Is the NEW 2022 Hyundai Kona SEL a better SUV than a Honda or Toyota?

Joylandi 24-May, 2021
The updated Kona is here and Hyundai has made some drastic changes for 2022. On the outside you will find a totally updated front fascia, headlights, grill, and wheels. On the inside you will be greeted to an all new infotainment system with WIRELESS Apple CarPlay \u0026 Android Auto. Under the hood is a 2.0L inline-4 that is producing 147HP \u0026 mated to a CVT. The SEL trim is the value leader of the Kona lineup. Is the NEW 2022 Hyundai Kona SEL a better SUV than a Honda or Toyota?
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  • Joe, are your subscribers talking to me or you when they say "joe"?

  • I have this 2.0 in my 18 Elantra. It's not very powerful but a quiet reliable nice engine. I get over 40mpg and I have a manual! Very quiet and reliable.

  • Alot of people didnt like the headlights at night on certain trims. I wonder if this refresh fixes that.

  • How tall are you?

  • The separated lights on the front/rear are a bold & distinctive styling choice for Hyundai (& KIA), but they sort of make the vehicle styling look too busy (IMO). It is somewhat off-putting.

    • Thanks for sharing your thoughts on this one!

  • This car is too small.

  • I prefer my 2019 Kona SEL face to this 2022!

  • Car dealer: has a CVT Low iq consumer: i hate things I dont understand

  • The only thing bad about a CVT is that they simulate shifting to please the low IQ don't. Mostly Americans. They don't like what they don't understand

  • Oh God, a horizontally placed iPad and it makes the Kona 2022 light years from the 2021. Did you just imply this horizontal iPad is a game changer? After your review, I wouldn't want a Kona. I plan to change my 2012 Rio with its 6 speeds auto next year. I think I will have a hard time finding a vehicle without a CVT.

  • The SEL just doesn't get enough love. Most videos are the Limited and up and I'm not paying $30, 000 for this car. I had a 2019 Kona SEL and just got a heck of a trade from my dealer for a 2021 SEL, AWD. Irwin Hyundai in NH does not carry front end drive. Got the Pulse Red with the Black roof. They had to trade with a dealer in NY State but I'm happy with the car and the deal. Thanks for the detailed video on the SEL, I'm not a fan of Turbo so I get along just fine. I love your candy stash places in the cars!

  • 12:06 IM CRYING....:)

  • 3:20 I think it would be better if it's C shape headlamp, 2 small headlamps are weird.

  • The inside of the kona may be nothing to rave about but this car is a joy to drive and so fast. Love my kona

  • Does the car carry a lane assist ? I didn’t hear yah !! Thanks

  • On my way to Daytona 500...😂

  • Gentlemen..start your engine!!! Lol 😂

  • You like a lot of Twinkies lol 😂

  • I rented one two days ago and it handled well. the only downside I experienced is that on the highway the road noise level was quite loud esp on older segments of road. it avg’d around 30 mpg.

  • Great review as always Joe! I got the new Kona here in EU (Romania) for 18.895 USD in the Highway trim and same color (here it's called Dark Knight Pearl :) ). I'm not sure which is the similar trim for US because they really mix it up for different markets, but what mine's got is the digital dash, the heated steering wheel, rear camera and parking sensors, some cloth on the doors and because it's EU a 1L (3 cylinders) engine with a manual gearbox (no blind spot monitoring, no rear armrest). In the 2 weeks I had the car I made a little over 1k miles and I can say it's really comfortable for longer trips, on the highway you can set the lane following assist and cruise control and relax behind the steering wheel because the systems work really well. The only gripe I have with the car is that the interior plastics are scratching really easy but for me is not something I didn't expect at this price. In my opinion, it's a good little car for the money! ;)

  • They are all over-priced. The first 20k or so car is going to grab the market. This is what Ford did with the model T.

