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Need to buy a car by tomorrow.2019 Ioniq Blue vs 2019 Prius ECO

So I already drove both, I honestly like the inside of the Prius better, love the digital speedometer, easy to read large numbers. I thought the Prius has a bit more pickup and go, or at least it seemed like that to me. This car would be really only driven in CA so no snow. Also on fairly long daily highway commutes, 100 miles or so per day. I also like the tan and black interior of the Prius as well. It would mostly only be me in the vehicle every day, just to and back from work type of deal. It seems like the ECO comes with a few more features as standard vs the Ioniq. Also it looks like neither the Blue or ECO come with a spare tire, only tire repair kits. I want to be able to make a choice before end of day tomorrow since my rental will need to be renewed, and it's getting expensive. mileage is pretty important and so far the Ioniq is slightly ahead. I will play lots of music in this car so the audio is pretty important. Im thinking those can be upgraded later on for cheaper, right? Thank you!
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I owned and drove a 2015 prius for a year . Like you i drive 130 miles a day R/T commute to work so I wanted to save $ and it did that. i averaged 50 mpg my drive is all freeway except a couple miles on and off. So it cut my gas bill in half saving me $250 a month, almost the payment.

BUT I HATED IT!
1. It had no drivers feel, like driving a golf cart
2. noisy interior
3. handled poorly
4. the CV transmission is like a golf cart
5. uncomfortable interior

I turned it in because it was no fun to drive and tired me out, if I have to spend that much time in a car I want to enjoy driving it and be comfortable. So I went back to a sports sedan (MBZ C250) and was a happy commuter again but spending more $. i totaled the C250 and ended up in a new 2017 Sonata because of the huge rebate at the time ($6500 plus what I got the dealer to knock off, I drove out with my 2017 Sonata Sport 2.0T for $ 21,800 everything plus additional 120,000 mile bumper to bumper warranty)

BUT, since then when Ive been back to the dealer with my Sonata and I have test drove both the Ionic and the Ionic plug in and with the 7 sp DCT transmission and IMO better more normal car look and feel I would have purchased an Ionic over the Prius and im sure been happy with it. It still has the feeling of driving a "car", a real transmission and small sports sedan type handling are better IMO, the interior was quieter and I fit in it.

Ive even considered making the change to an Ionic when I turn in the Sonata ( i have 60,000 miles on it in 20 months and will probably get rid of it in a year). But I would get the plug in so in Ca I can go solo in the HOV lanes, in LA Traffic it saves a lot of time. My oldest son drives a Volt and IMO it is hands down a better drivers car than the Prius.

The Prius has going for it that it is the first and most widely sold hybrid, but the Hyundai warranty is much better than the Toyota

Just my opinions.

Bottom line is you need to be happy with your choice. I would encourage you to really drive them both first and be sure, not just around the block. Get it on 10-20 miles of freeway at 65-75 mph. I only took my prius out for a short test drive, did not even get on the freeway. It wasn't until after that I realized all that I did not like about it and that it did not give me any driving satisfaction just gas savings

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So I already drove both, I honestly like the inside of the Prius better, love the digital speedometer, easy to read large numbers. I thought the Prius has a bit more pickup and go, or at least it seemed like that to me. This car would be really only driven in CA so no snow. Also on fairly long daily highway commutes, 100 miles or so per day. I also like the tan and black interior of the Prius as well. It would mostly only be me in the vehicle every day, just to and back from work type of deal. It seems like the ECO comes with a few more features as standard vs the Ioniq. Also it looks like neither the Blue or ECO come with a spare tire, only tire repair kits. I want to be able to make a choice before end of day tomorrow since my rental will need to be renewed, and it's getting expensive. mileage is pretty important and so far the Ioniq is slightly ahead. I will play lots of music in this car so the audio is pretty important. Im thinking those can be upgraded later on for cheaper, right? Thank you!
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Do you swap out of cars every few years or will this be a drive til you're dead family heirloom?
If you plan on keeping it for years or going for a quarter million miles or more, keep in mind that the Ioniq has a lifetime battery guarantee. And there is no 12v battery - it uses a small portion of the (guaranteed) HV battery as a 12v source. Prius 12v AGM batteries are expensive and when they start to fail, you start getting the scary Triangle Of Death.
If you're worried about having the spare tire, you can buy the tire/jack kit for about $200 off Amazon or EBay.
The Ioniq has a better driving position and more comfortable seats. However, if you're shaped like ET - with spindly yardstick arms and stubby duck legs, the Prius will be a good fit for you.
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I am looking at driving this car into the ground, however I was comparing the extra safety features that come with the L Eco that don't come with the Ioniq Blue. My other car which used to be my daily driver, didn't have any bells and whistles, so I don't necessarily need them, they're just nice to have. The one thing I really did want was the sunroof but it looks like I'm out luck on that one. I honestly think the inside of the 2019 Eco is cooler and cleaner looking, especially with the big digital display. Am I the crazy one for liking the boxier look of the Prius? Still haven't made a decision, going back and forth with dealers, but hoping to pick one up today or tomorrow.
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I got rid of my 2017 Prius because the front seat was so low it made getting out of the car very,very annoying
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Sounds to me like he already had his decision made before he posted the original comment.
That's fine. The Prius will last him a long time. They're just so ugly. IMO.

Please accept my apologies. Thank You!
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Well the 2016 and newer Prius are amazing. The fuel mileage seems to be easy to meet or surpass the estimates. One thing that cannot be overlooked it the Prius stellar reliability! Take a look at Consumer Reports Mag. Outstanding record!
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