2021 Avalon vs. Accord Comparison

Before investing in a new car, knowing the features that are important to you and doing your own research is important. Looking at the Avalon and Accord side by side makes it easy to see which sedan has exactly what you're looking for.

For those wanting performance style options, the Avalon has made changes for the 2021 model year to accommodate these needs. For starters, there's available AWD and a fierce blacked out Nightshade Edition for the already sporty XSE model to elevate your commute. The 2021 Accord has some changes as well, like a new color option called Sonic Gray Pearl, a slight grille redesign, and the addition of standard Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto™ Integration.

As you'll see, both the Accord and the Avalon come stacked with active safety features, but only the Avalon has Blind Spot Monitor (BSM) with Rear Cross-Traffic Alert (RCTA) standard on the base model.

Another thing the Avalon has is available AWD. The Accord has not included an AWD drivetrain for the 2021 model.

If you're looking for an affordable and functional sedan you've come to the right place. Let's see how the Avalon and the Accord do in categories like safety, performance, and interior.

Published Date: 08/11/2021

Two Avalon models parked on top of a parking garage at sunset

Safety

  • All Toyota Avalons come with active safety features bundled together in the Toyota Safety Sense P (TSS-P) suite.
  • Honda also has an active safety suite called Honda Sensing®.
  • The Avalon also comes with Blind Spot Monitor (BSM) with Rear Cross-Traffic Alert (RCTA). The Accord has a comparable feature, but it's not available on the base model LX.

Premium vehicles come with the best of the best. It's no surprise that the Avalon and Accord have some of the most advanced active safety technology.

Standard Active Safety Features

All Avalon models come standard with Toyota Safety Sense P (TSS-P). This suite of active safety features includes: Pre-Collision System with Pedestrian Detection (PCS w/PD), Lane Departure Alert with Steering Assist (LDA w/SA), Automatic High Beams (AHB), and Full-Speed Range Dynamic Radar Cruise Control (DRCC).

Honda also has a safety suite called Honda Sensing®. It includes a Collision Mitigation Braking System™ (CMBS™), Road Departure Mitigation System (RDM), Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) with Low-Speed Follow, Lane Keeping Assist System (LKAS), Forward Collision Warning (FCW), Lane Departure Warning (LDW), and Traffic Sign Recognition System (TSR). The Accord also has standard Auto High-Beam Headlights.

In addition to TSS-P, all models of the Avalon come equipped with Blind Spot Monitor (BSM) with Rear Cross-Traffic Alert (RCTA). The Accord's comparable Blind Spot Information System is not available on the base model LX, Hybrid, Sport, or Sport Special Edition. If you want to get this feature standard, you'd need to get the EX-L or higher.

Avalon driving through a storm at night

Performance

  • The base model Avalon has available AWD while the Honda does not.
  • The Avalon XLE and Limited AWD also have ECO, Normal, and Sport mode to enhance your drive. To get the same options on the Accord you'd need to get the hybrid model.
  • The Avalon has more standard horsepower than the Accord.

With the Avalon, you get the best safety and performance features to take your ride to the next level.

Upgrade Your Driving Experience

To get you where you need to go, the base model Avalon XLE has available all-wheel drive. The Honda Accord does not have AWD.

In addition to AWD, drivers that choose the Avalon XLE or Limited AWD also get ECO, Normal, and Sport drive modes. Avalon hybrid models include ECO, Normal, Sport, and EV drive modes. To get the 3-Mode Drive System (ECON/Sport/EV) with the Honda Accord, you'd need to get an Accord hybrid model.

If you're looking for a boost in your drive, the Avalon XLE has a standard V6 engine and 301 horsepower @ 6600 rpm. Even the Avalon XLE AWD, which has a standard 4-cylinder engine, still packs a punch with 205 horsepower. All Accord gas models have a standard 4-cylinder engine that can only muster 192 horsepower @ 5500 rpm. You can get the optional 2.0L Turbo 4-Cylinder engine on the Sport and Touring models which revs up your horsepower to 252. However, it also bumps up your price tag.

Interior of 2021 Avalon

Interior

  • The base model Avalon has more speakers than the base model Accord.
  • The Avalon has a larger touchscreen than the Accord.
  • To get a trial of SiriusXM® on the Honda Accord you'll have to spend more on an upgraded model while all trims of the Avalon have this trial feature.

Interior features bring these cars to the next level. Thankfully, the Avalon and the Accord have spared no expense to give drivers what they want and need.

Multimedia

Every car needs speakers to play music, but if you want a quality listening experience, the Avalon Touring, Limited, and Limited Hybrid come with the Premium Audio package with 14 JBL® speakers. The base model Avalon XLE also has 8 speakers standard. Comparatively, the base model Accord LX only has 4 speakers standard. To get 8 speakers you'll need to get the Sport, Sport Special Edition, or Hybrid EX. The most speakers that you can get in the Accord is with the EX-L and Touring which still only have 10 with the Premium Audio System.

Avalon drivers also get more when it comes to the multimedia display. All models of the Avalon have a standard 9-inch touchscreen. The Accord has a smaller standard 8-inch touchscreen display.

The bigger display in the Avalon comes in handy when you're looking for your favorite multimedia app. Choose between standard Android Auto™ , Apple CarPlay®, and Amazon Alexa compatibility in the Avalon. You also get a SiriusXM® 3-month Platinum Plan trial. While the Accord now has standard Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto™ Integration, to get SiriusXM® Radio you'd have to get the Sport with the available 2.0L engine which will cost you $4,530 more. It's also standard on the Hybrid EX, EX-L, and Touring.

Isolated 2021 Avalon in white

Conclusion: Avalon vs. Accord

  • The Avalon has Blind Spot Monitor (BSM) with Rear Cross-Traffic Alert (RCTA) standard on the base model while the Accord's BSM is not standard.
  • The Avalon has AWD available, the Accord does not.
  • Get tons of multimedia options with the 2021 Avalon.

As we've seen, both of these sedans have a lot to offer. But only the Avalon comes with an avalanche of standard features, including Blind Spot Monitor (BSM) with Rear Cross-Traffic Alert (RCTA).

The Avalon also has the advantage in performance with available AWD and big horsepower ratings. The Accord has no AWD option, and even with a 2.0L engine can't touch the Avalon's standard V6.

Lastly, the Avalon has a multitude of connectivity options that the Accord only offers with their more expensive models. You can enjoy standard Amazon Alexa compatibility and a SiriusXM® 3-month Platinum Plan trial with the Avalon, while the Accord doesn't have Amazon Alexa integration available. Plus, you'll need to purchase the Sport 2.0L, Hybrid EX, EX-L, or Touring to get SiriusXM®.

If you want a premium sedan that provides superior safety, speed, and sound, there's only one option: the 2021 Toyota Avalon.