2019 Honda Accord Hybrid vs. 2018 Toyota Prius Prime

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

Using vehicle speed sensors and seat sensors, smart airbags in the Accord Hybrid deploy with different levels of force or don’t deploy at all to help better protect passengers of all sizes in different collisions. The Accord Hybrid’s side airbags will shut off if a child is leaning against the door. The Prius Prime’s side airbags don’t have smart features and will always deploy full force.

Compared to metal, the Accord Hybrid’s plastic fuel tank can withstand harder, more intrusive impacts without leaking; this decreases the possibility of fire. The Toyota Prius Prime has a metal gas tank.

Both the Accord Hybrid and the Prius Prime have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, driver knee 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, driver alert monitors, available blind spot warning systems, rear parking sensors and rear cross-path warning.

Engine

The Accord Hybrid’s standard 2.0 DOHC 4 cyl. hybrid produces 91 more horsepower (212 vs. 121) than the Prius Prime’s 1.8 DOHC 4 cyl. hybrid.

Fuel Economy and Range

The Accord Hybrid has 1.4 gallons more fuel capacity than the Prius Prime (12.8 vs. 11.4 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups.

The Accord Hybrid has a standard cap-less fueling system. The fuel filler is automatically opened when the fuel nozzle is inserted and automatically closed when it’s removed. This eliminates the need to unscrew and replace the cap and it reduces fuel evaporation, which causes pollution. The Prius Prime doesn’t offer a cap-less fueling system.

Brakes and Stopping

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

 

Accord

Prius

Front Rotors

12.3 inches

10 inches

Rear Rotors

11.1 inches

10.2 inches

Tires and Wheels

For better traction, the Accord Hybrid has larger tires than the Prius Prime (225/50R17 vs. 195/65R15).

The Accord Hybrid’s tires provide better handling because they have a lower 50 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the Prius Prime’s standard 65 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Accord Hybrid has standard 17-inch wheels. Only 15-inch wheels are available on the Prius Prime.

Suspension and Handling

The Accord Hybrid offers an available driver-adjustable suspension system. It allows the driver to choose between an extra-supple ride, reducing fatigue on long trips, or a sport setting, which allows maximum control for tricky roads. The Prius Prime’s suspension doesn’t offer adjustable shock absorbers.

The Accord Hybrid’s drift compensation steering can automatically compensate for road conditions which would cause the vehicle to drift from side to side, helping the driver to keep the vehicle straight more easily. The Prius Prime doesn’t offer drift compensation steering.

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Accord Hybrid’s wheelbase is 5.1 inches longer than on the Prius Prime (111.4 inches vs. 106.3 inches).

For better handling and stability, the track (width between the wheels) on the Accord Hybrid is 2.8 inches wider in the front and 2.8 inches wider in the rear than on the Prius Prime.

Chassis

The Accord Hybrid uses computer-generated active noise cancellation to help remove annoying noise and vibration from the passenger compartment, especially at low frequencies. The Prius Prime doesn’t offer active noise cancellation.

Passenger Space

Because it has more passenger and cargo room, the EPA rates the Accord Hybrid a Large car, while the Prius Prime is rated a Mid-size.

The Accord Hybrid has standard seating for 5 passengers; the Prius Prime can only carry 4.

The Accord Hybrid has 14.1 cubic feet more passenger volume than the Prius Prime (105.6 vs. 91.5).

The Accord Hybrid has .1 inches more front headroom, 1.6 inches more front hip room, 4.1 inches more front shoulder room, .1 inches more rear headroom, 7 inches more rear legroom, 3.4 inches more rear hip room and 3.5 inches more rear shoulder room than the Prius Prime.

Cargo Capacity

With its sedan body style, valet key, locking rear seatbacks and remote trunk release lockout, the Accord Hybrid offers cargo security. The Prius Prime’s hatchback body style, non-lockable folding seat and non-lockable remote release defeat cargo security.

A standard locking glovebox (which can’t be accessed with the valet key) keeps your small valuables safer in the Accord Hybrid. The Prius Prime doesn’t offer locking storage for small valuables.

Ergonomics

When two different drivers share the Accord Hybrid EX-L/Touring, the memory system makes it convenient for both. Each keyless remote activates different, customized memories for the driver’s seat position, outside mirror angle and climate settings. The Prius Prime doesn’t offer a memory system.

The Accord Hybrid EX-L/Touring’s standard easy entry system glides the driver’s seat back when the door is unlocked or the ignition is switched off, making it easier for the driver to get in and out. The Prius Prime doesn’t offer an easy entry system.

If the windows are left open on the Accord Hybrid the driver can close them all at the outside door handle. On a hot day the driver can lower the windows at the outside door handle or from a distance using the keyless remote. The driver of the Prius Prime can only operate the windows from inside the vehicle, with the ignition on.

The Accord Hybrid’s standard speed-sensitive wipers speed up when the vehicle does, so that the driver doesn’t have to continually adjust the speed of the wipers. The Prius Prime Pure/Advanced’s standard manually variable intermittent wipers have to be constantly adjusted.

The Accord Hybrid has a standard automatic headlight on/off feature. When the ignition is on, the headlights automatically turn on at dusk and off after dawn. The Prius Prime has an automatic headlight on/off feature standard only on the Premium/Advanced.

To shield the driver and front passenger’s vision over a larger portion of the windshield and side windows, the Accord Hybrid has standard extendable sun visors. The Prius Prime doesn’t offer extendable visors.

When the Accord Hybrid Touring is put in reverse, both rearview mirrors tilt from their original position. This gives the driver a better view of the curb during parallel parking maneuvers. Shifting out of reverse puts the mirrors into their original positions. The Prius Prime’s mirrors don’t automatically adjust for backing.

Both the Accord Hybrid and the Prius Prime offer available heated front seats. The Accord Hybrid Touring also has standard heated rear seats to keep those passengers extremely comfortable in the winter. Heated rear seats aren’t available in the Prius Prime.

Standard air-conditioned seats in the Accord Hybrid Touring keep the driver and front passenger comfortable and take the sting out of hot seats in summer. The Prius Prime doesn’t offer air-conditioned seats.

The Accord Hybrid’s standard dual zone air conditioning allows the driver and front passenger to choose two completely different temperatures so people with different temperature preferences won’t have to compromise. This makes both the driver and front passenger as comfortable as possible. The Prius Prime doesn’t offer dual zone air conditioning.

Both the Accord Hybrid and the Prius Prime offer rear vents. For greater rear passenger comfort, the Accord Hybrid EX/EX-L/Touring has standard rear air conditioning vents to keep rear occupants cool in summer or warm in winter. The Prius Prime doesn’t offer rear air conditioning vents, only heat vents.

Recommendations

The Accord was chosen as one of Car and Driver’s “Top Ten” for 2018 and 22 of the last 24 years. The Prius Prime has never been a Car and Driver “Top Ten” pick.

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