Honda Accord vs. Hyundai Sonata

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Joel Patel is an automotive journalist that hails from Northern Virginia, but now calls Detroit home. His work has been featured on various automotive outlets, including Autoweek and Autoblog. When not writing about cars, Joel enjoys trying new food, wrenching on his car, and watching movies.


, Automotive Editor - July 24, 2018

Mid-size sedans like the Honda Accord and Hyundai Sonata provide the ultimate blend of space and performance for the majority of drivers. Both vehicles offer consumers with a spacious cabin, peppy powertrains, and the latest safety features. The Accord has been the king of the hill since it came out in 1976, offering consumers with unparalleled versatility.

Hyundai, which has long since left its quality issues behind, has brought its mid-size offering even closer to the top-running Accord. The South Korean brand continues to offer the Sonata in a value-oriented package that's hard to beat. Has the Sonata finally caught up to the Accord as the class-leading mid-size sedan?

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What the Accord Gets Right

Under the hood of the Accord, drivers are treated to one of the punchiest engines in the segment. The Accord is fitted with a turbocharged 1.5-liter four-cylinder that's rated to make 192 horsepower. A turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder is also available for the Accord, which generates 252 hp. The Sonata's base 2.4-liter four-cylinder makes 185 hp, while its turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder produces 245 hp.

Despite having more power, the Accord is more fuel efficient than the Sonata. The EPA rates the Accord to get up to 30 miles per gallon city, 38 mpg highway, and 33 combined. The Sonata lags behind with a rating of 28/37/31 mpg (city/highway/combined).

What the Sonata Gets Right

The most obvious thing the Sonata has going for it is its price. The Sonata starts at $22,935, including destination, while the Accord has a starting price of $24,465. The $1,530 price difference may make the Accord look like the luxurious option, but the Sonata comes well equipped from the get-go. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility are standard for the Sonata, while you have to move up to the Sport trim on the Accord before getting those features as standard.

When it comes to safety, the Sonata edges out the Accord. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) named the Sonata as a Top Safety Pick Plus, which is the institute's highest award. The Accord was named as a Top Safety Pick, but missed out on the Plus designation because of its headlights.

For consumers that want a more spacious interior, the Sonata is the better choice. Hyundai's sedan has more front head room, rear hip room, rear head room, and front leg room than the Accord.

Is the Sonata a True Competitor?

Hyundai has surpassed its role as the affordable option with the Sonata. The mid-size sedan is not only a competitor in the segment, but it's one of the front runners. The sedan hits all of the checkpoints a driver could ask for while wearing an affordable price tag. It deserves to be on everyone's checklist of sedans to look at in the mid-size segment.

The Verdict: Honda Accord

The Honda Accord narrowly takes the edge in this comparison and it boils down to things that can't be chiseled down to numbers. The Accord is the more enjoyable sedan to drive and feels better put together. Honda's sedan has better resale value, too, and a respected history that goes back over 40 years.

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, Automotive Editor

Joel Patel is an automotive journalist that hails from Northern Virginia, but now calls Detroit home. His work has been featured on various automotive outlets, including Autoweek and Autoblog. When not writing about cars, Joel enjoys trying new food, wrenching on his car, and watching movies.