2018 Toyota Prius vs. 2017 Honda Accord Hybrid

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

The Prius has standard Active Headrests, which use a specially designed headrest to protect the driver and front passenger from whiplash. During a rear-end collision, the Active Headrests system moves the headrests forward to prevent neck and spine injuries. The Accord Hybrid doesn’t offer a whiplash protection system.

Over 200 people are killed each year when backed over by motor vehicles. The Prius Four/Four Touring offers an optional backup collision prevention system which use rear sensors to monitor and automatically apply the brakes to prevent a rear collision. The Accord Hybrid doesn’t offer backup collision prevention brakes.

To help make backing safer, the Prius (except One/Eco)’s optional cross-path warning system uses wide-angle radar in the rear bumper to alert the driver to vehicles approaching from the side, helping the driver avoid collisions. The Accord Hybrid doesn’t offer a cross-path warning system.

The Prius’ driver alert monitor detects an inattentive driver then sounds a warning and suggests a break. According to the NHTSA, drivers who fall asleep cause about 100,000 crashes and 1500 deaths a year. The Accord Hybrid doesn’t offer a driver alert monitor.

Both the Prius and the Accord Hybrid have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, front wheel drive, height adjustable front shoulder belts, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, crash mitigating brakes, daytime running lights, lane departure warning systems, rearview cameras, available blind spot warning systems and rear parking sensors.

Warranty

Toyota pays for scheduled maintenance on the Prius for 2 years and 25000 miles. Toyota will pay for oil changes, lubrication and any other required maintenance. Honda doesn’t pay scheduled maintenance for the Accord Hybrid.

There are over 18 percent more Toyota dealers than there are Honda dealers, which makes it easier should you ever need service under the Prius’ warranty.

Reliability

The Accord Hybrid’s redline is at 6700 RPM, which causes more engine wear, and a greater chance of a catastrophic engine failure. The Prius has a 4000-RPM redline.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2017 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Toyota vehicles are better in initial quality than Honda vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Toyota 13th in initial quality, above the industry average. With 10 more problems per 100 vehicles, Honda is ranked 20th, below the industry average.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2018 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Toyota vehicles are more reliable than Honda vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Toyota 8th in reliability, above the industry average. With 13 more problems per 100 vehicles, Honda is ranked 12th.

From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ April 2017 Auto Issue reports that Toyota vehicles are more reliable than Honda vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Toyota second in reliability. Honda is ranked 10th.

Fuel Economy and Range

On the EPA test cycle the Prius gets better fuel mileage than the Accord Hybrid (54 city/50 hwy vs. 49 city/47 hwy). The Prius Eco gets better fuel mileage than the Accord Hybrid (58 city/53 hwy vs. 49 city/47 hwy).

Brakes and Stopping

The Prius stops much shorter than the Accord Hybrid:

 

Prius

Accord

 

70 to 0 MPH

175 feet

195 feet

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60 to 0 MPH

115 feet

123 feet

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Tires and Wheels

The Prius Touring’s tires provide better handling because they have a lower 45 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the Accord Hybrid’s 50 series tires.

Suspension and Handling

The Prius Two Eco handles at .84 G’s, while the Accord Hybrid Touring pulls only .81 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

For better maneuverability, the Prius’ turning circle is 4.6 feet tighter than the Accord Hybrid’s (33.5 feet vs. 38.1 feet). The Prius Touring’s turning circle is 2.7 feet tighter than the Accord Hybrid’s (35.4 feet vs. 38.1 feet).

Chassis

The Toyota Prius may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 450 pounds less than the Honda Accord Hybrid.

The Prius is 1 foot, 3.4 inches shorter than the Accord Hybrid, making the Prius easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

As tested by Car and Driver, the interior of the Prius Two Eco is quieter than the Accord Hybrid Touring:

 

Prius

Accord

At idle

26 dB

26 dB

Full-Throttle

71 dB

74 dB

70 MPH Cruising

66 dB

69 dB

Cargo Capacity

The Prius has a much larger trunk with its rear seat up than the Accord Hybrid (24.6 vs. 13.5 cubic feet).

A low lift-over trunk design makes loading and unloading the Prius easier. The Prius’ trunk lift-over height is 26.5 inches, while the Accord Hybrid’s liftover is 27.8 inches.

To allow full utilization of available cargo room, the Prius’ hatch uses gas strut supported hinges that don’t intrude into the cargo area. Its intrusive beam hinge reduces the Accord Hybrid’s useful trunk space.

The Prius’ standard rear seats fold to accommodate long and bulky cargo. The Accord Hybrid doesn’t offer folding rear seats.

Ergonomics

The Prius Three/Four offers an optional heads-up display that projects speed and navigation instruction readouts in front of the driver’s line of sight, allowing drivers to view information without diverting their eyes from the road. The Accord Hybrid doesn’t offer a heads-up display.

The Prius’ front and rear power windows all open or close fully with one touch of the switches, making it more convenient at drive-up windows and toll booths, or when talking with someone outside the car. The Accord Hybrid’s rear power window switches have to be held the entire time to open or close them fully.

The Prius Four/Four Touring’s optional Intelligent Parking Assist can parallel park or back into a parking spot by itself, with the driver only controlling speed with the brake pedal. The Accord Hybrid doesn’t offer an automated parking system.

Model Availability

The Toyota Prius comes in four door hatchback and station wagon bodystyles; the Honda Accord Hybrid isn’t available as a station wagon.

Economic Advantages

Insurance will cost less for the Prius owner. The Complete Car Cost Guide estimates that insurance for the Prius will cost $1110 to $2505 less than the Accord Hybrid over a five-year period.

IntelliChoice estimates that five-year ownership costs (depreciation, financing, insurance, fuel, fees, repairs and maintenance) for the Toyota Prius will be $3323 to $3841 less than for the Honda Accord Hybrid.

Recommendations

The Toyota Prius has won recognition from these important consumer publications:

 

Prius

Accord

Consumer Reports® Recommends

Top Pick

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Car Book “Best Bet”

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