Autoweek editors Jake Lingeman and Andrew Stoy, figured it was time to compare the Hyundai Ioniq against the Toyota Prius after having test driven both hybrid vehicles. On paper, they seem to be pretty evenly matched with either cars excelling in different areas.
Where the Prius pulled ahead was in the engine department with a small displacement advantage and a higher motor output at 71 hp compared to the Ioniq’s 43 hp. The editors also preferred the Prius' double-wishbone rear suspension setup over the Ioniq multilink, as they claim it delivers the kind of driving character that enthusiasts look for.
But, the Ioniq won against the Prius in four important areas; fuel mileage, transmissions, pricing, and total system output.
When it comes to hybrids, fuel economy is very important and the Ioniq has a higher combined EPA figure of 58mpg, a bit more than the Prius at 56 mpg. Then there’s its six-speed dual clutch transmission that will deliver smooth changes even at slow speeds, preferable over a CVT. Finally, we come to the Ioniq’s total system output and while its 18 hp and 5 lb-ft of torque lead may not seem like much, that small difference comes at a price that’s $1000 less than the Prius.
Ultimately, both are great hybrid vehicles and the next generation Ioniq may win the next round.