Available with all-electric, plug-in-hybrid, and traditional hybrid powertrains, the new Hyundai Ioniq was designed from the ground up to sip fuel and take the fight to the Toyota Prius. Here, we feature the Ioniq Hybrid, which will likely represent the bulk of the Ioniq range (the Ioniq Electric and Ioniq Plug-In are listed separately).
What's New for 2017
The Ioniq Hybrid is an all-new model.
Choosing Your Hyundai Ioniq Hybrid
The Ioniq Hybrid pairs a 1.6-liter four-cylinder gasoline engine with a 32-kilowatt electric motor, which draws its juice from a lithium-ion battery. Total output is 139 horsepower, which is typical for this class. The six-speed automatic transmission, however, comes as a surprise – most hybrids use a continuously variable transmission. We suspect a lot of buyers will appreciate the familiar feel of the Ioniq's gear shifts.
The base model returns 58 miles per gallon in combined city and highway driving, according to EPA estimates. For reference, that's two mpg more than the second-most efficient hybrid on the market, the Toyota Prius Eco. The Ioniq's upper trim levels are rated at a still-exceptional 55 mpg combined. Naturally, expect the Ioniq Electric and Ioniq Plug-In to improve even further on these figures.
When it comes to versatility, the Ioniq Hybrid gives up nothing. There's sufficient room for four adults to travel comfortably, along with up to 26.5 cubic feet of cargo. Expect almost double that amount with the rear seat folded.
The Ioniq Hybrid comes in Blue, SEL, and Limited trims:
Individual options for the Ioniq Hybrid are limited to small trim and protection items ranging from $50 to $150.
The Blue combines the best efficiency with the lowest price. It's hard to argue with a pitch like that, but keep in mind that active safety technology comes only on the higher trims.
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