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To help members understand the latest automotive technology so they can purchase vehicles that best suit their needs, the Automobile Club of Southern California's Automotive Research Center (ARC) began testing and reviewing vehicles over a decade ago

For the 2024 edition, we include testing and ranking cars and light trucks with the latest technology, including having at least one advanced driver-assistance system (ADAS) feature. In addition to vehicle evaluation, the guide covers a number of pertinent automotive topics in detail—for example, the latest advanced safety features, how to properly maintain your vehicle, and new vehicles coming to market in the next few years.

Car Guide Winner: 1st Place Small suv

2023 Hyundai IONIQ 5 Limited

Vehicle Type: Small suv Electric
 overall score
Category Ranking: 1

Vehicle Price

Base Price: $56,500
Price as Tested: $58,005

Fuel Information

Fuel Type: Electricity
120V Charge Time: 4.1 miles per hour
240V Charge Time: 31.3 miles per hour
DC Fast Charger: 10% to 80% in 18 minutes
EPA City MPGe113
EPA Highway MPGe90
EPA Combined MPGe101
EPA-Est. Electric Range (mi): 266

Advanced Safety Features

  • Adaptive Cruise Control [S]
  • Advanced Headlights [S]
  • Automatic Emergency Braking [S]
  • Blind-Spot Warning [S]
  • Driver Monitoring [S]
  • Forward-Collision Warning [S]
  • Lane-Departure Warning [S]
  • Lane-Keeping Assistance [S]
  • Rear Cross-Traffic Warning [S]
  • Reverse Automatic Emergency Braking [O]
  • [S] Standard, [O] Optional
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Overall Observations

The Ioniq 5 compact crossover, introduced in 2022, is the first EV from Hyundai's Ioniq sub-brand. We tested the top-of-the-line Limited trim, with dual motors, a 77.4-kWh battery pack, and all-wheel drive. The Ioniq 5's exterior retro styling is both distinctive and mundane. If you want to get noticed when you drive down the street, other EVs can do a better job. Looks aside, does the Ioniq 5 deliver the goods? For the most part, yes. It provides a smooth, comfortable ride with good suspension damping, although passengers sometimes get jolted when driving over rough or uneven roads. Handling is responsive, if not sporty, and both exterior and interior build quality are very good. Noteworthy features include an open, airy cabin with good headroom and legroom for all passengers, a 350-kW DC fast—charging system that reputedly can take the battery from a 10% to an 80% charge in less than 20 minutes, and a comprehensive set of advanced safety features. The 5 comes up short in a few areas, though. The infotainment system and climate controls are nonintuitive and difficult to use, the rear roof supports create a blind spot to the rear and sides, the panoramic sunroof doesn’t tilt or slide, and the MSRP is high for a vehicle with less than 300 miles of range.

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Pros and Cons


  • Smooth, comfortable ride quality; responsive handling
  • Good headroom and legroom, open airy spacious interior cabin
  • High-quality exterior/interior fit and finish, materials quality
  • Fast charging times because of 800-volt battery architecture


  • Nonintuitive infotainment system; difficult-to-use climate-control system
  • Panoramic roof doesn’t slide or tilt open
  • High MSRP for a vehicle with less than 300 miles of range

Vehicle Specifications

Model year tested: 2023
Number of passengers (F/R): 2/3
Curb weight (lbs): 4464.0
Exterior L / W / H (in): 182.5 / 74.4 / 63.0
Wheelbase (in): 118.1
Number of air bags: 7
Warranty (months/miles): 60/60,000
Tire manufacturer and model: Michelin Primacy Tour A/S
Front and rear tire size: 255/45 R20
Max towing capacity (lbs): 2,300
Headlight type: LED
Transmission type: Auto 1-speed
Drivetrain type: All wheel
Engine/motor: Dual electric motors
Electric motor horsepower: 320

Test Data

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Handling: 7.16
Quality and Drivability: 7.50

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