2020 Hyundai Ioniq Hybrid vs. 2019 Chevrolet Cruze

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Safety

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For enhanced safety, the front seat shoulder belts of the Hyundai Ioniq Hybrid are height-adjustable to accommodate a wide variety of driver and passenger heights. A better fit can prevent injuries and the increased comfort also encourages passengers to buckle up. The Chevrolet Cruze doesn’t offer height-adjustable seat belts.

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety tests front crash prevention systems. With a score of 6 points, IIHS rates the Automatic Emergency Braking optional in the Ioniq Hybrid as “Superior.” The Cruze scores only 1 point and is rated only “Basic.”

The Ioniq Hybrid Limited offers optional Rear Parking Sensors to help warn the driver about vehicles, pedestrians or other obstacles behind or in front of their vehicle. The Cruze doesn’t offer a front parking aid.

The Ioniq Hybrid’s driver alert monitor detects an inattentive driver then sounds a warning and suggests a break. According to the NHTSA, drivers who fall asleep cause about 100,000 crashes and 1500 deaths a year. The Cruze doesn’t offer a driver alert monitor.

Both the Ioniq Hybrid and the Cruze have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, driver knee airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, front wheel drive, plastic fuel tanks, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, daytime running lights, rearview cameras, available blind spot warning systems and rear cross-path warning.

For its top level performance in IIHS driver-side small overlap frontal, moderate overlap frontal, side impact, rear impact and roof-crush tests, with its optional front crash prevention system, its “Good” rating in the new passenger-side small overlap crash test, and its available headlight’s “Acceptable” rating, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety grants the Ioniq Hybrid the rating of “Top Pick” for 2019, a rating granted to only 106 vehicles tested by the IIHS. The Cruze has not been fully tested, yet.

Warranty

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The Ioniq Hybrid comes with a full 5-year/60,000-mile basic warranty, which covers the entire car and includes 24-hour roadside assistance. The Cruze’s 3-year/36,000-mile basic warranty expires 2 years and 24,000 miles sooner.

Hyundai’s powertrain warranty covers the Ioniq Hybrid 5 years and 40,000 miles longer than Chevrolet covers the Cruze. Any repair needed on the engine, transmission, axles, joints or driveshafts is fully covered for 10 years or 100,000 miles. Coverage on the Cruze ends after only 5 years or 60,000 miles.

The Ioniq Hybrid’s corrosion warranty is 1 year and unlimited miles longer than the Cruze’s (7/unlimited vs. 6/100,000).

Reliability

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The Cruze’s redline is at 6500 RPM, which causes more engine wear, and a greater chance of a catastrophic engine failure. The Ioniq Hybrid has a 5500 RPM redline.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2019 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Hyundai vehicles are better in initial quality than Chevrolet vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Hyundai third in initial quality, above the industry average. With 14 more problems per 100 vehicles, Chevrolet is ranked 6th.

From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ December 2019 Auto Issue reports that Hyundai vehicles are more reliable than Chevrolet vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Hyundai 19 places higher in reliability than Chevrolet.

Engine

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The Ioniq Hybrid’s 1.6 DOHC 4-cylinder hybrid produces 18 lbs.-ft. more torque (195 vs. 177) than the Cruze’s 1.4 turbo 4-cylinder.

As tested in Motor Trend the Hyundai Ioniq Hybrid is faster than the Chevrolet Cruze:

Ioniq Hybrid

Cruze

Zero to 60 MPH

8.4 sec

8.7 sec

Quarter Mile

16.4 sec

16.6 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

84.3 MPH

82.7 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

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On the EPA test cycle the Ioniq Hybrid gets better fuel mileage than the Cruze Hatchback:

MPG

Ioniq Hybrid

Blue 1.6 4-cyl. Hybrid

57 city/59 hwy

1.6 4-cyl. Hybrid

55 city/54 hwy

Cruze Hatchback

1.6 turbo 4-cyl. Diesel

30 city/45 hwy

1.4 turbo 4-cyl.

