Review: 2018 Hyundai Ioniq Hybrid

Review: 2018 Hyundai Ioniq Hybrid

What has the latest in tech, a convenient hatchback and interior, and gives the Prius a run for its money? The 2018 Hyundai Ioniq Hybrid, and it’s already a favorite in the Richmond area and beyond.

Virginia drivers who want the most fuel-efficient hybrid on the market will find just what they need in the new Ioniq Hybrid. Below, we’ll give you all the details you need to know before you come in and get behind the wheel.

Hybrid Technology and Fuel Economy

The Ioniq’s name isn’t as recognizable as the Prius, but the Hyundai hybrid bests the Toyota in fuel efficiency significantly. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, the Ioniq Hybrid gets 58 MPG combined, saving you $3,750 over five years when compared to the average new car. Comparatively, the new Prius gets 52 MPG combined.

The Ioniq Hybrid is America’s most fuel-efficient car thanks to a high-capacity lithium-ion polymer battery system, which is back by Hyundai’s exclusive Lifetime Hybrid and Electric Battery Warranty. This makes the Ioniq a great value and a dependable choice for drivers looking for their first (or last) hybrid vehicle.

The Ioniq Hybrid is powered by a 1.6-liter Atkinson cycle inline-4 engine combined with a battery system, making a net 139 horsepower and 125 lb-ft of torque. All models feature a 6-speed EcoShift Dual Clutch transmission with Shiftronic and Drive Mode Select. Upper trims also have steering wheel-mounted paddle shifters.

Comfort and Convenience

The 2018 Ioniq Hybrid comes in three trims: Blue, SEL, and Limited. All models have 96.2 cubic feet of passenger volume and a sizeable 26.5 cubes of cargo space, making the Hyundai hatchback an ideal road trip vehicle for Virginians.

Standard interior features include dual-zone automatic climate control, premium cloth seating, and Proximity Key with push-button start. Each model also has entertainment and tech, including Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, Bluetooth wireless, USB and auxiliary input, Sirius XM Radio, and 7-inch display audio with a high-res touchscreen.

Interior options include a power tilt-and-slide moonroof, 10-way power driver’s seat with lumbar support, leather seating, heated front seats, an Integrated Memory System, LED interior illumination, and a leather steering wheel and shift knob. Premium tech includes Blue Link telematics, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, Infinity Premium Audio, Clari-Fi Music Restoration Technology, and an 8-inch navigation display with touchscreen.

Safety Ratings and Features

The Ioniq Hybrid is a 2018 Top Safety Pick by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. It scored best-possible marks in all crashworthiness categories and won a Superior rating for its front crash avoidance and mitigation system.

Each model comes standard with a driver’s blind spot mirror, rearview camera, Tire Pressure Monitoring System, Brake Assist, and more. The SEL and Limited trims come standard with Blind Spot Detection with Rear Cross-Traffic Alert and lane change assist, and optional with Automatic Emergency Braking, Lane Keep Assist, and Smart Cruise Control. The Limited trim also has the option for headlights with Dynamic Bending Light.

Pricing

Starting at $22,200 MSRP

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