  • hey joe plz 2022 1794 tundra plz plz

  • Just a week, I get my, color white,kona hyundai hyundai. 🍻

  • A friend of mine has one of these. A couple years back I was forced to sit in the back. Bad idea. He is only 5’7 and I had no leg room behind him. It was worse he had a child’s seat in the middle, jabbing me in the ribs. Way too small for regular people. Take the mazda3, Corolla hatchback, anything else!

    • @Kevin Wright BRUH WHO CARES about your life story

    • @MAGA yep. Born Brampton Ontario Canada. 30 minutes outside Toronto. Glad I don’t live there anymore, 4 shootings on the street I lived on, two guys trying to kill their cousins by running them down, some of the best Indian restaurants in the area.

    • @Kevin Wright sure american boy lol

    • @MAGA I’m not American. 6 hrs a week in the gym, no junk food, no pop, 80% fruits and vegetables. I have been 250 pounds for the last 10 years.

    • @Kevin Wright not really. It's called pointing out the obvious. That's american's problem with their weight issues

  • Just turned in a Kona we rented for 3 months. Fun little ride, but holy hell the wind noise is rough. Had to always have the jams up!

  • Almost takes up all 8 inches! That's what you hope she said.🤣😂

  • Please do the new 2021 Ford Edge titanium with the titanium elite package The new interior and screen love to see your thoughts in a vid

  • They ruined its quickness, now the front end looks like some boring Ford Escape 🙄 And a CVT? Why 🤦🏾‍♂️

    • @Eric P their IVT isn't like nissan

    • @MAGA the N-Line comes with a DCT. But the lower trims (although they call it “IVT”) it’s just a renamed CVT. 😑

    • what CVT? No CVT at all kid.

  • I believe his gesticulation is a joke.

  • OK fantastic camera work (I am a photographer) and the reviews excellent. I am about to buy a my first small SUV (always an Audi sedan guy) but partner wants a small SUV> Looking across the board, Buick, Honda CRV, Mazda, price point is important be so is tech and not overpowering "iPad" interface, I prefer the way my Audi screens "turtles down" but know that's a non-starter. Please give my sold pick, if money were not an issue would by go with the BMW X1? Thanks again for excellent reviews.

    • @Raiti's Rides as in much better than the $250 less a month Buick Encore GX?

    • Thanks for the wonderful compliment for Lori! She really works so hard on her craft! The X1 is a really great small luxury SUV Joel!

  • Can't wait to see the KONA N-Line whenever you get your hands on one

  • Need more power

  • another good video from joe

    • I really appreciate you taking the time to say that!

  • I looked at one of these, ended up getting a Honda HRV Sport for my wife. It's got everything she needs, plenty of power, has a decent ride and the CVT works very well in my opinion.

    • Thanks for sharing your input from your experience!

  • I have seen a lot of people saying good things about them Kia and Hyundai vehicles but some of them do have issues , I don’t think I would buy one, I was tempted for a Palisade but there have been reports of transmission failures at 4,000 miles for example and another well known windshield cracks

    • stop listening to people when they clearly don't have one. This is why you americans don't have a mind on your own.

    • Thanks for sharing your thoughts on this one.

  • For me, the change to a CVT with auto start-stop are definite deal breakers in this vehicle! The previous six speed automatic torque converter transmission had proven its reliability. Also, auto start-stop is just annoying. This vehicle was already fuel efficient. It did not need auto start-stop. They should have made LED headlights and lumbar support in both front seats standard. Everything else should have been left alone!!

  • Better value Kia Soul same engine.

  • hey raiti great video, can you review a ferrari 458, or a 2017-2019 audi r8? Lastly a 2015-2020 rolls royce ghost. All these cars are on my list, I am still trying to choose which one I like better. Please review them

  • Just watched the unveiling of the ioniq 5. I believe hyundai will be the best selling brand in the usa in 5 years

  • I like to see the N Line Kona !😉good job! Have nice day!

