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In the past twenty years hundreds of infants and young children have died after being left in vehicles, usually by accident. When turning the vehicle off, drivers of the Santa Fe SEL Plus/Limited/Ultimate are reminded to check the back seat when a sensor determines the back seat is occupied. The C-HR doesn’t offer a back seat reminder.
Over 200 people are killed each year when backed over by motor vehicles. The Santa Fe has a standard Rear Cross-Traffic Collision Avoidance Assist which uses rear sensors to monitor and automatically apply the brakes to prevent a rear collision. The C-HR doesn’t offer backup collision prevention brakes.
The Santa Fe offers all-wheel drive to maximize traction under poor conditions, especially in ice and snow. The C-HR doesn’t offer all-wheel drive.
The Santa Fe Ultimate has a standard Surround View Monitor to allow the driver to see objects all around the vehicle on a screen. The C-HR only offers a rear monitor.
The Santa Fe SEL/Limited/Ultimate has standard Blue Link, which uses a global positioning satellite (GPS) receiver and a cellular system to remotely unlock your doors if you lock your keys in, help track down your vehicle if it’s stolen or send emergency personnel to the scene if any airbags deploy. The C-HR doesn’t offer a GPS response system, so if you’re involved in an accident and you’re incapacitated help may not come as quickly.
Both the Santa Fe and the C-HR have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, front wheel drive, height adjustable front shoulder belts, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, crash mitigating brakes, daytime running lights, lane departure warning systems, rearview cameras and driver alert monitors.
The Santa Fe comes with a full 5-year/60,000-mile basic warranty, which covers the entire truck and includes 24-hour roadside assistance. The C-HR’s 3-year/36,000-mile basic warranty expires 2 years and 24,000 miles sooner.
Hyundai’s powertrain warranty covers the Santa Fe 5 years and 40,000 miles longer than Toyota covers the C-HR. Any repair needed on the engine, transmission, axles, joints or driveshafts is fully covered for 10 years or 100,000 miles. Coverage on the C-HR ends after only 5 years or 60,000 miles.
The Santa Fe’s corrosion warranty is 2 years longer than the C-HR’s (7 vs. 5 years).
J.D. Power and Associates’ 2018 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Hyundai vehicles are better in initial quality than Toyota vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Hyundai third in initial quality, above the industry average. With 22 more problems per 100 vehicles, Toyota is ranked 17th, below the industry average.
J.D. Power and Associates’ 2018 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Hyundai vehicles are more reliable than Toyota vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Hyundai 6th in reliability, above the industry average. With 3 more problems per 100 vehicles, Toyota is ranked 8th.
The Santa Fe’s standard 2.4 DOHC 4 cyl. produces 41 more horsepower (185 vs. 144) and 39 lbs.-ft. more torque (178 vs. 139) than the C-HR’s 2.0 DOHC 4 cyl. The Santa Fe 2.0T’s standard 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. produces 91 more horsepower (235 vs. 144) and 121 lbs.-ft. more torque (260 vs. 139) than the C-HR’s 2.0 DOHC 4 cyl.
The Santa Fe’s 2.2 turbo diesel produces 46 more horsepower (190 vs. 144) and 183 lbs.-ft. more torque (322 vs. 139) than the C-HR’s 2.0 DOHC 4 cyl.
In heavy traffic or at stoplights the Santa Fe’s engine automatically turns off when the vehicle is stopped, saving fuel and reducing pollution. The engine is automatically restarted when the driver gets ready to move again. (Start/Stop isn’t accounted in present EPA fuel mileage tests.) The C-HR doesn’t offer an automatic engine start/stop system.
The Santa Fe has 5.6 gallons more fuel capacity than the C-HR (18.8 vs. 13.2 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups.
For better stopping power the Santa Fe’s brake rotors are larger than those on the C-HR:
For better traction, the Santa Fe has larger tires than the C-HR (235/65R17 vs. 225/50R18).
For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Santa Fe offers optional 19-inch wheels. The C-HR’s largest wheels are only 18-inches.
The Santa Fe has standard front and rear gas-charged shocks for better control over choppy roads. The C-HR’s suspension doesn’t offer gas-charged shocks.
The Santa Fe has a standard automatic load leveling suspension to keep ride height level with a heavy load or when towing. The C-HR doesn’t offer a load leveling suspension.
