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The Elantra Sedan SEL/Value Edition/Limited has standard antilock four-wheel disc brakes for better stopping power and improved directional control in poor weather. Only rear drums come on the Yaris. Drums can heat up and make stops longer, especially with antilock brakes that work much harder than conventional brakes.
The Elantra Sedan stops much shorter than the Yaris:
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For better traction, the Elantra Sedan has larger standard tires than the Yaris (195/65R15 vs. 185/60R16). The Elantra Sedan Limited’s tires are larger than the largest tires available on the Yaris (225/45R17 vs. 185/60R16).
The Elantra Sedan Sport’s tires provide better handling because they have a lower 40 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the Yaris LE/XLE’s 60 series tires.
For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Elantra Sedan Sport has standard 18-inch wheels. The Yaris’ largest wheels are only 16-inches.
The Hyundai Elantra Sedan’s wheels have 5 lugs for longer wheel bearing life, less chance of rotor warping and greater strength. The Toyota Yaris only has 4 wheel lugs per wheel.
For superior ride and handling, the Elantra Sedan Sport 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 Toyota Yaris has a solid rear axle, with a non-independent rear suspension.
The Elantra Sedan has standard front and rear gas-charged shocks for better control over choppy roads. The Yaris’ suspension doesn’t offer gas-charged shocks.
The Elantra Sedan Sport has front and rear stabilizer bars, which help keep the Elantra Sedan Sport flat and controlled during cornering. The Yaris’ suspension doesn’t offer a rear stabilizer bar.
The Elantra Sedan 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 Yaris doesn’t offer variable-assist power steering.
For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Elantra Sedan’s wheelbase is 5.1 inches longer than on the Yaris (106.3 inches vs. 101.2 inches).
For better handling and stability, the average track (width between the wheels) on the Elantra Sedan is 2.2 inches wider in the front and 3.1 inches wider in the rear than the track on the Yaris.
The Elantra Sedan Limited handles at .84 G’s, while the Yaris pulls only .80 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.
The Elantra Sedan Limited executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver quicker than the Yaris (27.2 seconds @ .63 average G’s vs. 28 seconds @ .59 average G’s).
Because it has more passenger and cargo room, the EPA rates the Elantra Sedan a Mid-size car, while the Yaris is rated a Subcompact.
The Elantra Sedan has 9.9 cubic feet more passenger volume than the Yaris (95.8 vs. 85.9).
The Elantra Sedan has 2.1 inches more front headroom, .3 inches more front legroom, 4.8 inches more front hip room, 3.1 inches more front shoulder room, .5 inches more rear headroom, 1.3 inches more rear legroom, 2.4 inches more rear hip room and 5.3 inches more rear shoulder room than the Yaris.
The Elantra Sedan has a larger trunk than the Yaris (14.4 vs. 13.5 cubic feet).
To make loading groceries and cargo easier when your hands are full, the Elantra Sedan Value Edition/Eco/Sport/Limited’s trunk can be opened just by waiting momentarily behind the back bumper, leaving your hands completely free. The Yaris doesn’t offer a hands-free gesture to open its trunk, forcing you to put cargo down if your hands are full.
When two different drivers share the Elantra Sedan Limited, the optional memory seats and mirrors make it convenient for both. Each setting activates different, customized memories for the driver’s seat position and outside mirror angle. The Yaris doesn’t offer a memory system.
The Elantra Sedan Limited’s optional Seat Easy Access glides the driver’s seat back when the door is unlocked or the ignition is switched off, making it easier for the driver to get in and out. The Yaris doesn’t offer an easy entry system.
The Elantra Sedan’s power window, power lock and cruise control switches are lit from behind, making them plainly visible and easier to operate at night. The Yaris’ power window (except driver window) switches are unlit, making them difficult to find at night and operate safely.
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 Elantra Sedan’s available headlights were rated “Good” by the IIHS, while the Yaris’ headlights are rated “Poor.”
To help drivers see further while navigating curves, the Elantra Sedan Limited has standard adaptive headlights to illuminate around corners automatically by reading vehicle speed and steering wheel angle. The Yaris doesn’t offer cornering lights.
To shield the driver and front passenger’s vision over a larger portion of the windshield and side windows, the Elantra Sedan Value Edition/Eco/Sport/Limited has standard extendable sun visors. The Yaris doesn’t offer extendable visors.
When the Elantra Sedan Limited with available tilt-down mirrors is put in reverse, both rearview mirrors tilt from their original position. This gives the driver a better view of the curb during parallel parking maneuvers. Shifting out of reverse puts the mirrors into their original positions. The Yaris’ mirrors don’t automatically adjust for backing.
The Elantra Sedan’s optional 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 Yaris doesn’t offer the luxury of an automatic dimming rear view mirror.
The Elantra Sedan Value Edition/Eco/Sport/Limited has standard heated front and second row seats (second row heated seats optional on Limited) extremely comfortable in the winter. Heated seats aren’t available in the Yaris.
The Elantra Sedan Sport/Limited has a standard center folding armrest for the rear passengers. A center armrest helps make rear passengers more comfortable. The Yaris doesn’t offer a rear seat center armrest.
The Elantra Sedan’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 Yaris doesn’t offer dual zone air conditioning.
For greater rear passenger comfort, the Elantra Sedan has standard rear heat vents to keep rear occupants more comfortable. The Yaris doesn’t offer rear vents.
A built-in pollen filter removes pollen, exhaust fumes and other pollutants from the Elantra Sedan’s passenger compartment. This helps prevent lung and/or sinus irritation, which can trigger allergies or asthma. The Yaris doesn’t offer a filtration system.
To keep a safe, consistent following distance, the Elantra Sedan Limited offers an optional 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 Yaris doesn’t offer an adaptive cruise control.
To direct the driver from any location to a given street address, a GPS navigation system is available on the Elantra Sedan Limited/Sport. The Elantra Sedan’s navigation system also has a real-time traffic update feature that offers alternative routes to automatically bypass traffic problems. (Service not available in all areas.) The Yaris doesn’t offer a navigation system.
The Hyundai Elantra comes in sedan and station wagon bodystyles; the Toyota Yaris isn’t available as a station wagon.
Insurance will cost less for the Elantra Sedan owner. The Car Book by Jack Gillis rates the Elantra Sedan with a number “1” insurance rate while the Yaris is rated higher at a number “5” rate.
The Elantra Sedan will cost the buyer less in the long run because of its superior resale value. The IntelliChoice estimates that the Elantra Sedan will retain 45.03% to 46.12% of its original price after five years, while the Yaris only retains 43.71% to 44.31%.
According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Elantra Sedan is less expensive to operate than the Yaris because typical repairs cost less on the Elantra Sedan than the Yaris, including $8 less for front brake pads, $66 less for a starter, $96 less for front struts and $12 less for a timing belt/chain.
The Hyundai Elantra outsold the Toyota Yaris by over seven to one during 2018.
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