My first six cars all had manual choke but the very first was a three wheel Bond MiniCar.
Almost all my cars in the UK had manual choke, and there were always tales of women pulling out the choke knobs so they would have some place to hang their handbags.
I also remember the Bond minicar, though I never had one myself. Eventually replaced by the Bond Bug, which had the creature comforts of a reverse gear and heaters, but no radio, and a rather unique entry/exit arrangement involving lifting the body off. Rather ironically, given how (almost) universally they were reviled back then, they are collector cars now!
What I like about my Ioniq is that it cost me about $6000 less than a similarly equipped Prius, gives me CarPlay, dual-zone heat and air, and where the Prius was barely managing 55mpg (US, 69, UK) for my regular commutes, the Ioniq is at 62 (US, 78 UK) - with barely any effort to achieve it.
I also like how quiet the Ioniq is on the road, even under acceleration. The Prius used to rev like crazy just to overtake, and road and wind noise was quite high.
The Ioniq doesn't broadcast its HEV credentials in the same way a Prius does, so I find other drivers less combative, and because it is actually more comfortable, and driving it doesn't require any special attention to technique to get good economy, I get where I'm going with a lot less stress.