To North American ears, Honda and Hyundai may be similar-sounding names, but the automakers do have different priorities and various styles that affect the kinds of cars they produce. The 2021 Honda Accord and the Hyundai Sonata may fit into the same class in terms of overall size, but a quick glance makes some of the differences obvious.
Mid-size sedans have become a more specialized thing as mid-size and compact crossovers have taken much of the attention away from them, but neither the Accord nor the Sonata snow any signs of stopping any time soon. In fact, both models see some revisions for the 2021 model year after recent redesigns. The table below compares the 2021 Honda Accord Touring 2.0T against the 2021 Hyundai Sonata N Line.
2021 Honda Accord
2021 Hyundai Sonata
|10-Speed Shiftable Automatic||Transmission||8-Speed Automated Manual|
|16.7 Cubic Feet||Cargo Space||16.0 Cubic Feet|
|Standard||Heated/Cooled Front Seats||Available|
|Available||Wi-Fi Hotspot Capability||Not Available|
The 2021 Honda Accord Touring 2.0T and the 2021 Hyundai Sonata N Line both make use of the premium engine for the respective model, and in that respect, the Sonata has the more powerful engine. The engine choice has ripple effects throughout the model, lowering its fuel economy, increasing its weight, and more. The balanced turbo option in the Honda Accord Touring 2.0L still offers impressive power and it is paired with a more traditional transmission.
Externally, the Honda Accord is more likely to attract buyers who prioritize sensibility and subtlety over the more bombastic Hyundai Sonata. Additionally, the N Line is a first for the model for Hyundai, and therefore experimental. The Accord has had time to iron out its Touring 2.0T trim and polish it up. The Sonata looks sporty and tempting, but its style may also become dated before too long. The Accord is built according to a lot of logical, no-nonsense traditional concepts to give it as lasting an appeal as possible.