2018 Hyundai Ioniq vs. Its Competition

2018 Hyundai Ioniq

In offering three green powertrains, the Hyundai Ioniq tries to be all things to all people, and each version suffers just a bit in competition with more specialized vehicles designed for only one or two.

The Toyota Prius is larger inside and almost as fuel-efficient, with its Prime model having similar electric range—though its styling repels many.

The Nissan Leaf is redesigned entirely for 2018, with a longer electric range, but we haven’t reviewed it yet.

The Chevy Bolt EV is the affordable long-range electric car, and roomier than the Ioniq, though the Hyundai is cheaper.

The Chevy Volt is our favorite plug-in hybrid, and its 53-mile battery range is twice that of the new Ioniq Plug-In, but it too is likely to be pricier.

Finally, the aging Ford C-Max is more upright and much more capacious, but less fuel-efficient as either a hybrid or an Energi plug-in hybrid.

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Quick Specs
6.2
With a plug-in hybrid joining hybrid and electric versions, the 2018 Hyundai Ioniq normalizes green powertrains: it’s relatively fun to drive, and doesn’t look strange.
7.5
The 2018 Chevrolet Volt is an accomplished and refined extended-range electric car that makes an ideal everyday commuter.
7.2
The 2018 Chevrolet Bolt EV remains the only affordable, available electric car that offers more than 200 miles of range.
5.3
The 2018 Ford C-Max Hybrid and Energi plug-in hybrid are comfortable and spacious, but their fuel economy is lower than virtually all hybrid competitors.
7.0
The 2018 Nissan Leaf is improved in every way over its aged predecessor: it’s better-looking, nicer inside, and has more power and battery range, at a relatively affordable price.
6.2
The 2018 Toyota Prius wins our minds with its fuel-efficiency and low running costs. Our hearts are a different story.
MSRP From     
$22,200$33,220$36,620$24,120$29,990$23,475
Gas Mileage     
55 MPG City / 59 MPG Hwy43 MPG City / 42 MPG Hwy42 MPG City / 38 MPG Hwy54 MPG City / 53 MPG Hwy
Engine     
Gas/Electric I-4Gas/Electric I4ElectricGas/Electric I-4ElectricGas/Electric I-4
EPA Class     
Large CarsCompact Cars- TBD -Large CarsMid-Size CarsMid-Size Cars
Style Name     
Blue Hatchback5-Door HB LT5-Door HB LTSE FWDS HatchbackOne (GS)
Drivetrain     
Front Wheel DriveFront wheel driveFront wheel driveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity     
555555
Passenger Doors     
N/A44N/AN/AN/A
Body Style     
HatchbackHatchbackHatchbackHatchbackHatchbackHatchback
Transmission     
Auto-Shift Manual w/ODAutomaticNACVT w/ODAutomaticCVT w/OD
Detailed Spec Comparison
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