Since 2004, no car has truly rivaled the Toyota Prius hybrid for its combination of fuel economy and practicality. Hyundai finally answers the green car call with the Ioniq hybrid, with a Prius-like silhouette and a hatchback configuration. (The Ioniq is also offered as a plug-in hybrid or as a fully electric car.) Ultimately, the Ioniq manages to match the Prius for fuel economy in our tests, but the overall package is less compelling than the Prius.
Helped by a very aerodynamic body and low-rolling-resistance tires, the Ioniq uses fuel sparingly, tying the Prius with 52 mpg overall in our tests. The apparent tradeoff for getting such good fuel economy is long stopping distances: the Ioniq has among the worst braking performance we've seen in years.
* Between 7/1/18 and 9/30/18, the average savings off MSRP presented by TrueCar Certified Dealers participating in the Consumer Reports Build & Buy Car Buying Service, based on users who received in-stock price offers and who TrueCar identified as purchasing a new vehicle of the same make and model as one of the in-stock price offers from a Certified Dealer as of 10/31/18, was $3,016. Your actual savings may vary based on multiple factors including the vehicle you select, region, dealer, and applicable vehicle specific manufacturer incentives which are subject to change. The MSRP is determined by the manufacturer, and may not reflect the price at which vehicles are generally sold in the dealer’s trade area as not all vehicles are sold at MSRP. Each dealer sets its own pricing.
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