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Hyundai Sonata vs. Honda Accord

Compare repair costs, reliability, and owner reviews

Hyundai Sonata

$438
Average Annual
Repair Cost

Honda Accord

$375
Average Annual
Repair Cost

Overall Reliability Rating

4
1
2
Group 4
Group 4
Excellent
The Hyundai Sonata Reliability Rating is 4.5 out of 5.0, which ranks it 8th out of 24 for midsize cars. The average annual repair cost is $438 which means it has excellent ownership costs. Repairs are less severe than average, and the frequency of these issues is average, so major repairs are not common for the Sonata.
4
1
2
Group 4
Group 4
Excellent
The Honda Accord Reliability Rating is 4.5 out of 5.0, which ranks it 3rd out of 24 for midsize cars. The average annual repair cost is $375 which means it has excellent ownership costs. The severity of repairs is low, and these issues are less frequent than average, so the Accord is one of the more reliable vehicles on the road.
Cost
Average annual repairs total
$438
inexpensive
expensive
$375
inexpensive
expensive
Frequency
Average annual repair shop visits
0.36
not often
very often
0.35
not often
very often
Severity
Percentage of annual repairs that are urgent
9%
not urgent
urgent
8%
not urgent
urgent

Overall Car Ratings & Details

5
(15)
4
(29)
3
(17)
2
(5)
1
(0)
The Hyundai Sonata ranks highest in engine and ranks lowest in body.
“I dont know how people can label this as a safety car. Look at these posts from people talking about rust, corrosion 1 -> https://www.cargurus.com/Cars/Discussion-c2201_ds401649?fieldErrors[%27body...”
“I dont know how people can label this as a safety car. Look at these posts from people talking ab...”
5
(29)
4
(96)
3
(62)
2
(29)
1
(8)
The Honda Accord ranks highest in exhaust and ranks lowest in brakes.
“I am the first to admit I am a terrible car owner. I don't spend a lot of time thinking about maintenance and repairs. Thankfully, I have a vehicle that runs reasonably well despite me turning a bl...”
“I am the first to admit I am a terrible car owner. I don't spend a lot of time thinking about mai...”

Vehicle Comparison Rundown

The Hyundai Sonata and the Honda Accord are two popular midsize sedans with comfortable interiors and lots of great features. Both get good fuel economy and are extremely reliable. But while the Accord has a great reputation, great handling and has sold millions of units, the Sonata simply gives you more for your money. The Sonata’s current base manufacturer’s suggested retail price is $1,520 less than that of the Accord — and that’s before incentives.

The Sonata’s base trim level has a long list of standard equipment, including blind-spot detection with rear cross-traffic alert and lane-change assist. It also has easier-to-use infotainment technology, including a phone app that lets you start the car remotely and set the temperature before you get in. Plus, the Sonata’s trunk is larger than the Accord’s.

The base Accord does offer its Honda Sensing suite of driver assistance technologies as standard, but similar systems are available in higher trim levels of the Sonata. The Accord has only slightly more horsepower than the Sonata and offers an edge in fuel economy, at 33 MPG combined vs. 29 for the Sonata.

While the Honda Accord is one of the best midsize sedans you can buy, the Hyundai Sonata has caught up with it. The Sonata is a great car that will leave you with money to spend on other things.

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