  • This is how I wish the VW group and Mercedes cars with fake exhausts did rear bumpers. I understand why they don’t want the exhaust sticking out the back. But just keep it clean. No fakery. Nobody likes that. :/ great vid, Joe. I still wonder if you actually eat all the snacks you mention, given the shape you’re in. :P

  • Drove the Kona Limited, with the 1.6L Turbo. Very impressive, smooth, responsive vehicle.

  • 🧡Great job as always. Do you have any idea when the new '22 Civic and HR-V will be on dealer lots - and ready for you to review?

  • Do these things still light up like fireworks?😩

  • Nobody hopes for gloss black lol

  • Those rims look EXACTLY like Audi Q5 rims

  • Garbageeeeeeeeeeeeeee turbo motor and CVT...Next idiot auto comapany

  • 25k is to me a lot of money for there to be all of that hard plastic on the doors and arm rests.

  • I dont like how hatchback it looks but otherwise its nice

  • Not all CVTs are the same. Coming from a 2012 Mitsubishi with a Jatco to a Kia Soul with this same CVT, this one is so much better. Better performance off the line, especially in sport mode, and nice simulated shifts.

  • Not only the name but also the shape of this car I found very ugly that's my own opinion only!

  • This car is so slow it's dangerous to drive on the road.

    • @PimpSolja49 says the dangerous driver that can't drive. Do yourself a favor and withdraw your driver licenses

    • @MAGA You must be an old grandpa that drives 10 under the speed limit in the left lane. You're the one causing accidents!

    • @PimpSolja49 not really

    • @MAGA what? I am a safe alert driver. If you need to overtake in an emergency or merge quickly you will have trouble in this car.

    • You're dangerous to drive this car my friend

  • Why does it seem like door pockets on cars are getting so small nowadays

  • not a fan of the 2 tier lighting in the front and back... still think the rav4 is the better looking

  • More powerful than a 1987 Yugo, faster than a moped, look on the street its a 2022 Kona LOL Actually it is an attractive vehicle for what it is.

  • The line between a SUV and a Hatchback is getting thinner and thinner...

  • CVT’s are demoralizing and soul sucking I just hatted it in my Nissan Altima Coupe…..

  • Hyundai is more reliable and better technologies than toyota or honda.

    • @Gilbert Galvan i hadn't heard fire from their vehicles since 2016. Take your alt account somewhere else betahusband

    • @ATX Trent Nissan's CVT had issues at 15k miles. That's a fact

    • @Gilbert Galvan I agree.

    • More reliable than Toyota? Nope. Their engines still catch on fire.

  • Hey Joe I love these videos! Would you compare the 2022 g70 and how it stacks up with the new Audi s5 and bmw m440i?

  • Hahaha! No need for that extra bedroom when you store the kid on the roof racks! 😂

  • On throttle!

  • Digging the rims

  • Hey Joe 👋 👋

  • Last year We bought a 2020 Kona AWD SEL Plus and we absolutely love it! Your Hyundai reviews definitely helped our purchase.

    • Glad you like it. I've been thinking hard about trading in my beloved 2018 elantra for one of these. But I really like my Elantra. It's been a great car. I have the same 2.0 motor. 65k. It's been great. I put alot of care into it. 4k synthetic oil changes, good tires, keep up on the maintenance, constantly cleaning it.. The Kona would be for my wife mostly. Long ride to work in the winter.. awd would be nice with good mpg's as a plus.

  • Hyundai should step-up the Kona. The subcompact crossover segment is so stacked with brands putting tons of features yet cheap price. Not a fan of those big ugly black plastic trims

  • I had a 2020 kona. I trade it in for a 2021 santa fe. If you can afford the santa fe go for it. If not kona its a great car as well for the money.

  • 140hp on a suv

    • @MAGAMeow, snowflake.

    • @Gilbert Galvan and it's garbage cat boy.

    • Toyota C-HR has 144 HP, and it's slow as hell. Maybe the Corolla Cross will replace it.

