2020 Toyota Avalon vs. 2019 Honda Accord

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Safety

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For enhanced safety, the front and rear seat shoulder belts of the Toyota Avalon have pretensioners to tighten the seatbelts and eliminate dangerous slack in the event of a collision and force limiters to limit the pressure the belts will exert on the passengers. The Honda Accord doesn’t offer pretensioners for the rear seat belts.

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.

The Avalon has a standard Secondary Collision Brake, which automatically applies the brakes in the event of a crash to help prevent secondary collisions and prevent further injuries. The Accord doesn’t offer a post collision braking system: in the event of a collision that triggers the airbags, more collisions are possible without the protection of airbags that may have already deployed.

Over 200 people are killed each year when backed over by motor vehicles. The Avalon Limited/Touring offers optional Rear Cross-Traffic Braking that uses 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 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.

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 Toyota Avalon is safer than the Honda Accord:

Avalon

Accord

Front Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Chest Movement

.8 inches

.8 inches

Hip Force

318 lbs.

431 lbs.

Rear Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

HIC

266

386

Spine Acceleration

41 G’s

62 G’s

Into Pole

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Max Damage Depth

13 inches

13 inches

Hip Force

719 lbs.

756 lbs.

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 Avalon its highest rating: “Top Pick Plus” for 2019, a rating granted to only 46 vehicles tested by the IIHS. The Accord is only a standard “Top Pick” for 2019.

Warranty

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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

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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 Avalon’s reliability 42 points higher than the Accord.

J.D. Power and Associates rated the Avalon second among large cars in their 2019 Initial Quality Study. The Accord isn’t in the top three in its category.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2019 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 8th in initial quality, above the industry average. With 8 more problems per 100 vehicles, Honda is ranked 16th, below the industry average.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2019 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 second in reliability, above the industry average. With 38 more problems per 100 vehicles, Honda is ranked 16th.

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

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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 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

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

Brakes and Stopping

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

Avalon

Avalon TRD

Accord

Accord 2.0T/Sport/Touring

Front Rotors

11.7 inches

12.9 inches

11.5 inches

12.3 inches

The Avalon stops much shorter than the Accord:

Avalon

Accord

60 to 0 MPH

122 feet

135 feet

Motor Trend

Suspension and Handling

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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

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The Avalon has .5 inches more front hip room, .2 inches more rear headroom and .6 inches more rear shoulder room than the Accord.

Cargo Capacity

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To allow full utilization of available cargo room, the Avalon’s trunk lid uses concealed beam hinges that don’t intrude into the trunk. The Accord’s useful trunk space is reduced by its intrusive beam hinge.

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

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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

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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 driver power window, power lock, power mirror and cruise control switches are lit from behind, making them plainly visible and easier to operate at night. The Accord’s power window (except driver window), power lock and power mirror switches are unlit, making them difficult to find at night and operate safely.

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

To help drivers avoid possible obstacles, the Avalon Limited/Touring has standard cornering lights to illuminate around corners when the turn signals are activated. The Accord doesn’t offer cornering lights.

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.

Economic Advantages

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Insurance will cost less for the Avalon owner. The Car Book by Jack Gillis rates the Avalon 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 Avalon is less expensive to operate than the Accord because typical repairs cost much less on the Avalon than the Accord, including $69 less for a muffler, $50 less for fuel injection, $107 less for a fuel pump and $482 less for a power steering pump.

Recommendations

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Consumer Reports® recommends both the Toyota Avalon and the Honda Accord, based on reliability, safety and performance.

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