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2020 Toyota Prius Vs. 2020 Hyundai Ioniq: Which One Is Right for Me?

Posted at Fri, Jul 17, 2020 9:30 AM

The hybrid and plug-in hybrid vehicle market is steadily expanding, meaning that there are more and more options for eco-friendly drivers. The 2020 hybrid lineup is a particularly interesting one, as two of the world’s most efficient and reliable hybrid vehicles are up for your consideration: Toyota’s Prius and Honda’s Ioniq. Each of these vehicles has a lot to offer, but which one will be a better choice for you? To assist in making that decision easier, we here at Westbury Toyota have put together a short, comprehensive overview comparing these two hybrids – and showing why the 2020 Toyota Prius comes out on top.

Mechanical and Performance Specs

While nobody buys a hybrid for their blistering speed or pulling prowess, they do buy them for their impressive fuel efficiency and capability at handling the day-to-day driving tasks that everyone has. Different from a standard vehicle though they are, what powers a hybrid is still important information, and so we have compiled a side-by-side comparison of all the pertinent specs for the Ioniq and the Prius.

2020 Toyota Prius 2020 Hyundai Ioniq

1.8 liter (L) 4-cylinder DOHC engine capable of 121 horsepower (hp) and 105 pound-feet (lb.-ft.) of torque

1.6 L direct injection gasoline engine capable of 139 hp and 195 lb.-ft. of torque

53 kW permanent magnet AC synchronous motor capable of 120 lb-ft of torque

32 kW electric motor

Lithium ion battery

1.56 kW lithium ion polymer battery

Electronically controlled Continuously Variable Transmission (ECVT)

6-speed dual clutch transmission

Electronic on-demand compact All-Wheel Drive (AWD-e)

Front-wheel drive

While the Ioniq has slightly more in the power department than the Prius, it also lacks in its other specs by comparison. The Prius’ electric motor has more power output and its all-wheel drive feature gives drivers stability and control that you won’t find in the Ioniq.

Exterior and Interior Options

In terms of exterior and interior customization options, both of these cars have quite a bit to choose from. For exterior colors, the Prius has eight for consideration, including the very striking Supersonic Red. The Ioniq, on the other hand, has a limited selection of six. To better illuminate the roads you are driving, the Prius has bi-LED projector low and high beam headlights with the auto on/off feature, whereas in the Ioniq the headlights are simply LED.

The interior options are just as numerous for both cars. The standard interior materials are black and grey for the Ioniq, while the Prius has black and the eye-catching moonstone. In terms of technology, there is a bevy of features to look forward to in both, including:

  • Heated seats
  • Bluetooth connection
  • Smart device integration
  • Climate control
  • MP3 player

As the writers of Car Buzz list, there are certain standard aspects the Ioniq lacks that the Prius possesses, though, such as a Wi-Fi hotspot and telematics, along with SofTex trimmed seats for the utmost in comfort.

Safety Features

Toyota is renowned for its safety, and the 2020 Prius is a prime example of that. It has a backup camera which the Ioniq lacks, though the two do share safety measures such as Lane Departure Warning, Lane Keeping Assist, and Stability and Traction Control.

Extra standard safety features you will find in the Prius include: Star Safety System, Vehicle Proximity Notification System, the Toyota Safety Sense suite, Intelligent Clearance Sonar with Intelligent Parking Assist, and Safety Connect Services.

Which One Is Right for Me?

A quick glance at these two cars will put them on even footing, but when you take a deeper look it becomes clear that Prius has more to offer in terms of hybrid battery, customization, comfort, technology, and safety. The Prius has long been the world’s most popular and reliable hybrid and plug-in hybrid vehicle, and the 2020 model is no different. Hyundai’s Ioniq is a good car, but as you can see from our comparison guide, it is just not in the same class as the Prius.

If you are interested in learning more about the 2020 Toyota Prius, please do not hesitate to call us or pay us a visit here at Westbury Toyota. We will be more than happy to give you all the leasing and purchasing information you need to make a smart call about your eco-friendly future here on the roads of Long Island.

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