Both the Ioniq Hybrid and the Prius have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, driver knee airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, front wheel drive, height adjustable front shoulder belts, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, daytime running lights, rearview cameras, available crash mitigating brakes, lane departure warning systems, blind spot warning systems, rear parking sensors and rear cross-path warning.
The Ioniq Hybrid comes with a full 5 year/60,000 mile basic warranty, which covers the entire car and includes 24 hour roadside assistance. The Prius’ 3 year/36,000 mile basic warranty expires 2 years and 24,000 miles sooner.
Hyundai’s powertrain warranty covers the Ioniq Hybrid 5 years and 40,000 miles longer than Toyota covers the Prius. Any repair needed on the engine, transmission, axles, joints or driveshafts is fully covered for 10 years or 100,000 miles. Coverage on the Prius ends after only 5 years or 60,000 miles.
The Ioniq Hybrid’s corrosion warranty is 2 years longer than the Prius’ (7 vs. 5 years).
J.D. Power and Associates’ 2016 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Hyundai vehicles are better in initial quality than Toyota vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Hyundai third in initial quality, above the industry average. With 1 more problems per 100 vehicles, Toyota is ranked fourth.
The Ioniq Hybrid’s standard 1.6 DOHC 4 cyl. hybrid produces 18 more horsepower (139 vs. 121) than the Prius’ 1.8 DOHC 4 cyl. hybrid.
FUEL ECONOMY AND RANGE
On the EPA test cycle the Ioniq Hybrid gets better fuel mileage than the Prius (55 city/54 hwy vs. 54 city/50 hwy). The Ioniq Hybrid Blue gets better fuel mileage than the Prius Eco (57 city/59 hwy vs. 58 city/53 hwy).
TIRES AND WHEELS
For better traction, the Ioniq Hybrid Limited’s optional tires are larger than the largest tires available on the Prius (225/45R17 vs. 215/45R17).
SUSPENSION AND HANDLING
The Ioniq Hybrid has standard front gas-charged shocks for better control over choppy roads. The Prius’ suspension doesn’t offer gas-charged shocks.
For better handling and stability, the average track (width between the wheels) on the Ioniq Hybrid is 1.5 inches wider in the front and 1.6 inches wider in the rear than the average track on the Prius.
Because it has more passenger and cargo room, the Ioniq Hybrid is rated a Large car by the EPA, while the Prius is rated a Mid-size.
The Ioniq Hybrid has 3.1 cubic feet more passenger volume than the Prius (96.2 vs. 93.1).
The Ioniq Hybrid has .4 inches more front hip room, 1.1 inches more front shoulder room, 2.3 inches more rear legroom, 1 inch more rear hip room and 2 inches more rear shoulder room than the Prius.
The Ioniq Hybrid has a much larger trunk than the Prius with its rear seat up (26.5 vs. 24.6 cubic feet).
When different drivers share the Ioniq Hybrid Limited, the optional memory seats make it convenient. Each setting activates different, customized memories for the driver’s seat position. The Prius doesn’t offer memory seats.
The Ioniq Hybrid has a standard automatic headlight on/off feature. When the ignition is on, the headlights automatically turn on at dusk and off after dawn. The Prius has an automatic headlight on/off feature standard only on the Two Eco/Three/Four.
To help drivers see further while navigating curves, the Ioniq Hybrid Limited offers optional adaptive headlights to illuminate around corners automatically by reading vehicle speed and steering wheel angle. The Prius doesn’t offer cornering lights.
To shield the driver and front passenger’s vision over a larger portion of the windshield and side windows, the Ioniq Hybrid has standard extendable sun visors. The Prius doesn’t offer extendable visors.
The Ioniq Hybrid’s standard dual zone air conditioning allows the driver and front passenger to choose two completely different temperatures so people with different temperature preferences won’t have to compromise. This makes both the driver and front passenger as comfortable as possible. The Prius doesn’t offer dual zone air conditioning.
Both the Ioniq Hybrid and the Prius offer rear vents. For greater rear passenger comfort, the Ioniq Hybrid Limited offers optional rear air conditioning vents to keep rear occupants cool in summer or warm in winter. The Prius doesn’t offer rear air conditioning vents, only heat vents.