2019 Honda Accord vs The Competition
The award-winning Honda Accord is consistently a top choice for the midsized-sedan buyer. While the midsized-sedan class is filled with solid choices, the Accord stands out for its all-around great value. The Accord’s competition includes the Toyota Camry, Mazda6, Kia Optima, Nissan Altima, and Hyundai Sonata. Here is how the Accord compares to its competition.
Pricing and Warranty Coverage
These midsized-sedans have a base MSRP from $21,950 (Mazda6) to $23,945 (Camry). Even though the Accord’s base MSRP ($23,720) is less than the Camry’s, it still comes standard with features not found in the base version of the Camry, such as dual-zone climate control, keyless start, and a turbocharged engine. Overall, the Accord is similarly priced to other competitors and is still equipped with many great standard features. For all vehicles in this class, the higher-end trims can get into the mid-$30k range, but they contain luxurious features. The Touring trim of the Accord, for example, comes standard with heated rear seats, heated and cooled front seats, and wireless phone charging.
Similar to Toyota and Mazda, Honda offers a 3-year/36,000-mile limited warranty, plus a 5-year/60,000-mile powertrain limited warranty; only Hyundai and Kia offer a 10-Year/100,000-mile powertrain warranty. Honda also offers 24-hour emergency road service, Honda Care Maintenance, and a 5-year unlimited-miles corrosion limited warranty.
Performance and Fuel Economy
While all base models in this class are equipped with a 2.4-liter (Sonata and Optima) or 2.5-liter (Camry and Mazda6) naturally aspirated 4-cylinder engine, the Accord comes standard with a 1.5-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder engine. The Accord also stands out for its continuously variable transmission, whereas the competition comes standard with a conventional automatic transmission. The Accord’s base engine also boasts the second-highest horsepower (192 hp) in the class, but the Camry (203 hp) is only slightly ahead, and the Accord offers more torque (192 lb.-ft. versus 184 lb.-ft.).
Regarding fuel economy, the base Accord leads all midsized sedans with an EPA-estimated 30 mpg city and 38 mpg highway. In comparison, the bottom of the class (Kia Optima) delivers an EPA-estimated 24 mpg city and 33 mpg highway. The Accord also comes standard with a 14.8-gallon fuel tank, which is larger than the Camry’s 14.5-gallon tank, but slightly smaller than the rest of the class.
Passenger Comfort and Amenities
If you are looking for a luxurious, concert-hall-inspired cabin with exceptional comfortability and advanced infotainment technology, then the Accord is the vehicle for you. The Accord’s lower trims feature comfortable cloth seating and 16.7 cubic feet of cargo space, with available leather-trimmed seating starting at the EX-L trim. You can expect standard Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, Bluetooth, and other advanced features on all vehicles in this class, but only the Accord and Sonata make wireless charging available.
Regardless of which midsized sedan you choose, you will experience high-level safety. Although the ’19 Altima has not yet been tested by the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA), all of the other vehicles mentioned received a 5-star overall safety rating from that agency; all of these sedans have also been designated as Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) Top Safety Picks. Honda stands out from other vehicles in this class by including an exceptional package of driver-assistive technologies on all trims. Standard Accord features, such as the collision mitigation braking system and lane keep assist, are only available on higher trim levels for the Camry, Sonata, Mazda6, and Optima. All of these sedans feature protective side beams, crumple zones, airbags, a rearview camera, and more features.
*Based on 2019 EPA mileage ratings. Use for comparison purposes only. Your mileage will vary depending on driving conditions, how you drive and maintain your vehicle, battery-pack age/condition and other factors.
*NHTSA 5-Star Safety Ratings
Model tested with standard side airbags (SAB). Government 5-Star Safety Ratings are part of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s (NHTSA’s) New Car Assessment Program (www.safercar.gov).