The ’24 Kona is a subcompact two-row crossover with four trims to select from: SE, SEL, N Line, and Limited. The powertrain for the SE and SEL is made up of a 147-horsepower 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine and a continuously variable transmission (CVT). The N Line and Limited come with a spunkier turbocharged 1.6-liter four-cylinder producing 190 hp; it’s mated to an eight-speed automatic gearbox. Front-wheel drive is standard across the range, but all-wheel drive is available for those who wish for a little extra traction.
The EPA reports excellent fuel economy with the ’24 Kona. The FWD SE returns an estimated 29 mpg in the city and 34 mpg on the highway, while the AWD version achieves 27 city/29 highway. The FWD SEL gets 28 city/35 highway; if that trim is configured with AWD, the ratings dip to 26 city/29 highway. Both the FWD N Line and the FWD Limited get the same fuel economy: 26 city/32 highway. With AWD, they’re rated at 24 city/29 highway.
Like every 2024 Kona trim, the base SE is well stocked with equipment. It gets proximity keyless entry, automatic LED headlights, push-button start, cloth upholstery, and a 60/40-split folding rear seatback. The SEL adds heated side mirrors, roof rails, a power-adjustable driver’s seat, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, and dual-zone automatic climate control. With the optional Convenience Package, the SEL’s equipment list grows considerably with Digital Key, heated front seats, ambient interior lighting, wireless phone charging, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, and a 12.3-inch digital gauge cluster. The race-inspired N Line gets all of that standard along with distinctive exterior styling accents and black Alcantara upholstery. The Limited builds upon the SEL with the Convenience Package, adding H-Tex upholstery, ventilated front seats, and a HomeLink universal garage door opener.
Several standard driver-assist technologies are provided in the ’24 Kona through the SmartSense safety suite. The SE and SEL get forward collision-avoidance assist with pedestrian and cyclist detection, blind-spot collision-avoidance warning, rear cross-traffic collision-avoidance assist, lane following assist, lane keeping assist, driver attention warning, safe exit warning, rear occupant alert, and automatic high beams. With the Convenience Package elected, the SEL will also receive an improved forward collision system with junction turning detection and adaptive cruise control with highway driving assist. These advanced safety features are standard in the N Line and Limited, but the Limited is further improved with a surround-view camera, a real-time blind-spot view monitor, and parking sensors on the front, side, and rear of the vehicle.
All ’24 Kona trims receive a comprehensive infotainment system featuring a 12.3-inch touchscreen, smartphone integration (Android Auto and Apple CarPlay), Bluetooth hands-free phone and audio streaming, HD Radio, and SiriusXM satellite radio. It’s worth noting that while Android Auto and Apple CarPlay are wireless in the SE and SEL, they require a manually plugged-in connection in the SEL with the Convenience Package, N Line, and Limited. To compensate for this, the Convenience Package, N Line, and Limited include integrated navigation, dynamic voice recognition, and a Wi-Fi hotspot. Exclusive to the N Line and Limited, though, is a premium eight-speaker Bose audio system.