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2019 Hyundai Kona Electric Named Edmunds Editors’ Choice for Best EV

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The 2019 Hyundai Kona Electric recently reeled in another award — the 2019 Edmunds Editors’ Choice for Best EV.

“We give the Kona Electric high marks for its excellent combination of price and range, but also really love its comfort, responsiveness, and sophisticated ride quality,” said Edmunds Editor-in-Chief Alistair Weaver. “It’s the most accomplished, accessible EV we drove this year — even without the tax credits.”

To compile their picks, Edmunds’ editors test and rate over 300 vehicles every year. Each vehicle is analyzed using more than 30 criteria, such as value, technology, performance, and utility.

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The Kona Electric’s top characteristics include 258 miles of driving range, standard fast-charging capabilities, and spirited driving dynamics. Its electric powertrain generates a zippy 201 horsepower and 291 lb-ft of torque. The Kona Electric also comes equipped with an array of standard safety technologies, including Forward Collision-Avoidance Assist with Pedestrian Detection, Rear Cross-Traffic Collision-Avoidance Assist, Lane-Keeping Assist, and Blind-Spot Collision Warning.

“The Kona Electric continues to win awards from the media and we couldn’t be more proud to receive this award from Edmunds,” said Mike O’Brien, Hyundai Motor America’s vice president of product, corporate, and digital planning. “The Kona Electric provides outstanding value, comfort, and style with a great range, all at a very affordable price.”

The Kona Electric’s entry-level SEL trim boasts an MSRP of $36,450 (plus a $1,045 delivery fee) before the $7,500 federal electric vehicle tax credit kicks in.

Earlier this year, the Kona Electric captured one of the industry’s most prestigious award: the 2019 North American Utility Vehicle of the Year.

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