2019 Alfa Romeo Giulia vs. 2019 Honda Accord

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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The Giulia offers all-wheel drive to maximize traction under poor conditions, especially in ice and snow. The Accord doesn’t offer all-wheel drive.

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


The Giulia comes with a full 4-year/50,000-mile basic warranty, which covers the entire car and includes 24-hour roadside assistance. The Accord’s 3-year/36,000-mile basic warranty expires 1 year and 14,000 miles sooner.


The engine in the Giulia has a single overhead cam for simplicity. The engines in the Accord have dual overhead cams, which add to the number of moving parts and the complexity of the cylinder heads.

The Accord’s redline is at 6500 to 7000 RPM, which causes more engine wear, and a greater chance of a catastrophic engine failure. The Giulia has a 5500 RPM redline.

The battery on the Giulia is in the trunk, which protects it from hot underhood temperatures that can degrade battery life. By keeping the Giulia’s battery 20 to 30 degrees cooler, its life is increased by years. The Accord’s battery is in the hot engine compartment.


The Giulia’s 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. produces 88 more horsepower (280 vs. 192) and 114 lbs.-ft. more torque (306 vs. 192) than the Accord’s standard 1.5 turbo 4 cyl. The Giulia’s 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. produces 28 more horsepower (280 vs. 252) and 33 lbs.-ft. more torque (306 vs. 273) than the Accord’s optional 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

As tested in Motor Trend the Alfa Romeo Giulia is faster than the Honda Accord (automatics tested):



Accord 1.5

Accord 2.0

Zero to 30 MPH

1.9 sec

2.8 sec

2.4 sec

Zero to 60 MPH

5.1 sec

7.6 sec

5.8 sec

Zero to 80 MPH

8.2 sec

12.8 sec

9.4 sec

Passing 45 to 65 MPH

2.4 sec

4 sec

2.8 sec

Quarter Mile

13.6 sec

15.9 sec

14.4 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

103.7 MPH

89.3 MPH

97.9 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

In heavy traffic or at stoplights the Giulia’s engine automatically turns off when the vehicle is stopped, saving fuel and reducing pollution. The engine is automatically restarted when the driver gets ready to move again. (Start/Stop isn’t accounted in present EPA fuel mileage tests.) The Accord doesn’t offer an automatic engine start/stop system.

Brakes and Stopping

For better stopping power the Giulia’s brake rotors are larger than those on the Accord:




Accord 2.0T/Sport/Touring

Front Rotors

13 inches

11.5 inches

12.3 inches

Rear Rotors

12.5 inches

11.1 inches

11.1 inches

The Giulia stops much shorter than the Accord:





70 to 0 MPH

163 feet

170 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

110 feet

135 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels

The Giulia Ti’s optional 255/35R19 rear tires provide better handling because they have a lower 35 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the Accord Sport/Touring’s 40 series tires.

Changing a flat tire near traffic can be dangerous and inconvenient. The run-flat tires standard on the Giulia can be driven up to 50 miles without any air pressure, allowing you to drive to a service station for a repair. The Accord doesn’t offer run-flat tires.

Suspension and Handling

The Giulia’s front to rear weight distribution is more even (50% to 50%) than the Accord’s (58.9% to 41.1%). This gives the Giulia more stable handling and braking.

The Giulia handles at .84 G’s, while the Accord EX pulls only .81 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

The Giulia Ti Q4 executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 2.1 seconds quicker than the Accord EX (25.6 seconds @ .71 average G’s vs. 27.7 seconds @ .61 average G’s).

For better maneuverability, the Giulia’s turning circle is .6 feet tighter than the Accord’s (37.5 feet vs. 38.1 feet). The Giulia’s turning circle is 1.9 feet tighter than the Accord Sport Manual/2.0T’s (37.5 feet vs. 39.4 feet).


The Giulia is 9.6 inches shorter than the Accord, making the Giulia easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

As tested by Car and Driver, the interior of the Giulia Ti is quieter than the Accord Sport:




At idle

41 dB

41 dB


74 dB

78 dB

70 MPH Cruising

69 dB

70 dB

Passenger Space

The Giulia has .1 inches more front legroom and .3 inches more rear headroom than the Accord.

Cargo Capacity

To allow full utilization of available cargo room, the Giulia’s trunk lid uses concealed beam hinges that don’t intrude into the trunk. Its intrusive beam hinge reduces the Accord’s useful trunk space.

The Giulia’s standard folding rear seats are split to accommodate bulky cargo. The Accord LX’s standard single piece folding rear seat is not as flexible; long cargo and a passenger can’t share the rear seat.

Servicing Ease

The Giulia uses gas struts to support the hood for easier service access. The Accord uses a prop rod to support its heavy hood. It takes two hands to open the hood and set the prop rod, the prop rod gets in the way during maintenance and service, and the prop rod could be knocked out, causing the heavy hood to fall on the person maintaining or servicing the car.

The engine in the Giulia is mounted longitudinally (North-South), instead of sideways, as in the Accord. This makes it easier to service and maintain, because the accessory belts are in front.


The power windows standard on both the Giulia and the Accord have locks to prevent small children from operating them. When the lock on the Giulia is engaged the driver can still operate all of the windows, for instance to close one opened by a child. The Accord prevents the driver from operating the other windows just as it does the other passengers.

The Giulia’s 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’s rear power window switches have to be held the entire time to open or close them fully.

The Giulia’s rain-sensitive wipers adjust their speed and turn on and off automatically based on the amount of rainfall on the windshield. This allows the driver to concentrate on driving without constantly adjusting the wipers. The Accord’s standard intermittent wipers change speed with vehicle speed, but can’t turn on and off or change speed based on changing rainfall.

Heated windshield washer nozzles are optional on the Giulia to prevent washer fluid and nozzles from freezing and help continue to keep the windshield clear in sub-freezing temperatures. The Accord doesn’t offer heated windshield washer nozzles.

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) conducts detailed tests on headlights for their range both straight ahead and in curves and to be certain they don’t exceed acceptable amounts of glare to oncoming drivers. The Giulia’s available headlights were rated “Good” by the IIHS, while the Accord’s headlights are rated “Acceptable” to “Marginal.”

To help drivers see further while navigating curves, the Giulia offers optional adaptive headlights to illuminate around corners automatically by reading vehicle speed and steering wheel angle. The Accord doesn’t offer cornering lights.

The Giulia’s standard outside mirrors include heating elements to clear off the mirrors for better visibility. Honda only offers heated mirrors on the Accord Sport 2.0T/EX/EX-L/Touring.

The Giulia offers optional automatic dimming rear and side view mirrors which automatically darken quickly when headlights shine on them, keeping following vehicles from blinding or distracting the driver. The Accord offers an automatic rear view mirror, but its side mirrors don’t dim.

On extremely cold winter days, the Giulia’s optional heated steering wheel provides comfort, allowing the driver to steer safely and comfortably before the car heater warms up. The Accord doesn’t offer a heated steering wheel.

Both the Giulia and the Accord offer rear vents. For greater rear passenger comfort, the Giulia has standard rear air conditioning vents to keep rear occupants cool in summer or warm in winter. The Accord doesn’t offer rear air conditioning vents, only heat vents.


Motor Trend selected the Giulia as their 2018 Car of the Year. The Accord has never been chosen.

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