The Kona's exterior is a hot mess, but one with a purpose.

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The Kona is just unusual enough to turn a head and have a random person quip, "What is that thing?"

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The Kona's bottom two trims make do with a 2.0-liter, naturally aspirated I4 putting out an ample-enough 147 horsepower and 132 pound-feet of torque.

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But my tester sports the optional 1.6-liter turbocharged engine with 175 hp and 195 pound-feet.

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In conjunction with its optional all-wheel drive, this thing scoots.

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Cheaper cars tend to have issues handling bad roads, but the Kona's suspension does a commendable job across Michigan's Martian landscape.

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But what it lacks in harshness, it more than makes up for in noise. Wind noise easily sneaks into the cabin, as does additional clamor from its 235/45R18 all-season tires.

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On the safety front, buyers can pick up automatic braking, forward collision warning, blind-spot monitoring, lane-keep assist and rear parking sensors.

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It's a shame, though, that adaptive cruise control is nowhere to be found, and that the most important safety systems are hidden behind expensive trims.

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