2023 Honda Accord vs. Toyota Camry vs Hyundai Sonata vs Subaru Legacy
A longtime favorite around the world, the Honda Accord fairly defines the midsize sedan. Thanks to a reputation for being incredibly reliable and fuel-efficient, the Accord continues to rake in awards and loyal fans. But the Accord is hardly the only midsize sedan on the market, so how does the competition measure up? Germain Honda of College Hills has put together a comparison guide to answer this question. We think you’ll find it useful.
Honda Accord VS Toyota Camry
|2023 Honda Accord Sport Hybrid||VS||2023 Toyota Camry LE Hybrid|
|$31,345 ✓||MSRP (excluding destination charges)||$28,655|
|Wireless ✓||Android Auto / Apple CarPlay||Wired|
|12.3 inches ✓||Infotainment Touchscreen Size||7 inches|
|10.2 inches ✓||Driver Information Screen Size||4.2 inches|
|16.7 cubic feet ✓||Trunk Volume||15.1 cubic feet|
|40.8 inches ✓||Rear Legroom||38 inches|
|3 years ✓||Roadside Assistance Coverage||2 years|
First up against the Accord is its longtime rival, the Toyota Camry. Since both of these cars now have extensive hybrid trim options, we’re going to compare the base hybrid trims of both. To start off, the Camry seems to have a small price advantage, but a closer look shows that a lower price isn’t necessarily a better deal. Power and fuel economy numbers are very close, so we’re focusing on equipment and value for money. Probably one of the first things you’ll notice looking at the Camry LE Hybrid is the small wheels, which are steel with plastic covers. Compared to the 19-inch wheels on the Accord Sport Hybrid, the Camry’s have a definite cheap look to them.
Turning our gaze to the interior of these cars, you’re likely to notice the Accord’s large 12.3-inch infotainment touchscreen. On top of this, there is a 10.2-inch driver information display that takes the place of the analog gauge cluster. These screens are 7 inches and 4.2 inches, respectively, in the Camry. That means The Accord infotainment system is easier to see and operate, and the gauge cluster has customization options that simply can’t be implemented in the Camry. The Accord also has more speakers, and wireless Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. With a lot of cars that are offered in both conventional and hybrid forms, the hybrid drivetrains come with the sacrifice of a certain amount of interior or trunk space. This isn’t a problem for the Accord, and a look at the trunk volume and rear legroom shows that the Camry still suffers from this problem. Lastly, the Camry comes with 2 years of emergency roadside assistance included, and while this is still more than a lot of vehicles, it’s certainly not more than the 3 years that come with the Accord.
Honda Accord VS Hyundai Sonata
|2023 Honda Accord LX||VS||2023 Hyundai Sonata SE|
|$27,295||MSRP (not including destination charges)||$25,250|
|192 HP / 192 LB-FT TQ ✓||Horsepower / Torque||191 HP / 181 LB-FT TQ|
|Standard ✓||LED Taillights||Optional|
|40.8 inches ✓||Rear Legroom||34.8 inches|
|Automatic ✓||Climate Control||Manual|
|Multi-angle ✓||Rearview Camera||Single-angle|
|10.2 inches ✓||Driver Information Display Size||3.5 inches|
|Standard ✓||LED Interior Lights||Requires Higher Trim|
Up next we have the Hyundai Sonata, a relatively new model compared to the Accord and Camry, but one that has still become popular thanks to a low starting price. But a closer look shows just why that price is so low, starting with the engine. Unlike the Accord and its technologically advanced turbocharged engine, Hyundai just went with the simple approach of just making a bigger engine. But this means a lower torque output, especially at higher engine revs, and you’ll feel that behind the wheel. The Sonata also trades on its stylish exterior, but in order to get that attractive low price, you have to make quite a few compromises in the styling department. You get smaller wheels, no LED taillights, and no moonroof.
The Accord and the Sonata are almost identical in exterior size. But Honda has mastered interior space in a way that other manufacturers haven’t, and the result is an additional 6 inches of back seat legroom, which is quite a lot. In many cases, extra legroom comes at the expense of trunk space, but the Accord’s trunk is actually slightly bigger as well. You don’t get automatic climate control standard on the Sonata either, and the tech on the Hyundai is generally unimpressive when compared to the Accord. This also means you don’t get a multi-angle rearview camera, and instead of a digital gauge cluster, there is just a small information display with analog gauges. Lastly, even LED interior lights are out of reach on the base Sonata. Not exactly great value for money.
Honda Accord VS Subaru Legacy
|2023 Honda Accord Sport Hybrid||VS||2024 Subaru Legacy Limited|
|$31,345||MSRP (not including destination charges)||$31,945|
|46 / 41 / 44 ✓||Fuel Economy (city / highway / combined)||27 / 35 / 30|
|12.3 inches ✓||Infotainment Touchscreen Size||11.6 inches|
|Standard ✓||Active Noise Cancelation||Not Available|
|16.7 cubic feet ✓||Trunk Space||15.1 cubic feet|
|Digital, customizable ✓||Gauges||Analog|
Last up is the Subaru Legacy, and we’re comparing the two most similarly-priced trims. For a slightly lower price, the Accord comes with a hybrid drivetrain that is both more powerful and more efficient than the one in the Subaru. Looking at the rest of the car, we can see that there are a number of areas where the Accord is offering that extra bit more, yet still for a lower price. The Accord has bigger wheels, a bigger infotainment touchscreen, and more trunk space.
There are several additional features that either cost extra on the Legacy or simply aren’t available at all. The moonroof that comes standard on the Accord costs extra on the Legacy, for example. You’ll notice a quieter interior on the Accord too, thanks to the active noise cancelation that isn’t offered on the Legacy. In place of the old-fashioned analog gages, the Acord has a fully customizable digital driver information display, while Legacy owners will have to be content with the layout that Subaru chose for them.
Winner – Honda Accord
There is a reason why the Honda Accord continues to be so popular year after, generation after generation. Honda has managed to find the perfect blend of all the things that make a midsize sedan great and then wrapped it all in a seriously good-looking package. The best way to experience the harmony of these elements all working together is in person. Fortunately, Germain Honda of College Hills can help with that, stop by and see what makes the Accord so great for yourself.