Have an overnight niro loaner, just returned an ioniq loaner
just signed up here because i'm considering a niro and we just got a loaner overnight from the dealership. we just had an ioniq on loan and have narrowed it down most likely between these two. the overnight loaners are great to let the wife experience during normal commute and around town.
for a little context our current cars are a 2005 honda element (me), and a 2008 mazda 3 hatchback. We are very much lovers of interior space and insistent on being able to access it all-together (no sedans). we like teh space and interior of an SUV or a crossover, but never would agree to give up that much MPG, i agree with the sentiment that people buy cars that are woefully overpowered for their use, but we do highly value cabin space and ability to load up on an ikea trip or something similar. we have rental properties and the ability to load up a car with tools/shopvac/etc is of value, and really the "hurricane scenario" of loading up your life and getting out of dodge. the hurricane scenario is really the definition of "range anxiety" when you don't know when the next gas station will have gas available. we never have a need for all wheel drive, or towing boats around or whatever, but we occasionally load up bikes or something and will just not ever be sedan people.
i don't want to crap on crossovers or SUV's wholesale, because that body style and interior space is right up our alley, but we're never going to buy anything that mpg starts with a 1, and now with the hybrids/phevs, with a 2, and maybe even a 3. But some of the phev crossover things that are possibly on the horizon are very much up our alley, like whatever toyota is cooking up to replace the prius-v (although we didn't like the used prius-v's we've tried) there is a mitsubishi phev that's interesting too, but then the prices are going a lot higher, but niro and ioniq are a perfect compromise for our kinda use, and we're kinda just trying to figure out the details to get us across the finish line on one or the other.
interested in real MPG of niro vs ioniq as they're the same drivetrain, but niro heavier and less aerodynamic.
edited to add: we'd probably prefer a pHEV of these cars, but they seem impossible to get down here in florida...