Honda Accord vs. Hyundai Sonata

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, Automotive Editor - March 13, 2020

Despite the rise of the SUV, midsize sedans still have a lot to offer consumers. Automakers have updated sedans to look better, have more tech features, and be more enjoyable to drive than before. Two of the better options in the midsize segment that follow these trends are the Honda Accord and the Hyundai Sonata.

The Accord has been the yardstick for decades, possessing many strong qualities in a well-rounded package. There are very few things it gets wrong, which is why it’s been a popular choice for years. Hyundai redesigned the Sonata for the 2020 model year, endowing it with a gorgeous design and cutting-edge tech features.

Should you go with the tried-and-true Honda Accord or the beautiful Hyundai Sonata? That’s what we’ll answer below.

See a side-by-side comparison of the Accord & Sonata »

What the Accord Gets Right

For drivers searching for a sporty sedan that’s enjoyable to drive, the Accord is the better option. Its base 1.5-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine makes 192 horsepower; a more powerful 2.0-liter turbo with 252 hp is available. The Sonata is available with a 2.5-liter four-cylinder with 191 hp or a 1.6-liter turbo four-cylinder with 180 hp.

Unlike the Sonata, the Accord is also available with a six-speed manual transmission on the Sport trim.

When it comes to practicality, the Accord gets the nod. While both offer passengers in the front with a similar amount of space, the Accord offers more rear-seat room. The Accord has 5.6 more inches of rear legroom and 0.7 more cubic feet of cargo space.

While the Sonata is the better value proposition, the Accord has a few convenience features that you won’t find on the Sonata. Dual-zone climate control, 17-inch alloy wheels, and push-button start are standard.

What the Sonata Gets Right

Hyundai continues to lead the way forward in value. Pricing for the Sonata starts at $24,555 including destination, which is $470 less than the base Accord.

When it comes to standard and available tech features, the Sonata is the clear victor. The Sonata comes with a larger 8-inch touchscreen as standard, while the Accord makes do with a 7-inch screen without smartphone integration. While the Accord has an available 8-inch unit, the Sonata can be fitted with a 10.25-inch display.

The Sonata is the first car to come with Hyundai’s Digital Key, which allows Android users to lock, unlock, and start the car with a smartphone app. The app can be shared with other drivers to give them access to a car without having to hand over a physical key. The Sonata also has a nifty remote smart parking assist system that you won’t find on the Accord.

Off paper, the Sonata’s the much better looking of the two, at least in our opinion. Hyundai’s designers have made one of the prettiest cars that combine flowing elements with dynamic edges. We also think the Sonata wins the battle of interior designs. While the Accord has a simplistic blueprint, Hyundai went with a more premium look that punches above its weight class, especially on upper trims.

Want More Technology?

Hyundai did an incredible job with the new Sonata. Not only does it have one of the more dashing designs for the class, but it’s also packed with high-tech features that few rivals can match. The trade-off in value and tech comes at the expense of athleticism and performance, though.

Our Verdict: Honda Accord

While the Hyundai Sonata is great, our winner is the Honda Accord. It mainly comes down to better engines, more space, and great fuel economy. The Accord is much more enjoyable to drive, too, and the fact that Honda still offers it with a manual transmission is the cherry on top.

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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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