2019 Prius vs. Ioniq Comparison

Prius was the first hybrid vehicle offered by Toyota. It made its U.S. debut in 2000, and it continues to be a leader in innovative driving. The Prius takes advantage of over 20 years of hybrid drivetrain heritage. Meanwhile, the Hyundai Ioniq just recently launched in 2016. The decades-long history of the Prius is one of reliability and safety: the 2019 Prius was a Top Safety Pick by the Institute for Highway Safety. The 2019 Ioniq was also a Top Safety Pick, but only with extra-cost driver assistance front crash prevention and HID Projector headlights. In addition, the Prius L Eco has a higher city MPG rating than the Ioniq Blue. In this head-to-head, we will look at the Prius vs. the Ioniq in key categories.

Published date: 09/04/19

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Safety

Every 2019 Prius comes standard with Toyota Safety Sense® P (TSS-P) advanced safety suite. While not available on the base Ioniq, the higher-grade Ioniq SEL and Limited do have comparable standard safety features.

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Safety

  • All 2019 Prius grades come with Toyota Safety Sense® P (TSS-P).
  • Prius LE AWD-e models have all-wheel drive that engages as necessary at speeds up to 43 mph in low-traction situations.
  • Ioniq is only available with front-wheel drive.
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Fuel Economy

The Toyota Prius has over 20 years of experience in producing dependable hybrid drivetrain technology. The Hyundai Ioniq debuted much more recently in 2016.

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Fuel Economy

  • 2019 Prius L Eco has an EPA-estimated 58/53/56 MPG (city/hwy/comb).
  • 2019 Ioniq Blue has an EPA-estimated 57/59/58 MPG (city/hwy/comb).
  • Prius LE AWD-e and XLE AWD-e have EPA-estimated 52/48/50 (city/hwy/comb) -- the highest EPA-estimated MPG of any Toyota AWD vehicle.
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Price

The base model Toyota Prius starts out slightly more expensive than the Hyundai Ioniq at $23,770 vs. $22,400 for the Ioniq. However, the Ioniq does not come backed with over 20 years of experience in the hybrid space and it misses out on many of the standard safety features of the Prius.

 

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Price

  • Only the Prius comes with complimentary no-cost factory scheduled maintenance via ToyotaCare.
  • Both Prius and Ioniq come with complimentary roadside assistance plans of varying terms.
  • Despite not having complimentary maintenance, the Ioniq does have longer warranty terms across most plans.
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Conclusion: Prius vs. Ioniq

The 2019 Prius comes standard with significantly more options for safety and reliability. Prius is a versatile, dependable and fuel efficient hybrid with a proven track record of reliability. Every 2019 Prius comes standard with Toyota Safety Sense® P (TSS-P) and ToyotaCare. Plus, Prius was also an IIHS Top Safety Pick. Only higher-end Hyundai Ioniq SEL and Limited trims with HID Projector headlights and front crash prevention technology were chosen as Top Safety Picks by IIHS.

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