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Hyundai's Ioniq, which debuted in 2017, is the 1st model line in the company's history to be sold in three different forms: a hybrid, plug-in hybrid and battery electric. The nameplate Ioniq is a clever portmanteau of “ion” and “unique.”
All three e-cars share similar sporty hatchback styling, making the Ioniq look very conventional. Badges and the sealed-off grille are the only clues to which car is which. Says Hyundai: "Developed for high energy efficiency without compromising driving performance, every Ioniq powertrain represents a unique and uncompromising solution towards a cleaner means of mobility.”
The base model 2021 Hyundai Ioniq Hybrid – called “Blue” – has a starting MSRP of $23,400. It comes standard with an 8-inch color touchscreen display, Apple carPlay and Android Auto, a Proximity Key with pushbutton start, a Dual automatic temperature control with Auto Defogging System, Forward Collision-Avoidance Assist with Pedestrian Detection (FCA-Ped) and Front-Wheel Drive (FWD).
With an EPA-estimated 58 MPG combined rating, the Hyundai Ioniq Hybrid is considered by many to be the most fuel-efficient car in America. Its 60 MPG Highway is one of the highest ratings, equalling the Prius. The EPA estimates you’ll save $4,500 in fuel costs over 5 years by driving an Ioniq HEV. Its total cruising range can be as high as 700 miles! Its 10-year/100,000-mile powertrain warranty is one of the best in the business.
If you’re ready to transition from a gas car to an eco-friendly hybrid, you should take a close look at the 2021 Hyundai Ioniq HEV.
The Hyundai was named 2020 Best Hybrid Car by U.S. News & World Report. Hyundai was the only brand with 2 vehicle wins in the U.S. News & World Report’s Best Hybrid, Plug-In and Electric cars of 2020. It was also named the 2017 Women’s World Green Car of the Year.
The 2021 Hyundai Ioniq Hybrid comes in 4 trims: Blue (MSRP: $23,400), SE (MSRP: $25,350), SEL (MSRP: $28,600), and Limited (MSRP: $31,400).
Ioniq HEV features a 1.6L GDI DOHC 16-valve inline 4-cylinder engine with an unsurpassed thermal efficiency of 40 percent, delivering an estimated 104 horsepower and an estimated 109 lb.-ft. of torque. This engine has been specifically tailored to the hybrid application and is combined with a quick-shifting 6-speed EcoShift, Dual Clutch transmission – differentiating Ioniq from its key competitors with a more dynamic and engaging driving experience. The high-efficiency electric motor can operate at speeds up to 75 MPH and delivers instantaneous torque at low speeds, with available power-assist at higher vehicle speeds.
The Ioniq Hybrid’s Interior-Permanent Magnetic Synchronous Motor delivers 32 kW (43 horsepower) with an estimated maximum torque of 125 lb.-ft., powered by a 1.6kWh lithium-ion polymer battery. Positioned under the rear passenger seats, the battery – in combination with the 1.6-liter gas engine – offers a total system output of 139 horsepower while providing low emissions, outstanding efficiency and range.
All Ioniqs are constructed with Eco-focused materials to create a clean and sustainable interior ambience. The interior door covers are made of plastic combined with powdered wood and volcanic stone, providing a softer more natural feel. Raw materials extracted from sugar cane are used in constructing the headliner and carpet. Paint with renewable ingredients extracted from soybean oil is used for lustrous metallic colors on key components.
Additional standard features on all trims include: a Rear window defroster, Power windows with driver's auto-down/up, Power door locks, a 6-way driver seat with seat height adjustment, a 6-way passenger seat with seat height adjustment, Premium cloth seating, 60/40 split fold-down rear seatback, Dual illuminated vanity mirrors, Sunvisor extensions, Center armrest storage, Front passenger seatback pocket, Illuminated ignition, a Tilt-and-telescopic steering wheel with mounted audio, Bluetooth and cruise controls.
Offering 23.8 cubic feet of cargo storage with all seats up, the Ioniq pure-electric is one of the better hybrids to haul cargo. The cargo floor is relatively low compared to other EVs, and the 60/40-split folding rear seats make a flat load floor.
Says Kelley Blue Book: “Stylish, comfortable and refined, the Hyundai Ioniq is a true alternative to the Toyota Prius, which invented the hybrid segment. With its reasonable base price and laundry list of standard and available features, the sporty Ioniq feels like a premium-compact car, and it’s a bit cheaper and more fuel-efficient than the popular Toyota. Hyundai also offers a better warranty with lifetime battery coverage.”
Says Hybridcars.com: “It was a long time coming, but Hyundai’s Ioniq Hybrid is its answer to the Toyota Prius and truly the first head-to-head alternative to the car that defined the term “hybrid.” Rumors since the beginning of this decade of a so-called Hyundai “Prius fighter” indicate the Ioniq Hybrid benchmarked against the Prius was something they took time for in getting the details right. And all this is characteristic of the Korean automaker’s usual modus operandi of moving into competitors’ markets. The company whose Genesis brand has also nearly cloned the design language of Mercedes Benzes matches the famous Toyota Hybrid in many important metrics. It arguably improves its product in ways as well, and prices it as much as a few thousand dollars less.”
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