The 2021 Hyundai Ioniq Hybrid receives a handful of equipment updates following last year's refresh. An electronic parking brake and HD radio are now standard, along with new wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility.
Choosing Your Hyundai Ioniq Hybrid
The Ioniq Hybrid continues in four trim levels: Blue, SE, SEL, and Limited. Pricing starts at $24,405 and tops out at $32,405 for the Limited.
Hyundai also offers a PHEV called the Ioniq Plug-In Hybrid as well as a 100% electric model, the Ioniq Electric. The EV is only sold in CA and other zero-emission states.
Every Ioniq Hybrid is powered by a 1.6-liter gas four-cylinder engine and a 32-kW electric motor. Combined out is 139 horsepower and 195 lb-ft of torque. A six-speed automatic transmission delivers power to the front wheels.
The Blue trim is the efficiency champ, earning EPA estimates of 57 miles per gallon city, 59 mpg highway, and 58 combined. The other trims are rated at 55/54/55 mpg (city/highway/combined).
Passenger and Cargo Capacity
The Ioniq Hybrid is a roomy hatchback with seating for five and 26.5 cubic feet of cargo space. The standard split-folding rear seat opens up additional load room.
All Ioniq Hybrid models come with lane-keeping assist, automatic high beams, a driver alertness monitor, and automatic emergency braking.
Blind-spot monitoring and rear cross-traffic alert are standard starting with the SE. The SEL adds adaptive cruise control and pedestrian detection. The Limited also gets enhanced adaptive cruise control with automatic lane-centering, as well as front and rear parking sensors.
The standard infotainment system includes an 8-inch touchscreen, six speakers, two USB ports, HD radio, and wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. The SE and SEL gain satellite radio and a rear USB port. Wireless device charging is included on the SEL and Limited.
The Limited gets an upgraded system with a 10.25-inch touchscreen, navigation, and eight-speaker Harman Kardon sound. For now, the system offers wired smartphone integration only.
The Blue carries more equipment than expected for a base model in this class. Every example gets dual-zone automatic climate control, proximity key access, an electronic parking brake, and a 4.2-inch driver information display. Smallish 15-inch wheels are used to enhance efficiency.
The SE adds heated front seats, a power driver seat, a leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob, a 7-inch info display, and paddle shifters. Outside are LED running lights, heated side mirrors, and aerodynamic wiper blades.
The SEL picks up a sunroof, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, 17-inch wheels, and LED headlights and taillights.
The Limited carries a leather interior with driver seat memory, ambient LED lighting, rear air vents, and a cargo cover. The body receives chrome door handles, upgraded door sill plates, and power-folding side mirrors.
The 2021 Hyundai Ioniq Hybrid is a highly efficient machine no matter how it's equipped. The SEL provides the most features for the money in our view, although only the Limited provides navigation and leather, which some buyers deem essential.