Using vehicle speed sensors and seat sensors, smart airbags in the Accord Hybrid deploy with different levels of force or don’t deploy at all to help better protect passengers of all sizes in different collisions. The Accord Hybrid’s side airbags will shut off if a child is leaning against the door. The Avalon Hybrid’s side airbags don’t have smart features and will always deploy full force.
Compared to metal, the Accord Hybrid’s plastic fuel tank can withstand harder, more intrusive impacts without leaking; this decreases the possibility of fire. The Toyota Avalon Hybrid has a metal gas tank.
Both the Accord Hybrid and the Avalon Hybrid have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, driver and front passenger knee airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, front wheel drive, height adjustable front shoulder belts, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, crash mitigating brakes, daytime running lights, lane departure warning systems, rearview cameras, driver alert monitors, available blind spot warning systems, rear parking sensors and rear cross-path warning.
The Accord Hybrid’s 2.0 DOHC 4 cyl. hybrid produces 12 more horsepower (212 vs. 200) than the Avalon Hybrid’s 2.5 DOHC 4 cyl. hybrid.
On the EPA test cycle the Accord Hybrid gets better fuel mileage than the Avalon Hybrid (47 city/47 hwy vs. 40 city/39 hwy).
The Accord Hybrid has a standard cap-less fueling system. The fuel filler is automatically opened when the fuel nozzle is inserted and automatically closed when it’s removed. This eliminates the need to unscrew and replace the cap and it reduces fuel evaporation, which causes pollution. The Avalon Hybrid doesn’t offer a cap-less fueling system.
For better stopping power the Accord Hybrid’s brake rotors are larger than those on the Avalon Hybrid:
For better traction, the Accord Hybrid has larger tires than the Avalon Hybrid (225/50R17 vs. 215/55R17).
The Accord Hybrid’s tires provide better handling because they have a lower 50 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the Avalon Hybrid’s standard 55 series tires.
The Accord Hybrid offers an available driver-adjustable suspension system. It allows the driver to choose between an extra-supple ride, reducing fatigue on long trips, or a sport setting, which allows maximum control for tricky roads. The Avalon Hybrid’s suspension doesn’t offer adjustable shock absorbers.
The Accord Hybrid’s drift compensation steering can automatically compensate for road conditions which would cause the vehicle to drift from side to side, helping the driver to keep the vehicle straight more easily. The Avalon Hybrid doesn’t offer drift compensation steering.
For better handling and stability, the track (width between the wheels) on the Accord Hybrid is .4 inches wider in the front and 1.2 inches wider in the rear than on the Avalon Hybrid.
For better maneuverability, the Accord Hybrid’s turning circle is 1.9 feet tighter than the Avalon Hybrid’s (38.1 feet vs. 40 feet).
The Honda Accord Hybrid may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 200 to 250 pounds less than the Toyota Avalon Hybrid.
The Accord Hybrid is 3.1 inches shorter than the Avalon Hybrid, making the Accord Hybrid easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.
The front grille of the Accord Hybrid uses electronically controlled shutters to close off airflow and reduce drag when less engine cooling is needed. This helps improve highway fuel economy. The Avalon Hybrid doesn’t offer active grille shutters.
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 Avalon Hybrid doesn’t offer active noise cancellation.
Because it has more passenger and cargo room, the Accord Hybrid is rated a Large car by the EPA, while the Avalon Hybrid is rated a Mid-size.
The Accord Hybrid has 3.3 cubic feet more passenger volume than the Avalon Hybrid (105.6 vs. 102.3).
The Accord Hybrid has 1.9 inches more front headroom, .2 inches more front legroom, .2 inches more front hip room, .1 inches more front shoulder room, 1.2 inches more rear legroom and .4 inches more rear hip room than the Avalon Hybrid.
The Accord Hybrid has a much larger trunk than the Avalon Hybrid (16.7 vs. 14 cubic feet).
The Accord Hybrid’s standard rear seats fold to accommodate long and bulky cargo. The Avalon Hybrid doesn’t offer folding rear seats, only a ski pass-through.
The Accord Hybrid Touring has a standard heads-up display that projects speed and other key instrumentation readouts in front of the driver’s line of sight, allowing drivers to view information without diverting their eyes from the road. The Avalon Hybrid doesn’t offer a heads-up display.
If the windows are left open on the Accord Hybrid the driver can close them all at the outside door handle. On a hot day the driver can lower the windows at the outside door handle or from a distance using the keyless remote. The driver of the Avalon Hybrid can only operate the windows from inside the vehicle, with the ignition on.
The Accord Hybrid’s standard speed-sensitive wipers speed up when the vehicle does, so that the driver doesn’t have to continually adjust the speed of the wipers. The Avalon Hybrid XLE’s standard manually variable intermittent wipers have to be constantly adjusted.
The Accord was chosen as one of Car and Driver’s “Top Ten” for 2018 and 22 of the last 24 years. The Avalon Hybrid has never been a Car and Driver “Top Ten” pick.