touchscreen as standard, while some other features like LED headlights, LED tail lights, high beam assist, leather-trimmed seats and powered driver seats are shared with the Limited trim. 

Trim

Hyundai Kona SE

 

Hyundai Kona SEL

Hyundai Kona N-Line

Hyundai Kona Limited

Hyundai Kona N

MSRP (FWD)

$21,990

$23,800

$27,700

$28,800

$34,700

MSRP (AWD)

$23,490

$25,300

$29,200

$30,300

$36,200

Key Features

Height-adjustable driver's seat

emote engine start

Contents of Convenience package

Automatic wipers

Upgraded brakes

 

8-inch touchscreen

 

Heated mirrors


 

Restyled bumpers 

Auto-dimming rearview mirror

Electronic limited-slip differential

 

Six-speaker audio system

 

Roof rails


 

Restyled grille

Upgraded interior plastic trim

Aerodynamic body kit

 

16-inch alloy wheels

17-inch wheels

18-inch wheels

18-inch wheels

 

19-inch wheels with summer performance tires

 

Wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone integration

Tinted rear windows

10.25-inch digital instrument panel

 

Power-adjustable driver's seat with adjustable lumbar support


 
 

Adjustable lumbar support for driver's seat


 

 

Standard front-wheel drive or optional all-wheel drive

Keyless entry and ignition

Power-adjustable driver's seat

 

Leather upholstery


 
 

Leather upholstery with suede inserts


 

The mid-tier 2023 Kona SEL trim can be optioned with the Convenience Package ($2,400), adding features like digital key, wireless charging, automatic temperature control, power sunroof, heated front seats, leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob, and 10.25-inch screen with navigation. The previously available Technology Package for the N-Line trim is no longer available and some of its features are already given as standard on the N-line model. 

Engine and Performance
8.0/10

Whether you call it a low-riding SUV or a tall hatchback car, the diminutive 2023 Hyundai Kona is a practical and fun-to-drive vehicle- Car and Driver

Except the performance-oriented Kona N trim, the standard 2023 Kona trims are powered by two different engine options: The 2L Inline 4 engine is standard for the base SE and SEL trims paired with a continuously variable automatic transmission. It generates 147 horsepower and 132 lb.-ft of torque. The 1.6 turbocharged Inline 4 with 7-speed DCT comes in the N-Line and Limited trims. It makes 195 horsepower and 195 lb.-ft of torque. Hyundai offers FWD as standard, while AWD is optional across all the trims. 

With no change in powertrain options, the base 2.0-liter I-4 engine is expected to offer a Kona 0-60 time of 9.3 seconds and a quarter-mile time of 17.0 seconds. The 2023 Kona Limited and N-Line trims are expected to do a 0-60 sprint in just 7.9 seconds. Again, with no changes to the chassis and suspension setup, the handling is bound to remain sharp and enthusiastic. The gear shifts will be quick but the steering would feel dead on highway speeds and require corrections. The 60-0 Kona 2023 stopping distance is expected to be in the 129-ft ballpark

Model

2023 Hyundai Kona 

2023 Kia Seltos

2023 Subaru Crosstrek

2023 Toyota C-HR

MSRP

$21,990

$22,840

$23,645

$22,000*

Engine

2.0L Inline-4

2.0L Inline-4

2.0L H-4

2.0L Inline-4

Drivetrain

FWD

FWD

AWD

FWD

Transmission

7-speed Manual w/OD

CVT w/OD

CVT w/OD

CVT w/OD

Power (hp)

147 hp @ 6,000 rpm

146 hp @ 6,200 rpm

152 hp @ 6,000 rpm

144 hp @ 6,100 rpm

Torque (lb.-ft)

132 lb.-ft @ 1500 rpm

132 lb.-ft @ 4500rpm

145 lb.-ft @ 4000 rpm

139 lb.-ft @ 1,500 rpm

0-60 MPH (seconds)

9.3 seconds

9.9 seconds

9 seconds

10.5 seconds

Quarter-mile (seconds)

17.0 seconds

17.2 seconds

16.9 seconds

18 seconds

Top Speed (MPH)

124 MPH

127 MPH

123 MPH

112 MPH

*expected price

The 2023 Hyundai Kona offers a better power delivery at 147 horsepower as compared to the Seltos and the C-HR. It performs well in terms of acceleration and surpasses the Kia Seltos, the Subaru Crosstrek, and the Toyota C-HR in Quarter-mile timing. It also dominates the Seltos and the C-HR in the 0-60 MPH mark. The Hyundai Kona is just 0.3 seconds behind the Subaru Crosstrek in the 0-60 sprint. The Kona 2023 has similar torque as the Kia Seltos. One can opt for an optional turbocharged engine for better power output and torque. The Kona’s gear shift and transmission tuning are apt and don't disappoint the buyers.

