Even before its slated release sometime during the fall of this year, the new Hyundai Venue is already set to be one of the lowest-priced compact SUVs in the US, rivaling competitors like Nissan Kicks, Ford EcoSport, and Kia Soul. It might even be a better value than them all, starting around as little as $17,000, but that's not just because of price tag alone. You'll also be able to look forward to plenty of great features for an entry-level crossover. Take it from a Kelley Blue Book first-look review.

For instance, an 8-inch infotainment system will come standard with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay -- sure to appeal to urban professionals and younger drivers looking to stay connected on the go. On that note, navigation will also be available, offering real-time traffic info and free map updates for up to three years, as will next-generation Blue Link connected car tech. The latter works with Amazon Alexa via your Echo and Google Assistant via your Home device to let you remotely start your engine and manage other features like climate control.

It's even a "compelling choice for teen drivers," with just the right slate of advanced safety features standard -- an "impressive safety suite," says the vehicle research and valuation expert. Forward collision-avoidance assist, pedestrian detection, lane-keeping assist, and driver attention warning come standard, while blind-spot and rear cross-traffic warning systems are available. Moreover, the SUV's ride quality, said KBB, "challenged and exceeded many of our expectations," running quietly and well-composed for a small SUV. Hyundai says its internal testing suggests it'll even be able to achieve combined fuel economy of 32 mpg, an excellent rating for getting around the Westbrook ME area.

Visit us here at Rowe Hyundai Westbrook, to see all this and more for yourself -- it's soon to appear here at 91 Main Street!