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Compare the 2018 Honda Accord vs. 2018 Hyundai Sonata

2018 Honda Accord vs 2018 Hyundai Sonata

2018 Honda Accord

vs.

2018 Hyundai Sonata

1.5-liter turbo-four

Engine

2.0-liter 4-cylinder
192 hp

Horsepower

185 hp
10-speed Automatic

Transmission

6-speed Automatic

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The Honda Accord has been around for 40 years, and each of those years has been given a thumbs-up by its owners. It's been refreshed once again, and the rave reviews are already coming in. Meanwhile, the folks at Hyundai have come up with some innovative and forward-thinking changes for the mid-size Sonata. Although some of the changes are a definite improvement, this model still seems to come up a bit short when compared side-by-side to the Accord.

Powertrain and Performance

Both the 2018 Honda Accord and Hyundai Sonata can be purchased with a choice of three engines, but the Accord offers a better customization when it comes to pairing a powertrain with a trim level. The old four-cylinder that faithfully powered the vehicle is now gone, replaced by the buyer's choice of a 1.5L or 2.0L turbocharged engine. Fuel efficiency is increased, and acceleration is even better than what was experienced with the now gone quad engine of recent years. There's also the new hybrid version that pairs a very efficient gas engine with an advanced electric motor. The 2018 Hyundai Sonata can be purchased with a 2.4L four-cylinder engine that is less responsive than the Accord's 2.0L, and the turbocharged 2.0L engine is less fuel efficient than the similar-size engine on the Accord. The peppy and gas-saving 1.6L engine is available only on the Eco trim Sonata.

Driver Experience

The 2018 Honda Accord with its turbocharged engines promises excellent response to the gas pedal, and at highway cruising speeds, the Accord is very quiet. There's practically no road vibration whatsoever. The 2018 Sonata has been redesigned a bit on the outside in order to cut down on road noise and friction, but handling is still a bit below par. The vehicle leans a bit around turns, and the steering is a bit slower to respond than what is experienced on the Accord.

High-Tech and Safety

The 2018 Honda Accord now comes with a standard Honda Sensing package. Included on all trims is collision mitigation, road departure warning, blind-spot monitoring, lane-keeping assist, and traffic signal recognition. In addition, the new screen display offers better compatibility with smart devices. The 2018 Sonata has a nice screen display and comes with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, but blind-spot monitoring is the only driver awareness feature that is standard on all trims.


The all-new 2018 Honda Accord represents a new thrust forward in the evolution of this popular sedan. Contact our dealership today to find out more information on the 2018 Accord to see how it compares to the Hyundai Sonata.