2018 Hyundai Ioniq

You can't go wrong with the 2018 Hyundai Ioniq and its affordable take on hybrid hatchback performance.

What Is the Ioniq?

The 2018 Hyundai Ioniq is a hybrid hatchback that saves you money with its budget-friendly price tag and fuel-efficient performance. On the road, the Ioniq earns better fuel economy than the Toyota Prius, with EPA ratings of up to 57 city/59 highway. That means you can potentially save a lot of money on gas, even if you've got a long commute. This compact hatchback is also incredibly accessible, with a starting MSRP of only $22,200.

How Does the Hyundai Ioniq Work?

Under the hood, the 2018 Hyundai Ioniq hybrid keeps things thrifty with a 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine that works in conjunction with a battery-powered electric motor. Together, they generate 139 horsepower - plenty of output for confident highway merging and passing manuevers.

What Is the Difference Between the Three Versions of the Ioniq?

The three 2018 Hyundai Ioniq trims differ in price and feature content. Choose from the base Blue, mid-range SEL, and high-end Limited for the level of upscale style that suits your daily drive.

The entry-level Ioniq Blue stands out with its thrifty price tag and impressive list of modern features. It comes standard with a 7-inch touchscreen interface, and the infotainment system's Apple CarPlay and Android Auto capabilities even display smartphone apps directly on the central screen. The system is easy to use and further cuts down on driver distraction with handy voice controls. The Ioniq Blue also features dual-zone automatic climate control, technology that does a great job of maintaining two different temperatures for driver and front passenger.

In the mid-range SEL, you'll find even greater luxury, with a leather-wrapped steering wheel and chrome interior and exterior accents. Heated front seats offer a cozy winter ride. The SEL is also great for safety buffs, who can use features like blind-spot monitoring to stay extra vigilant on the road. When you add the automatic braking technology, the SEL can even pull you up short of danger.

The top-trim 2018 Hyundai Ioniq Limited comes standard with the SEL's optional safety features, so you can count on your Ioniq to let you know when it senses danger and even automatically apply the brakes or gently guide you back into the proper lane. This is the right pick for drivers who crave additional luxuries, like leather upholstery and a sunroof, for a truly upscale ride to work.

What Features Are Available?

When you choose the 2018 Hyundai Ioniq, you can add just about any feature imaginable. That includes an Infinity eight-speaker sound system for a premium take on your favorite albums. You'll also find upscale leather upholstery and a leather-wrapped steering wheel to impress all your favorite passengers. High-tech safety features, like lane-departure mitigation and forward collision mitigation, can actively intervene to help keep you out of danger. Every single Ioniq comes standard with a crisp 7-inch touchscreen, complete with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity for complete smartphone integration. This technology displays smartphone apps like Maps, Messages, and Phone on your central screen, so you can stay connected without looking down at your phone - and away from the road.