2021 Hyundai Tucson vs. 2020 Toyota C-HR

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Safety

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The Tucson 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 C-HR doesn’t offer a whiplash protection system.

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

The Tucson Limited/Ultimate has a standard Surround View Monitor to allow the driver to see objects all around the vehicle on a screen. The C-HR only offers a rear monitor.

Both the Tucson 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, lane departure warning systems, rearview cameras, driver alert monitors, available daytime running lights, blind spot warning systems and rear cross-path warning.

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, results indicate that the Hyundai Tucson is safer than the Toyota C-HR:

Tucson

C-HR

Front Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Abdominal Force

107 G’s

126 G’s

Hip Force

356 lbs.

419 lbs.

Rear Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

HIC

241

333

Spine Acceleration

55 G’s

58 G’s

Hip Force

482 lbs.

508 lbs.

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

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, with its optional 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 Tucson 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 Tucson 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 Tucson 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 Tucson’s corrosion warranty is 2 years longer than the C-HR’s (7 vs. 5 years).

Hyundai pays for scheduled maintenance on the Tucson 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 Tucson has a standard 600-amp battery. The C-HR’s 520-amp battery isn’t as powerful.

J.D. Power and Associates rated the Tucson first among compact SUVs in their 2020 Initial Quality Study. The C-HR was rated second in its category.

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 Tucson’s standard 2.0 DOHC 4-cylinder produces 17 more horsepower (161 vs. 144) and 11 lbs.-ft. more torque (150 vs. 139) than the C-HR’s 2.0 DOHC 4-cylinder. The Tucson’s optional 2.4 DOHC 4-cylinder produces 37 more horsepower (181 vs. 144) and 36 lbs.-ft. more torque (175 vs. 139) than the C-HR’s 2.0 DOHC 4-cylinder.

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

Tucson 2.0

Tucson 2.4

C-HR

Zero to 60 MPH

9.7 sec

8.8 sec

10.3 sec

Quarter Mile

17.2 sec

16.7 sec

17.9 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

81.1 MPH

84.1 MPH

77.4 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

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

The Tucson has 3.2 gallons more fuel capacity than the C-HR (16.4 vs. 13.2 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups.

Environmental Friendliness

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In its Green Vehicle Guide, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) rates the Hyundai Tucson higher (5 to 7 out of 10) than the Toyota C-HR (3). This means the Tucson produces up to 24.5 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 Tucson’s brake rotors are larger than those on the C-HR:

Tucson

C-HR

Front Rotors

12 inches

11.7 inches

Rear Rotors

11.9 inches

11.1 inches

The Tucson stops much shorter than the C-HR:

Tucson

C-HR

60 to 0 MPH

118 feet

137 feet

Motor Trend

60 to 0 MPH (Wet)

138 feet

147 feet

Consumer Reports

Tires and Wheels

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For better traction, the Tucson has larger standard tires than the C-HR (225/60R17 vs. 215/60R17). The Tucson Sport’s tires are larger than the largest tires available on the C-HR (245/45R19 vs. 225/50R18).

The Tucson Sport’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.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Tucson Sport has standard 19-inch wheels. The C-HR’s largest wheels are only 18-inches.

Suspension and Handling

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The Tucson 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 Tucson has vehicle speed sensitive 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 a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Tucson’s wheelbase is 1.2 inches longer than on the C-HR (105.1 inches vs. 103.9 inches).

For better handling and stability, the average track (width between the wheels) on the Tucson is 2.4 inches wider in the front and 2.9 inches wider in the rear than the average track on the C-HR.

The Tucson SE handles at .82 G’s, while the C-HR XLE pulls only .80 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

The Tucson Limited AWD executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 1.2 seconds quicker than the C-HR XLE (27.1 seconds @ .64 average G’s vs. 28.3 seconds @ .59 average G’s).

Passenger Space

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The Tucson has 16.2 cubic feet more passenger volume than the C-HR (102.2 vs. 86).

The Tucson has 1.5 inches more front headroom, 2.6 inches more front hip room, 8.1 inches more front shoulder room, .9 inches more rear headroom, 6.5 inches more rear legroom, 6.5 inches more rear hip room and 3 inches more rear shoulder room than the C-HR.

For enhanced passenger comfort on long trips the Tucson’s rear seats recline. The C-HR’s rear seats don’t recline.

Cargo Capacity

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The Tucson has a much larger cargo volume with its rear seat up than the C-HR with its rear seat up (31 vs. 19.1 cubic feet). The Tucson has a much larger cargo volume with its rear seat folded than the C-HR with its rear seat folded (61.9 vs. 37 cubic feet).

A low lift-over cargo hatch design makes loading and unloading the Tucson easier. The Tucson’s cargo hatch lift-over height is 29.3 inches, while the C-HR’s liftover is 31 inches.

To make loading and unloading groceries and cargo easier when your hands are full, the Tucson Sport/Limited/Ultimate’s power liftgate can be opened just by waiting momentarily behind the back bumper, leaving your hands completely free. The Tucson’s power liftgate can also be opened or closed by pressing a button. The C-HR doesn’t offer a power or hands-free opening liftgate.

Payload and Towing

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The Tucson has a 1500 lbs. towing capacity. The C-HR has no towing capacity.

The Tucson has a much higher standard payload capacity than the C-HR (1138 vs. 835 lbs.).

The Tucson has a much higher maximum payload capacity than the C-HR (1146 vs. 835 lbs.).

Servicing Ease

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A maintenance reminder system is standard on the Tucson 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 Tucson Value/SEL/Sport/Limited 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 Tucson’s power window, power lock, power mirror and cruise control switches are lit from behind, making them plainly visible and easier to operate at night. The C-HR’s cruise control switches are unlit, making them difficult to find at night and operate safely.

The Tucson 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 Tucson’s available headlights were rated “Good” by the IIHS, while the C-HR’s headlights are rated “Poor.”

Both the Tucson and the C-HR offer available heated front seats. The Tucson Ultimate also has standard heated rear seats to keep those passengers extremely comfortable in the winter. Heated rear seats aren’t available in the C-HR.

Standard air-conditioned seats in the Tucson Ultimate keep the driver and front passenger comfortable and take the sting out of hot seats in Summer. The C-HR doesn’t offer air-conditioned seats.

On extremely cold winter days, the Tucson Limited/Ultimate’s standard heated steering wheel provides comfort, allowing the driver to steer safely and comfortably before the vehicle heater warms up. The C-HR doesn’t offer a heated steering wheel.

The Tucson 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.

Both the Tucson and the C-HR offer rear vents. For greater rear passenger comfort, the Tucson SEL/Sport/Limited/Ultimate has standard rear air conditioning vents to keep rear occupants cool in summer or warm in winter. The C-HR doesn’t offer rear air conditioning vents, only heat vents.

To quickly and conveniently keep personal devices charged without cables tangling and wearing out, the Hyundai Tucson Sport/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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The Car Book by Jack Gillis recommends the Hyundai Tucson, based on economy, maintenance, safety and complaint levels. The Toyota C-HR isn't recommended.

The Hyundai Tucson outsold the Toyota C-HR by almost three to one during 2019.

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