2020 Hyundai Kona review: An outstanding vehicle with standout styling

The Kona’s front end is busier than downtown Seoul at rush hour. 


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Like pineapple as a pizza topping, you’ll either love the Hyundai Kona’s looks or not, and you can decide for yourself if it’s something you want to make monthly payments on. If, however, you’re firmly in the naysayer camp because of the design, that’s a shame because there is so much to like here.

Like

  • Strong real-world fuel economy
  • Friendly and useful tech
  • Nicely designed interior
  • Spunky performance

Don’t Like

  • Low-speed transmission judders
  • Engine sounds like death
  • Backseat is a little tight

I get it. This crossover’s styling is not for everyone. The Kona is a small vehicle with a lot of grille. That slitlike applique above the main opening looks like a complete afterthought. Those superangular lamp assemblies that house the daytime running lights are positively alien. And then there’s the dark-gray body cladding, which is always of questionable tastefulness. Personally, I don’t mind the Kona’s design and appreciate that Hyundai was willing to take a gamble here because some of this crossover’s rivals are pretty boring, like, waiting on hold with your internet service provider boring. Seriously, have you seen a Ford EcoSport?

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Can I track my stimulus check? Yep. How to use the IRS Get My Payment app

An online tool can help tell you when your stimulus money is coming.


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If you’ve been waiting since April for your stimulus check with no idea when the IRS will send it, or worse, something has been holding it up, the federal agency has an online tracker that may be able to help. Called Get My Payment, the IRS’ tool can reveal if your check has been processed and scheduled, or if there’s a greater issue you may need to tackle first

Get My Payment can also tell you if your money will arrive as a paper check or a prepaid debit card. (It’s less likely you’ll get your payment as a direct deposit to your bank account since the cutoff to sign up was mid-May.) The checks top out at $1,200 per person and vary based on your income.

If you tried to check your status when the IRS first launched the tool, but didn’t get the answer you needed, you might want to give it a second chance. The IRS has made some changes since the

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