  • 13:00 zonk: c'mon ref that wasn't holding. most all these vehicles you have to pull the seat tab up to lay flat. no "pull" handle incl.

  • *The 2022 Kona looks nice. I'm considering one now, and I'm a Toyota loyalist.* ❤️

    • Same here. The most important thing to me is reliability, so if the Kona proves to be as reliable as my 2014 Toyota Yaris, which has yet to have any major issues whatsoever, I’m sold.

  • Can we get a 2022 K5 ex update

  • J ~ I like the face. the wheels are nice, the color is above average. vinegar cleans brake dust off wheels better than anything & it's doesn't cost 35 bucks. the planets largest reverse lights hahaha. nice body design. just when I was digging it you told me the HP & CVT, then I began to cry, like a real baby - seriously I cried for 20 minutes, I nearly had a total nervous breakdown. decent clean cut interior - even with some plastic crap, at least it's ergonomic. yay sunroof > panty dropper option. it's a really slow car that looks cooler than it really is lol. yeah semi soft is what my pole dancing g/f said > Cotton Candy, I'm not sure but I don't think that's her real name. it's the kind of car that you don't mind if a crazy driver hits ya, oh, it's totaled? shucks too bad lol. you're cracking me up, the walker passing you - comedy folks. sounds like a Ferrari when you passed people on the highway. that was sarcasm. love your posts - tony

  • Seltos 2022 please

  • Great Job 🙏🙏

  • I love it my boy Joe keep up the work and I love the video lot real true funny 😄😂😆🤣💯

  • Was going to buy a 2021 Kona SEL...but this video convinced me to wait for end of the year sales to get the 2022...gotta have the moonroof!

  • Death to dealer-installed pinstripes.🤬

  • That thing is so slow joe lol

  • This video could've used DingDongs with the condom 😆 Loooove y'all, J&L

  • Give me an unconditional 150k no-questions-asked new replacement (with rental car) warranty on the Continuously Volatile Transaxle and I will ride off down the road with one. The front seats even in the base model are some of the best I have sat in since the 90’s at least. Thanks for another great review. Cheers.

  • The grille gives me Ford Escape

  • Raiti, the hardest working man in the game🔥💪🏼

  • Hi, Joe, I have been following your channel quite a while, and would like you to revamp or change your overall review sequencing or format to be more exciting and enjoyable. It’s just a proposal from your regular viewer. Think about it….

  • Why does the screen bother me so much.. for some reason every Kona I looked at it looks like the info screen was a last min though and was just slapped in there..

  • Those headlights and taillights location on this compact SUV look weird and not in a good way..

  • Joe still cant wait for you to do the kona n line soon and the tucson n line and oh man defintely the kona N!

  • KONA Kneeling On Natural Asphalt

    • you're low IQ

  • KONA Knowing Odd Nomads Aggravated

  • KONA Knocking Out Nannies Again

  • KONA Kings On Nymphomaniacs Asphyxiated

    • another troll seeking for attention

  • Hyundai lost a competitor, the cx3. The cx 3 got discontinued. My cousin wanted a kona, but got a cx3

  • KONA Kinky Overtures Needing Attention

    • low IQ troll

  • KONA Kind Of Not Accurate

  • KONA Kids On Narcotics Annihilated

    • you're not very smart

  • HYUNDAI Holding Yearly Unreported National Documents Accrediting Institutions

    • your mother made a mistake of bringing you here

  • I don't understand the value proposition. For $25k, you can buy the new Tuscon with more power, more room, more everything. And much better material compared to the cheap plastic in Kona.

    • define cheap

  • HYUNDAI Hungarian Yankers Undressing Native Damsels Achieving Intercourse

    • your low IQ makes it sad

  • HYUNDAI Hawaiian Youth Unifying Nuns During April Initiatives

    • log off troll

  • Does it compete with the trailblazer

  • What a bad friend, there are no subtitles in Spanish. I miss a good video.

  • YAY! I was waiting for this review!!!!