2019 Honda Accord vs The Competition
After ten very successful generations the Accord, it’s clear that Honda has the formula down. Just one year after a complete redesign that earned it the title of North American Car of the Year, the 2019 model is giving its competitors a run for their money in the midsized sedan segment. These rivals include the Toyota Camry, Hyundai Sonata, Mazda6, Nissan Altima, Kia Optima, Subaru Legacy, Chevrolet Malibu, and Volkswagen Passat. Here, we’ll take a look at the steady and reliable Accord and how it stacks up against its competition, with special focus on its main rival from Japan, the Camry.
For those who still prefer to shift on their own, the Accord offers a big plus in that it can still be ordered in a manual transmission (on the Sport trim). The Accord’s base engine, a 1.5-liter turbocharged four-cylinder, makes 192 horsepower, more than the base engines on the Altima, Sonata, Malibu, Optima, Passat, Legacy, and Mazda6 – that’s all of the above except for the Camry. Although the Camry’s base engine ekes out a little more horsepower, the Accord beats it in torque with 192 lb.-ft. versus 184 lb.-ft. The highly efficient combination of the Accord’s engine and continuously variable transmission give it outstanding fuel economy of 30 mpg city and 38 mpg highway. The base Camry compares at 29 city/41 highway, leaving these two rivals neck-and-neck at the head of this pack in their combined fuel economy.
Passenger Space and Comfort
The Accord has impressive passenger volume at 105.6 cubic feet, which is more than the Camry (100.4 cu. ft.), Legacy (104.6), Altima (101.9), Malibu (102.9), Mazda6 (99.7), and Passat (102.0). It also has boast-=worthy trunk space in this class, at 16.7 cu. ft.; compare this, for example, to the Sonata’s 16.3 cu. ft. and the Camry’s 14.1 cu. ft. Because of the strong competition in this segment, most midsized sedans have above-average interiors and nice amenities, either available or standard, but the Accord is known for its especially high-quality, comfortable cabin.
Technology and Safety
Like many of these rival midsized sedans, the Accord earns five-star safety ratings in multiple independent tests. (The Passat scored four stars in the NHTSA testing, while Malibu and Altima were not rated.) Although most of the aforementioned automakers have done a fine job equipping their base-level vehicles with advanced safety equipment, Honda definitely stands out. The Accord comes standard with second-row head restraints, but the Camry, Sonata, Altima, and others do not have that important passive safety feature. The Honda Sensing driver-assist suite includes adaptive cruise control with low-speed follow – a feature not offered on the Camry in its Toyota Safety Sense bundle, as well as lane keeping assist, auto high beams, and the unique Traffic Sign Recognition System, which can “read” common traffic signs (stop, yield, speed limit, etc.) ahead and translate an alert to the driver.
Dual-zone climate control comes standard on the Honda but not on the Toyota. For connectivity, the base-level infotainment system comes standard with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto on the Accord’s mid-level to high trims, but Android Auto is not offered at all on the Camry.
*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.