2021 Hyundai Kona vs. 2020 Toyota C-HR

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Safety

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The Kona offers all-wheel drive to maximize traction under poor conditions, especially in ice and snow. The C-HR doesn’t offer all-wheel drive.

Both the Kona and the C-HR 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, 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, rear parking sensors and rear cross-path warning.

For its top level performance in IIHS driver and passenger-side small overlap frontal, moderate overlap frontal, side impact, roof strength and head restraint tests, its standard vehicle-to-vehicle front crash prevention system, with its optional vehicle-to-pedestrian front crash prevention system, and its available headlight’s “Good” rating, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety grants the Kona the rating of “Top Pick” for 2020, a rating granted to only 32 vehicles tested by the IIHS. The C-HR last would have qualified as a “Top Pick” in 2017.

Warranty

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

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

The Kona’s corrosion warranty is 2 years longer than the C-HR’s (7 vs. 5 years).

Hyundai pays for scheduled maintenance on the Kona for 1 year and 11,000 miles longer than Toyota pays for maintenance for the C-HR (3/36,000 vs. 2/25,000).

Reliability

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To reliably start during all conditions and help handle large electrical loads, the Kona has a standard 640-amp battery. The C-HR’s 520-amp battery isn’t as powerful.

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 Kona’s reliability 44 points higher than the C-HR.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2020 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 10th in initial quality, above the industry average. With 24 more problems per 100 vehicles, Toyota is ranked 19th, below the industry average.

Engine

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The Kona’s standard 2.0 DOHC 4-cylinder produces 3 more horsepower (147 vs. 144) than the C-HR’s 2.0 DOHC 4-cylinder. The Kona Night/Limited/Ultimate’s standard 1.6 turbo 4-cylinder produces 31 more horsepower (175 vs. 144) and 56 lbs.-ft. more torque (195 vs. 139) than the C-HR’s 2.0 DOHC 4-cylinder.

As tested in Motor Trend the Hyundai Kona is faster than the Toyota C-HR:

Kona 4 cyl.

Kona Night/Limited/Ultimate

C-HR

Zero to 60 MPH

8.3 sec

6.4 sec

10.3 sec

Quarter Mile

16.3 sec

15.1 sec

17.9 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

84.6 MPH

91.7 MPH

77.4 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

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On the EPA test cycle the Kona FWD with its standard engine gets better fuel mileage than the C-HR CVT (27 city/33 hwy vs. 27 city/31 hwy).

To lower fuel costs and make buying fuel easier, the Hyundai Kona uses regular unleaded gasoline. The C-HR requires premium for maximum efficiency, which can cost 20 to 55 cents more per gallon.

Environmental Friendliness

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In its Green Vehicle Guide, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) rates the Hyundai Kona higher (5 out of 10) than the Toyota C-HR (3). This means the Kona produces up to 16.5 pounds less smog-producing pollutants than the C-HR every 15,000 miles.

Brakes and Stopping

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For better stopping power the Kona AWD/1.6T’s front brake rotors are larger than those on the C-HR:

Kona AWD/1.6T

C-HR

Front Rotors

12 inches

11.7 inches

Rear Rotors

11.2 inches

11.1 inches

The Kona stops much shorter than the C-HR:

Kona

C-HR

70 to 0 MPH

171 feet

174 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

119 feet

137 feet

Motor Trend

60 to 0 MPH (Wet)

131 feet

147 feet

Consumer Reports

Tires and Wheels

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For better traction, the Kona Night/Limited/Ultimate’s tires are larger than the largest tires available on the C-HR (235/45R18 vs. 225/50R18).

The Kona Night/Limited/Ultimate’s tires provide better handling because they have a lower 45 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the C-HR XLE/Limited’s 50 series tires.

Suspension and Handling

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

The Kona has variable-assist power steering, for low-effort parking, better control at highway speeds and during hard cornering, and a better feel of the road. The C-HR doesn’t offer variable-assist power steering.

For better handling and stability, the average track (width between the wheels) on the Kona is .8 inches wider in the front and 1.2 inches wider in the rear than the average track on the C-HR.

The Kona SEL 4x4 handles at .88 G’s, while the C-HR Limited pulls only .81 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

The Kona Ultimate executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 1.4 seconds quicker than the C-HR XLE (26.9 seconds @ .65 average G’s vs. 28.3 seconds @ .59 average G’s).

Chassis

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The Hyundai Kona may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs up to about 400 pounds less than the Toyota C-HR.

The Kona is 7.2 inches shorter than the C-HR, making the Kona easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

Passenger Space

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The Kona has 8.1 cubic feet more passenger volume than the C-HR (94.1 vs. 86).

The Kona has 1.5 inches more front headroom, .3 inches more front hip room, 6.5 inches more front shoulder room, 2.9 inches more rear legroom, 4.2 inches more rear hip room and 2 inches more rear shoulder room than the C-HR.

Cargo Capacity

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The Kona has a larger cargo volume with its rear seat folded than the C-HR with its rear seat folded (45.8 vs. 37 cubic feet).

A low lift-over cargo hatch design makes loading and unloading the Kona easier. The Kona’s cargo hatch lift-over height is 27.5 inches, while the C-HR’s liftover is 31 inches.

Payload

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The Kona has a higher standard payload capacity than the C-HR (915 vs. 835 lbs.).

The Kona has a higher maximum payload capacity than the C-HR (930 vs. 835 lbs.).

Servicing Ease

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A maintenance reminder system is standard on the Kona 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 C-HR.

Ergonomics

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The Kona SEL Plus/Limited/Ultimate 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 C-HR doesn’t offer a remote starting system.

The Kona 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 C-HR doesn’t offer a heads-up display.

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

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) conducts detailed tests on headlights for their range both straight ahead and in curves and to be certain they don’t exceed acceptable amounts of glare to oncoming drivers. The Kona’s available headlights were rated “Good” by the IIHS, while the C-HR’s headlights are rated “Poor.”

The Kona has a standard center folding armrest for the rear passengers. A center armrest helps make rear passengers more comfortable and it can provide a boundary between children. The C-HR doesn’t offer a rear seat center armrest.

To quickly and conveniently keep personal devices charged without cables tangling and wearing out, the Hyundai Kona SEL Plus/Limited/Ultimate has a standard wireless phone charging system (Qi) in the center console. The C-HR doesn’t offer wireless personal charging.

Recommendations

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Consumer Reports® recommends the Hyundai Kona, based on reliability, safety and performance. The Toyota C-HR isn't recommended.

The Kona was chosen as one of Car and Driver’s “Top Five/10Best Trucks” in 2019. The C-HR has never been a Car and Driver “Top Five/10Best Truck” pick.

The Hyundai Kona outsold the Toyota C-HR by 50% during 2019.

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