2019 Toyota Avalon vs. 2019 Honda Accord

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

The Avalon has standard Whiplash Injury Lessening Seats (WIL), which use a specially designed seat to protect the driver and front passenger from whiplash. During a rear-end collision, the WIL system allows the backrest to travel backwards to cushion the occupants and the headrests move forward to prevent neck and spine injuries. The Accord doesn’t offer a whiplash protection system.

Over 200 people are killed each year when backed over by motor vehicles. The Avalon Limited/Touring offers optional Rear Cross-Traffic Braking which use rear sensors to monitor and automatically apply the brakes to prevent a rear collision. The Accord doesn’t offer backup collision prevention brakes.

The Avalon Limited/Touring offers an optional Bird’s Eye View Camera to allow the driver to see objects all around the vehicle on a screen. The Accord only offers a rear monitor and front and rear parking sensors that beep or flash a light. That doesn’t help with obstacles to the sides.

Both the Avalon 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, front wheel drive, height adjustable front shoulder belts, plastic fuel tanks, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, crash mitigating brakes, daytime running lights, lane departure warning systems and rearview cameras.

Warranty

Toyota pays for scheduled maintenance on the Avalon for 2 years and 25000 miles. Toyota will pay for oil changes, lubrication and any other required maintenance. Honda doesn’t pay scheduled maintenance for the Accord.

There are over 18 percent more Toyota dealers than there are Honda dealers, which makes it easier should you ever need service under the Avalon’s warranty.

Reliability

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2018 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Toyota vehicles are better in initial quality than Honda vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Toyota 17th in initial quality. With 6 more problems per 100 vehicles, Honda is ranked 23rd.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2018 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Toyota vehicles are more reliable than Honda vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Toyota 8th in reliability, above the industry average. With 13 more problems per 100 vehicles, Honda is ranked 12th.

From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ December 2018 Auto Issue reports that Toyota vehicles are more reliable than Honda vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Toyota second in reliability. Honda is ranked 15th.

Engine

The Avalon’s 3.5 DOHC V6 produces 109 more horsepower (301 vs. 192) and 75 lbs.-ft. more torque (267 vs. 192) than the Accord’s standard 1.5 turbo 4 cyl. The Avalon’s 3.5 DOHC V6 produces 49 more horsepower (301 vs. 252) than the Accord’s optional 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

As tested in Motor Trend the Toyota Avalon V6 is faster than the Honda Accord 1.5 turbo 4 cyl. (automatics tested):

 

Avalon

Accord

Zero to 60 MPH

6.1 sec

7.6 sec

Quarter Mile

14.6 sec

15.9 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

98.4 MPH

89.3 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

The Avalon XSE/Limited/Touring’s standard fuel tank has a gallon more fuel capacity than the Accord (15.8 vs. 14.8 gallons).

Brakes and Stopping

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

 

Avalon

Accord

Front Rotors

12 inches

11.5 inches

The Avalon stops much shorter than the Accord:

 

Avalon

Accord

 

60 to 0 MPH

122 feet

135 feet

Motor Trend

Suspension and Handling

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Avalon’s wheelbase is 1.6 inches longer than on the Accord (113 inches vs. 111.4 inches).

The Avalon Touring handles at .82 G’s, while the Accord EX pulls only .81 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

The Avalon Touring executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver quicker than the Accord EX (26.8 seconds @ .65 average G’s vs. 27.7 seconds @ .61 average G’s).

For better maneuverability, the Avalon XLE’s turning circle is .4 feet tighter than the Accord’s (37.7 feet vs. 38.1 feet). The Avalon Limited/Touring’s turning circle is .7 feet tighter than the Accord Sport Manual/2.0T’s (38.7 feet vs. 39.4 feet).

Passenger Space

The Avalon has .5 inches more front hip room, .6 inches more rear headroom and .6 inches more rear shoulder room than the Accord.

Cargo Capacity

To allow full utilization of available cargo room, the Avalon’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 Avalon’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 Avalon 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 Avalon and the Accord have locks to prevent small children from operating them. When the lock on the Avalon 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 Avalon’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 Avalon’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 Avalon Limited/XSE/Touring has standard 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 Avalon Limited/Touring’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.

Both the Avalon and the Accord offer rear vents. For greater rear passenger comfort, the Avalon 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.

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