Comparison: 2017 Hyundai Ioniq vs 2017 Toyota Prius

Comparison: 2017 Hyundai Ioniq vs 2017 Toyota Prius

There was a time when the Prius was the gold standard for hybrid cars. While Toyota had its time in the spotlight, Hyundai has caught up with a hatchback that has an advanced hybrid powertrain, and America’s best warranty to back it up.

When comparing the 2017 Hyundai Ioniq Hybrid to the 2017 Toyota Prius, the numbers tell a story, and it doesn’t end well for the Prius. Read on, then come visit our convenient Chester, Virginia location for a test drive:

Powertrain, Fuel Economy, and Warranty

Hyundai Ioniq

The 2017 Ioniq Hybrid has a 1.6-liter inline-4 engine combined with a 32-kW interior permanent magnet synchronous motor, making a net 139 horsepower and 125 lb-ft of torque. The engine is mated to a 6-speed EcoShift Dual Clutch transmission with Sport mode, making this a compact hybrid that’s actually fun to drive.

The Ioniq gets an EPA-estimated 55 MPG city and 54 MPG highway, while the Blue trim gets 57 MPG city and 59 MPG highway.

Hyundai backs the Ioniq with 10-year/100,000-mile Powertrain Limited and Hybrid System Components warranties, as well as a 7-year/unlimited miles Anti-Perforation Warranty. You’ll also enjoy a 5-year/60,000-mile New Vehicle Limited Warranty, 24/7 Roadside Assistance for 5 years, and a Lifetime Hybrid Battery Warranty.

Toyota Prius

The 2017 Prius features a 1.8-liter 4-cylinder engine with a permanent magnet AC electric motor, making a total 121 horsepower and 120 lb-ft of torque. The Prius comes with an electronically controlled continuously variable automatic transmission.

The base Prius gets 54 MPG city and 50 MPG highway, and the Eco model gets up to 58 MPG city and 53 MPG highway.

Toyota’s guarantee includes a 60-month/60,000-mile Powertrain Warranty and 8-year/100,000-mile Hybrid-Related Component Coverage, as well as a 60-month Rust-Through warranty. The automaker also provides a 36-month/36,000-mile Basic Warranty.

While Toyota has a good reputation for reliability, its warranties are limited when compared to Hyundai’s guarantees. 

Entertainment and Technology

Hyundai Ioniq

The Ioniq Hybrid comes standard with the latest in infotainment and smartphone integration, including 7-inch Display Audio, rearview camera, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, Bluetooth hands-free phone system and streaming audio, Sirius XM Radio, and HD Radio.

Additionally, the Ioniq is available with a range of driver assistance technology, including Automatic Emergency Braking, Smart Cruise Control, Lane Departure Warning, Dynamic Bending Light headlamps, rear parking sensors, Lane Change Assist, and Blind Spot Detection with Rear Cross-Traffic Alert.

Toyota Prius

The Prius is not available with Apple CarPlay or Android Auto, which are considered the gold standards for smartphone integration. It does come with Entune Audio, with the option for Premium Audio with Integrated Navigation and App Suite or Premium JBL Audio with Integrated Navigation and App Suite.

All models of the Prius come with Toyota Safety Sense P (TSS-P), which includes a Pre-Collision System with Pedestrian Detection, Lane Departure Alert with Steering Assist, Automatic High Beams, and Full-Speed Dynamic Radar Cruise Control.


Hyundai Ioniq

Starting at $22,200 MSRP

Toyota Prius

Starting at $23,475 MSRP

Categories: Comparison
Tags: Ioniq, hybrid


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