Toyota Prius Prime Vs. Hyundai Ioniq Plug-In Hybrid

By Justin Cupler | March 11th, 2019

Plug-in hybrids give the ability to drive short distances on electricity only without the fear of being stranded once the battery is out of juice. They are the ultimate bridge vehicle until EVs are ready for mass consumption. The 2019 Toyota Prius Prime and 2019 Hyundai Ioniq Plug-In Hybrid are two great options for our McHenry area buyers. Which is better for you? Find out below.


It’s a tale of two plug-in hybrid cars. On the wild side is the Toyota Prius Prime with its pointy nose, wavy rear glass, and racetrack-style taillights. While some buyers may not appreciate its styling, those looking for something that stand out in a crowd will appreciate the more in-your-face looks of the 2019 Prius Prime.

On the reserved side is the 2019 Hyundai Ioniq Plug-In Hybrid. While its liftback design is a little unusual, Hyundai does a good job burying this under a very traditional body that gives you little sign of its high-tech powertrain. This is the perfect plug-in model for a buyer who prefers not to broadcast his or her green-friendly preferences.

The 2019 Toyota Prius Prime checks in at 182.9 inches long, 69.3 inches wide, and 57.9 inches high. It rides on a 106.3-inch wheelbase The Ioniq Plug-In Hybrid is shorter and lower than the Prius Prime at 176 inches long and 56.9 inches tall, but it is wider at 71.7 inches and rides on the same 106.3-inch wheelbase.

Advantage: 2019 Toyota Prius Prime

  • Unique looks grabs eyeballs
  • Standard LED headlights

Advantage: 2019 Hyundai Ioniq Plug-In Hybrid

  • Smaller footprint is easier to manage in tight spaces
  • Traditional looks for less extroverted buyers


Inside, the tale of two plug-in hybrids continues. The 2019 Toyota Prius Prime will not let you forget you are driving a unique rig with its shiny, white trim, electronic gear shifter, and massive 11.6-inch touchscreen.

The 2019 Hyundai Ioniq Plug-In Hybrid’s interior is just like its exterior: understated and traditional looking. There are a few unique touches, including the flat-bottomed steering wheel and bolstered seats. Otherwise, it is standard-issue sedan on the inside. Though its styling is pretty typical, there are some upscale standard features to experiment with, including a 7-inch touchscreen, Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, and more.

In its front seats, the 2019 Toyota Prius Prime offers 39.4 inches of headroom, 43.2 inches of legroom, 54.2 inches of shoulder room, and 53.7 inches of hip room. The Ioniq Plug-In Hybrid’s front seats come up short by 0.3 inches in headroom and 1 inch in legroom, but they offer an extra 1.9 inches of shoulder room and 0.1 inches of hip room.


In its back seats, the 2019 Prius Prime has 37.2 inches of headroom, 33.4 inches of legroom, 53 inches of shoulder room, and 51.6 inches of hip room. The Ioniq Plug-In’s rear seats a little roomier with 37.4 inches of headroom, 35.7 inches of legroom, 55 inches of shoulder room, and 52.9 inches of hip room.


Luggage room is surprisingly ample in both the Prius Prime and Ioniq Plug-In Hybrid, but the Hyundai gets a small advantage with 23 cubic feet to the Prius Prime’s 19.8 cubes.

Advantage: 2019 Toyota Prius

  • Stands out in a crowd
  • Massive tablet-like touchscreen
  • Roomier front seats

Advantage: 2019 Hyundai Ioniq Plug-In Hybrid

  • More rear seat room
  • Larger trunk
  • Looks like any other sedan inside


Powering the 2019 Prius Prime is a 1.8-liter four-cylinder engine and an electric motor that combine for 121 horsepower. The electricity flows from an 8.8 kilowatt-hour battery that allows up to 25 miles on a charge, which takes two hours and 10 minutes to charge on 240-volt charger and five hours and 30 minutes on a 120-volt plug. This adds up to a 10.2-second 0-to-60 seconds, according to independent research.

