Riverside Hyundai Dealers Compare the 2017 Hyundai Sonata vs. 2017 Honda Accord Sedan

The 2017 Hyundai Sonata and the 2017 Honda Accord Sedan are two examples of popular midsize sedans available in today’s market. Both are excellent cars, but when you examine them in a head-to-head comparison, you’ll see why the Riverside area Hyundai Dealer calls the 2017 Hyundai Sonata the clear winner.

Both cars are offered in seven trim levels. For the purpose of our comparison, we’ll examine the base trim of each vehicle. For the Hyundai Sonata, the base trim is simply called Base, while the Accord’s base trim is the LX.

The 2017 Hyundai Sonata is less expensive than the 2017 Honda Accord. The base MSRP for the 2017 Hyundai Sonata is $21,950, while the Accord has a base MSRP of $22,455.

The 2017 Hyundai Sonata is now in its second year since its last redesign. By contrast, Honda hasn’t redesigned the Accord since the 2013 model year, and it’s starting to look a bit long in the tooth.

The standard transmission for the Hyundai Sonata is a six-speed automatic. The Honda Accord comes standard with a manual transmission. Accord owners who want an automatic transmission must order it as an option.

Fuel Economy
Both models are powered by a 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine. However, the Hyundai Sonata provides EPA-estimated fuel economy of 29 mpg combined, while the Honda Accord is rated at 26 mpg combined.

Interior Space
If you’re looking for a roomy cabin with lots of passenger space, the 2017 Hyundai Sonata fits the bill with 122.4 cubic feet. The Accord only has 119 cubic feet.

Hands-free Smart Trunk
The 2017 Hyundai Sonata features an available Hands-free Smart Trunk, which makes it easy to load and unload items. The trunk opens automatically when it senses the Proximity Key within three feet of the rear of the vehicle for more than three seconds. The 2017 Honda Accord doesn’t offer this feature.

Blind Spot Detection
Knowing if another car is in your car’s blind spot can prevent a collision. The 2017 Hyundai Sonata Base trim has optional blind spot detection with rear cross-traffic alert and lane change assist. This system provides an audible and visual alert when it senses a vehicle in the driver’s blind spot. If you want a blind spot system on the Honda Accord, you’ll have to step up to the EX model, which costs thousands of dollars more than the base LX.

Panoramic Sunroof
Hyundai Sonata owners can enjoy unobstructed views of the sky and stars through the available panoramic sunroof. If you’d like to experience this feature on the Honda Accord, you’re out of luck, because it’s not available.

Powertrain Limited Warranty
It’s no secret that Hyundai offers the best warranty in the business. Every Sonata comes with a 10 year/100,000-mile warranty plus 24/7 Roadside Assistance for five years. The Honda Accord’s warranty only covers you for 5 years/50,000 miles.

The Final Word
If you're looking for a well-rounded sedan with attractive styling, excellent fuel economy, advanced safety features, and an outstanding warranty, there’s only one choice: the 2017 Hyundai Sonata.