2020 Honda Fit vs. 2020 Hyundai Elantra Sedan

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Safety

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The Fit has standard Active Head Restraints, which use a specially designed headrest to protect the driver and front passenger from whiplash. During a rear-end collision, the Active Head Restraints system moves the headrests forward to prevent neck and spine injuries. The Elantra Sedan doesn’t offer a whiplash protection system.

Both the Fit and the Elantra Sedan 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, daytime running lights, rearview cameras, available crash mitigating brakes and lane departure warning systems.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration does 35 MPH front crash tests on new vehicles. In this test, results indicate that the Honda Fit is safer than the Hyundai Elantra Sedan:

Fit

Elantra Sedan

OVERALL STARS

5 Stars

4 Stars

Driver

STARS

5 Stars

4 Stars

Neck Stress

166 lbs.

230 lbs.

Neck Compression

18 lbs.

67 lbs.

Leg Forces (l/r)

52/54 lbs.

189/307 lbs.

Passenger

STARS

5 Stars

4 Stars

Chest Compression

.6 inches

.6 inches

Neck Injury Risk

29.9%

41.4%

Neck Compression

48 lbs.

96 lbs.

New test not comparable to pre-2011 test results. More stars = Better. Lower test results = Better.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration does side impact tests on new vehicles. In this test, which crashes the vehicle into a flat barrier at 38.5 MPH and into a post at 20 MPH, results indicate that the Honda Fit is safer than the Hyundai Elantra Sedan:

Fit

Elantra Sedan

OVERALL STARS

5 Stars

4 Stars

Front Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

HIC

206

304

Abdominal Force

217 G’s

224 G’s

Hip Force

391 lbs.

454 lbs.

Rear Seat

STARS

5 Stars

4 Stars

HIC

237

570

Spine Acceleration

81 G’s

100 G’s

Hip Force

594 lbs.

928 lbs.

Into Pole

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Max Damage Depth

10 inches

12 inches

HIC

305

333

Spine Acceleration

37 G’s

39 G’s

Hip Force

638 lbs.

683 lbs.

New test not comparable to pre-2011 test results. More stars = Better. Lower test results = Better.

Warranty

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There are over 24 percent more Honda dealers than there are Hyundai dealers, which makes it easier should you ever need service under the Fit’s warranty.

Reliability

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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 Fit’s reliability 19 points higher than the Elantra Sedan.

Fuel Economy and Range

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On the EPA test cycle the Fit Auto LX CVT 1.5 4 cyl. (128 HP) gets better fuel mileage than the Elantra Sedan SE CVT with its standard 4 cyl. (33 city/40 hwy vs. 31 city/41 hwy).

Brakes and Stopping

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The Fit stops shorter than the Elantra Sedan:

Fit

Elantra Sedan

60 to 0 MPH

122 feet

130 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels

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The Fit LX’s standard tires provide better handling because they have a lower 60 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the Elantra Sedan SE/Eco’s standard 65 series tires.

Chassis

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The Honda Fit may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 300 to 500 pounds less than the Hyundai Elantra Sedan.

The Fit is 1 foot, 8.5 inches shorter than the Elantra Sedan, making the Fit easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

Passenger Space

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The Fit has .2 inches more rear headroom and 3.6 inches more rear legroom than the Elantra Sedan.

For enhanced passenger comfort on long trips the Fit’s rear seats recline. The Elantra Sedan’s rear seats don’t recline.

Cargo Capacity

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To allow full utilization of available cargo room, the Fit’s hatch uses gas strut supported hinges that don’t intrude into the cargo area. The Elantra Sedan’s useful trunk space is reduced by its intrusive beam hinge.

Ergonomics

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The Fit Automatic offers a 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 Elantra Sedan doesn’t offer a remote starting system.

The Fit’s driver’s power window opens or closes with one touch of the window control, making it more convenient at drive-up windows and toll booths. The Elantra Sedan’s standard driver’s power window switch has to be held the entire time to close it fully.

To improve rear visibility by keeping the rear window clear, the Fit has a standard rear wiper. The Elantra Sedan doesn’t offer a rear wiper.

The Fit 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 Sedan has an automatic headlight on/off feature standard only on the SEL/Value Edition/Eco/Sport/Limited.

Economic Advantages

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According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Fit is less expensive to operate than the Elantra Sedan because it costs $509 less to do the manufacturer’s suggested maintenance for 50,000 miles. Typical repairs cost less on the Fit than the Elantra Sedan, including $121 less for a muffler and $149 less for a power steering pump.

Recommendations

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Consumer Reports® recommends both the Honda Fit and the Hyundai Elantra Sedan, based on reliability, safety and performance.

The Fit was chosen as one of Car and Driver’s “Top Ten” for 7 of the last 13 years. The Elantra Sedan has never been a Car and Driver “Top Ten” pick.

The Fit was chosen as one of Automobile Magazine’s “All Stars” for 2 of the last 11 years. The Elantra Sedan has never been an “All Star.”

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