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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.

2023 Hyundai IONIQ 6 Limited

Vehicle Type: Midsize Electric
 overall score
Category Ranking: 3

Vehicle Price

Base Price: $56,100
Price as Tested: $57,425

Fuel Information

Fuel Type: Electricity
120V Charge Time: 4.8 miles per hour
240V Charge Time: 36 miles per hour
DC Fast Charger: 10% to 80% in 18 minutes
EPA City MPGe111
EPA Highway MPGe94
EPA Combined MPGe103
EPA-Est. Electric Range (mi): 270

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 [S]
  • [S] Standard, [O] Optional

Overall Observations

Introduced in 2023, the Ioniq 6 shares many components and features with the Ioniq 5 (see page 106), but it has a low-slung, sleek profile instead of the 5's retro boxy look. We tested the top—level Limited trim, with dual motors and a 77.4-kWh battery, good for 320 hp and 270 miles of range. The Ioniq 6 has many compelling qualities to recommend it. Its dual-motor drivetrain provides an abundance of power and torque. The ride quality is very good overall, as is the 6's efficiency (103 MPGe in combined city/highway driving). A 350-kW onboard charger promises a recharge from 10% to 80% capacity in as little as 18 minutes. Interior standard features for all trims include dual-zone automatic climate control with rear vents, heated front seats, a 12.3-inch infotainment screen, and a good-size, clear instrument cluster. Few options are available—or needed. A complete list of advanced safety features is standard on all trim levels; higher trims have avoidance-assistance features, such as cross-traffic side-collision mitigation, which warns of potential side collisions and may apply the brakes. Negatives are few and unlikely to be deal-breakers: The interior uses some cheap-looking plastics, and the sloping roofline limits rear headroom. Some controls are in unusual positions, and the 6's shifter is odd, located on a stalk that rotates the way many headlight controls operate.

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Pros and Cons


  • Comfortable ride overall
  • Very good range and efficiency
  • Strong power and torque
  • 350-kW onboard charger


  • Some cheap-looking interior materials
  • Limited rear headroom
  • Unusual location of some controls—the center console and under the steering wheel
  • Odd gear shifter

Vehicle Specifications

Model year tested: 2023
Number of passengers (F/R): 2/3
Curb weight (lbs): 4462.0
Exterior L / W / H (in): 191.1 / 74.0 / 58.9
Wheelbase (in): 116.1
Number of air bags: 7
Warranty (months/miles): 60/60,000
Tire manufacturer and model: Pirelli P Zero All Season
Front and rear tire size: 245/40 R20
Max towing capacity (lbs): Not recommended
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: 7.26
Quality and Drivability: 6.17

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