Fuel Economy
8.0/10

In this class of fuel-sipping mini-SUVs, the Kona's EPA ratings are good but only average among its rivals- Car and Driver 

The 2023 Hyundai Kona gas mileage remains the same as the previous model year. The 2023 Kona mpg of 30 mpg in the city, 35 mpg on the highway and 32 mpg in combined driving conditions is decent for the segment. With a 13.2 gallon fuel tank, the Kona 2022 can deliver 396/462/422 miles of driving range in city/highway/combined conditions. The 1.6-liter turbo engine helps deliver a fuel economy of 29/35/32 mpg. The AWD drivetrain drops mpg by 2 mpg.

Model

2023 Hyundai Kona 

2023 Kia Seltos

2023 Subaru Crosstrek

2023 Toyota C-HR

MPG (city)

29

29

28

27

MPG (highway)

35

35

33

31

MPG (combined)

32

31

30

29

Fuel capacity (gallons)

13.2-gallons

13.2-gallons

16.6-gallons

13.2-gallons

Range (City, highway, in miles)

382.8/462 mi

382.8/462 mi

464/547.8 mi

356.4/409.2 mi

The 2023 Kona offers better fuel efficiency than the Crosstrek and the C-HR over city rides as well as highways with its standard engine. The SUV offers better combined MPG than the Seltos. The fuel capacity of the 2023 Kona is similar to the Seltos and the C-HR. The range of travel of the 2023 Kona is more than the Toyota C-HR and similar to that of the Kia Seltos. However, it compromises on the mileage with its turbocharged engine options. The best travel range on a full tank is offered by Subaru Crosstrek, thanks to its massive 16.6 gallons fuel tank.

Interior
8.0/10

Hyundai's designers managed the tough task of bringing the charm of the Kona's exterior design to the cabin while maintaining comfort and convenience- Car and Driver

The 2023 Hyundai Kona interior finds a fine balance between being modern and not too funky like its exterior design. The 2023 Kona dashboard is ergonomic to say the least and nothing feels out of place. Hyundai has remained consistent with good quality materials and decent trim finishes across the trim lineup. The front seats are comfortable and the rear seats are fine too. The lower trims might miss the finesse but the N-Line and Limited trims make up for it with distinctive N-Line sport clothing and leatherette upholstery respectively. 

Some interior features like red accents inside the N-Line trim, remote keyless entry system, available Hyundai Digital Key, automatic temperature control, powered driver’s seat, leather-wrapped steering and shift knob and heated front seats are some of the major highlights of interior features found in the N-Line and Limited trims. Also, there is ambient lighting to illuminate the cupholder and footwells, while an aluminum-like finish adds refinement. Mainly, there is use of black and gray interior colors. The 2023 Hyundai Kona trunk space is limited to 19.2 cubic feet. However, the rear seats can be folded down to provide 45.8 cubic feet of cargo volume.

Model

2023 Hyundai Kona 

2023 Kia Seltos

2023 Subaru Crosstrek

2023 Toyota C-HR

Passenger Capacity

5

5

5

5

First Row (Head/shoulder/legroom)

39.6/55.5/41.5

40/55.5/41.4

39.8/56.7/43.1

38.1/49/43.5

Second Row (Head/shoulder/legroom)

37.8/54.5/35.2

38.4/54.7/38

38/55.6/36.5

38.3/52.5/31.7

Cargo Capacity to the second row(cu.-ft)

19.2 cu.-ft

26.6 cu.-ft

20.8 cu.-ft

19.1 cu.-ft

Cargo Capacity to the first row(cu.-ft)

45.8 cu.-ft

62.8 cu.-ft

55.3 cu.-ft

37 cu.-ft

The 2023 Hyundai Kona leads the Kia Seltos and the Subaru Crosstrek in terms of its front legroom. The car also comes with better front headroom for the occupants than the Crosstrek and the C-HR. The Kona lacks rear space as compared to its rivals. The Kona provides similar convenience equipment over the interior as the Seltos. Hyundai's seat comfort is a plus for commuters, but Subaru's gas-only models offer a much larger cargo space if one wants utility. The SUV provides moderate cargo space, which is more than the Toyota C-HR.

