The Hyundai Ioniq is a brand new car for 2017, and right out of the gate it has began to challenge the established Toyota Prius. This blog will show how the new Ioniq surpasses its rival in terms of fuel economy, styling, and driveability.
While the best way to learn about the Ioniq is to visit Parkway Hyundai for a test drive, this information will help you gain a better understanding of this technological wonder.
If you’re in the market for a hybrid car, it’s most likely because you’re concerned with fuel economy. The Ioniq beats the Prius in both city and highway driving, making it the most fuel-efficient car in America (based on EPA estimates). Your Ioniq can go up to 690 miles on a single tank of gas, compared to just 610 miles in a Prius.
|Ioniq Blue||Prius One||Ioniq SEL, Limited||Prius Two, Three, Four|
|City Gas Mileage||57||54||55||54|
|Highway Gas Mileage||59||50||54||50|
Styling and Driveability
The Ioniq and Prius are both 5-door hatchbacks, so in some regards they look similar. While the Prius goes to great lengths to set itself apart from the crowd, the Ioniq has a unique look without screaming “Look at me, I’m a hybrid!” The Ioniq lets you enjoy all the benefits of driving a hybrid vehicle while still enjoying excellent style.
The two cars vary on driving experience as well. The Prius’s continuously variable automatic transmission has a feel that takes some getting used to, while the Ioniq features a 6-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission that drives more like a traditional car.
Let’s be honest, price is often the deciding factor when purchasing a new car. Comparing the models with the best fuel economy, Ioniq comes out on the top. The Ioniq Blue has an MSRP of $23,035, while the Prius Two Eco goes for $26,050. Both cars offer a backup camera, proximity key entry, and Bluetooth connectivity, but the Ioniq gains a larger touchscreen, dual-zone automatic climate control, and even an extra USB charging port.
If it’s technology that’s important to you, compare the Ioniq SEL with Tech Package at $25,785 to the Prius Three at $27,620. For almost $2000 less, you get heated front seats and Android Auto™ and Apple CarPlay™ integration, features that are not available on the Prius.
The 2017 Hyundai Ioniq is a brand new car that’s set to become a major player in the world for hybrid vehicles. Be at the forefront of the revolution and take one for a test drive today at Parkway Hyundai in Wilmington, North Carolina.