2017 Hyundai Ioniq vs Toyota Prius

While the Hyundai Ioniq is one of the newest hybrids on the market, the Toyota Prius one of the oldest. Hybrids are now becoming increasingly mainstream with more and more models coming to market all the time. But should you err on the side of history or the newest model? Let’s see how these two compare by putting them head-to-head.

Styling

From day one, hybrids have had a look all their own. When they first came out, they weren’t stylish, but they stood out. The Ioniq probably looks less like a hybrid from the outside than some, but its silhouette still has remnants of the traditional hybrid look. It’s not unattractive, by any means, but it looks like a hybrid.

The Prius has never been a good-looking car, but that didn’t matter when it was the only hybrid around. Buyers used to drive the Prius a a badge of honor to show how they were singlehandedly saving the environment. Times have changed though. The latest model looks like nothing else on the road, which isn’t a good thing for the Prius. This round is an easy win for the Hyundai.

Power & Performance

Until every model has a hybrid option, hybrids will largely be judged by their powertrains first and everything else second. The Ioniq Hybrid is far better and smoother than most of its hybrid competitors, and its electric and plug-in versions are even better. The hybrid pairs a single electric motor with a 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine for a combined power rating of 139 horsepower.

The 1.8-liter four-cylinder and the 53 kW motor power the Prius to a maximum of 121 horsepower, which is much lower than the previous generation’s 134 horsepower. The ride is now smooth and much better than it used to be, but when you look at these engines and take into account fuel efficiency, the Ioniq is triumphant again.

Interior

The Ioniq Hybrid has 96.2 cu.-ft. of passenger volume. If you go purely by the numbers, the interior of the Ioniq actually seems pretty spacious. While the comfort and quality is good, rear seat passengers shouldn’t be too tall or they won’t be enjoying that same comfort. A combination of the gradually sloping roofline and the battery positioned under the rear seat compromises the rear head room.

The outside of the Prius might be “unique” but the interior has gone far more conventional these days–a very good thing. The seats are more supportive and comfortable than ever. You’ll find more soft touch materials and even some of the cheaper plastics have some nice graining for the look you want.

Fuel Economy

Since most hybrids are so close when it comes to mileage, manufacturer focus should be on performance. Since EPA ratings are still all-important for cars like these, though, the Ioniq Hybrid is rated at 57 mpg in the city, 59 mpg on the highway and 58 mpg combined, which is impressive by anyone’s standard.

The Prius has always been first and foremost about fuel-economy, and the Two Eco version of the current model certainly keeps that going with figures of 58 mpg in the city, 53 mpg on the highway and 56 mpg combined. That’s good, but the better combined rating of the Hyundai puts it out in front.

Learn More about the Hyundai Ioniq

The Toyota Prius used to sweep the board when it came to hybrid cars, but, despite a recent redesign, the competition has caught up and passed the Toyota. The 2017 Hyundai Ioniq is proof, beating the Prius on its home ground of fuel economy as well as in several other key areas.

2017 Hyundai Ioniq vs Ford C-Max

If you’re not a fan yet or you’ve no interest in electric or hybrid vehicles, it’s time to get with the program. Whether its high-performance or fuel-efficiency that rings your bell, this is the way the future’s shaping up. While some manufacturers are falling firmly on the hybrid or the all-electric side of the fence, Hyundai and Ford are keeping their options open by offering both with their 2017 Hyundai Ioniq and Ford C-Max models. So, let’s take a closer look to see which is best.

2017 Hyundai Ioniq vs Ford C-Max

Powertrain

Hyundai has done something really neat here by offering the Ioniq as hybrid, plug-in hybrid, and all-electric formats. The hybrid will be the biggest-seller which is why it’s been launched first with the other two following later, and the EV’s availability is being limited mostly to California at first. These are not performance models by any means, but they are livelier than the heavier Kia Niro hybrid.

There’s no all-electric version of the C-Max right now, so choice is limited to a hybrid and a plug-in hybrid. There’s nothing inherently wrong with the way either performs, but these are hybrids that have been around a while and it’s a technology that’s rapidly changing and improving. The more contemporary systems in the Hyundai Ioniq have the edge here then.

Styling

It must have been tempting for Hyundai to come up with a design for the Ioniq that screams “look at me, I’m different.” Thankfully, the Korean automaker resisted that temptation and the Ioniq is ultimately conventional. It certainly doesn’t shout about being a hybrid or an EV, so it will definitely appeal to a wider audience than a couple of well-known rivals.

The Ford C-Max was originally designed as an upright MPV for the European market, and although it’s no sports car it’s a lot more likeable than some of its less conventional rivals. It’s part-hatchback, part-tall wagon and even part-small minivan–it doesn’t seem to know what it wants to be. The Hyundai takes the honors here again for being more definitive and decisive.