The 2023 Hyundai Kona comes with a standard 8-inch touch screen paired with a six-speaker stereo. The system supports Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. Available option for upgrade includes a 10.25 inch touch screen display with eight-speaker Harman-Kardon premium audio system satellite radio. Other features include HD Radio, Hyundai’s Blue Link telematics system, navigation, and an additional USB port.

Some of the key interior features available with the 2023 Hyundai Kona include:

  • Ventilated front seats
  • Leather upholstery
  • Automatic air conditioning
  • Wireless charging
  • Bluetooth Connectivity
  • Apple CarPlay and Android Auto
  • Harman and Kardon audio system
  • Navigation
Exterior
8.0/10

In 2022 the Kona was refreshed with new exterior styling, added power for the optional turbocharged engine, and a new sporty N model. The changes were a big step forward for the Kona, which is probably why the updates for 2023 are minimal- Edmunds

The exterior body of the Hyundai Kona is made on the B-segment SUV platform based on the Hyundai’s I30 platform. The 2023 Hyundai Kona looks decent and compact from the outside. A body-colored cladding makes the Kona N-Line and Kona N much more appealing. The 2023 Kona carries a hunchback exterior profile with sleek contours. It looks stylish, but not as aggressive as some of its competitors. 

The 2023 Hyundai Kona N-Line also features 18-inch alloy wheels and dual exhaust outlets that catch the attention of passing eyes. The rear profile is interesting as well with slim LED tail lights in higher trims. The 2023 Kona comes with several catchy paint options like Ultra Black, Chalk White, Sonic Silver, Pulse Red, Thunder Gray, and Surf Blue. The small SUV stands at 61.6 inches and has a ground clearance of about 6.7 inches, which is not the best in the segment.

Model

2023 Hyundai Kona 

2023 Kia Seltos

2023 Subaru Crosstrek

2023 Toyota C-HR

Curb Weight (lbs)

3,106 lbs

3,087 lbs

3,188 lbs

3,300 lbs

Length (in.)

165.6

172

176.5

172.6

Width (in.)

70.9

70.9

71

70.7

Height (in.)

61.6

63.6

63.6

61.6

Ground Clearance (in.)

6.7

7.3

8.7

5.9

Wheelbase (in.)

102.4

103.5

104.9

103.9

The Hyundai Kona carries a decent compact SUV look and can be confused as a hatchback due to its shrunk exterior. Other SUVs in the segment are much longer than the Kona. The Subaru Crosstrek and the Kia Seltos look sportier and more stylish than the Kona. The C-HR looks modern like the Kona with a sleek front profile. The ground clearance of the Kona is the least among the rivals. The wheelbase of the Kona is also the smallest among the four competitors.

Some standout exterior features of the 2023 Hyundai Kona include:

  • 18-inch alloy wheels
  • 19-inch alloy wheels in N-trim
  • Adaptive headlights
  • Automatic wipers
  • Sunroof 
  • LED tail lights
Safety

Made from 29% of high tensile steel, the Kona comes with excellent toughness and rigidity over its exterior frame. The 2023 Hyundai Kona provides six advanced airbags that ensure safety. Additionally, It has Lane Following Assist (LFA), Lane Departure Warning, and Side Impact Beams. The Forward Collision-Avoidance Assist (FCA), Collision Mitigation, Driver Monitoring Alert, Blind-Spot Collision with Avoidance Assist (BCA), and Tire Pressure Monitoring System Tire with Specific Low Tire Pressure Warning are some of the safety features of the car. The Hyundai Kona has received a ‘Good’ rating in six of the safety tests that Insurance Institute for Highway Safety provides (IIHS). The SUV has also received the highest rating which is five out of five stars National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) in all the tests.

