The Honda Accord has many bells and whistles for mid-sized sedan lovers. But what if you want a potent alternative to the Accord? Below, we have compiled a list of the best 20 cars similar to the Honda Accord to smooth your commute.
20. KIA Forte – The Spacious Alternative
KIA Forte boasts an upscale, roomy cabin that can comfortably seat five. The trunk has 15.3 cubic feet of space, which makes it one of the largest in the compact cars segment. You can choose between a 147-horsepower 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine paired to a CVT or a 201-horsepower turbocharged 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine teamed with a six-speed manual or seven-speed dual-clutch transmission. The KIA forte is frugal, hitting 41 MPG on the highway and 31 MPG in the city.
19. BMW 3 Series – The Powerful Alternative
A car that jumps at corners with deft handling doesn't come any better than the BMW 3 Series. The car has valuable features to suit its $43,295 asking price. The three series is available in six trims. There are two gas-powered engines and hybrid options up the trim levels. The plug-in hybrid can manage up to 28 MPG combined. The interiors exude class with heated front seats and well-placed controls. The materials are soft, and nothing feels cheap in the cabin. SiriusXM satellite and wireless Apple CarPlay are standard on all the trims.
18. KIA Stinger – The Eye-Catching Alternative
The KIA Stinger is a head turner. The stylish design and matching interior scream athleticism and luxury. The new 2.5-liter turbo-four delivers a stout 300 horsepower. The optional twin-turbo 3.3-liter V-6 receives a slight power boost from 365 hp to 368 thanks to a new variable exhaust system. The Stinger price tag ($37,435) may discourage some buyers. However, the updated 8.0-inch or 10.0-inch infotainment systems pack a punch compared with rivals like the Audi. The Stinger is available in three distinct trims. The rear seats are comfortable, and it is what we love, in addition to the striking exterior and peppy acceleration.
17. Toyota Corolla – The Compact Alternative
The updated Corolla is still a sedan, but you will notice it adopts an SUV/crossover exterior. The engine is much like the Nissan Sentra's but has better fuel economy. The base price is $22,100. But you will want the SE trim with the 8.0-inch touchscreen infotainment system and sporty front seats. The drawback is the car fails to accelerate at par with the Mazda 6, Audi A4, and other speedier sedans. However, reliability is unparalleled since it is a Toyota.
16. Nissan Sentra – The Safer Alternative
The Nissan Sentra isn’t fun to drive around since it has an underpowered four-cylinder engine. But it makes up for the underperformance with a wealth of safety features that are maybe too active for the habitual traffic offender. At a starting price of $21,405, you can get the base model with a standard 7.0-inch touchscreen or upgrade to 8.0 inches on the SV trim. The Sentra's cabin is quiet and has an upscale feel if you adopt the quilted leather upholstery. The unique proposition is the safety features.
15. Chrysler 300 – The Intimidating Alternative
The "take no prisoners" stance of the Chrysler 300 cannot be mistaken. It is powered by a 292 horsepower 3.6-liter V-6 or a 363 horsepower 5.7-liter V-8 engine to back up its imposing nature. The Chrysler doesn’t come cheap and starts at $33,000. The 300 has a spacious cabin with a 7-inch multicolor display or 8.4 inches. The Chrysler 300 is a sizable car spanning 5.1 meters in length and 1.5 high. You should not expect frugal fuel consumption from the 300. After all, it is a Chrysler.
14. Nissan Maxima – The Full-Size Alternative
The Nissan Maxima is one of the few full-sized sedans with an edgy look. The exterior nicely wraps the stylish and spacious cabin. For the engine, the only option is a V-6 engine. The engine ensures the Maxima is insanely fast for the sedan range, out-competing the Toyota Avalon. A Platinum Nissan Maxima does 0-60 mph in 5.7 seconds. Standard equipment includes power-adjustable front seats, dual climate control, and an auto-dimming rearview mirror. Nissan furnished the interior with soft-to-touch materials, and you can use the 8.0-inch touchscreen to control the infotainment system.
13. Chevrolet Malibu – The Larger Alternative
Chevrolet stated they had taken enough orders for the Malibu for the year, according to Motor Trend. The Malibu is still the larger sedan in the mid-size range we'd consider. It offers ample headroom, legroom, and trunk space. The front seats have supporting bolsters. Power originates from four-cylinder engines after Chevrolet dropped the V-8 engine from the model. The base trim has a turbocharged 1.5-liter four-cylinder engine, while the premium trim adopts a 2.0-liter turbocharged engine. Both versions are paired to a CVT. The interior isn't the fanciest, but the Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are standard, with the infotainment system to boot.
12. Ford Fusion – The Premium Alternative
Ford decided to abandon the Fusion and focus on crossovers and SUVs. We don’t blame them since everyone these days wants the higher ride of the SUV. Under the hood is where the magic happens for the Fusion. You can pick the base engine, a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine, the turbocharged 2.0 liter, or the V-6 kicking out a pavement-punishing 325 horsepower. The starting price for the base S trim is $23,170. The drawback of the Fusion is the high price jump to $34,450 for the premium Titanium trim. But for the hefty price tag, you get a fully loaded Ford Fusion that competes with SUVs and muscle cars for speed and torque.