The 2019 Hyundai Ioniq Plug-In features a 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine and an electric motor that combine for 139 horsepower. The electric motor is fed via an 8.9 kilowatt-hour battery that allows up to 29 miles on a charge. Charging takes two hours and 18 minutes to charge on 240-volt charger and 8.5 hours to charge on a 120-volt charger. This powertrain delivers a peppier 8.9-second 0-to-60 time.

Fuel economy is the name of the game in these plug-in hybrids. The 2019 Prius Prime gets up to 133 mpg-e on battery and 54 mpg combined in hybrid mode. The Ioniq comes up a little short in comparison with up to 119 mpg-e on battery and 52 mpg combined in hybrid mode.

Advantage: 2019 Toyota Prius

  • Easier on fuel
  • Faster top speed in EV mode

Advantage: 2019 Hyundai Ioniq Plug-In Hybrid

  • More power
  • Significantly quicker to 60 mph
  • Longer EV range

Pricing and Features

The 2019 Toyota Prius Prime is available in three trim levels — Plus, Premium, and Advanced — and prices range from $27,350 to $33,350.


There are just two trim levels that make up the 2019 Hyundai Ioniq Plug-In Hybrid: base and Limited. Their starting prices range from $25,350 to $29,350.

2019 Toyota Prius Prime Key Features and Pricing by Trim

Plus: $27,350

  • 1.8-liter hybrid powertrain
  • 8.8-kilowatt-hour battery
  • Electric power steering
  • Continuously variable transmission
  • Front-wheel drive
  • 15-inch five-spoke alloy wheels
  • Quad-LED projector headlights with auto-off
  • LED daytime running lights
  • Active grille shutters
  • Power, heated mirrors
  • Variable-intermittent wipers
  • Carbon-fiber-reinforced-polymer rear hatch
  • Remote air-conditioning system
  • 4.2-inch dual Multi-Information display
  • 60/40 split-folding rear seat
  • Digital instrumentation
  • Cloth seating
  • Heated front seats
  • Soft-touch upper door trim
  • Smart key unlock on driver’s door
  • Push-button start
  • Power windows with one-touch up/down
  • Power door locks
  • One front and one rear 12-volt power outlet
  • One front USB charging port
  • Entune Premium Audio with integrated navigation
  • Entune App Suite
  • 7-inch touchscreen
  • Six-speaker AM/FM/HD Radio audio system
  • Bluetooth connectivity with streaming audio
  • Siri Hands Free
  • Automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection
  • Lane-departure warning
  • Lane-keep assist
  • Automatic high-beam headlights
  • Full-speed adaptive cruise control
  • Hill-start assist
  • Rearview camera


Premium: $29,050

  • All Plus features, plus
  • Auto-on/off headlights
  • Predictive Efficient Drive
  • Leatherette upholstery
  • Smart Key Unlock on all three doors
  • Wireless charging pad
  • 11.6-inch touchscreen


Advanced: $33,350

  • All Premium features, plus
  • LED fog lights
  • LED accent lights
  • Rain-sensing wipers
  • Heated steering wheel
  • Auto-dimming rearview mirror
  • Heavy sliding cargo cover
  • Entune Premium JBL Audio
  • 10 JBL GreenEdge speakers with subwoofer
  • Color head-up display
  • Intelligent clearance sonar
  • Intelligent park assist
  • Blind-spot monitoring
  • Rear cross-traffic alert

Ioniq Plug-In Hybrid Key Features and Pricing by Trim

Base: $25,350

  • 1.6-liter hybrid powertrain
  • Six-speed dual-clutch transmission
  • Front-wheel drive
  • Eco and Sport drive modes
  • 16-inch Eco-spoke wheels
  • Keyless entry with alarm
  • Active grille shutters
  • Rear spoiler
  • Body-color manual mirrors
  • Heated mirrors
  • Lower door side mouldings
  • Two-speed intermittent wipers
  • Projector headlights
  • LED taillights
  • LED daytime running lights
  • Auto-on/off headlights
  • Door handle approach lights
  • Dual-zone automatic climate control
  • Power windows with driver-side one-touch-up/down
  • Power door locks
  • Six-way manual front seats
  • Premium cloth seating
  • Heated front seats
  • 60/40 split-folding rear seats
  • Rear center armrest
  • Cargo cover
  • Leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob
  • Tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel
  • Steering-wheel-mounted controls
  • Proximity key and push-button start
  • Bluetooth connectivity
  • BlueLink Connected Car Service
  • USB port
  • AM/FM/HD Radio/SiriusXM audio system
  • 7-inch touchscreen
  • Android Auto
  • Apple CarPlay
  • Rearview camera