Some of the major safety features available with the 2023 Hyundai Kona include

  • Optional adaptive cruise control
  • Blind spot monitor
  • Adaptive headlights
  • Lane departure warning
  • Driver monitoring alert
  • Forward collision avoidance assist (FCA)
Competition

2023 Hyundai Kona vs 2023 Kia Seltos 

The 2023 Kia Seltos is expected to be slightly costlier than the Kona. The Seltos provides a better cabin space and feel than the Kona. The Seltos also looks more aggressive with its sleek exterior profile. On the other hand, Hyundai Kona offers a variety of powertrain options with better power output. The reliability of Hyundai is also better in terms of safety and warranty.

2023 Hyundai Kona vs 2023 Subaru Crosstrek

The 2023 Hyundai Kona is less spacious than the 2023 Crosstrek. Furthermore, the interior of the Kona is covered with hard plastics that give a low-buck feel, unlike that of Crosstrek. The exterior of the Crosstrek also looks more appealing than the Kona’s hunchback design. The Kona is also pricier than the Subaru’s Crosstrek. The safety features and infotainment system’s functionality is better in the Hyundai Kona. The fuel economy offered by the Kona is also better than the Crosstrek. However, the Crosstrek comes with an enormous 16.6 gallons fuel tank which is far more than the Kona’s 13.2 gallons tank.

2023 Hyundai Kona vs 2023 Toyota C-HR

The 2023 C-HR is going to be a bit cheaper than the 2023 Kona. The C-HR provides a roomier interior space than the Hyundai’s SUV. The fuel economy of the Kona is much better than the C-HR. The acceleration of the Kona also leads in 0-60 and quarter mile timing when compared to the C-HR’s timing. The Kona also comes with better cargo capacity than the Toyota C-HR.

Final Verdict

The 2023 Hyundai Kona is a carryover SUV from the old edition. The MPG of the Camry is impressive and delivers a cost-effective ride to its users. The Inline 4 engine and the optional turbocharged engines do not disappoint the users either. Despite being incorporated with lots of hard plastics in the interior, it looks fairly premium. The SUV does lack in its dimensions contributing to its hatchback appearance. The cargo space is also not the best among the other SUVs in the segment. The infotainment system is feature extensive and easy to use. 2023 Hyundai Kona provides lots of safety features and scores well in the tests conducted by IIHS and NHTSA. As per CarHP, N-Line trim is a great choice because they come with added features and attractive engine options.

Features

vehicle bio
base price

$21990

body style

dr SUV

engine type
displacement

122 cu in

horse power

147 hp @ 6200 rpm

torque

132 lb.-ft. @ 4500 rpm

transmission

1-Speed Cvt W/Overdrive

dimensions
length

165.6 in

wheelbase

102.4 in

width

70.9 in

curb weight

2899 lbs

Height

61 in

Ground Clearance

6.7 lbs

capacity
cargo volume

45.8 cu ft

passenger capacity

5 Seats

fuel economy
city/combined/highway

30/32/35 mpg

highway range

462.00 mi


Hyundai Kona 5 year Cost To Own


Cash Price(MSRP)
$22,005
5 Year Cost To Own
$36,177
Total 5 year Cost To Own -  $36,177
Year 1Year 2Year 3Year 4Year 5total
Depreciation$3,447$1,459$1,407$1,651$1,550$9,514
Insurance$1,238$1,207$1,321$1,330$1,397$6,493
Fuel$1,573$1,670$1,644$1,758$1,779$8,424
Maintenance$89$288$587$1,532$1,787$4,283
Repairs$1$20$23$46$718$808
Financing Interest$1,375$1,069$825$564$183$4,016
Taxes and Fees$2,047$175$131$171$115$2,639
Total Cost-To-Own$9,770$5,888$5,938$7,052$7,529$36,177
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FAQs

What is the price of the 2023 Hyundai Kona?

The 2023 Hyundai Kona starts at an msrp of $21,990 and goes up to $28,800.

When will be the 2023 Hyundai Kona be available?

The 2023 Hyundai Kona is available to build on the official site and deliveries are expected to begin son.

Which cars compete with the 2023 Hyundai Kona?

Some compact SUVs like Kia Seltos, Honda HR-V and the Subaru Crosstrek challenge the 2023 Hyundai Kona.

What are the changes to the 2023 Hyundai Kona?

With recent changes to the exterior and interior of the 2022 Kona, not much has changed in the 2023 Kona.

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