2017 Hyundai Ioniq Hybrid Review

One Incredible Hybrid!

The 2017 ioniq hybrid manages to be the most fuel efficient vehicle in america!

The Facts:

Base Price: $22,200

Engine: 1.6L Inline4

Horsepower: 139 hp

Torque: 195 lb-ft

Transmission: 6-Speed Automatic

Curb Weight: 2996 lbs

0-60: 9.4 sec

MPG: 57 City / 59 Hwy

Room For The Kids + Dog:

When I think of a hybrid vehicle, I think of a tiny car with a CVT transmission that barely has room for the driver and passenger. Toting a whole family is typically out of the question for your average hybrid. Nothing could be further from the truth in the case of the Hyundai Ioniq. When I first slipped into the driver’s seat, I was astounded at just how much space there was, not just in the front/rear seats but cargo space too. If you have been wanting to take a family road trip and get 60 MPG while doing it, the Ioniq could very well be the perfect fit. Your passengers will be pleased with the functional interior with lots of cubbies and storage space. They won't be as pleased with the seat comfort on long drives, as they lack support and begin to feel like a rock over time. On the positive side, it’s a very quiet interior with excellent sound proofing; especially at this price point. We also appreciate the responsive and user-friendly multimedia-media system found on all Hyundai products. All things considered, the Ioniq offers a practical take on hybrid living.

Not So Slow:

While the Ioniq won’t be winning any drag races, it’s definitely not slow. I was pleased with its more than adequate off-the line pickup when I first started to drive it. This is partly due to having all of the torque ready at such a low RPM. Plus, no whiny CVT here. The Hybrid Gods are shine down upon us with a fantastic 6-speed auto/manual transmission which provides quick, clean shifts. It also handles nicely giving the driver confidence when taking corners and quick turns. The steering feel is somewhat muted but still offers quick and responsive feedback. Of all the hybrid cars I’ve ever driven with efficiency in mind, the Ioniq is most certainly my favorite.

That’s Included Too:

The Ioniq comes in three different trim levels; Blue, SEL, and Limited. The Blue starts at $22,200 which is a great value. The most notable standard features would be the keyless entry system with push button start, a 7-inch color touchscreen with Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and a rearview camera. For $1,750 more you get blind spot detection with rear cross-traffic alert, heated front seats, heated side mirrors with turn-signal indicators and a 7-inch TFT LCD instrument cluster display with a leather wrapped, flat bottom steering wheel. If you would like to opt for the $1,000 tech package, you will also get laser guided cruise control (an option normally found on high-end luxury vehicles.) This is actually one of the least-expensive vehicles to offer that feature. Out of all the available trim levels, the SEL makes the best case for itself. The Limited is nice, but other than some larger wheels and HID (HIgh Intensity Discharge) headlights, you don’t really get much more.

It’s Not Obnoxious!:

So many Hybrids possess loud styling that lets everyone know you’re driving a hybrid and care more about the earth then they do. This could be a turn-off for those of us who like the Hybrid concept but don’t want to be known as one of "those people”. From a first look, you wouldn’t even think the Ioniq is a hybrid; its average looks aren’t going to win any awards, but it manages to be respectable.

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