Hyundai reveals powertrains, features of U.S.-bound, refreshed 2022 Kona SUVs

The Hyundai Kona has been given a facelift and new variant for the 2022 model year.

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Last September, the 2022 Hyundai Kona and Kona N-Line debuted. Now, nearly half a year later, we have the answer as to which powertrains and features will be on the U.S. version of the subcompact SUV as part of its mid-generation refresh.

Power options

The 2022 Hyundai Kona will be sold with a standard 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine in the U.S. That engine produces 147 horsepower and 132 pound-feet of torque. No changes there from the 2021 Hyundai Kona S, SEL, and SEL Plus. Hyundai is doing away with the six-speed automatic transmission that was paired with the engine previously. Now, it is mated with a new Smartstream Intelligent Variable Transmission.

2022 Hyundai Kona N Line

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An upgraded four-cylinder will be offered in the Kona N-Line and Limited trim levels. It's a 1.6-liter turbo-four that delivers 195 horsepower and 195 pound-feet of torque. That's 20 horsepower more than the same engine put out in the 2021 Kona Night, Limited, and Ultimate models. The engine is paired with the same seven-speed dual-clutch transmission.

Hyundai will give the 2022 Kona Electric a 150 kilowatt hour permanent-magnet synchronous electric motor and 64 kilowatt-hour lithium-ion battery that deliver 291 pound-feet of torque to the Kona Electric's front wheels - nothing new there. Expect the powertrain to deliver a Hyundai-estimated 132 MPGe in the city, 108 MPGe on the highway, and 120 MPGe combined. Charging time remains the same.


Hyundai traditionally equips their models with a long list of standard and available features. The Kona is no exception. The options list includes a sunroof, shark fin antenna, leather-trimmed seats, heated seats, automatic climate control, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, proximity key with push-button start, and one-touch up/down windows.

Hyundai has given the Kona S a standard 8-inch infotainment touch screen. Satellite radio gets added in Kona SEL models while a 10.25-inch screen is available on Kona N-Lines and standard on the Kona Limited. An eight-speaker Harman Kardon premium sound system is available on N-Line models while Limiteds get ut standard.

Curiously, the 2022 Kona has wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto only on models with the standard 8-inch infotainment screen. The larger screen has compatibility for the tech, but it must be wired to connect. Two USB ports are standard. The Kona Limited comes with three - an extra in the rear. A wireless smartphone charge is standard on the Kona N-Line and Limited.

The 2022 Hyundai Kona will arrive stateside later this year.

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Safety and technology awards

Four Hyundai cars earn top marks for teen drivers

Best SUV for Teens $35 to $40k: 2021 Santa Fe Hybrid

Each year, U.S. News & World Report ranks vehicles in several categories. One relates to teen drivers and how well a vehicle performs in areas such as safety and available technology features. The 2021 rankings for Best New Cars for Teens were just released and one automaker hit it big. Four vehicles from Hyundai's 2021 lineup took top spots in various categories. They include:
  • Best Car for Teens $20k to $25k: 2021 Hyundai Elantra Hybrid
  • Best SUV for Teens $20k to $25k: 2021 Hyundai Kona
  • Best Car for Teens $25k to $30k: 2021 Hyundai Ioniq Hybrid
  • Best SUV for Teens $35k to $40k: 2021 Santa Fe Hybrid

2021 Hyundai Elantra Hybrid Best Car for Teens $20k to $25k: 2021 Hyundai Elantra HybridHyundai

All vehicles that earned awards in the 2021 survey are available with safety features that include forward collision warnings, forward automatic emergency braking, lane departure warnings, and lane keep assist. The vehicles also carry safety features and controls that allow parents to monitor their teen's behavior. Through the available smartphone app, parents can receive alerts when the vehicle goes over a set speed or if the teen leaves a set geographic area. The idea is that the functionality allows parents to coach their young drivers on their driving habits.

2021 Hyundai Ioniq Hybrid Best Car for Teens $25k to $30k 2021 Hyundai Ioniq HybridHyundai

To earn a spot on the U.S. News Best Cars for Teens rankings, a vehicle has to score well in several categories that include crash test scores and available advanced driver assistance features. The vehicle must also have scored well in the publication's rankings for its segment and price level.

2021 Hyundai Kona Best SUV for Teens $20k to $25k: 2021 Hyundai KonaHyundai

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New sports car

The Acura Integra is coming back in 2022

This is all we know about the new Integra's styling.


Secrets are hard to keep these days. It seems like new products always end up being leaked by one of the hundreds of people involved in the development process, to the point that even the most secretive companies have a hard time unveiling a product that people don't already know about. That wasn't the case this week, though. After announcing the final version of its NSX supercar at Monterey Car Week, Acura took to the skies with an impressive drone show that eventually spelled out a message no one expected to see: The Integra is coming back in 2022.

The original car launched in 1986, and its legend grew over time. After accumulating dozens of awards and spawning an entire industry around customizing and enhancing the Integra, Honda and Acura discontinued the car in 2001. We saw a successor to the crown in the Acura RSX for a few short years afterward, but it's been 15 years since a small, tossable sports car has graced the Acura catalog. Granted, Honda has been on a tear with the Civic Si and Civic Type-R, but there has been a hole in the Acura lineup for some time now.

Acura Integra The original Integra is the stuff of legend.Acura

Waiting is the hardest part, as they say. Other than the gorgeous drone display and tantalizingly mysterious teaser photo, we know nothing, which is a difficult spot to be as a car enthusiast. There are a few details, though. The car will return in 2022 as a "compact premium entrant," according to the press release. Company VP and Acura Brand Officer Jon Ikeda also said that the car is "returning to the Acura lineup with the same fun-to-drive spirit and DNA of the original, fulfilling our commitment to Precision Crafted Performance in every way – design, performance and the overall driving experience."

Given parent company Honda's success with performance versions of the Civic, we're optimistic that the 2022 Integra will put its compact dimensions to good use on the road and on the track. We'll have to be patient, though, because official details won't become available until closer to the car's introduction in 2022.

2022 Acura Integra Acura shared the new Integra's logo.Acura

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