2017 Hyundai Ioniq Hybrid: gas mileage review Page 2

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2017 Hyundai Ioniq Hybrid Limited, Catskill Mountains, NY, May 2017

2017 Hyundai Ioniq Hybrid Limited, Catskill Mountains, NY, May 2017

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The regenerative-brake blending was excellent, with only a few unexpected lurches in six days, and the electric motor buffered the quick shifts of the transmission well.

The engine was smooth and well-muffled, meaning the transition from all-electric to blended engine and electric power wasn't abrupt, noisy, or unpleasant.

Hyundai intended the Ioniq to be more fun to drive than previous Priuses, but Toyota reset the bar with the 2016 Prius Liftback, which is a far better car behind the wheel than any previous generation was.

A few random notes:

  • This is a low car, and the door handles are curiously low; it doesn't matter one way or another, but in an increasingly SUV world, reaching down to open a door was startling
  • Once again, we complement Hyundai on its intuitive, understandable, easy-to-use controls, dashboards, and instruments. They're close to the best in the business now.
  • We continued to have trouble getting used to the car actually shifting gears in all-electric mode
  • Hyundai's adaptive cruise control smartly starts to accelerate as soon as you signal to overtake, rather than waiting until the car ahead passes out of the car's vision; well done
  • The driver's seat was comfortable for the first few hours but ended up feeling not quite supportive enough. Mercedes is the master here; no other maker really quite measures up.

2017 Hyundai Ioniq Hybrid Limited, Catskill Mountains, NY, May 2017

2017 Hyundai Ioniq Hybrid Limited, Catskill Mountains, NY, May 2017

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Our top-of-the-line 2017 Hyundai Ioniq Hybrid Limited carried a base price of $27,500, and only two options.

The $3,000 Ultimate package bundled together electronic active-safety systems, including adaptive cruise control, automatic crash braking, lane-departure warning, and parking sensors, plus a navigation system, premium audio, and a large variety of other convenience features.

The only other option was a $125 set of floor mats; with the mandatory $835 destination fee, the bottom line on the window sticker was $31,460.

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