2020 Hyundai Veloster vs. 2020 Toyota 86

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The Veloster (except N) has a standard Forward Collision-Avoidance Assist, which uses forward mounted sensors to warn the driver of a possible collision ahead. If the driver doesn’t react and the system determines a collision is imminent, it automatically applies the brakes at full-force in order to reduce the force of the crash or avoid it altogether. The 86 doesn't offer collision warning or crash mitigation brakes.

The Veloster (except N)’s lane departure warning system alerts a temporarily inattentive driver when the vehicle begins to leave its lane and gently nudges the vehicle back towards its lane. The 86 doesn’t offer a lane departure warning system.

The Veloster Premium/R-Spec/Turbo’s blind spot warning system uses digital cameras monitored by computer to alert the driver to moving objects in the vehicle’s blind spots where the side view mirrors don’t reveal them. The 86 doesn’t offer a system to reveal objects in the driver’s blind spots.

To help make backing safer, the Veloster Premium/R-Spec/Turbo’s cross-path warning system uses wide-angle radar in the rear bumper to alert the driver to vehicles approaching from the side, helping the driver avoid collisions. The 86 doesn’t offer a cross-path warning system.

The Veloster (except N)’s driver alert monitor detects an inattentive driver then sounds a warning and suggests a break. According to the NHTSA, drivers who fall asleep cause about 100,000 crashes and 1500 deaths a year. The 86 doesn’t offer a driver alert monitor.

The Veloster Premium/R-Spec/Turbo/Turbo Ultimate/N has a standard Blue Link, which uses a global positioning satellite (GPS) receiver and a cellular system to get turn-by-turn driving directions, 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 86 doesn’t offer a GPS response system, only a navigation computer with no live response for emergencies, so if you’re involved in an accident and you’re incapacitated help may not come as quickly.

Both the Veloster and the 86 have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, daytime running lights and rearview cameras.

A significantly tougher test than their original offset frontal crash test, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety does 40 MPH small overlap frontal offset crash tests. In this test, where only 25% of the total width of the vehicle is struck, results indicate that the Hyundai Veloster is safer than the 86:

Veloster

86

Overall Evaluation

GOOD

ACCEPTABLE

Restraints

GOOD

ACCEPTABLE

Head Neck Evaluation

GOOD

GOOD

Head injury index

71

Chest Evaluation

GOOD

GOOD

Hip & Thigh Evaluation

GOOD

GOOD

Lower Leg Evaluation

GOOD

ACCEPTABLE

For its top level performance in IIHS driver-side small overlap frontal, moderate overlap frontal, side impact, rear impact and roof-crush tests, with its optional front crash prevention system, its “Good” rating in the new passenger-side small overlap crash test, and its available headlight’s “Acceptable” rating, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety grants the Veloster the rating of “Top Pick” for 2019, a rating granted to only 106 vehicles tested by the IIHS. The 86 was not even a standard “Top Pick” for 2016.

Warranty

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The Veloster comes with a full 5-year/60,000-mile basic warranty, which covers the entire car and includes 24-hour roadside assistance. The 86’s 3-year/36,000-mile basic warranty expires 2 years and 24,000 miles sooner.

Hyundai’s powertrain warranty covers the Veloster 5 years and 40,000 miles longer than Toyota covers the 86. Any repair needed on the engine, transmission, axles, joints or driveshafts is fully covered for 10 years or 100,000 miles. Coverage on the 86 ends after only 5 years or 60,000 miles.

The Veloster’s corrosion warranty is 2 years longer than the 86’s (7 vs. 5 years).

Reliability

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To reliably start during all conditions and help handle large electrical loads, the Veloster has a standard 550-amp battery. The 86’s 390-amp battery isn’t as powerful.

J.D. Power and Associates rated the Veloster second among compact sporty cars in their 2019 Initial Quality Study. The 86 isn’t in the top three.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2019 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 19 more problems per 100 vehicles, Toyota is ranked 8th.

Engine

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The Veloster has more powerful engines than the 86:

Horsepower

Torque

Veloster Turbo/R-Spec 1.6 turbo 4-cylinder

201 HP

195 lbs.-ft.

