2020 Toyota C-HR vs. 2020 Hyundai Santa Fe

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Safety

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For enhanced safety, the front and rear seat shoulder belts of the Toyota C-HR have pretensioners to tighten the seatbelts and eliminate dangerous slack in the event of a collision and force limiters to limit the pressure the belts will exert on the passengers. The Hyundai Santa Fe doesn’t offer pretensioners for the rear seat belts.

Both the C-HR and the Santa Fe have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front wheel drive, height adjustable front shoulder belts, plastic fuel tanks, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, crash mitigating brakes, daytime running lights, lane departure warning systems, rearview cameras, driver alert monitors, available blind spot warning systems and rear cross-path warning.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration does 35 MPH front crash tests on new vehicles. In this test, results indicate that the Toyota C-HR is safer than the Hyundai Santa Fe:

C-HR

Santa Fe

OVERALL STARS

5 Stars

4 Stars

Driver

STARS

5 Stars

4 Stars

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 Toyota C-HR is safer than the Hyundai Santa Fe:

C-HR

Santa Fe

Front Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Abdominal Force

126 G’s

141 G’s

Rear Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Hip Force

508 lbs.

648 lbs.

Into Pole

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Spine Acceleration

40 G’s

54 G’s

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

Warranty

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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 Santa Fe.

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

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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 2019 Auto Issue reports that Toyota vehicles are more reliable than Hyundai vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Toyota third in reliability. Hyundai is ranked 6th.

Fuel Economy and Range

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On the EPA test cycle the C-HR gets better fuel mileage than the Santa Fe:

MPG

C-HR

FWD

2.0 DOHC 4-cyl.

27 city/31 hwy

Santa Fe

FWD

2.4 DOHC 4-cyl.

22 city/29 hwy

2.0 turbo 4-cyl.

20 city/27 hwy

AWD

2.4 DOHC 4-cyl.

21 city/27 hwy

2.0 turbo 4-cyl.

20 city/26 hwy

Transmission

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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 Santa Fe doesn’t offer a CVT.

Brakes and Stopping

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The C-HR stops shorter than the Santa Fe:

C-HR

Santa Fe

70 to 0 MPH

174 feet

176 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

131 feet

136 feet

Consumer Reports

Tires and Wheels

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The C-HR LE’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 Santa Fe SE/SEL’s standard 65 series tires. The C-HR XLE/Limited’s tires have a lower 50 series profile than the Santa Fe 2.0T’s 55 series tires.

Suspension and Handling

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The C-HR XLE handles at .80 G’s, while the Santa Fe AWD pulls only .76 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

The C-HR XLE executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver quicker than the Santa Fe (28.3 seconds @ .59 average G’s vs. 28.9 seconds @ .58 average G’s).

For better maneuverability, the C-HR’s turning circle is 3.3 feet tighter than the Santa Fe’s (34.2 feet vs. 37.5 feet).

Chassis

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The Toyota C-HR may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 300 to 750 pounds less than the Hyundai Santa Fe.

The C-HR is 1 foot, 4.6 inches shorter than the Santa Fe, making the C-HR easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

Passenger Space

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The front step up height for the C-HR is 2 inches lower than the Santa Fe (16” vs. 18”). The C-HR’s rear step up height is 2 inches lower than the Santa Fe’s (16.5” vs. 18.5”).

Ergonomics

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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 Santa Fe’s standard passenger windows don’t open or close automatically. With the Santa Fe SEL/Limited’s power windows, only the front windows open or close 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 Santa Fe can only operate the windows from inside the vehicle, with the ignition on.

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

To help drivers see further while navigating curves, the C-HR Limited has standard adaptive headlights to illuminate around corners automatically by reading vehicle speed and steering wheel angle. The Santa Fe doesn’t offer cornering lights.

The C-HR’s standard outside mirrors include heating elements to clear off the mirrors for better visibility. Hyundai only offers heated mirrors on the Santa Fe SEL/Limited.

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 Santa Fe and isn’t available on the Santa Fe SE.

The C-HR’s standard automatic temperature control maintains the temperature you set, automatically controlling fan speed, vents and temperature to maintain a consistent, comfortable environment. The Santa Fe SE doesn’t offer automatic air conditioning.

Economic Advantages

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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 57.63% to 57.78% of its original price after five years, while the Santa Fe only retains 45.92% to 47.83%.

IntelliChoice estimates that five-year ownership costs (depreciation, financing, insurance, fuel, fees, repairs and maintenance) for the Toyota C-HR will be $6248 to $14457 less than for the Hyundai Santa Fe.

Recommendations

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Consumer Reports® recommends both the Toyota C-HR and the Hyundai Santa Fe, 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 Santa Fe isn’t in the top three in its category.

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