Hyundai has begun to deliver what could be a class-leading volume of its Ioniq 5 electric crossover vehicle. With 2,555 delivered to U.S. customers in February and a solid 3,544 delivered year to date, Hyundai may well be the leader in the segment. Ford and VW had been on a pace of roughly 2,000 units per month of the Mustang Mach-E and ID.4 at year’s end. Both brands generally report sales quarterly, not monthly, so we will need to wait a month to see how they are doing this year. The Toyota RAV4 Prime was the top-selling affordable crossover EV of 2021 with just under 28,000 units delivered in the U.S.
Kia’s EV6 is also off to a bang. The sibling to the Hyundai Ioniq 5 posted 2,125 units delivered in February. Hyundai and Kia don’t report the individual sales of the Ioniq, Niro and Kona electrified trims, so we can’t offer any details on those. The entire Ioniq (not Ioniq 5) line totaled 1,269 in February, and the Kian Niro line posted 3,008 units. How those break down into hybrid-electric, plug-in hybrid-electric, and battery-electric we don’t know.
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The Ioniq 5 is now in its fourth month of sales in the U.S. market and has emerged as the new benchmark in the segment according to many reviewers. For our full review of the Ioniq 5, click here.
Hyundai IONIQ 5 image by John Goreham
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