Against the Hyundai Competition in Annapolis, MD, the 2018 Toyota Prius Goes the Extra Mile

You love a reliable, distance-traveling, and well-equipped mid-size car, and the new crossover hype does not yet sway you. You're in search of sedan performance and fuel efficiency with the balance of tech-savvy and safety provisions you've begun to see in the latest new SUVs, and you've decided to go the hybrid route. But with so many economical models out there to choose from, especially here in the Annapolis area, you may be asking "which hybrid is best for me?" Luckily, making the right choice is a lot easier once the new Toyota Prius enters the picture. Against its fiercest competition, the latest Toyota gas-and-electric dynamo continues to pull ahead. Check out how it does against challengers in the segment like the new Hyundai Ioniq Hybrid, and you'll see what we mean.


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2018 Toyota Prius vs 2018 Hyundai Ioniq Hybrid

  • Toyota is all about "going places" with abundant choices, and to that end, they offer more trims in the new Prius line than Hyundai does for Ioniq Hybrid. Opt for a Prius One, Two, Two Eco, Three, Three Touring, Four, or Four Touring. Choose Ioniq, and you get three selections: Blue, SEL, and Limited -- much less variety.
  • 2018 Prius builds in a 1.8-liter, four-cylinder gas engine paired with a 53 kW electric motor, yielding a net 121 horsepower. 105 pound-feet of torque dish from the engine, while 120 come from the motor. 2018 Ioniq incorporates a 1.6-liter I4 gas engine mated to a 32 kW electric motor with a net 139 horsepower. 109 pound-feet of its torque comes from the inline-four, while 125 come from its motor.
  • A new Prius is easy to drive right off the lot, with an electronically controlled continuously variable transmission (ECVT) to keep gear shifts nearly seamless. Ioniq's six-speed dual-clutch transmission (DCT) does away with both a clutch and a torque converter, and takes a little more getting used to for the driver seeking handling ease.
  • Prius is better with mileage, offering an EPA-estimated 58 mpg in a city such as Glen Burnie, 53 mpg up the highway to Laurel, and 56 mpg combined between Bowie, MD and Clarksville in its Two Eco trim. Ioniq offers only up to 57 city mpg, 59 highway mpg, and 58 combined mpg in its Blue trim.
  • Both models are an IIHS 2018 TOP SAFETY PICK, but Prius gets five stars overall from NHTSA. Ioniq Hybrid isn't rated. Plus, Toyota and its hybrid get a "Good+" child seat anchors rating. Ioniq Hybrid's is only "Acceptable."
  • Toyota keeps that momentum going. Prius features a Star Safety System with enhanced vehicle stability and traction control systems, anti-lock braking, electronic brake-force distribution with Brake Assist, and Smart Stop Technology. It also features Toyota Safety Sense P (TSS-P), inclusive of a pre-collision system, pedestrian detection, a lane departure alert feature, Steering Assist, auto high beams, and a full-speed dynamic radar cruise control. These all come standard. Ioniq doesn't offer as many standard features. It builds in Vehicle Stability Management, electronic stability and traction control systems, and comparable braking technologies, as well as Blind Spot Detection with Rear Cross-traffic Alert and Lane Change Assist, standard only at the midrange and above. Automatic emergency braking, pedestrian detection, lane keep assist, smart cruise control, and dynamic bending headlights are optional.
  • Prius is also better equipped for settings and function control as well as entertainment, offering 6.1-, 7-, and 11.6-inch Entune infotainment system options. Ioniq Hybrid provides a choice between 7- and 8-inch touch-screen displays only. What's more, Prius features six-speaker audio that becomes a high-end 10-speaker JBL GreenEdge system in higher trims. Optional Infinity Premium Audio in Ioniq only reaches eight speakers.
  • Prius is even the roomier option for luggage and essentials, with a max cargo volume of 27.4 cubic feet in select trims. Ioniq's only reaches 26.5.


There's even more to the new 2018 Toyota Prius where these advancements came from. Check out all a hybrid sedan can bring to your commute and road trip alike here at Koons Annapolis Toyota. Contact our sales department at 410-268-6480 or stop by 1107 West Street here in Annapolis, and we'll show you how else a new Prius can go the distance!