2019 Toyota C-HR vs. 2019 Hyundai Elantra GT

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

Both the C-HR and the Elantra GT have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, driver knee airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, front wheel drive, height adjustable front shoulder belts, plastic fuel tanks, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, daytime running lights, rearview cameras, available blind spot warning systems and rear cross-path warning.

Warranty

Toyota pays for scheduled maintenance on the C-HR for 2 years and 25000 miles. Toyota will pay for oil changes, lubrication and any other required maintenance. Hyundai doesn’t pay scheduled maintenance for the Elantra GT.

There are over 47 percent more Toyota dealers than there are Hyundai dealers, which makes it easier should you ever need service under the C-HR’s warranty.

Reliability

A reliable vehicle saves its owner time, money and trouble. Nobody wants to be stranded or have to be without a vehicle while it’s being repaired. Consumer Reports rates the C-HR’s reliability 17 points higher than the Elantra GT.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2019 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Toyota vehicles are more reliable than Hyundai vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Toyota second in reliability, above the industry average. With 16 more problems per 100 vehicles, Hyundai is ranked 8th.

From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ December 2018 Auto Issue reports that Toyota vehicles are more reliable than Hyundai vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Toyota second in reliability. Hyundai is ranked 10th.

Fuel Economy and Range

On the EPA test cycle the C-HR gets better fuel mileage than the Elantra GT:

 

 

 

MPG

C-HR

 

Auto

2.0 DOHC 4 cyl.

27 city/31 hwy

Elantra GT

 

Manual

2.0 DOHC 4 cyl.

23 city/31 hwy

 

 

1.6 turbo 4 cyl.

22 city/29 hwy

 

Auto

2.0 DOHC 4 cyl.

24 city/32 hwy

 

 

1.6 turbo 4 cyl.

26 city/32 hwy

Transmission

The Toyota C-HR comes standard with an automatic transmission, for driver comfort, especially in the city. Automatic costs extra on the Elantra GT.

The C-HR has a standard continuously variable transmission (CVT). With no “steps” between gears, it can keep the engine at the most efficient speed for fuel economy, or keep it at its peak horsepower indefinitely for maximum acceleration. The Elantra GT doesn’t offer a CVT.

Brakes and Stopping

For better stopping power the C-HR’s standard brake rotors are larger than those on the Elantra GT:

 

C-HR

Elantra GT

Front Rotors

11.75 inches

11 inches

Rear Rotors

11.1 inches

10.3 inches

Suspension and Handling

For superior ride and handling, the Toyota C-HR has fully independent front and rear suspensions. An independent suspension allows the wheels to follow the road at the best angle for gripping the pavement, without compromising ride comfort. The Elantra GT has a rear torsion beam axle, with a semi-independent rear suspension.

The C-HR has standard front and rear stabilizer bars, which help keep the C-HR flat and controlled during cornering. The Elantra GT base model’s suspension doesn’t offer a rear stabilizer bar.

For better maneuverability, the C-HR’s turning circle is .6 feet tighter than the Elantra GT’s (34.2 feet vs. 34.8 feet).

Ergonomics

The power windows standard on both the C-HR and the Elantra GT have locks to prevent small children from operating them. When the lock on the C-HR is engaged the driver can still operate all of the windows, for instance to close one opened by a child. The Elantra GT prevents the driver from operating the other windows just as it does the other passengers.

The C-HR’s front and rear power windows all open or close fully with one touch of the switches, making it more convenient at drive-up windows and toll booths, or when talking with someone outside the car. The Elantra GT’s standard power window switches have to be held the entire time to close them fully. Only its driver’s window opens automatically.

If the windows are left open on the C-HR the driver can close them all at the outside door handle. On a hot day the driver can lower the windows at the outside door handle or from a distance using the keyless remote. (Your Toyota service department must activate this window function.) The driver of the Elantra GT can only operate the windows from inside the vehicle, with the ignition on.

The C-HR Limited’s standard wipers adjust their speed and turn on and off automatically according to the amount of rainfall on the windshield. The Elantra GT’s manually variable intermittent wipers have to be constantly adjusted.

Consumer Reports rated the C-HR’s headlight performance “Very Good,” a higher rating than the Elantra GT’s headlights, which were rated “Good.”

The C-HR has a standard automatic headlight on/off feature. When the ignition is on, the headlights automatically turn on at dusk and off after dawn. The Elantra GT only offers an automatic headlight on/off feature as an extra cost option.

The C-HR has a standard dual zone air conditioning allows the driver and front passenger to choose two completely different temperatures so people with different temperature preferences won’t have to compromise. This makes both the driver and front passenger as comfortable as possible. Dual zone air conditioning costs extra on the Elantra GT.

Economic Advantages

Insurance will cost less for the C-HR owner. The Complete Car Cost Guide estimates that insurance for the C-HR will cost $660 to $1540 less than the Elantra GT over a five-year period.

The C-HR will cost the buyer less in the long run because of its superior resale value. The IntelliChoice estimates that the C-HR will retain 54.77% to 54.9% of its original price after five years, while the Elantra GT only retains 44.03% to 45.39%.

IntelliChoice estimates that five-year ownership costs (depreciation, financing, insurance, fuel, fees, repairs and maintenance) for the Toyota C-HR will be $1534 to $4570 less than for the Hyundai Elantra GT.

Recommendations

Consumer Reports® recommends both the Toyota C-HR and the Hyundai Elantra GT, based on reliability, safety and performance.

J.D. Power and Associates rated the C-HR second among small SUVs in owner reported satisfaction. This includes how well the vehicle performs and satisfies its owner’s expectations. The Elantra GT isn’t in the top three.

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