Honda and Toyota are top tier car brands that are always bringing the latest and greatest directly to consumers. In this comparison, we'll take a look at the Toyota Avalon vs. Honda Accord.
After a recent refresh for the 2021 model year, the Accord has carried over the same offerings as the year prior. The Avalon has reappeared for the 2022 model year with an abundance of elegance and standard features, plus a new hybrid model option. Drivers can get the hard blacked-out look of the XSE Nightshade Edition in a hybrid with the Avalon's new lineup. The XSE Hybrid Nightshade Edition has a dark exterior and still remains light on gas.
As you'll see, both the Accord and the Avalon come stacked with safety features, but only the Avalon has Blind Spot Monitor (BSM) with Rear Cross-Traffic Alert (RCTA) standard on the base model.
Let's see what else the Avalon and the Accord have to offer in the categories of safety, performance, and interior.
Published Date: 01/12/2022
Both of these sedans are safety superstars, but the Avalon has an additional standard safety feature that gives it a slight edge over the Accord. Standard Active Safety Features.
The differentiator is the Avalon's standard Blind Spot Monitor (BSM) with Rear Cross-Traffic Alert (RCTA) feature. Honda'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'll need to get the EX-L or higher. Blind Spot Monitor (BSM) with Rear Cross-Traffic Alert (RCTA) is complementary to Toyota Safety Sense 2.5+ (TSS 2.5+). 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), Lane Tracing Assist (LTA), Automatic High Beams (AHB), and Full-Speed Range Dynamic Radar Cruise Control (DRCC), and Road Sign Assist (RSA). Get all of these advanced features no matter what Avalon model you choose. Honda also has a safety suite called Honda Sensing®. This suite 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.
The Avalon and Accord aren't just vehicles offering loads of safety options — they're also a dominant force on the road. Horsepower and Handling.
Stimulate your drive with the Avalon XLE. It has a standard V6 engine and 301 horsepower. All Accord gas models have a standard 4-cylinder engine that can only muster 192 horsepower. You can get an optional 2.0L Turbo 4-Cylinder engine on the Accord Sport and Touring models that boosts your horsepower to 252 but also boosts your price tag. Dial into your drive with the Avalon, which has ECO, Normal, and Sport drive modes. Avalon hybrid models also include these three drive modes, plus you get the addition of EV mode. Only the Honda Accord hybrid models are equipped with a 3-Mode Drive System (ECON/Sport/EV). For a smooth ride and sharper handling, the Avalon Touring comes with an Adaptive Variable Suspension (AVS) system. This system automatically adjusts the suspension depending on the road conditions and your driving. The similar Adaptive Damper System is standard with the 2022 Accord Touring.
Whether you're taking a trip to the store or are cruising for miles on the highway, the Avalon and Accord have connectivity features to make your ride more fun.
Multimedia The base model Avalon XLE has eight speakers for all around good sound. If you opt for the Touring, Limited, or Limited Hybrid, you'll get the Premium Audio package with 14 JBL® speakers. Comparatively, the base model Accord LX has four speakers standard. To get eight speakers, you'll need to get the Sport, Sport Special Edition, or Hybrid Sport. For a Premium Audio System with 10 speakers, drivers can choose the EX-L or Touring. Avalon drivers also get more when it comes to the multimedia display. All models of the Avalon have a standard 9-in. touchscreen, while the Accord has a smaller standard 8-in. touchscreen display. If you want to listen to the latest popular podcast or playlist while you drive, the Avalon has standard Android Auto™, Apple CarPlay®, and Amazon Alexa compatibility. You also get SiriusXM® with a 3-month Platinum Plan trial. While the 2022 Accord 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. It will cost $4,530 more to upgrade your engine. SiriusXM® Radio is only standard with the Hybrid Sport, EX-L, or Touring.
As we've seen, both of these sedans are expected to offer a lot. What makes the Avalon standout, however, is that it has models for every driver. The Avalon Touring offers an Adaptive Variable Suspension (AVS) system for better handling, the Avalon XSE Hybrid Nightshade Edition gives you a unique black on black look with hybrid fuel efficiency, and all Avalon models have loads of horsepower for those with a need for speed. Yes, both vehicles have an avalanche of standard active safety features, but the Avalon has the added benefit of standard Blind Spot Monitor (BSM) with Rear Cross-Traffic Alert (RCTA).