Pecheles Automotive Compares 2018 Hyundai SONATA VS 2018 Honda Accord Near Washington, NC

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2018 Hyundai SONATA

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2018 Hyundai SONATA

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2018 Honda Accord

Safety Comparison

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.

For its top level performance in IIHS driver-side small overlap frontal, moderate overlap frontal, side impact, rear impact and roof-crush tests, with its optional front crash prevention system, its “Good” rating in the new passenger-side small overlap crash test, and its headlight’s “Good” rating, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety grants the Sonata its highest rating: “Top Pick Plus” for 2018, a rating granted to only 20 vehicles tested by the IIHS. The Accord is only a standard “Top Pick” for 2018.

Warranty Comparison

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 Comparison

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2017 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 6th in initial quality, above the industry average. With 17 more problems per 100 vehicles, Honda is ranked 20th, 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’ April 2017 Auto Issue reports that Hyundai vehicles are more reliable than Honda vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Hyundai 3 places higher in reliability than Honda.

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

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

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

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



Sonata 2.0T


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:





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 Comparison

For better maneuverability, the Sonata’s turning circle is 2.3 feet tighter than the Accord’s (35.8 feet vs. 38.1 feet). The Sonata’s turning circle is 3.6 feet tighter than the Accord Sport Manual/Sport 2.0T/EX-L 2.0T/Touring 2.0T’s (35.8 feet vs. 39.4 feet).

Passenger Space Comparison

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 Comparison

The Sonata’s standard folding rear seats are split to accommodate bulky cargo. The Accord’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, just waiting momentarily behind the back bumper can open the Sonata SEL/Sport/Limited’s trunk, 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.

Ergonomics Comparison

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 offers optional adaptive headlights to illuminate around corners automatically by reading vehicle speed and steering wheel angle. The Accord doesn’t offer cornering lights.

On extremely cold winter days, the Sonata Limited’s optional 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 Sonata and the Accord offer rear vents. For greater rear passenger comfort, the Sonata Limited 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.

Recommendations Comparison

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




Consumer Reports® Recommends



Car Book “Best Bet”



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