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2018 Hyundai Kona Photo Gallery: Pint-Sized Pizzazz

If you think there’s been an SUV explosion during the last couple of years, you’ve been paying attention, and the class that’s been expanding at a record pace is also the smallest. Automakers are rushing to add a subcompact SUV to their lineup, and one of the newest to join the fray is the Hyundai Kona — it’s also one of the most interestingly styled in the class. 

Related: 2018 Hyundai Kona Video Review: What Makes the Kona So Special?

The Kona slots below the Tucson compact SUV in the automaker’s lineup and marks a new design direction for the brand. Its overall look is more playful and rugged than Hyundai’s other SUVs, and as a result, it stands out — far out.

Front and center is the automaker’s hallmark grille, but a new headlight setup adds a funky dimension. Skinny LED daytime running lights sit high on the corners, and the headlights sit lower in a pod formation flanking the grille. The Kona also wears a generous amount of black cladding on all sides that gives it a rough, outdoorsy effect.

We pit the Kona against key rivals in the subcompact SUV class in an upcoming Challenge. Check back Monday to see how it fared.’s Editorial department is your source for automotive news and reviews. In line with’s long-standing ethics policy, editors and reviewers don’t accept gifts or free trips from automakers. The Editorial department is independent of’s advertising, sales and sponsored content departments.

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News Editor Jennifer Geiger joined the automotive industry in 2003, much to the delight of her Corvette-obsessed dad. Jennifer is an expert reviewer, certified car-seat technician and mom of three. She wears a lot of hats — many of them while driving a minivan. Email Jennifer Geiger

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