The Taming of the Turbo

© Perry Stern, Automotive Content Experience© Perry Stern, Automotive Content Experience
Hyundai Kona Limited
Starting MSRP: $24,700
Hyundai’s newest SUV offering, the Kona is a bit of an enigma. Its entry-level SE trim gets motivation from a 147-horsepower 2.0-liter naturally-aspirated four cylinder engine, but its up-level sibling runs a smaller four cylinder that produces more power from its 1.6 liters thanks to turbocharging. The Limited generates 175 horsepower, but even with its 28-horse advantage it delivers the same EPA-estimated 30 mpg combined fuel efficiency as the SE. Thus when shoppers step up from the $19,500 entry-level SE to the Limited, they get more than interior refinements and better wheels — they’re also getting the automaker’s best technology under the hood . . . without a more fuel-thirsty V6.

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