Pecheles Automotive Compares 2018 Hyundai Ioniq Hybrid VS 2017 Toyota Prius Near Washington, NC

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2018 Hyundai Ioniq Hybrid

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2018 Hyundai Ioniq Hybrid

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2017 Toyota Prius

Safety Comparison

Both the Ioniq Hybrid and the Prius have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, driver knee airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, front wheel drive, height adjustable front shoulder belts, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, daytime running lights, rearview cameras, available crash mitigating brakes, lane departure warning systems, blind spot warning systems, rear parking sensors and rear cross-path warning.

Warranty Comparison

The Ioniq Hybrid comes with a full 5-year/60,000-mile basic warranty, which covers the entire car and includes 24-hour roadside assistance. The Prius’ 3-year/36,000-mile basic warranty expires 2 years and 24,000 miles sooner.

Hyundai’s powertrain warranty covers the Ioniq Hybrid 5 years and 40,000 miles longer than Toyota covers the Prius. Any repair needed on the engine, transmission, axles, joints or driveshafts is fully covered for 10 years or 100,000 miles. Coverage on the Prius ends after only 5 years or 60,000 miles.

The Ioniq Hybrid’s corrosion warranty is 2 years longer than the Prius’ (7 vs. 5 years).

Reliability Comparison

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2017 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Hyundai vehicles are better in initial quality than Toyota vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Hyundai 6th in initial quality, above the industry average. With 7 more problems per 100 vehicles, Toyota is ranked 13th.

Engine Comparison

The Ioniq Hybrid’s standard 1.6 DOHC 4 cyl. hybrid produces 18 more horsepower (139 vs. 121) than the Prius’ 1.8 DOHC 4 cyl. hybrid.

As tested in Car and Driver the Hyundai Ioniq Hybrid is faster than the Toyota Prius:




Zero to 30 MPH

3 sec

3.4 sec

Zero to 60 MPH

8.9 sec

10.5 sec

Zero to 80 MPH

15.9 sec

18.3 sec

Zero to 100 MPH

26.6 sec

31.4 sec

5 to 60 MPH Rolling Start

9 sec

10.9 sec

Passing 30 to 50 MPH

4.7 sec

5.1 sec

Passing 50 to 70 MPH

6.4 sec

7.6 sec

Quarter Mile

16.9 sec

17.8 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

82 MPH

79 MPH

Top Speed

116 MPH

115 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

On the EPA test cycle the Ioniq Hybrid gets better fuel mileage than the Prius:








55 city/54 hwy

54 city/50 hwy



Blue Hybrid/Auto

57 city/59 hwy

58 city/53 hwy

Eco Hybrid/Auto

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

For better stopping power the Ioniq Hybrid’s brake rotors are larger than those on the Prius:




Front Rotors

11 inches

10 inches

Rear Rotors

10.3 inches

10.2 inches

The Ioniq Hybrid stops shorter than the Prius:





70 to 0 MPH

177 feet

179 feet

Car and Driver

Tires and Wheels Comparison

For better traction, the Ioniq Hybrid Limited’s optional tires are larger than the largest tires available on the Prius (225/45R17 vs. 215/45R17).

Suspension and Handling Comparison

The Ioniq Hybrid has standard front gas-charged shocks for better control over choppy roads. The Prius’ suspension doesn’t offer gas-charged shocks.

For better handling and stability, the average track (width between the wheels) on the Ioniq Hybrid is 1.5 inches wider in the front and 1.6 inches wider in the rear than the average track on the Prius.

The Ioniq Hybrid BLUE handles at .87 G’s, while the Prius Two Eco pulls only .79 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

The Ioniq Hybrid BLUE executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 1.4 seconds quicker than the Prius Two Eco (27.5 seconds @ .61 average G’s vs. 28.9 seconds @ .55 average G’s).

Chassis Comparison

As tested by Car and Driver, the interior of the Ioniq Hybrid Limited is quieter than the Prius Four Touring:




At idle

27 dB

28 dB


73 dB

75 dB

70 MPH Cruising

68 dB

72 dB

Passenger Space Comparison

Because it has more passenger and cargo room, the Ioniq Hybrid is rated a Large car by the EPA, while the Prius is rated a Mid-size.

The Ioniq Hybrid has 3.1 cubic feet more passenger volume than the Prius (96.2 vs. 93.1).

The Ioniq Hybrid has .4 inches more front hip room, 1.1 inches more front shoulder room, 2.3 inches more rear legroom, 1 inch more rear hip room and 2 inches more rear shoulder room than the Prius.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

The Ioniq Hybrid has a much larger trunk than the Prius with its rear seat up (26.5 vs. 24.6 cubic feet).

Ergonomics Comparison

When different drivers share the Ioniq Hybrid Limited, the optional memory seats make it convenient. Each setting activates different, customized memories for the driver’s seat position. The Prius doesn’t offer memory seats.

Consumer Reports rated the Ioniq Hybrid’s headlight performance “Very Good,” a higher rating than the Prius’ headlights, which were rated “Good.”

The Ioniq Hybrid has a standard automatic headlight on/off feature. When the ignition is on, the headlights automatically turn on at dusk and off after dawn. The Prius has an automatic headlight on/off feature standard only on the Two Eco/Three/Four.

To help drivers see further while navigating curves, the Ioniq Hybrid Limited offers optional adaptive headlights to illuminate around corners automatically by reading vehicle speed and steering wheel angle. The Prius doesn’t offer cornering lights.

To shield the driver and front passenger’s vision over a larger portion of the windshield and side windows, the Ioniq Hybrid has standard extendable sun visors. The Prius doesn’t offer extendable visors.

The Ioniq Hybrid’s standard dual zone air conditioning allows the driver and front passenger to choose two completely different temperatures so people with different temperature preferences won’t have to compromise. This makes both the driver and front passenger as comfortable as possible. The Prius doesn’t offer dual zone air conditioning.

Both the Ioniq Hybrid and the Prius offer rear vents. For greater rear passenger comfort, the Ioniq Hybrid Limited offers optional rear air conditioning vents to keep rear occupants cool in summer or warm in winter. The Prius doesn’t offer rear air conditioning vents, only heat vents.

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