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3 Reasons Hyundai Is Actually Doing Better Than Honda

When you are on the hunt for a new car or SUV, you may be shopping different brands wondering which ones are better than others. Hyundai and Honda are both extremely popular brands in the mainstream segment. But is one better than the other? That’s hard to say. We can say that for these reasons, Hyundai is better than Honda.

2020 Hyundai Santa Fe in the road with trees
2020 Hyundai Santa Fe | Hyundai

So in what ways is the Korean Hyundai brand actually better than the well-loved Japanese car brand Honda? Across the board, it’s actually a close call. But in terms of pricing, reliability, and safety Hyundai is doing extremely well this year. With new designs emerging and looking great, Hyundai has really made a name for itself. Let’s take a closer look at these reasons Hyundai is better than Toyota.

Hyundai pricing is hard to beat

Between Honda and Hyundai, Hyundai edges out Honda in nearly every category when it comes to pricing. Take the popular compact cars, for example. According to U.S. News and World Report, the 2020 Honda Civic has a price range of $19,850 – $28,950. U.S. News and World Report shows a lower price range of $19,300 – $24,150 for the 2020 Hyundai Elantra.

A white 2020 Honda Civic Type R drives down the road
2020 Honda Civic Type R front 3/4 | Honda

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If you head over to the compact SUV category, it’s the same. The 2020 Hyundai Tucson is priced between $23,550 – $33,300. For the 2020 Honda CR-V, you’re looking at a price range of $25,050 – $33,300. While neither of these differences is crazy, every dollar counts when you are spending the kind of money that buys a new car or SUV. When it comes to price, Hyundai is better than Honda.

Hyundai Tucson
Hyundai Tucson | Hyundai

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Reliability takes another win over Honda

According to U.S. News and World Report, Hyundai takes this one too. While Honda is by no means an unreliable brand, it doesn’t quite reach the reliability of Hyundai. Not one of Hyundai’s vehicles received below 3.5 out of 5 for predicted reliability––according to US News data for 2020. For Honda’s older model, reliability bay be a winner here. But if we are talking about a new car or SUV, Hyundai takes the prize.

2020 Honda CR-V
2020 Honda CR-V Touring | Honda

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Especially when you factor in Hyundai’s unbeatable warranty. Reliability of a new car or SUV definitely climbs the ladder when you factor in a warranty that’s earned the name of “America’s Best Warranty.” With a bumper to bumper basic warranty providing 5 year/60,000 miles of coverage and a powertrain warranty that covers for 10 years/100,000 miles, Hyundai’s new car value in terms of reliability gains leverage.

A photo of the 2021 Hyundai Elantra outdoors.
Hyundai Elantra | Hyundai

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Safety is a close call but it’s a big deal

In this data from U.S. News and World Report, if you are shopping for a new car or SUV both Honda and Hyundai offer a safe lineup. However, U.S. News does call it in favor of Hyundai for this one. U.S. News bases its scores off of combining the safety ratings from both the National Highway Safety Association and the International Institute for Highway Safety.

The Hyundai Sonata and the Ioniq each score a perfect 10 for safety. The lowest scored Hyundai model in the lineup for 2020 are the Accent and the Elantra with scores of 9.2. Every other Hyundai model earns at least a 9.5 or higher.

The new Hyundai Ioniq Line features minimalist design language.
Hyundai Ioniq Line design concepts | Hyundai

Is Hyundai better than Honda?

Honda may be the overall better brand. It depends on what is important to you. If you are looking for a brand that offers lower prices, fantastic new car reliability, and great safety scores, you should definitely go give some Hyundai models a test drive. Overall, both are good car brands. The choice will ultimately fall to personal preference.