Hyundai Kona and Kona Electric Named 2019 North American Utility Vehicle of the Year
The 2019 Hyundai Kona and Hyundai Kona Electric crossovers have been piling up the awards lately — the most recent of which is the 2019 North American Utility Vehicle of the Year honor. It’s the first time a Hyundai vehicle has won the award.
“We couldn’t be more proud of our innovative new Kona and Kona Electric crossover winning the prestigious North American Utility Vehicle of the Year,” said Brian Smith, Hyundai Motor America’s chief operating officer. “Kona is an affordable, stylish, and functional compact CUV, tailored to the needs of customers who pursue active lifestyles of all kinds. It’s setting new standards for its segment, with appealing design, cutting-edge connectivity, and class-leading available safety features.”
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The 2019 Hyundai Kona offers zippy, fun-to-drive performance to go along with its compact yet versatile size. Inside, it’s equipped with an array of standard technologies to make the driving experience safer and more connected, including Bluetooth, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, Forward Collision-Avoidance Assist, and Lane Keeping Assist.
The 2019 Hyundai Kona Electric boasts 258 miles of range and standard fast-charging capabilities, making it a practical choice for drivers seeking both an environmentally friendly ride and peace of mind for longer trips.
The Kona models’ award was announced at this year’s North American International Auto Show in Detroit. Each year, the honor is voted on by an independent panel featuring more than 50 automotive journalists and analysts from a variety of media outlets in the U.S. and Canada.
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