2017 Honda Accord vs. 2017 Hyundai Sonata – Car Dealer Info

2017 Honda Accord vs. 2017 Hyundai Sonata

The Honda Accord has long been a favorite in the midsize family sedan market. While automakers like Hyundai began selling less-expensive vehicles in this segment, they didn’t offer the same level of quality and refinement found in the Honda Accord.

But Hyundai has made marked improvements in the quality of its vehicles in the last decade, with the Hyundai Sonata gaining in popularity. In this review, we’ll examine the 2017 Honda Accord vs. the 2017 Hyundai Sonata to see which model deserves to be called the best midsize sedan.

Powertrain and Performance
Both the Accord and Sonata have three engine choices. The standard engine for the base Accord is a 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine that makes 185 horsepower and 181 lb.-ft. of torque, mated to a six-speed manual transmission or a continuously variable transmission (CVT).

The standard engine for the base Sonata is a 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine that’s good for 185 hp and 178 lb.-ft. of torque. This engine matches the Accord’s base engine in horsepower but has less torque.

The Accord offers a V6 engine, something that’s not available on the Sonata. The Accord EX-L V6 and Touring trims are powered by a 3.5-liter six-cylinder engine that develops 278 horsepower and 252 pound-feet of torque, paired with a six-speed automatic transmission that sends power to the front wheels.

Winner: 2017 Honda Accord

Handling
The Accord provides sharp, sporty and responsive steering, which allows the vehicle to easily maneuver through city streets. Edmunds wrote: “Steering is light in effort but feels precise and fluid in its movement. … it feels natural to the point that you won’t be thinking about the steering, which is a good thing.”

The Sonata’s steering can be described as sharp, but it’s just not at the same level as the Accord. We’ll just say the Sonata’s steering can’t be described as being sporty.

Winner: 2017 Honda Accord

SafetyHonda sets the bar when it comes to safety. The Honda Accord has long outperformed the competition in crash testing, so it’s no surprise that it outperforms the Hyundai Sonata in this area. The 2017 Honda Accord was

awarded with a Top Safety Pick+ designation by the IIHS, with the highest rating of Good in all crash tests, the highest rating of Superior for front crash protection, and an A-rating for headlights and child seat anchor ease of use.

The 2017 Hyundai Sonata received similar ratings in IIHS testing, except the Sonata failed to receive an A rating for child seat anchors, something that’s extremely important to anyone driving with babies and small children in the car.

The Accord also provides more advanced safety technologies than the Sonata. Some features you won’t find on the Sonata include:

  • Honda LaneWatch
  • Road Departure Mitigation
  • Lane Keeping Assist

At the end of the day, the 2017 Honda Accord simply outperforms the 2017 Hyundai Sonata. While the Sonata is a good car, it just doesn’t rise to the same level of quality as the Honda Accord.