2019 Hyundai Ioniq Hybrid vs. 2019 Honda Accord Hybrid

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

Both the Ioniq Hybrid and the Accord Hybrid 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, plastic fuel tanks, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, rearview cameras, available crash mitigating brakes, daytime running lights, lane departure warning systems, blind spot warning systems, rear parking sensors, rear cross-path warning and driver alert monitors.

Warranty

The Ioniq Hybrid comes with a full 5-year/60,000-mile basic warranty, which covers the entire car and includes 24-hour roadside assistance. The Accord Hybrid’s 3-year/36,000-mile basic warranty expires 2 years and 24,000 miles sooner.

Hyundai’s powertrain warranty covers the Ioniq Hybrid 5 years and 40,000 miles longer than Honda covers the Accord Hybrid. Any repair needed on the engine, transmission, axles, joints or driveshafts is fully covered for 10 years or 100,000 miles. Coverage on the Accord Hybrid ends after only 5 years or 60,000 miles.

The Ioniq Hybrid’s corrosion warranty is 2 years longer than the Accord Hybrid’s (7 vs. 5 years).

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 Ioniq Hybrid has a 5500-RPM redline.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2018 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Hyundai vehicles are better in initial quality than Honda vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Hyundai third in initial quality, above the industry average. With 28 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 Hyundai vehicles are more reliable than Honda vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Hyundai 6th in reliability, above the industry average. With 16 more problems per 100 vehicles, Honda is ranked 12th.

From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ December 2018 Auto Issue reports that Hyundai vehicles are more reliable than Honda vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Hyundai 5 places higher in reliability than Honda.

Fuel Economy and Range

On the EPA test cycle the Ioniq Hybrid gets better fuel mileage than the Accord Hybrid (57 city/59 hwy vs. 48 city/48 hwy).

Tires and Wheels

The Ioniq Hybrid Limited’s optional 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

For better maneuverability, the Ioniq Hybrid’s turning circle is 3.3 feet tighter than the Accord Hybrid’s (34.78 feet vs. 38.1 feet).

Chassis

The Hyundai Ioniq Hybrid may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 300 to 350 pounds less than the Honda Accord Hybrid.

The Ioniq Hybrid is 1 foot, 4.2 inches shorter than the Accord Hybrid, making the Ioniq Hybrid easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

Cargo Capacity

To allow full utilization of available cargo room, the Ioniq Hybrid’s 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.

Ergonomics

The power windows standard on both the Ioniq Hybrid and the Accord Hybrid have locks to prevent small children from operating them. When the lock on the Ioniq Hybrid 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.

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

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