Hyundai Nexo, Kona Electric Win Spots on WardsAuto 10 Best Engines List
WardsAuto recently released its annual 10 Best Engines list, honoring a pair of Hyundai vehicles in the process.
The 2019 Hyundai Nexo fuel-cell vehicle and the 2019 Hyundai Kona Electric were both recognized for their innovative, efficient powertrains.
“It is a true honor to have two of our all-new eco-friendly engine applications receive this prestigious award as it underscores Hyundai’s momentum toward having the industry’s most diverse CUV powertrain lineup,” said John Juriga, director of powertrains for Hyundai. “The endless hours of research, evaluation, and real-world analysis by our engineering community has effectively raised the bar for alternative fuel applications.”
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The Nexo crossover is powered by a hydrogen fuel-cell motor that makes 161 horsepower and 291 lb-ft of torque. The Nexo Blue model has a range of 380 miles and achieves 61 combined MPGe. The Nexo Limited can be driven for 354 miles and has a combined 57 MPGe rating. Both models feature space-efficient fuel-tank configurations and can be refueled in as little as five minutes.
The sporty, fun-to-drive Kona Electric crossover is powered by a lightweight electric motor and lithium-ion battery (covered by a lifetime warranty), delivering 201 horsepower and 290 lb-ft of torque. It boasts a class-leading range of 258 miles, along with efficiency estimated at 120 combined MPGe.
To make this year’s WardsAuto 10 Best Engines list, the Kona Electric and the Nexo competed against 32 other vehicles. Hyundai’s two honors this year boost the automaker’s total number of recognitions to 10 since the award began in 1995.
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