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Behind the Wheel: 2017 Hyundai Ioniq Hybrid & Electric

Originally published on CleanTechnica.

2017 Hyundai Ioniq HybridThe 2017 Hyundai Ioniq looks to be a serious contender in the affordable clean transportation sector, as buyers have the option of choosing from three different flavors — a hybrid, a plug-in hybrid, or a fully electric car — of the platform, all at prices right in line with (or better than) the rest of the cars in their class.

At the risk of annoying the Tesla fans, perhaps it’s time to stop paying so much attention to the so-called Tesla-killers, and start paying attention to the Prius-killers. OK, perhaps killer isn’t the right word, but there’s a serious opportunity for the right Prius-challenger, and it seems like Hyundai has really brought its A-game to the green car market with its 2017 Ioniq.

My first impression of the 2017 Hyundai Ioniq was behind the wheel of the hybrid, which I was fairly skeptical of, just based on the numbers we were given as part of the media. An average of 58 mpg, while still offering a driving experience like a conventional car? Get the heck out of here. Plenty of legroom and cargo space in a small 4-door hatchback? No way. However, I was proven wrong on a number of fronts with the Ioniq hybrid, and once I learned the price ($22,200), I came away with a whole new appreciation for what Hyundai accomplished with this car.

Read the full first drive impression of the 2017 Hyundai Ioniq & Electric.

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