Fuel Economy

If fuel economy is your thing, the Ioniq comes in three flavors of green, greener, and greenest. The base Ioniq Blue model is expected to deliver EPA ratings of 57 mpg in the city, 59 mpg on the highway and 58 mpg combined, while the rest of the range comes in at 55 mpg combined. The plug-in ratings have yet to be released, while the Ioniq Electric is rated by the EPA as having a range of 124 miles on a single charge.

Despite being downgraded twice during its five-year lifespan, the C-Max is still the Blue Oval’s most efficient model. The conventional C-Max Hybrid is rated by the EPA at 42 mpg in the city, 37 mpg on the highway and 40 mpg combined, while the plug-in has an all-electric range of 20 miles and a mile per gallon equivalent (MPGe) of 88. This is another easy victory for the Hyundai then.

Interior

The styling of the Ioniq’s interior is fairly straightforward with plenty of places to put things, but the rear seats can be a little cramped for two taller passengers on a long journey. Some of the materials may look and feel a little odd, but that’s not through corner-cutting as they’re intentionally recycled or sustainable materials to fit with the car’s image and profile.

Thanks to its origins as a European MPV, the C-Max is very spacious and practical for such a compact car. If you want plenty of room but you don’t need a third-row seat, the C-Max is a good choice. The Ford just misses out on the 100 cu.-ft. of interior volume at 99.7 cu.-ft., which just keeps it in the compact segment instead of being classified as a midsize. This has to be a win for the Ford C-Max then.

Learn More about the Hyundai Ioniq

The Ford C-Max is a decent enough family car for those wanting lots of space and decent fuel economy without a third-row seat. However, the Ford is now starting to show its age and the 2017 Hyundai Ioniq is all-new and offered in more formats,giving buyers additional options. The Ioniq is clearly the better option.

2017 Hyundai Ioniq Hybrid

Social consciousness comes in many forms, and one of those is being aware of greenhouse gases and vehicle emissions. Doing your part doesn’t have to mean shelling out a ton more money than a standard vehicle–you can reduce emissions, save money, and drive a stylish vehicle with the 2017 Hyundai Ioniq Hybrid.

One of the most attractive parts of the hybrid market is the nearly astonishing fuel economy that you can get. The Ioniq Hybrid fits right in, with a mind-boggling 58 mpg average. The Hyundai achieves this by reusing the energy from the engine and regenerative braking system. Brace yourself–estimates suggest that this kind of fuel economy can save you an average of $3,750 over 5 years when compared to the average vehicle. In fact, when you exclude electric vehicles or plug-in hybrids, the Hyundai Ioniq Hybrid claims the title as the most fuel efficient car in America.

The Ioniq is tech savvy throughout, not just in its fuel systems. The interior technology make it incredibly convenient to drive and stay connected while you do. The 2017 Ioniq makes it easy to connect to your smart phone with either Apple Car Play or Android Auto, which allows you to access and use your phone’s apps through the touchscreen in the dash without fumbling for a plug you’ll never use again. That wireless mantra continues to charging your smartphone, which you can do on the wireless charging station. For the devices you do need to plug in, the Ioniq has a USB port and two 12V car outlets. Add in the built-in programmable garage door opener and you have yourself a tech winner.

Tech and fuel economy is great, but safety is king–and the 2017 Hyundai Ioniq has you covered there too. This vehicle offers available automatic braking with pedestrian detection. So, when you are driving through the neighborhood, your Ioniq will be able to sense the kid running out to chase his ball into the street without looking and help you stop in time. Blind Spot Detection with lane change assist gives you all the tools you need to change lanes with confidence. Finally, the standard rear view camera and cross traffic alert will help you avoid those common parking lot accidents.

 Warranty

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Ioniq Hybrid Warranty

The icing on this metaphorical hybrid cake is the fact that your 2017 Hyundai Ioniq comes standard with America’s Best Warranty. Other manufacturers have the same guarantees but not for as long, demonstrating the confidence Hyundai has in all of its vehicles and their longevity. Hyundai gives you a 5 year/60,000 mile limited warranty and a 10 year/100,000 mile power train warranty. The power train warranty includes your Hybrid System Components and your Hybrid battery comes with a lifetime guarantee. It doesn’t get any better than that.

  • Blind Spot Detection

    Don’t worry about merging–the Ioniq’s Blind Spot Detection system will alert you when you have something to worry about.

  • Available LED Taillights

    Unique exterior style becomes clear in the available LED taillights, which give you a look you’ll love.

  • Tablet Holder

    Integrated storage for your smart device gives you a safe, secure place to put your tablet on your way to work or play.

  • 8-Inch Touchscreen

    Opt for the available 8-inch touchscreen in order to make your smartphone and navigational integration easier to manage.

Conclusion

It’s hard to match a vehicle that not only saves you hundreds of dollars a year in fuel, contributes to less emissions, and offers one of the smartest and safest vehicles out there. Add to it a warranty that lasts for longer than you’ll probably own your vehicle and you’ll be confident that the 2017 Hyundai Ioniq is the perfect choice for you.