28 city/38 hwy

Premier 1.4 turbo 4-cyl.

28 city/37 hwy

On the EPA test cycle the Ioniq Hybrid gets better fuel mileage than the Cruze Sedan:

MPG

Ioniq Hybrid

Blue 1.6 4-cyl. Hybrid

57 city/59 hwy

1.6 4-cyl. Hybrid

55 city/54 hwy

Cruze Sedan

1.6 turbo 4-cyl. Diesel

31 city/48 hwy

1.4 turbo 4-cyl.

30 city/38 hwy

Premier 1.4 turbo 4-cyl.

28 city/38 hwy

Regenerative brakes improve the Ioniq Hybrid’s fuel efficiency by converting inertia back into energy instead of wasting it. The Cruze doesn’t offer a regenerative braking system.

Environmental Friendliness

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In its Green Vehicle Guide, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) rates the Hyundai Ioniq Hybrid higher (7 out of 10) than the Chevrolet Cruze (3 to 6). This means the Ioniq Hybrid produces up to 24.5 pounds less smog-producing pollutants than the Cruze every 15,000 miles.

Transmission

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The Ioniq Hybrid offers a standard sequential manual gearbox (SMG). With no clutch pedal to worry about and a fully automatic mode, an SMG is much more efficient than a conventional automatic but just as easy to drive. The Cruze doesn’t offer an SMG or a conventional manual transmission.

Brakes and Stopping

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For better stopping power the Ioniq Hybrid’s front brake rotors are larger than those on the Cruze:

Ioniq Hybrid

Cruze

Front Rotors

11 inches

10.8 inches

Suspension and Handling

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For superior ride and handling, the Hyundai Ioniq Hybrid has fully independent front and rear suspensions. An independent suspension allows the wheels to follow the road at the best angle for gripping the pavement, without compromising ride comfort. The Chevrolet Cruze has a rear torsion beam axle, with a semi-independent rear suspension.

The Ioniq Hybrid has standard front gas-charged shocks for better control over choppy roads. The Cruze’s suspension doesn’t offer gas-charged shocks.

The Ioniq Hybrid has standard front and rear stabilizer bars, which help keep the Ioniq Hybrid flat and controlled during cornering. The Cruze’s suspension doesn’t offer a rear stabilizer bar.

The Ioniq Hybrid has vehicle speed sensitive variable-assist power steering, for low-effort parking, better control at highway speeds and during hard cornering, and a better feel of the road. The Cruze doesn’t offer variable-assist power steering.

The Ioniq Hybrid Limited handles at .86 G’s, while the Cruze LT Sedan pulls only .82 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

For better maneuverability, the Ioniq Hybrid’s turning circle is 3.9 feet tighter than the Cruze’s (34.8 feet vs. 38.7 feet).

Chassis

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The design of the Hyundai Ioniq Hybrid amounts to more than styling. The Ioniq Hybrid has an aerodynamic coefficient of drag of .24 Cd. That is significantly lower than the Cruze (.29) and many sports cars. A more efficient exterior helps keep the interior quieter and helps the Ioniq Hybrid get better fuel mileage.

The front grille of the Ioniq Hybrid uses electronically controlled shutters to close off airflow and reduce drag when less engine cooling is needed. This helps improve highway fuel economy. The Cruze doesn’t offer active grille shutters.

As tested by Car and Driver, the interior of the Ioniq Hybrid Limited is quieter than the Cruze LT Sedan:

Ioniq Hybrid

Cruze

At idle

27 dB

36 dB

Full-Throttle

73 dB

77 dB

70 MPH Cruising

68 dB

69 dB

Passenger Space

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Because it has more passenger and cargo room, the EPA rates the Ioniq Hybrid a Large car, while the Cruze is rated a Compact.

