CAR REVIEW

Quality Verified | Posted June 23, 2023

2023 AAA Car Guide Winner: Midrange SUV

The Ioniq 5 ranks 5th overall and first in The Top 10 Most Fuel Efficient Vehicles in the 2023 edition of the AAA Car Guide .
What is the AAA Car Guide?
The AAA Car Guide helps consumers navigate the evolving automotive marketplace by ranking and rating the newest vehicles, including EVs. The Guide provides consumers with reviews, based on testing by AAA Engineers, highlighting how many advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) are included in the vehicle, along with other criteria and information.
2022 Hyundai Ioniq 5 Limited AWD
VEHICLE TYPE
BASE PRICE
PRICE AS TESTED
IIHS / NHTSA
SUV Hybrid
$54,500
$55,920
Overall Observations

Unlike previous vehicles with the Ioniq moniker, the Ioniq 5 is the Hyundai sub-brand’s first dedicated EV. This tall hatchback is equipped with a sufficiently roomy cabin for all passengers and cargo. The 5 comes with either 1 motor and a 58-kWh battery pack or 1 or 2 motors and a 77.4-kWh battery pack. Our top-trim dual-motor Limited tester delivered quick, responsive, smooth acceleration, plus a decent EV range (an estimated 256 miles) and strong fuel efficiency numbers (98 MPGe in combined driving).

 

Even the base trim level is well-outfitted, with 19-inch alloy wheels, LED headlights, adjustable regenerative braking, a nav system, and a heated, power-adjustable driver’s seat. One especially cool feature is the 5’s 800-volt architecture, which is twice as powerful as most EVs’ 400-volt systems; it enables the battery pack to be replenished from 10% to 80% in about 18 minutes. A comprehensive set of advanced safety features is standard as well.

 

Unfortunately, the Ioniq 5 isn’t much fun to drive, with a floaty ride and lots of body roll in turns. The interior styling is bland, and an overabundance of hard plastics gives the cabin a cheap feel. Visibility to the rear is poor, and the steering-wheel controls for the infotainment system are needlessly complex, requiring a steep learning curve.One welcome perk: Owners receive free unlimited 30-minute charging sessions for 2 years on Electrify America’s network of chargers.

Strengths and Weaknesses

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AAA’s Recommendation: Whether you own an electric vehicle or a gas-powered car is up to you – and you should consider lots of factors in making that choice. No matter what type of vehicle you’re choosing, we recommend visiting a dealership, test driving one, and asking as many questions as possible to make an informed decision.

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