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The Ioniq hybrid evokes the silhouette and hatchback configuration of the Toyota Prius, and it matches it as a fuel sipper, returning 52 mpg overall in our tests. Power comes from a 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine paired with electric drive for a combined 139 hp.
The six-speed dual-clutch automatic isn't the smoothest, and the car is somewhat loud, but it's not a deal breaker. Handling is rather clumsy, and the ride is a bit stiff. Hyundai gave the Ioniq better tires and an upgraded brake system for 2021, which improved stopping distances considerably over the 2017 version. Android Auto and Apple CarPlay compatibility is standard. Plug-in version of the Ioniq is also available. The electric version was dropped for 2022. Standard active safety and driver assistance features include FCW, AEB with pedestrian detection, LDW, and LKA. BSW and RCTW are available on the higher trims.
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2017-2021
2017 Redesign Year
The Ioniq is the first direct challenger to the Toyota Prius. Evoking the Prius silhouette and hatchback configuration, the Ioniq hybrid matches it as a fuel sipper with 52 mpg overall.
Power comes from a 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine which, combined with the electric drive, puts out a combined 139 hp. The six-speed dual-clutch transmission isn't the smoothest and there's some delay off the line. Like other hybrids it can drive on electric power at low speeds. Handling lacks agility and the ride is a bit unsettled but unobjectionable. The SEL comes with a power seat for an affordable price. A suite of advanced safety features is available, including automatic braking, smart cruise control, and blind spot warning with rear cross traffic warning. Android Auto and Apple CarPlay compatibility is standard. There are also plug-in and fully electric versions. The 2020 model got styling and interior upgrades. The Electric version's driving range increases from 124 miles to 170 miles and gets a horsepower boost from 118 to 134 hp. Standard safety systems now include forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, and lane keeping assistance. Pedestrian detection is available on some top trims. The Ioniq got a freshening for 2021, most notably updating the brake system and switching to a different tire brand and model. Braking performance was markedly improved from the 2017 introduction model year.
$23,375 - $28,825
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$21,075 - $25,825
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$20,225 - $24,700
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$18,675 - $23,150
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$16,850 - $19,875
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