2017 Hyundai Ioniq Hybrid Limited

There’s a new king of the hill in the hybrid car world. The new Ioniq shows Hyundai knows how to build an MPG champ.

In the latest government hybrid fuel mileage ratings, the 2017 Hyundai Ioniq is tops with a combined city/highway rating of 55 miles per gallon.

Our review car is the hybrid version, but the Ioniq also comes as a plug-in hybrid and there’s a full-electric model, too.

The four-door hatchback’s shape is similar to a Toyota Prius because it’s the most efficient design for high mileage. It’s a lot better looking than the Prius in my opinion.

Our review car is the loaded Limited model that has lots of extras like heated seats and navigation. The interior is more mainstream than most hybrids, with any attempt at futuristic weirdness avoided.

The $3,000 Ultimate package includes radar cruise control and lane departure warning. Cross traffic alert and blind spot are standard in the Limited.

The only transmission is a six-speed automatic and it’s more pleasant than continuously variable units in other hybrids. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are standard, and you can track your miles per gallon.

Row two is compact car-typical. There’s just enough room.

Not typical is the Ioniq’s generous cargo space. It’s very impressive for a compact hybrid. It used to be when a vehicle was a hybrid, you gave up some cargo space for all those hybrid components, but not anymore. In the Ioniq, there’s even some underfloor storage space.

A 1.6-liter four-cylinder coupled with the electric motor provides only 139 horsepower. That means sluggish performance but such is the price for super-high mileage. I averaged about 50 miles per gallon.

Otherwise, handling is good and it’s quiet on the highway.

So, for the 2017 Hyundai Ioniq Hybrid Limited, I say thumbs up to great mileage, excellent cargo space, and good handling; thumbs down to weak acceleration.

The as-reviewed sticker price is $31,460.

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