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The Hyundai Kona subcompact SUV is one of the most fun vehicles in the entire automotive industry. The Kona comes in several different trim levels. Hyundai even makes an electric version of the subcompact SUV. Is there a PHEV Hyundai Kona?

Is there a PHEV Hyundai Kona?

The Hyundai Kona is not available as a plug-in hybrid vehicle. It has decent fuel economy. On the other side of the spectrum, the Kona EV has great driving range. Hyundai doesn’t make a Kona PHEV, but should it consider making one?

A blue 2023 Hyundai Kona subcompact SUV is parked.
The 2023 Hyundai Kona | Hyundai

Vehicles that benefit the most from hybrid powertrain systems are vehicles that could use a power boost and better fuel economy. The RAV4 Prime is a perfect example of how great a hybrid vehicle could be when properly executed.

The gas-powered Kona achieves 30 miles per gallon in the city and 35 miles per gallon on the highway. The Hyundai Kona already has great fuel economy. It has a turbocharged powertrain option, so there may not be room for a Kona PHEV between the gas-powered and electric models.

Hyundai doesn’t have a Kona plug-in hybrid option, and frankly, it doesn’t need one. The Kona and Kona Electric nameplates offer plenty of value for different types of drivers.

Which should you get, the Kona or Kona Electric?

A front shot of the 2022 Hyundai Kona Electric.
A front shot of the 2022 Hyundai Kona Electric. | Hyundai

The Kona and Kona Electric are very different subcompact SUVs. Hyundai’s electric Kona model costs $11,560 more than the gas-powered Kona. Electric vehicles often cost more than their gas-powered counterparts and equivalents because of their complex electric powertrain systems. That being said, many consumers aren’t prepared to spend over $33K on a subcompact SUV.

The Kona is the easy decision for drivers who still aren’t sold on the idea of the electric future. The Hyundai Kona electric is ideal for drivers with access to powerful electric vehicle chargers that are willing to buy a capable home charger as well.

If you’re looking for an electric vehicle, the Kona Electric is a perfect entry point into the world of EVs. Its electric driving range and peppy powertrain make the little electric SUV fun to own. If range anxiety is a concern, make sure you have a clear charging plan before purchasing a Hyundai Kona Electric (or any electric vehicle for that matter.) So, the Kona is the easy choice.

The Kona Electric is a great choice for drivers looking to switch it up and go electric for the first time. Seasoned EV owners should enjoy the Kona EV as well. Kelley Blue Book praises its pricing and range.

What’s so great about the Hyundai Kona?

A black 2022 Hyundai Kona is parked.
The 2022 Hyundai Kona | Hyundai

Drivers have taken a liking to the Hyundai Kona over the years because it’s affordable and unique. Like its older sibling the Kia Soul, the Kona has a very distinct design language that sets it apart from many of its competitors. Even the final Limited trim is accessible to the average American consumer and the subcompact SUV only seems to improve with time.

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