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Top 3 BEST New Road-Trip Cars of 2020 Counted Down!

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2020 Hyundai Ioniq Hybrid

~ “A Long Highway Cruise for Wallet-Cautious Adventurers” ~
2020 Hyundai Ioniq Hybrid driving in red. (Side-view 3/4 view)

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Looking for a 5-passenger vehicle that reigns supreme when it comes to ‘riding green’? It literally doesn’t get better than the Ioniq. Literally…

All right. So, maybe you’re in the market for an efficiency-focused car with an affordable price tag. If so, the 2020 Hyundai Ioniq Hybrid definitely deserves a look! But, what exactly makes the Ioniq Hybrid so special? Why not just go for the trend-setting Toyota Prius Hybrid or the well-acclaimed Honda Insight Hybrid? Well… There’s one simple answer. Repeat after us,

“Most Fuel-Efficient!”

Yes! The 2020 Ioniq Hybrid is the most fuel-efficient new car in America based on EPA-estimated combined MPG. That’s something no other new car can claim! And that’s a fact.

2020 Hyundai Ioniq Hybrid backseat - black leather interior

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Looking past fuel efficiency, the 2020 Ioniq Hybrid also manages to boast a rather spacious cabin for up to 5-passengers. On paper, the Ioniq packs a total passenger volume of about 96 cubic feet of space. For comparison, that is about 3 cubic feet more than its most direct competitor: the 2020 Toyota Prius. Yes! We know! “Three cubic feet” is not a HUGE difference… But, it is class-competitive nevertheless. Honestly, in our opinion, the Ioniq is definitely straddling the line between compact-class cars and mid-size-class cars in terms of interior dimensions.

~ Estimated Vehicle Pricing ~
$23,200 – $31,000

Feel free to watch our in-depth review of the 2017-2019 Hyundai Ioniq Hybrid above. ↑↑↑

Powertrain / Fuel Efficiency / Range

2020 Hyundai Ioniq Hybrid Gauge Cluster (sport mode)

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All Ioniq Hybrid’s, for 2020, will be powered by a 1.6-Liter GDI 4-Cylinder engine and 32kW electric motor. Both of these power sources work together to produce a combined 139 horsepower sent to only the front wheels (AWD unavailable). Unlike the majority of its competitors, the Ioniq Hybrid surprisingly does not use a Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT), instead, it comes equipped with a 6-speed Dual-Clutch Transmission (DCT).

Hyundai Blue Drive logo (red paint) - 2020 Hyundai Ioniq Hybrid

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All of this ‘eco-engineered’ tech (branded as Blue Drive) works hand-in-hand to lunge the Ioniq Hybrid from 0mph to 60mph in just around 9 seconds! Ok. Let’s face it… While you may not be winning any drag races with this powertrain setup, you’ll definitely be winning when it comes to the fuel pump. Woot! Woot!

As mentioned previously, when it comes to fuel economy, the 2020 Hyundai Ioniq Hybrid truly reigns supreme thanks to it being named “The Most Fuel-Efficient Car in America”. For your convenience, please refer to the table below:

Trim LevelFuel Economy
(City / Hwy / Combined)*
Blue57 / 59 / 58
55 / 54 / 55
*Based on EPA mpg estimates

Also, when it comes to fuel tank capacity, the Ioniq Hybrid can store up to 11.9-gallons of burnable juice.

QUICK MARCUS MATH: Theoretically, after some quick number crunching, the Ioniq Hybrid Blue should be able to achieve close to a staggering 700 miles of range on one full tank of gas before a refill is needed (in the most ideal driving conditions).

Cargo Versatility

Thanks to the Ioniq’s rear hatchback design, it manages to squeeze out a rather commendable amount of trunk space: 26.5-cubic feet of space, to be exact.

2021 Hyundai Ioniq Trunk Space _ Seats Folding Animation GIF

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Hyundai // Animated by Marcus Walker

Interestingly, Hyundai has yet to disclose the exact trunk volume with the rear seats folded, but we’d expect the Ioniq’s cargo area to be similarly sized to its main competitor: the Prius (which boasts roughly 50-cubic feet of space with the rear seats folded down).

