Jones Ford Casa Grande Compares 2016 Ford Fiesta VS 2016 Hyundai Elantra Near Casa Grande, AZ

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2016 Ford Fiesta

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2016 Hyundai Elantra

Safety Comparison

Both the Fiesta and the Elantra Sedan 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 and available rearview cameras.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration does 35 MPH front crash tests on new vehicles. In this test, results indicate that the Ford Fiesta is safer than the Hyundai Elantra Sedan:

Fiesta

Elantra Sedan

Driver

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

HIC

148

186

Neck Injury Risk

25%

30%

Neck Stress

246 lbs.

324 lbs.

Leg Forces (l/r)

415/349 lbs.

243/604 lbs.

Passenger

STARS

4 Stars

4 Stars

HIC

291

295

Chest Compression

.4 inches

.5 inches

Neck Stress

156 lbs.

239 lbs.

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 Ford Fiesta is safer than the Hyundai Elantra Sedan:

Fiesta

Elantra Sedan

Front Seat

STARS

5 Stars

4 Stars

HIC

130

388

Abdominal Force

210 G’s

339 G’s

Hip Force

413 lbs.

454 lbs.

Rear Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

HIC

307

424

Into Pole

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Max Damage Depth

12 inches

13 inches

HIC

180

396

Hip Force

717 lbs.

832 lbs.

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

Warranty Comparison

There are almost 7 times as many Ford dealers as there are Hyundai dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the Fiesta’s warranty.

Engine Comparison

As tested in Motor Trend the Ford Fiesta 4 cyl. is faster than the Hyundai Elantra Sedan 1.8 DOHC 4 cyl. (automatics tested):

Fiesta

Elantra Sedan

Zero to 60 MPH

9.5 sec

9.6 sec

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

On the EPA test cycle the Fiesta SFE 3 cyl. Manual gets better fuel mileage than the Elantra Sedan Manual with its standard engine (31 city/43 hwy vs. 27 city/37 hwy).

The Fiesta has a standard cap-less fueling system. The fuel filler is automatically opened when the fuel nozzle is inserted and automatically closed when it’s removed. This eliminates the need to unscrew and replace the cap and it reduces fuel evaporation, which causes pollution. The Elantra Sedan doesn’t offer a cap-less fueling system.

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

The Fiesta stops much shorter than the Elantra Sedan:

Fiesta

Elantra Sedan

70 to 0 MPH

175 feet

181 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

116 feet

126 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels Comparison

The Fiesta’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 Elantra Sedan SE’s standard 65 series tires.

The Fiesta SE/Titanium Sedan has a standard full size spare tire so your trip isn’t interrupted by a flat. A full size spare isn’t available on the Elantra Sedan, it requires you to depend on roadside assistance and your vehicle will have to be towed.

Suspension and Handling Comparison

The Fiesta’s drift compensation steering can automatically compensate for road conditions which would cause the vehicle to drift from side to side, helping the driver to keep the vehicle straight more easily. The Elantra Sedan doesn’t offer drift compensation steering.

Chassis Comparison

The Ford Fiesta may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 250 to 300 pounds less than the Hyundai Elantra Sedan.

The Fiesta Sedan is 5.6 inches shorter than the Elantra Sedan, making the Fiesta easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

Ergonomics Comparison

The Fiesta Automatic offers a 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 Elantra Sedan doesn’t offer a remote starting system.

The power windows standard on both the Fiesta and the Elantra Sedan have locks to prevent small children from operating them. When the lock on the Fiesta is engaged the driver can still operate all of the windows, for instance to close one opened by a child. The Elantra Sedan prevents the driver from operating the other windows just as it does the other passengers.

The Fiesta SE/Titanium’s available driver’s power window opens or closes with one touch of the window control, making it more convenient at drive-up windows and toll booths. The Elantra Sedan’s standard driver’s power window switch has to be held the entire time to close it fully.

In case you lock your keys in your vehicle, or don’t have them with you, you can let yourself in using the Fiesta’s available exterior PIN entry system. The Elantra Sedan doesn’t offer an exterior PIN entry system, and its extra cost Blue Link can’t unlock the doors if the vehicle doesn’t have cell phone reception or the driver can’t contact the service.

Bluetooth wireless connectivity is standard on the Fiesta, connecting the driver and passenger’s cell phones to the vehicle systems. This allows them to use the vehicle’s stereo and hand controls to place calls safely and easily. Bluetooth costs extra on the Elantra Sedan.

Economic Advantages Comparison

Insurance will cost less for the Fiesta owner. The Complete Car Cost Guide estimates that insurance for the Fiesta will cost $235 to $1185 less than the Elantra Sedan over a five-year period.

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Fiesta is less expensive to operate than the Elantra Sedan because typical repairs cost much less on the Fiesta than the Elantra Sedan, including $304 less for an alternator, $38 less for fuel injection, $172 less for front struts and $91 less for a power steering pump.

Intellichoice estimates that five-year ownership costs (depreciation, financing, insurance, fuel, fees, repairs and maintenance) for the Ford Fiesta will be $2146 to $3092 less than for the Hyundai Elantra Sedan.

Recommendations Comparison

J.D. Power and Associates rated the Fiesta third among small cars in owner reported satisfaction. This includes how well the vehicle performs and satisfies its owner’s expectations. The Elantra Sedan isn’t in the top three in its category.

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