2020 Nissan Leaf vs. 2020 Hyundai Ioniq Plug-In Hybrid

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Safety

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In the past twenty years hundreds of infants and young children have died after being left in vehicles, usually by accident. When turning the vehicle off, drivers of the Leaf are reminded to check the back seat if they opened the rear door before starting out. The Ioniq Plug-In Hybrid doesn’t offer a back seat reminder.

The Leaf has standard Active Head Restraints, which use a specially designed headrest to protect the driver and front passenger from whiplash. During a rear-end collision, the Active Head Restraints system moves the headrests forward to prevent neck and spine injuries. The Ioniq Plug-In Hybrid doesn’t offer a whiplash protection system.

Over 200 people are killed each year when backed over by motor vehicles. The Leaf has standard Rear Automatic Braking that uses rear sensors to monitor and automatically apply the brakes to prevent a rear collision. The Ioniq Plug-In Hybrid doesn’t offer backup collision prevention brakes.

The Leaf (except S) offers an optional Around View® Monitor to allow the driver to see objects all around the vehicle on a screen. The Ioniq Plug-In Hybrid only offers a rear monitor and front and rear parking sensors that beep or flash a light. That doesn’t help with obstacles to the sides.

Both the Leaf and the Ioniq Plug-In Hybrid have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, driver knee airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, front wheel drive, height adjustable front shoulder belts, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, crash mitigating brakes, lane departure warning systems, rearview cameras, available daytime running lights and driver alert monitors.

Warranty

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There are over 29 percent more Nissan dealers than there are Hyundai dealers, which makes it easier should you ever need service under the Leaf’s warranty.

Engine

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The Leaf’s standard electric motor produces 8 more horsepower (147 vs. 139) and 41 lbs.-ft. more torque (236 vs. 195) than the Ioniq Plug-In Hybrid’s 1.6 DOHC 4-cylinder hybrid. The Leaf PLUS’ standard electric motor produces 75 more horsepower (214 vs. 139) and 55 lbs.-ft. more torque (250 vs. 195) than the Ioniq Plug-In Hybrid’s 1.6 DOHC 4-cylinder hybrid.

Fuel Economy and Range

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On the EPA test cycle the Leaf gets better fuel mileage than the Ioniq running its gasoline engine:

MPGe

Leaf

Electric Motor

123 city/99 hwy

S PLUS Electric Motor

118 city/97 hwy

SV/SL PLUS Electric Motor

114 city/94 hwy

Ioniq

MPG

1.6 4-cyl. Hybrid

53 city/52 hwy

The Leaf’s maximum EPA estimated driving range is 149 to 226 (PLUS) miles on a full charge. The Ioniq Plug-In Hybrid can only travel about 29 miles before it has to start its internal combustion engine.

Environmental Friendliness

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In its Green Vehicle Guide, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) rates the Nissan Leaf higher (10 out of 10) than the Hyundai Ioniq Plug-In Hybrid (7). This means the Leaf produces up to 11.8 pounds less smog-producing pollutants than the Ioniq Plug-In Hybrid every 15,000 miles.

Brakes and Stopping

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The Leaf’s standard front and rear disc brakes are vented to help dissipate heat for shorter stops with less fading. The rear discs on the Ioniq Plug-In Hybrid are solid, not vented.

Tires and Wheels

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For better traction, the Leaf SV/SL’s tires are larger than the largest tires available on the Ioniq Plug-In Hybrid (215/50R17 vs. 205/55R16).

The Leaf SV/SL’s tires provide better handling because they have a lower 50 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the Ioniq Plug-In Hybrid’s 55 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Leaf SV/SL has standard 17-inch wheels. The Ioniq Plug-In Hybrid’s largest wheels are only 16-inches.

The Leaf has a standard easy tire fill system. When inflating the tires, the vehicle’s integrated tire pressure sensors keep track of the pressure as the tires fill and tell the driver when the tires are inflated to the proper pressure. The Ioniq Plug-In Hybrid doesn’t offer vehicle monitored tire inflation.

Cargo Capacity

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The Leaf has a larger trunk with its rear seat up than the Ioniq Plug-In Hybrid (23.6 vs. 23 cubic feet).

Ergonomics

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The Leaf SV/SL has a standard remote vehicle starting system, so the vehicle can be started from inside the driver's house. This allows the driver to comfortably warm up the engine before going out to the vehicle. The climate system will also automatically heat or cool the interior. The Ioniq Plug-In Hybrid doesn’t offer a remote starting system.

To improve rear visibility by keeping the rear window clear, the Leaf has a standard rear wiper. The Ioniq Plug-In Hybrid doesn’t offer a rear wiper.

Both the Leaf and the Ioniq Plug-In Hybrid offer available heated front seats. The Leaf SL also has standard heated rear seats to keep those passengers extremely comfortable in the winter. Heated rear seats aren’t available in the Ioniq Plug-In Hybrid.

On extremely cold winter days, the Leaf’s optional (except S) heated steering wheel provides comfort, allowing the driver to steer safely and comfortably before the car heater warms up. The Ioniq Plug-In Hybrid doesn’t offer a heated steering wheel.

Economic Advantages

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Insurance will cost less for the Leaf owner. The Complete Car Cost Guide estimates that insurance for the Leaf will cost $140 to $1190 less than the Ioniq Plug-In Hybrid over a five-year period.

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