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Hyundai Sonata vs. Honda Accord

Compare repair costs, reliability, and owner reviews

Hyundai Sonata

2015 Hyundai Sonata
$438
Annual Repair Cost
on average

Honda Accord

2015 Honda Accord
$375
Annual Repair Cost
on average

Overall Reliability Rating

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.

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.

Reliability Rating Breakdown

Cost
Average annual repairs total
$438
inexpensive
very expensive
$375
inexpensive
very expensive
Frequency
Average annual repair shop visits
0.4
not often
way too often
0.3
not often
way too often
Severity
Percentage of annual repairs that are urgent
9%
minor issues
major issues
8%
minor issues
major issues

Overall Car Ratings & Details

(68 Reviews)
(226 Reviews)
Rating Details
5 star
(15)
4 star
(29)
3 star
(17)
2 star
(4)
1 star
(0)

The Hyundai Sonata ranks highest in engine and ranks lowest in body.

Read more detailed reviews here.

“I am the original owner of a silver sonata (V6) with 138,000 miles on it. I have done all the recommended repairs like belt changes, tune-up, oil and fluid changes and of course brakes and tires. T...”

Rating Details
5 star
(29)
4 star
(95)
3 star
(62)
2 star
(29)
1 star
(8)

The Honda Accord ranks highest in exhaust and ranks lowest in brakes.

Read more detailed reviews here.

“Car is as reliable as it gets, but not perfect. The power steering pump, resurfacing the front rotors, and front wheel bearing, 1 o2 sensor, and air intake hose in 14 years of ownership. excellent ...”

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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