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276-horsepower 2022 Hyundai Kona N brings track-ready performance to the pavement

The 2022 Hyundai Kona N is a new hot hatch for American families.

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If you were thinking that the 2022 Hyundai Kona N was going to be a slightly sportier take on the Kona, you were wrong. Way wrong. The new Kona N is a grown up hot hatch that is road- and track-capable.

The Kona N is another step toward Hyundai's commitment to incorporate N and N Line models throughout their stable. Eighteen vehicles bearing the N and N Line names are expected to be revealed through 2022.

The 2022 Kona N is being branded as a 'True Hot SUV'. To back up this claim, Hyundai has given the model a combination of versatility, rapid acceleration, and agility. It's powered by a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that is matched with an eight-speed wet dual-clutch transmission. The powertrain makes the Kona N capable of achieving 276 horsepower. The SUV can get to 62 mph off the line in 5.5 seconds when Launch Control is activated. Its speed tops out right around 150 mph.

2022 Hyundai Kona N

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Hyundai has given the Kona N an electronic limited slip differential that controls torque distribution to the driving wheels and allows the SUV to drive into corners. The base model Kona N gets launch control, a variable exhaust system, and an N Grin Control System.

There are five drive modes: Eco, Normal, Sport, N and Custom. Those modes change up the operating parameters of the engine, electronic stability control, exhaust sound, and steering. It also has traction control with snow, mud, road, and track capability.

The Kona N has 19-inch lightweight forged wheels with high-performance brakes and tires that work with the car's body-colored fenders to give this Kona a beefier appearance. Hyundai has given the model a front lip spoiler, double-wing roof spoiler, and side skirts. The Kona N is offered in a variety of colors but is currently the only model Hyundai has that is able to wear a Sonic Blue paint color.

The interior of the model has brand-specific details such as the Performance Blue color accents, seats, steering wheel, shift knob and metal pedals.

The Kona N comes equipped with a variety of advanced driver assistance system features including forward collision avoidance assist, lane keeping assist, lane following assist, driver attention warning, high beam assist, blind-spot collision-avoidance assist, rear cross-traffic collision-avoidance alert, safe exit warning, and adaptive cruise control.

The 2022 Kona N is expected to arrive later this year.

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New Jeep Compass Coming Soon

The Compass gets a major update for 2022.

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The Chicago Auto Show is happening now, which means we've already seen a few new models and concepts. Just yesterday, Jeep introduced the new 2022 Compass compact SUV. It gets a new design inside and out, updated tech, and a load of new available driver aids. The Compass' refresh comes as new models from Ford, Subaru and others could cut into Jeep's off-road dominance.

As it was in previous model years, the new Compass is powered by a 2.4-liter "Tigershark" four-cylinder engine that makes 177 horsepower and 172 pound-feet of torque. It's good for up to 31 mpg on the highway in 2WD models and can deliver a max towing capacity of up to 2,000 pounds in 4WD models. A six-speed automatic transmission is standard for Compass Sport and Latitude 4X2 models, while all others get a nine-speed automatic transmission that can handle the 20:1 crawl ratio setting in the Trailhawk model.

An all-new Latitude LUX trim joins the Compass lineup for 2022 as well. It features leather upholstery, heated front seats, a leather-wrapped heated steering wheel, an eight-way power driver seat, a seven-inch full-color gauge cluster, and the larger 10.1-inch screen.


2022 Jeep Compass The new Compass is more upscale than its predecessor.Stellantis/Jeep


The Compass comes with a class-leading 8.4-inch infotainment touchscreen, but higher trims get an even larger 10.1-inch unit. It offers standard wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, and runs Uconnect 5, a colorful, responsive infotainment system with advanced features and tech.

Several new safety features make an appearance, but most are added-cost options. The highway assist system offers a semi-autonomous driving feature, which Jeep says will become available later. Other tech includes traffic sign recognition, standard pedestrian/cyclist automatic emergency braking, a surround-view camera system, parallel and perpendicular parking assist, and a long list of more traditional advanced driver aids like blind spot monitoring and parking sensors.

The Compass lineup for 2022 includes five trims: Sport, Latitude, Latitude LUX, Limited, and Trailhawk. Pricing for the new Compass starts at $26,490, including a $1,495 destination charge. At the top of the lineup, the Trailhawk and Limited models both start at $32,890. It's expected to start arriving on dealers' lots in fall 2021.


2022 Jeep Compass New color schemes highlight the Compass' interior.Stellantis/Jeep

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Hyundai announces pricing for Santa Cruz pickup

It's small, but the Santa Cruz can do plenty of truck stuff like the big guys.

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Looking at American trucks over the years, it's hard to ignore their growing size and price, but 2021 might just be the year that bucks that trend. Earlier in the year, Ford announced the compact Maverick pickup truck, and after months of rumors, Hyundai did the same. The Santa Cruz will be a small unibody pickup designed in California and built in Alabama. Today, the automaker announced pricing for the upcoming vehicle.

Pricing for the Santa Cruz starts at $23,990, which after the $1,185 destination charge comes to $25,175. That reasonable sum buys the base SE trim, which comes with a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine, an eight-speed automatic transmission, and front-wheel drive. Hyundai estimates that the base engine produces 190 horsepower and 180 pound-feet of torque, while the available turbocharged 2.5-liter engine makes 275 horsepower and 310 pound-feet of torque.

Other standard features include:


2022 Hyundai Santa Cruz The Santa Cruz rides on a unibody frame, which gives it a better ride than most trucks.Hyundai


  • 18-inch alloy wheels
  • LED taillights
  • Wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto
  • Rear occupant alerts
  • Driver attention warnings
  • Lane keeping assist
  • Speed limit warnings
  • Leading vehicle departure alerts

Despite its size and unibody construction, the Santa Cruz does offer traditional truck capabilities. With the base engine on board, the vehicle is rated to tow up to 3,500 pounds, and with the turbocharged engine that number increases to 5,000 pounds. The unibody setup also gives the Santa Cruz a more car-like ride and handling, which improves comfort. It's a configuration that is also used by the Honda Ridgeline and the upcoming Ford Maverick pickups.


2022 Hyundai Santa Cruz The Santa Cruz has a useful bed that can be configured a few ways.Hyundai


Hyundai started building the Santa Cruz at its Montgomery, Alabama factory in June. The automaker says that its production will eventually add 1,200 jobs to the facility, and notes that the vehicle will go on sale sometime later this summer. We're heading out to drive the new Santa Cruz in early August, so stay tuned for a first-drive review in a few weeks.

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