For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Santa Fe’s wheelbase is 5 inches longer than on the C-HR (108.9 inches vs. 103.9 inches).
For better handling and stability, the track (width between the wheels) on the Santa Fe is 4.1 inches wider in the front and 4.4 inches wider in the rear than on the C-HR.
The Santa Fe 2.2D has standard seating for 7 passengers; the C-HR can only carry 5.
The Santa Fe has 26.9 cubic feet more passenger volume than the C-HR (110.7 vs. 83.8).
For enhanced passenger comfort on long trips the Santa Fe’s middle row seats recline. The C-HR’s rear seats don’t recline.
The Santa Fe 2.2D’s cargo area provides more volume than the C-HR.
Third Seat Removed
35.9 cubic feet
19 cubic feet
Second Seat Folded
70.7 cubic feet
36.4 cubic feet
Pressing a switch automatically lowers the Santa Fe SEL Plus/Limited/Ultimate’s second row seats, to make changing between passengers and cargo easier. The C-HR doesn’t offer automatic folding seats.
A standard locking glovebox keeps your small valuables safer in the Santa Fe. The C-HR doesn’t offer locking storage for small valuables.
To make loading and unloading groceries and cargo easier when your hands are full, the Santa Fe SEL Plus/Limited/Ultimate’s power cargo door can be opened just by waiting momentarily behind the back bumper, leaving your hands completely free. The Santa Fe’s power cargo door can also be opened or closed by pressing a button. The C-HR doesn’t offer a power or hands-free opening liftgate.
The Santa Fe SEL/Limited/Ultimate has a standard remote vehicle starting system, so the vehicle can be started from inside the driver's house. This allows the driver to comfortably warm up the engine before going out to the vehicle. The climate system will also automatically heat or cool the interior. The C-HR doesn’t offer a remote starting system.
When different drivers share the Santa Fe Ultimate, the memory seats make it convenient. Each setting activates different, customized memories for the driver’s seat position. The C-HR doesn’t offer memory seats.
The Santa Fe Ultimate has a standard heads-up display that projects speed and other key instrumentation readouts in front of the driver’s line of sight, allowing drivers to view information without diverting their eyes from the road. The C-HR doesn’t offer a heads-up display.
The Santa Fe Ultimate’s standard wipers adjust their speed and turn on and off automatically according to the amount of rainfall on the windshield. The C-HR’s manually variable intermittent wipers have to be constantly adjusted.
To shield the driver and front passenger’s vision over a larger portion of the windshield and side windows, the Santa Fe has standard extendable sun visors. The C-HR doesn’t offer extendable visors.
Both the Santa Fe and the C-HR offer available heated front seats. The Santa Fe Ultimate also has standard heated second row seats to keep those passengers extremely comfortable in the winter. Heated rear seats aren’t available in the C-HR.
Standard air-conditioned seats in the Santa Fe Ultimate keep the driver and front passenger comfortable and take the sting out of hot seats in summer. The C-HR doesn’t offer air-conditioned seats.
On extremely cold winter days, the Santa Fe Ultimate’s standard heated steering wheel provides comfort, allowing the driver to steer safely and comfortably before the vehicle heater warms up. The C-HR doesn’t offer a heated steering wheel.
The Santa Fe has a standard center folding armrest for the middle row passengers. A center armrest helps make middle row passengers more comfortable. The C-HR doesn’t offer a rear seat center armrest.
Both the Santa Fe and the C-HR offer rear vents. For greater rear passenger comfort, the Santa Fe has standard rear air conditioning vents to keep rear occupants cool in summer or warm in winter. The C-HR doesn’t offer rear air conditioning vents, only heat vents.
To direct the driver from any location to a given street address, a GPS navigation system is standard on the Santa Fe Ultimate. The Santa Fe’s navigation system also has a real-time traffic update feature that offers alternative routes to automatically bypass traffic problems. (Service not available in all areas.) The C-HR doesn’t offer a navigation system.
The Santa Fe Ultimate has a 115-volt a/c outlet on the center console, allowing you to recharge a laptop or run small household appliances without special adapters that can break or get misplaced. The C-HR doesn’t offer a house-current electrical outlet.
The Hyundai Santa Fe outsold the Toyota C-HR by over five to one during 2017.
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