Feel free to check out our detailed real-world trunk review covering the Hyundai Ioniq Hybrid’s trunk usability above. ↑↑↑


2020 Hyundai Ioniq Hybrid gauge cluster - Driver Assistance features digital display

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As far as safety tech goes, Hyundai packs every 2020 Ioniq Hybrid with an extremely impressive list of STANDARD safety tech (especially for a car with a sub-$25,000 starting price). Some notable STANDARD safety technologies include:

  • Driver Attention Warning
  • Forward-Collision Avoidance Assist
  • Lane-Keeping Assist
  • Automatic High Beam Assist

Surprisingly, Hyundai reserves Blind-Spot Monitoring and Rear Cross-Traffic Alert for higher-end trim levels. Hopefully, Hyundai considers pushing those two features onto the ‘standard equipment list’ for the upcoming 2021 model year.

2020 Hyundai Ioniq Hybrid gauge cluster - Lane Keep Assist Digital Display (ECO Mode)

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And when the least expected happens, you can rest assured that you and your fellow passengers will be in good hands. This is because the 2020 Hyundai Ioniq Hybrid earns a Top Safety Pick from the IIHS for 2020.

Multi-Media Connectivity & In-Car Entertainment

Hyundai's BlueLink touchscreen (home screen)_2020 Hyundai Ioniq Hybrid interior

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New for 2020 is an updated version of Hyundai’s BlueLink infotainment system which now comes in two much larger screen sizes. Lower-end models will receive a standard 8-inch touchscreen, while the range-topping Limited model will feature an optional 10.25-inch version. Additionally, the updated UI supports an applaudable amount of standard tech which will surely keep you and your passengers well entertained. Some of the many STANDARD entertainment goodies include:

  • Android Auto
  • Apple CarPlay
  • Amazon Alexa
  • Sirius XM radio

Oh! And I gotta feeling you’ll have a blast jammin’ out to your favorite tunes via the optional 8-speaker Harmon Kardon Premium Audio System w/ Clari-Fi Technology.

All right. Now it’s time to shine… Turn up the speakers, put your hands up in the air, and sing along, “I GOTTA FEELING! WOOOHOOO! THAT TONIGHT’S GONNA BE A GOOD NIGHT!”

BEP (Black Eyed Peas) - I gotta feeling album cover

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Ideal Road Trip Playlist

(Song #4 out of 5)

I Gotta Feeling ~ Black Eyed Peas

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41 thoughts on “Top 3 BEST New Road-Trip Cars of 2020 Counted Down!”

  1. I’m really impressed with how well this article is written and how it got me thinking about going on a road trip even though it hasn’t crossed my mind in the past. But I definitely like the hybrid because the less you gotta worry about the car, being the gas or the people in it… the trip becomes 100x more enjoyable

    1. Thanks so much, man! Glad you enjoyed it. I honestly was never really considering road tripping either, but when Dawn presented me with this sweet collab idea, it got me thinking!

      Indeed! Hybrids are definitely superior when it comes to maximizing how far you can travel without having to refuel. Which, in turn, surely makes your trip more enjoyable! Thanks for your insight and support. I have some really cool ideas cooking up in the kitchen. So definitely stay tuned! 🙂

      Also, keep up your music career, bro. Can’t wait for the next single!!!

    1. Thanks for stopping by, Ghady! I’m so happy you enjoyed this write-up. Can’t wait for your next video to drop this Friday!!! Hopefully, we can collab again in the future. That would be super sick! 🙂

    1. Much appreciated. I truly appreciate you taking the time to read this article. I tried my best to jam pack it with tons of useful information. More content is on its way!

  2. This was a very helpful and insightful blog. I’ve really wanted to take a road trip for my birthday so this helped a lot.

    1. Jeremiah, I really appreciate your support! Glad you found it to be helpful and insightful. That sounds like so much fun! Birthday road-trip!!! Yayyy!

      My dream is to have an RV road trip (with me driving) when I turn 21. That would be so awesome! Can’t wait. Just a couple more years… Haha! Thanks again for your encouragement, man!

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Marcus Walker

Marcus Walker

Founder & Editor-In-Chief of DriveAndBeDriven LLC.