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I want a fuel efficient vehicle. I don't want a Prius (I want it to look good). I test drove both a Hyundai Ioniq Hybrid Plug-in as well as a Honda Insight. I like them both, and they actually have a lot of similarities (overall MPG, good looks, nice interior, price point after rebates). Obviously differences too, but I'm having a REALLY hard time deciding after test driving these cars.

Can someone help sway me one way or the other????
 

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Go with your gut........don't think you can go wrong with either.

If you want the best fuel economy I know you will get it with the Ionic PEHV. Also it is a hatchback if you tend to move alot of things.

I went with the Insight because it fit my needs. It is a great commuter sedan and little family hauler. The truck is also very spacious. I also think it looks the sharpest and I was satisfied to lose a bit of MPG for that.
 

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Go with your gut........don't think you can go wrong with either.

If you want the best fuel economy I know you will get it with the Ionic PEHV. Also it is a hatchback if you tend to move alot of things.

I went with the Insight because it fit my needs. It is a great commuter sedan and little family hauler. The truck is also very spacious. I also think it looks the sharpest and I was satisfied to lose a bit of MPG for that.
Thanks. I agree the Insight looks quite nice, but the Hyundai is also very nice. Both are so much better looking than a Prius. This is a tough choice!
 

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Thanks. I agree the Insight looks quite nice, but the Hyundai is also very nice. Both are so much better looking than a Prius. This is a tough choice!
I haven't really looked closely at the Hyundai, but I can tell you my experience with our Insight EX. My wife and I take very long road trips both in the summer and winter. Last summer for our 8,000+ mile trip, we had the Insight for the last 3,000 miles of the trip, and then this winter (late December to around January 21), we drove it 4,500+ miles. We spend a lot of time in it. It's smooth, fairly quiet (except when accellerating quickly), handles well and econonmical. The seats are comfortable and the ride is solid. It really feels like a full-size car which is a good feeling when driving. We are now planning our summer 2019 trip and it will be about 8,000 miles as well. I can't imagine a more comfortable, economical, and safe-feeling car for this purpose.
 

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I test drove both, but just didn’t care for the split rear window on the Ioniq. I knew it would forever bug me. I’ve been very happy with my Insight so far.
 

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I want a fuel efficient vehicle. I don't want a Prius (I want it to look good). I test drove both a Hyundai Ioniq Hybrid Plug-in as well as a Honda Insight. I like them both, and they actually have a lot of similarities (overall MPG, good looks, nice interior, price point after rebates). Obviously differences too, but I'm having a REALLY hard time deciding after test driving these cars.

Can someone help sway me one way or the other????
I wouldn't buy any car because it is a hybrid. Fuel economy has so many variables it's hard to guarantee what you will get(In this case Ioniq Plug in will win due to larger battery). It's best to buy the car that has most of your "must haves" within your price range. If fuel economy don't meet your expectations at least it is still a car you're happy with. You could have the opposite where you get great fuel economy but the car has some other annoying issues which makes you regret your purchase. Also do research on what are the most frequent complaints about the car so you won't be surprised after buying it.

Here are some complaints for the Honda Insight(Not everyone experience these issues but it is something you could look out for during your test drive).

  • Seat comfort
  • Hood vibration due to wind
  • Engine Noise
https://www.ioniqforum.com/forum/ (Check out the ioniq forum and see what owners have to say about that car)
 

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I faced the same choice a few months ago. It is ultimately subjective, but I found the fit/finish of the Ioniq, especially the interior, very cheap looking vs. the Insight. I hated the rear view visibility. Not so subjective is the much greater speed and sportiness of the Insight if that matters to you. If high mileage is most important, the Ioniq PHEV cannot be beat. A few other things to note: Insight was named one of 10 safest 2019 cars, and the highlights are outstanding.
 

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I really liked the Ioniq , as a former Kia Niro owner. But there where things that steer me to the Insight. Back seat space is tighter and the foot space was really bad seating behind myself. Then there is no wiper in the rear glass. This decision is going to be about how you like to drive. The Insight is all about knowing how to drive a hybrid, a lot of pulse and glide. The Ioniq is as natural as a normal car. Take a look at the Accord Hybrid also
 

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After my wife's last Hyundai, never again. Fit and finish were horrific, and repair bills mounted up starting at 60K miles. Front struts went every 80K miles. My '99 Civic was sold at 280K miles and was still on original struts. In the end, my wife felt her ten year old Hyundai was no longer safe to drive unless we dumped another couple thousand into it. The engineering and quality components of the Honda sold us and reminded us to never stray to another brand again. FWIW, I still see my '99 Civic around town still going strong.
 

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You are choosing between two different technologies Hybrid vs pure electric.
With pure electric you can get benefits from not having an internal combustion engine(ICE).

Depending on where you live, and how you want to use the car can be major factors.

If it gets cold where you live, the hybrid has the advantage. The waste in a hybrid is the heat the ICE generates, but in a cold climate, you recover the heat to warm your car, and defrost windows. With a Pure Electric, you need to generate heat with only the batteries, greatly reducing range.

If you only want to drive around town, and not long trips, the electric has the advantage. Taking a road trip in a purely electric car would be a pain.
 
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