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Well-built Car With Solid Feel (after a discovery)
2021 Hyundai Kona NIGHT 4dr SUV AWD (1.6L 4cyl Turbo 7AM)
It was time to replace the old family minivan, as the days of "family" road trips were behind us. Kona's mostly driven by my wife for a pretty short commute to work. I did the legwork and checked out new vehicles and after reading some great reviews over multiple sources decided upon the Kona. I drove both the 2.0 and the 1.6 Turbo and ended up buying the Night Edition with 1.6T as … it was noticeably more responsive than the non-turbo version and definitely like the look of the 18 inch wheels with blackout treatment. Hyundai warranty gave an extra boost of confidence. Read some reviews saying that if you're on the taller side you might feel a bit cramped in it (not our issue), so we feel the seats and sight lines out the windows were excellent. Backup camera is a great feature and appears to have decent illumination and angle of view to make backing up a breeze. Tilt/Telescopic steering wheel is great and the interior overall is well laid out. Rear hatch space is adequate for a grocery run and if you need more space you can always fold down the rear seats. Again, this is not a car for a family of 5 or 6. Rear legroom good for kids or shorter adults. Probably wouldn't want to be back there for extended periods. Acceleration is more than adequate with the turbo and for me it seems to cruise at 65/70mph at about 2400 rpm with the 7 speed auto transmission. I don't get the feelingthat this engine is struggling as it performs "normal" driving tasks. Now I'll mention an issue that was very disturbing bu SO easily remedied. I'm driving the car both on local roads and some highway, and I'd experience what I'd call "steernig drift" or "wandering". I'd hold my hands lightly on the wheel and it would suddenly jerk to the right...or left for no apparent reason. As someone who's been around cars a long time and likes to work on them I'm thinking things like alignment, tire issues, tie rods and all those things related to steering issues. Did some research and found that the problem lies with the ACTIVE LANE KEEPING system which is part of the Lane Departure feature. This system uses sensors to look at the road lines to keep you centered and will actually feel like someone (or something) is tugging at the steering wheel against your will. This system can be fooled by road cracks and other poor road surface issues which in the northeast is almost EVERYWHERE. I was able to turn off the "Active Lane Keeper" feature in the menu system, and VOILA!, I'm back in control of the wheel and no more drift and wandering steering. After further research such organizations as AAA warn against the use of these systems, claiming they're still in their infancy and could do more harm than good. I would agree that these systems are NOT ready for prime-time. This is not a Hyundai issue. I read the exact same thing about other brands including 70k Audis. You can still keep the "lane alert" feature on. That's the one that beeps if you drift over the lane lines, but it WON'T attempt to steer the car for you. Long review, but trying to save someone the headache of making this discovery. Absolutely 5 star car and I'd highly recommend it.