Son's Automotive Group Compares 2017 Honda Accord Hybrid VS 2017 BMW 3 Near Braselton, GA

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2017 Honda Accord Hybrid

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2017 Honda Accord Hybrid

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2017 BMW 3

Safety Comparison

For enhanced safety, the front seat shoulder belts of the Honda Accord Hybrid are height-adjustable to accommodate a wide variety of driver and passenger heights. A better fit can prevent injuries and the increased comfort also encourages passengers to buckle up. The BMW 3 Series Sedan doesn’t offer height-adjustable seat belts.

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety tests front crash prevention systems. With a score of 6 points, IIHS rates the Collision Mitigation Braking System optional in the Accord Hybrid as “Superior.” The 3 Series Sedan scores at most only 3 points and is rated only “Advanced.”

Both the Accord Hybrid and the 3 Series Sedan have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, plastic fuel tanks, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, daytime running lights and available front parking sensors.

A significantly tougher test than their original offset frontal crash test, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety does 40 MPH small overlap frontal offset crash tests. In this test, where only 25% of the total width of the vehicle is struck, results indicate that the Honda Accord Hybrid is safer than the 3 Series Sedan:


Accord Hybrid

3 Series Sedan

Overall Evaluation






Head Neck Evaluation



Head injury index



Peak Head Forces

0 G’s

0 G’s

Chest Evaluation



Hip & Thigh Evaluation



Femur Force R/L

1.47/.4 kN

2.6/3.2 kN

Hip & Thigh Injury Risk R/L



Lower Leg Evaluation



Tibia index R/L



Tibia forces R/L

2.1/3.1 kN

6.1/6 kN

For its top level performance in all IIHS frontal, side, rear impact and roof-crush tests, with its optional front crash prevention system, and its available headlight’s “Acceptable” rating, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety grants the Accord Hybrid its highest rating: “Top Pick Plus” for 2017, a rating granted to only 45 vehicles tested by the IIHS. The 3 Series Sedan was not even a standard “Top Pick” for 2017.

Warranty Comparison

Honda’s powertrain warranty covers the Accord Hybrid 1 year and 10,000 miles longer than BMW covers the 3 Series Sedan. Any repair needed on the engine, transmission, axles, joints or driveshafts is fully covered for 5 years or 60,000 miles. Coverage on the 3 Series Sedan ends after only 4 years or 50,000 miles.

There are over 3 times as many Honda dealers as there are BMW dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the Accord Hybrid’s warranty.

Reliability Comparison

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2016 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Honda vehicles are more reliable than BMW vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Honda 7th in reliability, above the industry average. With 16 more problems per 100 vehicles, BMW is ranked 14th.

Engine Comparison

The Accord Hybrid’s 2.0 DOHC 4 cyl. hybrid produces 32 more horsepower (212 vs. 180) than the 320i’s standard 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

On the EPA test cycle the Accord Hybrid gets better fuel mileage than the 328d RWD (49 city/47 hwy vs. 32 city/42 hwy).

To lower fuel costs and make buying fuel easier, the Honda Accord Hybrid uses regular unleaded gasoline. The 3 Series Sedan requires premium, which can cost 20 to 55 cents more per gallon.

Suspension and Handling Comparison

For better handling and stability, the track (width between the wheels) on the Accord Hybrid is 2.1 inches wider in the front and .8 inches wider in the rear than on the 3 Series Sedan.

Chassis Comparison

The Accord Hybrid uses computer-generated active noise cancellation to help remove annoying noise and vibration from the passenger compartment, especially at low frequencies. The 3 Series Sedan doesn’t offer active noise cancellation.

As tested by Car and Driver, the interior of the Accord Hybrid Touring is quieter than the 340i xDrive:


Accord Hybrid

3 Series Sedan

At idle

26 dB

41 dB


74 dB

75 dB

70 MPH Cruising

69 dB

70 dB

Passenger Space Comparison

Because it has more passenger and cargo room, the Accord Hybrid is rated a Mid-size car by the EPA, while the 3 Series Sedan is rated a Compact.

The Accord Hybrid has 7 cubic feet more passenger volume than the 3 Series Sedan (103.2 vs. 96.2).

The Accord Hybrid has .5 inches more front legroom, 3.5 inches more front shoulder room, 3.4 inches more rear legroom and 1.4 inches more rear shoulder room than the 3 Series Sedan.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

The Accord Hybrid has a larger trunk than the 3 Series Sedan (13.5 vs. 13 cubic feet).

Ergonomics Comparison

The Accord Hybrid has a standard remote vehicle starting system, so the vehicle can be started from inside the driver's house. This allows the driver to comfortably warm up the engine before going out to the vehicle. The climate system will also automatically heat or cool the interior. The 3 Series Sedan doesn’t offer a remote starting system.

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) conducts detailed tests on headlights for their range both straight ahead and in curves and to be certain they don’t exceed acceptable amounts of glare to oncoming drivers. The Accord Hybrid’s available headlights were rated “Acceptable” by the IIHS, while the 3 Series Sedan’s headlights are rated “Marginal” to “Poor.”

To shield the driver and front passenger’s vision over a larger portion of the windshield and side windows, the Accord Hybrid has standard extendable sun visors. The 3 Series Sedan doesn’t offer extendable visors.

Recommendations Comparison

The Accord was chosen as one of Car and Driver’s “Top Ten” for 22 of the last 24 years. The 3 Series hasn’t been picked since 2014.

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