Veloster N 2.0 turbo 4-cylinder

250 HP

260 lbs.-ft.

Veloster N 2.0 turbo 4-cylinder

275 HP

260 lbs.-ft.

86 2.0 DOHC 4-cylinder Auto

200 HP

151 lbs.-ft.

86 2.0 DOHC 4-cylinder Manual

205 HP

156 lbs.-ft.

As tested in Car and Driver the Veloster Turbo/R-Spec is faster than the Toyota 86 (manual transmissions tested):

Veloster

86

Zero to 60 MPH

6.2 sec

7.1 sec

Zero to 100 MPH

15.6 sec

17.6 sec

Quarter Mile

14.7 sec

15.4 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

97 MPH

93 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

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On the EPA test cycle the Veloster gets better fuel mileage than the 86:

MPG

Veloster

Manual

2.0 DOHC 4-cyl.

25 city/33 hwy

1.6 turbo 4-cyl.

26 city/33 hwy

2.0 turbo 4-cyl.

22 city/29 hwy

Auto

2.0 DOHC 4-cyl.

27 city/34 hwy

1.6 turbo 4-cyl.

28 city/34 hwy

86

Manual

2.0 DOHC 4-cyl.

21 city/28 hwy

Auto

2.0 DOHC 4-cyl.

24 city/32 hwy

To lower fuel costs and make buying fuel easier, the Hyundai Veloster uses regular unleaded gasoline. The 86 requires premium, which can cost 20 to 55 cents more per gallon.

Transmission

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The Veloster offers an available sequential manual gearbox (SMG). With no clutch pedal to worry about and a fully automatic mode, an SMG is much more efficient than a conventional automatic but just as easy to drive. The 86 doesn’t offer an SMG.

The Hyundai Veloster N manual has a downshift rev synchronizer that automatically raises engine speed to make downshifts perfectly smooth. This keeps the car from lurching during downshifts, preventing loss of control during cornering. The 86 doesn’t offer a downshift rev synchronizer.

Brakes and Stopping

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For better stopping power the Veloster N’s front brake rotors are larger than those on the 86:

Veloster N

86

86 TRD Special Edition

Front Rotors

13.6 inches

11.6 inches

12.8 inches

The Veloster stops much shorter than the 86:

Veloster

86

80 to 0 MPH

200 feet

211 feet

Road and Track

70 to 0 MPH

151 feet

177 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

110 feet

119 feet

Motor Trend

60 to 0 MPH (Wet)

123 feet

127 feet

Consumer Reports

Tires and Wheels

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For better traction, the Veloster N’s optional tires are larger than the largest tires available on the 86 (235/35R19 vs. 215/45R17).

The Veloster N’s optional tires provide better handling because they have a lower 35 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the 86 TRD Special Edition’s 40 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Veloster N offers optional 19-inch wheels. The 86’s largest wheels are only 18-inches.

Suspension and Handling

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The Veloster has standard front and rear gas-charged shocks for better control over choppy roads. The 86’s suspension doesn’t offer gas-charged shocks.

The Veloster offers an available driver-adjustable suspension system. It allows the driver to choose between an extra-supple ride, reducing fatigue on long trips, or a sport setting, which allows maximum control for tricky roads. The 86’s suspension doesn’t offer adjustable shock absorbers.

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Veloster’s wheelbase is 3.1 inches longer than on the 86 (104.3 inches vs. 101.2 inches).

For better handling and stability, the average track (width between the wheels) on the Veloster is 1.4 inches wider in the front and 1.1 inches wider in the rear than the track on the 86.

The Veloster N handles at .97 G’s, while the 86 pulls only .86 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

The Veloster N executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 1.4 seconds quicker than the 86 (25.2 seconds @ .75 average G’s vs. 26.6 seconds @ .68 average G’s).

For better maneuverability, the Veloster’s turning circle is 1.3 feet tighter than the 86’s (34.8 feet vs. 36.1 feet).

Chassis

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As tested by Car and Driver, the interior of the Veloster N is quieter than the 86:

Veloster

86

At idle

42 dB

44 dB

Full-Throttle

81 dB

88 dB

70 MPH Cruising

73 dB

73 dB

Passenger Space

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Because it has more passenger and cargo room, the EPA rates the Veloster a Compact car, while the 86 is rated a Minicompact.