Limited: $29,350

  • All Base features, plus
  • Mirror-integrated turn signals
  • Chrome beltline molding
  • Chrome-accent door handles
  • LED headlights
  • Rear climate control vents
  • Passenger’s one-touch-up/down window
  • 10-way power driver’s seat
  • Leather upholstery
  • Premium door-sill plates
  • Auto-dimming rearview mirror
  • HomeLink universal home remote
  • 7-inch LCD instrument cluster
  • Blind-spot monitoring
  • Rear cross-traffic alert
  • Lane-change alert
  • Automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection
  • Lane-keep assist
  • Adaptive cruise control
  • Driver attention warning

Who Should Buy the 2019 Toyota Prius Prime?

With its wilder styling, the 2019 Toyota Prius Prime is great for a buyer looking for something that stands out in a crowd. Also, buyers who worry about quick charge times and higher overall fuel economy will get a slight advantage in the Toyota.

Who Should Buy the 2019 Hyundai Ioniq Plug-In Hybrid?

The 2019 Hyundai Ioniq Plug-In Hybrid is a go-to option for buyers who just want a thrifty car without grabbing too much attention. It delivers this with its more traditional styling inside and out. It is also a great option for buyers who want a hybrid with a little more pep in its step.


Ready to tackle your daily commute using little to no gasoline? The 2019 Toyota Prius Prime can get you to work in Waukegan or to visit family in Crystal Lake using minimal fuel. If the Prius Prime is right for you, head down to Garber Fox Lake Toyota serving the McHenry area to take this thrifty plug-in hybrid for a drive. If you can’t make it in, you can also check out our online inventory, pick a Prius Prime model you like that we have in stock, then call to schedule a test drive later.


MSRP excludes the Delivery, Processing, and Handling Fee of $930 for Cars (Yaris LB, Yaris Sedan, 86, Corolla, Corolla HB, Camry, Camry HV, Prius LB, Prius <i>c</i>, Prius Prime, Mirai, Avalon, Avalon HV, GR Supra), $1,095 for Small/Medium Trucks, SUVs and Van (C-HR, RAV4, RAV4 HV, Highlander, Highlander HV, 4Runner, Sienna, Tacoma), $1,295 for Large SUVs (Sequoia, Land Cruiser), and $1,495 for Large Truck (Tundra). (Historically, vehicle manufacturers and distributors have charged a separate fee for processing, handling and delivering vehicles to dealerships. Toyota’s charge for these services is called the “Delivery, Processing and Handling Fee” and is based on the value of the processing, handling and delivery services Toyota provides as well as Toyota’s overall pricing structure. Toyota may make a profit on the Delivery, Processing and Handling Fee.) Excludes taxes, license, title and available or regionally required equipment. The Delivery, Processing and Handling Fee in AL, AR, FL, GA, LA, MS, NC, OK, SC and TX will be higher. The published prices do not apply to Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Actual dealer price will vary

2019 Prius Prime 55 city/53 hwy/54 combined mpg estimates determined by Toyota. EPA estimates not available at time of posting. Actual mileage will vary. Actual mpg will vary based on driving habits, weather, temperature and road/traffic conditions. For more information on mpg, please see

2019 Prius Prime 133 combined MPGe estimate determined by Toyota. EPA estimates not available at time of posting. Actual mileage will vary. Actual MPGe will vary for many reasons including driving conditions, and how you drive and maintain/charge your vehicle. Battery capacity will decrease with time and use. See