Honda Accord Hybrid vs. Hyundai Sonata Hybrid

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, Automotive Editor - July 24, 2018

Modern hybrids don't require consumers to sacrifice styling, space, or driving dynamics like their old counterparts did. The Honda Accord Hybrid and Hyundai Sonata Hybrid are popular hybrid variants of the mid-size sedans, requiring little to zero compromises from owners. Both the Accord Hybrid and Sonata Hybrid received some changes for 2018, making them better than ever.

The Accord Hybrid has been the front runner of the segment for a number of years, while the Sonata Hybrid has become an even more popular option, as the automaker continues to add more features to the sedan. Has the Sonata Hybrid caught up to Accord Hybrid?

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What the Accord Hybrid Gets Right

While Hyundai is known for having value-packed machines in its lineup, the Accord Hybrid is the more affordable option of the two. The Honda is priced at $25,995, including destination, while the Sonata Hybrid carries a starting price tag of $26,385. The $390 difference may not seem like a lot, but that's some extra funds that can be put toward getting some more features or away in a bank.

The Accord Hybrid is noticeably more efficient than the Sonata Hybrid. The Accord Hybrid's electrified powertrain is rated by the EPA to get up to 47 miles per gallon city, 47 mpg highway, and 47 combined. The base Sonata Hybrid falls behind with ratings of up to 40 mpg city, 46 highway, and 42 combined.

What the Sonata Hybrid Gets Right

The Sonata Hybrid is the sedan that stands out when it comes to safety. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) tested the non-hybrid variant of the sedans and gave the Sonata a higher rating. The IIHS named the Sonata as one of its Top Safety Pick Plus vehicles. The Accord lagged slightly behind with just being named as a Top Safety Pick.

Hyundai offers one of the best warranties on the road, which bests Honda's with ease. The Sonata Hybrid is backed by a five-year/60,000-mile new vehicle warranty, a 10-year/100,000-mile powertrain warranty, a 10-year/100,000-mile hybrid system warranty, a lifetime hybrid battery warranty, and a seven-year/unlimited-mile anti-perforation warranty.

Is the Accord Hybrid Still at the Top?

Hyundai has made a lot of changes to the Sonata Hybrid to make it more competitive in the growing segment. But the Accord Hybrid continues to be a leader with its excellent fuel economy, affordable price tag, and spacious interior. There's a lot to like with the Sonata Hybrid, but the Accord Hybrid has a few more upsides that help it retain its top-of-the-class badge.

Our Verdict: Honda Accord Hybrid

The non-hybrid version of the Accord is a class leader, so it's not a surprise to see that Honda has worked its magic on the electrified version of the sedan. The Hyundai Sonata Hybrid retains the South Korean's calling card of offering value-packed cars, but the Honda Accord Hybrid is a do-it-all sedan.

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, Automotive Editor

Based out of the Washington, D.C. area, Joel Patel is an automotive journalist that hails from Northern Virginia. His work has been featured on various automotive outlets, including Autoweek, Digital Trends, and Autoblog. When not writing about cars, Joel enjoys trying new foods, wrenching on his car, and watching horror movies. 

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