The Ioniq Hybrid has 2.2 cubic feet more passenger volume than the Cruze (96.2 vs. 94).

The Ioniq Hybrid has .2 inches more front headroom, .2 inches more front legroom, .6 inches more front hip room, 1.2 inches more front shoulder room, .1 inches more rear headroom, 1 inch more rear hip room and 1.8 inches more rear shoulder room than the Cruze Sedan.

Cargo Capacity

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The Ioniq Hybrid has a much larger trunk than the Cruze Sedan (26.5 vs. 14.8 cubic feet).

The Ioniq Hybrid has a much larger trunk than the Cruze Hatchback with its rear seat up (26.5 vs. 22.7 cubic feet).

To allow full utilization of available cargo room, the Ioniq Hybrid’s hatch uses gas strut supported hinges that don’t intrude into the cargo area. Its intrusive beam hinge reduces the Cruze Sedan’s useful trunk space.

The Ioniq Hybrid’s standard folding rear seats are split to accommodate bulky cargo. The Cruze L/LS’ standard single piece folding rear seat is not as flexible; long cargo and a passenger can’t share the rear seat.

Ergonomics

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When different drivers share the Ioniq Hybrid Limited, the optional memory seats make it convenient. Each setting activates different, customized memories for the driver’s seat position. The Cruze doesn’t offer memory seats.

The Ioniq Hybrid’s standard driver’s power window opens or closes with one touch of the window control, making it more convenient at drive-up windows and toll booths. The Cruze’s power windows’ switch has to be held the entire time to close it fully. The Ioniq Hybrid Limited’s front power windows both open or close with one touch of the switches.

The Ioniq Hybrid has a standard locking fuel door with a remote release located convenient to the driver. A locking fuel door helps prevent vandalism, such as sugar in the tank and fuel theft. The Cruze doesn’t offer a locking fuel door.

To help drivers see further while navigating curves, the Ioniq Hybrid Limited offers optional adaptive headlights to illuminate around corners automatically by reading vehicle speed and steering wheel angle. The Cruze doesn’t offer cornering lights.

To shield the driver and front passenger’s vision over a larger portion of the windshield and side windows, the Ioniq Hybrid has standard extendable sun visors. The Cruze doesn’t offer extendable visors.

The Ioniq Hybrid’s optional rear view mirror has an automatic dimming feature. This mirror can be set to automatically darken quickly when headlights shine on it, keeping following vehicles from blinding or distracting the driver. The Cruze doesn’t offer the luxury of an automatic dimming rear view mirror.

The Ioniq Hybrid’s standard dual zone air conditioning allows the driver and front passenger to choose two completely different temperatures so people with different temperature preferences won’t have to compromise. This makes both the driver and front passenger as comfortable as possible. The Cruze doesn’t offer dual zone air conditioning.

Both the Ioniq Hybrid and the Cruze offer rear vents. For greater rear passenger comfort, the Ioniq Hybrid Limited offers optional rear air conditioning vents to keep rear occupants cool in summer or warm in winter. The Cruze doesn’t offer rear air conditioning vents, only heat vents.

To keep a safe, consistent following distance, the Ioniq Hybrid SEL/Limited offers an optional Smart Cruise Control, which alters the speed of the vehicle without driver intervention. This allows the driver to use cruise control more safely without constantly having to disengage it when approaching slower traffic. The Cruze doesn’t offer an adaptive cruise control.

Economic Advantages

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The Ioniq Hybrid will cost the buyer less in the long run because of its superior resale value. The IntelliChoice estimates that the Ioniq Hybrid will retain 42.38% to 42.93% of its original price after five years, while the Cruze only retains 36.53% to 41.46%.

IntelliChoice estimates that five-year ownership costs (depreciation, financing, insurance, fuel, fees, repairs and maintenance) for the Hyundai Ioniq Hybrid will be $978 to $3171 less than for the Chevrolet Cruze.

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