2020 Honda Accord vs. 2020 Hyundai Sonata: Which midsize sedan is best?

We compare these two midsize family sedans and pick the one we like best.

Emme Hall Former editor for CNET Cars
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Watch this: 2020 Honda Accord vs. 2020 Hyundai Sonata: Battle of the midsize sedans

When it comes to the basic family sedan, the has long been one of the top sellers, packing in reliability and performance at an affordable price. However, the Hyundai Sonata just got a major re-working for this year, and is looking to take the sales crown from the competition. 

There's a lot to like about both cars and it's tough to decide a winner here. Honda has more engine options, including a punchy 2.0-liter turbocharged powerplant, but both the Sonata and the Accord are fairly even when it comes to efficiency. The two are pretty evenly matched in size as well, but interior space is quite different. Taller drivers might want to test out the Sonata first. 

2020 Honda Accord vs. 2020 Hyundai Sonata

2020 Honda Accord EX-L2020 Honda Accord EX-L2020 Hyundai Sonata SEL Plus
Engine 1.5-liter turbo I42.0-liter turbo I41.6-liter turbo I4
Power 192 hp252 hp180 hp
Torque 192 lb-ft273 lb-ft195 lb-ft
Transmission CVT10-speed automatic8-speed automatic
Fuel economy 30 / 38 / 33 mpg23 / 34 / 27 mpg27 / 36 / 31 mpg
Price $30,450 (plus $955 dest.)$32,420 (plus $955 dest.)$27,650 (plus $955 dest.)

2020 Honda Accord can be one sporty midsize sedan

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However, it's really the features that distinguish the Accord and the Sonata. The Accord gets the Honda Sensing suite of driver-assistance features and the Sonata gets Hyundai's equivalent, SmartSense, which is much more robust. Further, there are a lot of options available on the Sonata, like a digital gauge cluster and a highway driving assistant that combines adaptive cruise control and lane-keeping assist, which can't be had on the Accord. 

Of course, you have to consider looks and price here, as well, and the Sonata walks away with both. It's striking design stands out in a crowd. Plus, comparing the Accord EX-L and Sonata SEL Plus, the Hyundai costs a few thousand dollars less than the Honda.

To see the full comparison, check out our video with all the specs. 

2020 Hyundai Sonata is a value-packed sedan for the masses

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