Manufacturer’s suggested retail price (MSRP) for the base 2023 Hyundai Kona is $21,990. For the entry-level SE model with front-wheel drive, this is the price.

The SE and SEL trim levels of the Kona are equipped with a 147-horsepower four-cylinder engine paired with a six-speed automated transmission. A boost in caffeine might help this arrangement, as it took our all-wheel-drive SEL test vehicle 9.2 seconds to reach 60 mph. The Limited and N-Line trims get a 195-horsepower turbocharged four-cylinder engine mated to a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission.

The turbocharged variant can achieve up to 29 mpg in the city and 35 mpg on the highway with front-wheel drive, but with all-wheel drive, fuel economy drops to 27 mpg in the city and 32 mpg on the highway. In our testing, we were able to achieve 32 mpg with the turbo all-wheel-drive model and 33 mpg with the regular four-cylinder in our 75 mph highway fuel economy test.

The Kona’s dashboard is topped by a touch-screen infotainment system with basic shortcut buttons for quick access to frequently used functions. It was easy to figure out how to use the system, although it took a while to react to our inputs. There is a normal touchscreen display size of 8.0 inches, with a bigger 10.3 inch display available as an option.