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Eric's Autos: 2022 Hyundai Kona Electric

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Is it worth the extra spend -- to the tune of $12,700 -- to buy the electric version of Hyundai's Kona rather than the nonelectric version of the same thing?

The question begs several answers, all of them depending on your perspective, as much as your budget.

What It Is

The Kona is a compact-size, five-door crossover that's similar in overall size and layout to others in the class, like the Honda HR-V and Mazda CX-30. It differs from them -- radically -- in being available with either a gas engine or an electric motor.

The gas-engine version of the Kona carries an MSRP of $21,300 to start for the SE trim with a 2.0-liter gasoline engine, a CVT automatic transmission and front-wheel drive. With the optional all-wheel drive system, the sticker price is $22,800.

Then, there is the electrically powered Kona. It has no transmission -- the one-speed electric motor directly driving the front wheels only (all-wheel drive is not available with this version of the Kona) and an advertised range on a full charge of 258 miles.


The SEL trim lists $34,000 to start.

There is also a Limited trim, which stickers for $42,500 to start. This one does not come with more range -- or a stronger battery -- as is often the case with electric cars that are available in a base and higher-cost version.

What you do get is a battery heater, which improves battery charge longevity in cold weather. Plus, leather trim, a sunroof, LED lighting, a Heads-Up Display (HUD) and a larger 10.25-inch LCD touchscreen, among other upgrades.

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