Used Hyundai Sonata
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Above Average: Styling, features, infotainment, warranty, safety

Below Average: Interior plastics, steering feedback

Consensus: An impressive sedan with loads of features, plus surprisingly strong resale and reliability scores fast approaching the longtime segment leaders.

Used Honda Accord
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Above Average: Resale, manual transmission option, reliability, hybrid fuel economy

Below Average: Option choices, infotainment, single piece folding rear seat

Consensus: A solid choice in a used family sedan, with outstanding resale and reliability, plus good marks for comfort, safety and style.

A used Honda Accord is probably one of the safest bets you can place. Its reputation for reliability, safety and an excellent resale history make it tough to walk away from. The Accord offers a number of trims, three engine choices including a fuel-efficient hybrid, and even a manual transmission option, a rarity in this segment. There is also an Accord Coupe for those seeking a sportier ride. The Sonata also offers good reliability and resale numbers, although not as appealing as the Accord’s. In the Sonata, you’ll find a car with dynamic styling inside and out, a long list of cool features like a panoramic moonroof and heated rear seats, plus a diverse model range including a turbocharged model, hybrid and plug-in hybrid. The Sonata also offers more equipment choices across the lineup, as opposed to the Accord, which bundles the most desirable features only on higher trims. Both cars do very well in IIHS crash tests, and both offer advanced driver assists on late models. The Sonata comes with a longer standard warranty, and its CPO warranty covers 10 years vs. the Accord’s seven.

Hyundai Sonata Advantages

Features and options, powerful turbocharged engine, factory and CPO warranty coverage, 60/40 folding rear seat, trunk space, infotainment

Honda Accord Advantages

Resale, reliability, manual transmission option, hybrid fuel economy, responsive handling, rear seat legroom

Similarities

Powerful engine options, fuel economy, hybrid option, roomy interior, good resale, Android Auto and Apple CarPlay

Final Recommendation

The Accord is the clear choice for those who prize value over style. The Accord Hybrid gets much better fuel economy than the Sonata Hybrid, but the Sonata offers a better warranty and more goodies.

OK, so what's next?
I'm ready for one of these cars, and I'd like to trade in my current car while I'm at it.

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