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2018 Honda Accord

Starting Price: $24,460 | Price yours

Above Average: Driving refinement, cutting-edge tech, reliability resale value

Below Average: Not much

Consensus: The most advanced, most recommendable midsize sedan in the country

 

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2018 Hyundai Sonata

Starting Price: $22,935 | Price yours

Above Average: Roominess, interior appeal, infotainment, warranty

Below Average: Less and less

Consensus: Still a features-per-dollar standout, with increasingly well-rounded appeal

 

While the Honda Accord is essentially the established leader in the family sedan segment, the Hyundai Sonata has been getting better with every passing year. Both cars offer newer designs with new engine options including a hybrid model. The Accord comes standard with a turbocharged 4-cylinder engine, while the Sonata makes do with a normally aspirated unit putting out about 10 less horsepower. So good is Honda’s bread and butter sedan that it has earned numerous awards including KBB’s Midsize Car Best Buy of 2018 and Overall Best Buy of 2018. However, the Sonata also ranks high in customer satisfaction and resale, and it offers features unavailable on the Honda including a heated steering wheel, adaptive headlights and a 10-year/100,000 mile powertrain warranty. But the Accord delivers better fuel economy, offers an optional heads-up display and comes standard with driver assist features that are either optional or not available on certain Sonata trims.

 

Similarities

A roomy interior, excellent resale values, stylish sheetmetal and numerous high-tech upgrades are just some of the attributes shared by the Sonata and Accord

 

Honda Accord Advantages

Easy-to-use tech, refined upscale interior, driving satisfaction, high-mileage hybrid, big back seat

Hyundai Sonata Advantages

Numerous trim and engine options, hybrid and plug-in hybrid, lots of standard features, impressive warranty

Final Recommendation

If you’re shopping for a roomy, comfortable and dependable midsize sedan with the best fuel economy, best resale and latest driver safety features as standard, the Honda Accord stands out above all others. However, the Sonata can match the Accord for size and comfort, with fuel economy that's nearly as good, more engine and trim options, plenty of luxury and high-tech features, plus an unbeatable 10-year/100,000 mile powertrain warranty. It may just come down to a test drive.

  2018 Honda Accord 2018 Hyundai Sonata
Popular Powertrains    
Engine 1.5-liter turbo I4 2.4-liter I4
Horsepower 192 hp @ 5,500 rpm 185 hp @ 6,000 rpm
Torque 192 lb-ft @ 1,600 rpm 178 lb-ft @ 4,000 rpm
Transmission Continuously Variable Automatic, 6-spd
Fuel Economy 33 mpg (30 city/38 hwy) 29 mpg (25 city/36 hwy)
Also Available 2.0L turbo I4, hybrid 2.0L turbo I4,1.6L turbo I4, hybrid, 7-spd AT
Specs    
Warranty 3 years or 36,000 miles 5 years or 60,000 miles
NHTSA Overall Safety Rating 5 Stars 5 Stars
Max Seating Capacity 5 5
Wheelbase 111.4 inches 110.4 inches
Overall Length 192.2 inches 191.1 inches
Width 73.3 inches 73.4 inches
Height 57.1 inches 58.1 inches
Turning Diameter 38.1 feet 35.8 feet
Headroom, Front 39.5 inches 40.4 inches
Headroom, Rear 37.3 inches 38.0 inches
Legroom, Front 42.3 inches 45.5 inches
Legroom, Rear 40.4 inches 35.6 inches
Shoulder Room, Front 58.3 inches 57.9 inches
Shoulder Room, Rear 56.5 inches 56.5 inches
EPA Passenger Volume 105.6 cu. ft. 106.1 cu. ft.
EPA Cargo Volume 16.7 cu. ft. 16.3 cu. ft.
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