Quality Verified | Posted July 19, 2023
2023 AAA Car Guide Winner: 2022 Hyundai Kona Electric Limited

The 2022 Hyundai Kona Electric Limited ranked 8th in the Top 10 Most Fuel Efficient Vehicles in the 2023 edition of the AAA Car Guide.

What is the AAA Car Guide?
The AAA Car Guide helps consumers navigate the evolving automotive marketplace by ranking and rating the newest vehicles, including EVs. The Guide provides consumers with reviews, based on testing by AAA Engineers, highlighting how many advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) are included in the vehicle, along with other criteria and information.
2022 Hyundai Kona Electric Limited
SUV Electric
Overall Observations

The Hyundai Kona Electric, introduced in 2019, is basically an electrified version of the standard Kona SUV. In 2022, the compact crossover got a face-lift and took measures to reduce cabin noise. We tested the top-trim Limited edition.


The Kona Electric has a lot going for it: The floor-mounted battery’s weight lowers the Kona’s center of gravity, improving its handling, and its powerful electric motor provides punchy acceleration and torque. Other noteworthy qualities include a decent range and DC fast-charging capability. A full suite of advanced safety features and heated front seats are standard. Leather seating, a power driver’s seat, and a 10-inch infotainment screen are available on higher trim levels.


The Kona Electric could use some improvement in a few areas, though. The quality of the interior materials, especially the dash, feels cheap. The steering lacks precision and responsiveness (and includes some torque steer), room in the backseat is tight, and cargo space is lacking.

Strengths and Weaknesses

AAA’s Recommendation: Whether you own an electric vehicle or a gas-powered car is up to you – and you should consider lots of factors in making that choice. No matter what type of vehicle you’re choosing, we recommend visiting a dealership, test driving one, and asking as many questions as possible to make an informed decision.