Hyundai Kona Earns Best In Class Crossover Win From New England Motor Press Association
The Hyundai Kona has earned the Best-in-Class Subcompact SUV by the New England Motor Press Association (NEMPA) at its annual Winter Vehicle Awards. This marks the second year in a row that Kona has been recognized by NEMPA.
Kona NEMPA Award
“Kona continues to rack up awards as a testament to its product excellence,” said Mike O’Brien, vice president of Product, Corporate and Digital Planning, Hyundai Motor America. “Kona sets the benchmark for its segment, with a 1.6L Turbo combining outstanding efficiency and robust power along with cutting-edge connectivity and class-leading available safety features.”
How Does NEMPA Evaluate Vehicles?
We NEMPA members evaluate numerous vehicles during the winter months to determine which perform the best in some of the toughest driving winter conditions in America. The vehicles selected for the Winter Vehicle Awards offer a combination of winter-specific driving ability plus features and options that make for safe, enjoyable, and competent all-weather driving. The Kona was specifically singled out for its confident handling and winter-friendly amenities by NEMPA members. During Torque News' testing, we found the Kona to have best in the class drivetrain, infotainment, and packaging.
Kona Fast Facts:
The Hyundai Kona starts at around $21K. Even with every option, the Kona Ultimate is still under $30K. With available all-wheel drive and an available 1.6-liter turbocharged engine, the Kona is quick and fun to drive in all weather. The 2019 Kona also earns the industry's highest safety rating possible, the IIHS Top Safety Pick Plus designation.
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