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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 Venue doesn’t offer pretensioners for the rear seat belts.
Both the C-HR and the Venue have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front wheel drive, height adjustable front shoulder belts, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, crash mitigating brakes, lane departure warning systems, rearview cameras, driver alert monitors, available blind spot warning systems and rear cross-path warning.
The Toyota C-HR weighs 562 to 743 pounds more than the Hyundai Venue. The NHTSA advises that heavier vehicles are much safer in collisions than their significantly lighter counterparts. Crosswinds also affect lighter cars more.
For its top level performance in all IIHS frontal, side, rear impact and roof-crush tests, and its standard front crash prevention system, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety grants the C-HR the rating of “Top Pick” for 2017, a rating granted to only 169 vehicles tested by the IIHS. The Venue has not been tested, yet.
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 Venue.
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.
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.
The C-HR’s 2.0 DOHC 4-cylinder produces 23 more horsepower (144 vs. 121) and 26 lbs.-ft. more torque (139 vs. 113) than the Venue’s 1.6 DOHC 4-cylinder.
The C-HR has 1.3 gallons more fuel capacity than the Venue (13.2 vs. 11.9 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups.
The Toyota C-HR comes standard with an automatic transmission, for driver comfort, especially in the city. Automatic costs extra on the Venue.
For better stopping power the C-HR’s brake rotors are larger than those on the Venue:
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The Toyota C-HR has standard four-wheel disc brakes for better stopping power and improved directional control in poor weather. Rear drums are standard on the Venue. Drums can heat up and make stops longer, especially with antilock brakes that work much harder than conventional brakes.
For better traction, the C-HR has larger standard tires than the Venue (215/60R17 vs. 185/65R15). The C-HR XLE/Limited’s tires are larger than the largest tires available on the Venue (225/50R18 vs. 205/55R17).
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 Venue’s standard 65 series tires. The C-HR XLE/Limited’s tires have a lower 50 series profile than the Venue’s optional 55 series tires.
For better ride, handling and brake cooling the C-HR LE has standard 17-inch wheels. Smaller 15-inch wheels are standard on the Venue. The C-HR XLE/Limited’s 18-inch wheels are larger than the 17-inch wheels optional on the Venue.
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 Hyundai Venue has a rear torsion beam axle, with a semi-independent rear suspension.
For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the C-HR’s wheelbase is 4.7 inches longer than on the Venue (103.9 inches vs. 99.2 inches).
The C-HR has a larger cargo volume with its rear seat up than the Venue with its rear seat up (19.1 vs. 18.7 cubic feet). The C-HR has a larger cargo volume with its rear seat folded than the Venue with its rear seat folded (37 vs. 31.9 cubic feet).
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 Venue’s standard power window switches have to be held the entire time to close them fully. Only its driver’s window opens automatically.
The C-HR’s variable intermittent wipers have an adjustable delay to allow the driver to choose a setting that best clears the windshield during light rain or mist. The Venue’s fixed intermittent wipers only have one fixed delay setting, so the driver will have to manually switch them between slow and intermittent.
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 Venue doesn’t offer cornering lights.
The C-HR’s standard outside mirrors include heating elements to clear off the mirrors for better visibility. Heated mirrors cost extra on the Venue and aren’t offered on the Venue SE.
The C-HR’s standard rear view mirror has an automatic dimming feature. This mirror can be set to automatically darken quickly when headlights shine on it, keeping following vehicles from blinding or distracting the driver. The Venue doesn’t offer the luxury of an automatic dimming rear view mirror.
The C-HR’s 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. The Venue doesn’t offer dual zone air conditioning.
To keep a safe, consistent following distance, the C-HR has a standard Dynamic Radar 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 Venue doesn’t offer an adaptive cruise control.
Consumer Reports® recommends the Toyota C-HR, based on reliability, safety and performance.
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