2019 Hyundai Sonata vs. 2019 Honda Accord

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

Both the Sonata and the Accord 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, daytime running lights, rearview cameras, available crash mitigating brakes, lane departure warning systems and rear parking sensors.

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

 

Sonata

Accord

 

Driver

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

HIC

245

261

Neck Injury Risk

20%

23%

Neck Stress

164 lbs.

184 lbs.

Neck Compression

49 lbs.

74 lbs.

 

Passenger

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

HIC

197

266

Chest Compression

.4 inches

.4 inches

Neck Injury Risk

33%

34%

Neck Compression

51 lbs.

54 lbs.

Leg Forces (l/r)

31/73 lbs.

378/216 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 Hyundai Sonata is safer than the Honda Accord:

 

Sonata

Accord

 

Front Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

HIC

132

140

Hip Force

408 lbs.

431 lbs.

 

Rear Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

HIC

354

386

 

Into Pole

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Max Damage Depth

12 inches

13 inches

HIC

213

242

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

For its top level performance in IIHS driver and passenger-side small overlap frontal, moderate overlap frontal, side impact, roof strength and head restraint tests, with its optional front crash prevention system, and its headlight’s “Good” rating, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety grants the Sonata its highest rating: “Top Pick Plus” for 2019, a rating granted to only 36 vehicles tested by the IIHS. The Accord is only a standard “Top Pick” for 2019.

Warranty

The Sonata comes with a full 5-year/60,000-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 2 years and 24,000 miles sooner.

Hyundai’s powertrain warranty covers the Sonata 5 years and 40,000 miles longer than Honda covers the Accord. 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 ends after only 5 years or 60,000 miles.

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

Reliability

A reliable vehicle saves its owner time, money and trouble. Nobody wants to be stranded or have to be without a vehicle while it’s being repaired. Consumer Reports rates the Sonata’s reliability 18 points higher than the Accord.

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

The Sonata has 3.7 gallons more fuel capacity than the Accord (18.5 vs. 14.8 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups.

Transmission

The Sonata offers an available sequential manual gearbox (SMG). With no clutch pedal to worry about and a fully automatic mode, an SMG is much more efficient than a conventional automatic but just as easy to drive. The Accord doesn’t offer an SMG.

Brakes and Stopping

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

 

Sonata

Sonata

Accord

Accord 2.0T/Sport/Touring

Front Rotors

12 inches

12.6 inches

11.5 inches

12.3 inches

Rear Rotors

11.2 inches

11.2 inches

11.1 inches

11.1 inches

The Sonata stops much shorter than the Accord:

 

Sonata

Accord

 

70 to 0 MPH

165 feet

170 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

120 feet

135 feet

Motor Trend

60 to 0 MPH (Wet)

135 feet

142 feet

Consumer Reports

Suspension and Handling

For better maneuverability, the Sonata’s turning circle is 2.5 feet tighter than the Accord’s (35.6 feet vs. 38.1 feet). The Sonata’s turning circle is 3.8 feet tighter than the Accord Sport Manual/2.0T’s (35.6 feet vs. 39.4 feet).

Passenger Space

The Sonata has .9 inches more front headroom, 3.2 inches more front legroom, .7 inches more rear headroom and 1.1 inches more rear hip room than the Accord.

Cargo Capacity

The Sonata’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.

To make loading groceries and cargo easier when your hands are full, the Sonata SEL/Sport/Limited’s trunk can be opened just by waiting momentarily behind the back bumper, leaving your hands completely free. The Accord doesn’t offer a hands-free gesture to open its trunk, forcing you to put cargo down if your hands are full.

Servicing Ease

The Sonata 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.

Ergonomics

The power windows standard on both the Sonata and the Accord have locks to prevent small children from operating them. When the lock on the Sonata 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 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 Sonata’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 Sonata Limited has standard adaptive headlights to illuminate around corners automatically by reading vehicle speed and steering wheel angle. The Accord doesn’t offer cornering lights.

The Sonata’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.

On extremely cold winter days, the Sonata SEL/Sport/Limited’s standard 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.

Economic Advantages

Insurance will cost less for the Sonata owner. The Car Book by Jack Gillis rates the Sonata with a number “5” insurance rate while the Accord is rated higher at a number “8” rate.

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Sonata is less expensive to operate than the Accord because typical repairs cost much less on the Sonata than the Accord, including $9 less for a water pump, $1 less for front brake pads, $225 less for a starter, $234 less for fuel injection, $233 less for a fuel pump, $109 less for front struts and $267 less for a power steering pump.

Recommendations

The Hyundai Sonata has won recognition from these important consumer publications:

 

Sonata

Accord

Consumer Reports® Recommends

TRUE

TRUE

Car Book “Best Bet”

TRUE

FALSE

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