2019 Chevrolet Volt vs. 2019 Honda Accord Hybrid

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

Both the Volt and the Accord Hybrid have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, driver and front passenger knee airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, front wheel drive, 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 and rear parking sensors and rear cross-path warning.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration does 35 MPH front crash tests on new vehicles. In this test, results indicate that the Chevrolet Volt is safer than the Honda Accord Hybrid:

 

Volt

Accord Hybrid

 

Driver

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Neck Injury Risk

17.2%

23%

Neck Stress

153 lbs.

184 lbs.

Neck Compression

20 lbs.

74 lbs.

Leg Forces (l/r)

77/182 lbs.

231/338 lbs.

New test not comparable to pre-2011 test results. More stars = Better. Lower test results = Better.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration does side impact tests on new vehicles. In this test, which crashes the vehicle into a flat barrier at 38.5 MPH and into a post at 20 MPH, results indicate that the Chevrolet Volt is safer than the Honda Accord Hybrid:

 

Volt

Accord Hybrid

 

Front Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Hip Force

279 lbs.

431 lbs.

 

Rear Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

HIC

349

386

Spine Acceleration

58 G’s

62 G’s

 

Into Pole

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Max Damage Depth

10 inches

13 inches

HIC

156

242

Hip Force

484 lbs.

756 lbs.

New test not comparable to pre-2011 test results. More stars = Better. Lower test results = Better.

Warranty

The Volt’s corrosion warranty is 1 year longer than the Accord Hybrid’s (6 vs. 5 years).

Chevrolet pays for the first scheduled maintenance on the Volt. Chevrolet will pay for the first oil change, lubrication and any other required maintenance during the first 12 months. Honda doesn’t pay scheduled maintenance for the Accord Hybrid.

There are almost 3 times as many Chevrolet dealers as there are Honda dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the Volt’s 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 Volt has a 5600 RPM redline.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2018 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Chevrolet vehicles are better in initial quality than Honda vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Chevrolet 6th in initial quality, above the industry average. With 20 more problems per 100 vehicles, Honda is ranked 23rd, 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 Chevrolet vehicles are more reliable than Honda vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Chevrolet 6th in reliability, above the industry average. With 16 more problems per 100 vehicles, Honda is ranked 12th.

Fuel Economy and Range

On the EPA test cycle the Volt running on electricity gets better fuel mileage than the Accord Hybrid (113 city/99 hwy MPGe vs. 48 city/48 hwy).

The Volt can drive on battery power alone for up to 53 miles. The Accord Hybrid must run its internal combustion engine to move.

Tires and Wheels

The Volt has a standard easy tire fill system. When inflating the tires, the vehicle’s integrated tire pressure sensors keep track of the pressure as the tires fill and tell the driver when the tires are inflated to the proper pressure. The Accord Hybrid doesn’t offer vehicle monitored tire inflation.

Suspension and Handling

The Volt’s front to rear weight distribution is more even (58.5% to 41.5%) than the Accord Hybrid’s (60.7% to 39.3%). This gives the Volt more stable handling and braking.

For better maneuverability, the Volt’s turning circle is 1.7 feet tighter than the Accord Hybrid’s (36.4 feet vs. 38.1 feet).

Chassis

The Volt is 11.8 inches shorter than the Accord Hybrid, making the Volt easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

Ergonomics

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

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

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 Volt’s headlights were rated “Good” to “Acceptable” by the IIHS, while the Accord Hybrid’s headlights are rated “Acceptable” to “Marginal.”

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

The Volt Premier’s Automatic 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.

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