The Veloster has 13.4 cubic feet more passenger volume than the 86 (89.9 vs. 76.5).

The Veloster has 1 inch more front headroom, .7 inches more front legroom, 1 inch more front hip room, 1.5 inches more front shoulder room, .9 inches more rear headroom, 4.2 inches more rear legroom, 1.2 inches more rear hip room and 2.6 inches more rear shoulder room than the 86.

Cargo Capacity

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The Veloster has a much larger trunk with its rear seat up than the 86 (19.9 vs. 6.9 cubic feet).

The Veloster’s standard folding rear seats are split to accommodate bulky cargo. The 86’s standard single piece folding rear seat is not as flexible; long cargo and a passenger can’t share the rear seat.

Servicing Ease

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A maintenance reminder system is standard on the Veloster to save the owner time and money by calculating maintenance intervals based on odometer mileage. This takes the guesswork out of keeping your vehicle in top condition and helps it last longer. Toyota doesn’t offer a maintenance reminder on the 86.

Ergonomics

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The Veloster Premium/R-Spec/Turbo/Turbo Ultimate/N Auto 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 86 doesn’t offer a remote starting system.

The Veloster Turbo 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 86 doesn’t offer a heads-up display.

The power windows standard on both the Veloster and the 86 have locks to prevent small children from operating them. When the lock on the Veloster is engaged the driver can still operate all of the windows, for instance to close one opened by a child. The 86 prevents the driver from operating the other windows just as it does the other passengers.

The Veloster Turbo Ultimate’s standard wipers adjust their speed and turn on and off automatically according to the amount of rainfall on the windshield. The 86’s manually variable intermittent wipers have to be constantly adjusted.

To improve rear visibility by keeping the rear window clear, the Veloster has a standard rear wiper. The 86 doesn’t offer a rear wiper.

While driving with high beams on, sensitive light sensors standard on the Veloster R-Spec/Turbo/Turbo Ultimate detect other vehicles which could be blinded and automatically switch to low beams. The 86 doesn’t offer automatic dimming high beams.

To shield the driver and front passenger’s vision over a larger portion of the windshield and side windows, the Veloster has standard extendable sun visors. The 86 doesn’t offer extendable visors.

The Veloster’s standard outside mirrors include heating elements to clear off the mirrors for better visibility. Toyota only offers heated mirrors on the 86 GT/Hakone.

To keep a safe, consistent following distance, the Veloster Turbo Ultimate has a standard Smart Cruise Control, which alters the speed of the vehicle without driver intervention. This allows the driver to use cruise control more safely without constantly having to disengage it when approaching slower traffic. The 86 doesn’t offer an adaptive cruise control.

Economic Advantages

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Insurance will cost less for the Veloster owner. The Complete Car Cost Guide estimates that insurance for the Veloster will cost $3430 to $8245 less than the 86 over a five-year period.

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Veloster is less expensive to operate than the 86 because it costs $91 less to do the manufacturer’s suggested maintenance for 50,000 miles. Typical repairs cost much less on the Veloster than the 86, including $97 less for a water pump, $218 less for a muffler, $34 less for front brake pads, $310 less for a starter, $429 less for fuel injection, $278 less for a fuel pump, $66 less for front struts, $328 less for a timing belt/chain and $221 less for a power steering pump.

IntelliChoice estimates that five-year ownership costs (depreciation, financing, insurance, fuel, fees, repairs and maintenance) for the Hyundai Veloster will be $8914 to $13157 less than for the Toyota 86.

Recommendations

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Consumer Reports® recommends both the Hyundai Veloster and the Toyota 86, based on reliability, safety and performance.

J.D. Power and Associates rated the Veloster second among compact sporty cars in owner reported satisfaction. This includes how well the vehicle performs and satisfies its owner’s expectations. The 86 isn’t in the top three.

The Veloster N was chosen as one of Automobile Magazine’s “All Stars” in 2019. The 86 hasn’t been picked since 2014.

The Hyundai Veloster outsold the Toyota 86 by almost four to one during the 2019 model year.

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