11. Hyundai Elantra – The Futuristic Alternative
The Hyundai Elantra is a head turner. Its unique styling and attractive interior cabin make you feel ahead of your peers. Rightly so, the cabin has a futuristic feel with an LED strip across. The Hyundai Elantra can fit six carry-on suitcases in the trunk. The rear legroom is decent, which competes with the Nissan Sentra's legroom. The standard non-hybrid powertrain is an inline-four engine delivering 147 horsepower mated to a CVT. The hybrid steps up to 139 hp via a six-speed automatic transmission. The base price is $21,145 and tops out at $29,645. We recommend the N-line at $25,395, which offers useful safety features and a sonorous engine.
10. Honda Civic – The Corporate Alternative
Honda drops the boyish look for the most recent iteration of the Civic, and it adopts a more grown-up look. The Honda Civic is available in 8 trims, either hatchback or sedan. Front-wheel drive is standard, and there is no manual transmission. The base price is $23,645 and tops out at $31,145. The engine choices are a selection of four-cylinder engines, with the base model exuding 158 hp via CVT. The honeycomb pattern carefully hides the air vents in the interior cabin. You can switch to a 9.0-inch touchscreen if unsatisfied with the standard 7.0 touchscreen. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are standard in all the trims. Wrap up the infotainment system with adaptive cruise control and standard lane keeping assist, and you have a worthy rival to the Honda Accord, if not superior.
9. Audi A6 – The Luxury Alternative
The Audi A6 is a finely crafted luxury sedan with a base price of $56,995. It is a five-seater that comes in three trims. The base trim is a 248-hp turbocharged four-cylinder engine with an AWD drivetrain. A 10.1-inch touchscreen is standard for the 2022 iteration. Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and inbuilt Alexa are also standard. The cabin is furnished with knitted leather and has Bang & Olufsen sound system to keep the party going. The premium trim is the best in class for luxury sedans and only comes second to the Mercedes E class.
8. Audi A4 – The Quicker Alternative
If you crave speed only and are willing to part with $39,000, then the Audi A4 is up your street. Audi A4 does a 0-60 in an impressive 4.8 seconds. The power behind the acceleration emanates from a four-cylinder mild hybrid engine. One issues 201 horsepower and the other 261 horsepower. As the speeding tickets pile up, you will notice the rain-sensitive wipers and ample cabin space. Sadly, the A4 does little to excite when driving it since power delivery is hassle-free, and drivers always look for a little more grunt. The Audi A4 has standard rear parking assist, rear cross-traffic alert, and pedestrian detection. It is a shorter car than the Accord, therefore a cinch to park, especially if you struggle with parallel parking.
7. KIA K5 – The Mean Alternative
Kia K5, previously the KIA Optima, received a major facelift that sees it adopt a mean-looking grille and organic lines. We are not sure why KIA tried to fix the decent-looking Optima, but a lesson learned, if it ain't broken, don't fix it. Still, the KIA K5 is a solid option in the mid-size sedans segment. The turbocharged inline-four engine delivers about 180 horsepower and is fun to drive. Add the starting price of $23,790 and standard safety features; you get a compelling alternative to the Honda Accord. While the cabin won’t knock your socks off, it is pretty decent, with a neatly tucked 7.0-inch touchscreen for the base model. However, besides the design, the KIA K5 is a car you should have on your list.
6. Volkswagen Passat – The Wagon Alternative
Dear car owner, the search for a spacious sedan with wagon practicality ends with the Volkswagen Passat. The all-new Passat is feature-laden and offers much-needed legroom and headroom. Volkswagen axed out the base model retaining the premium SE, R-line, and SEL models. Power goes to the front wheels through a turbo four-cylinder engine kicking out 174 horsepower. The Passat's standard safety features complement the excellent drive the car issues. However, adaptive cruise control is, however, reserved for the premium trims.
5. Mazda 6 – The Stunning Alternative
The Mazda 6 is the industry standard for sedan design. Mazda follows a simple design philosophy, organic lines with a moderate-sized grille to create a kinetic and dynamic feel. The Mazda 6 iterations since 2010 continue to wow owners in addition to the attractive price tag. The base MSRP is around $24,475, and the maximum price is $25,900. For the engine options, you have two four-cylinder engines, one offering 187 horses and the other issuing 227 horsepower. What we love about the Mazda 6 is how it responds to the road while driving. Car and Driver notes it is thrilling to drive a Mazda 6. The Mazda 6 delivers a beautiful car with responsive performance. However, it is hard to see why it wouldn’t be in your garage.
4. Nissan Altima – The Family Alternative
The Nissan Altima comfortably seats five. It is a robust alternative if you want a family sedan that does not sacrifice ride quality. The interior is spacious, and it has a decent cabin. You can choose between the AWD or FWD option. You get 182 hp 2.0 liter, 188 hp 2.5-liter, and 236 hp 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine for the engine choices. The base price for the Nissan Altima is an estimated $24,550 and tops out at $34,250. Nissan furnishes the base model with a 7.0-inch touchscreen and standard safety features like forward-collision warning and automatic emergency braking. The Nissan Altima is a sensible choice for car owners with a family. However, Best Cars still awarded the Honda Accord as the family car of the year. However, the bottom line is it is hard to pick between the two midsize family sedans.
3. Hyundai Sonata – The Sporty Alternative
Angular edges and organic lines complement the Hyundai Sonata’s large grille. The Hyundai Sonata is the sporty alternative to the Honda Accord. The car is available in a 191 2.5 liter naturally aspirated inline-four engine, a 1.6-liter turbo, a 2.5-liter turbo, and a hybrid. You can choose between the six or eight-speed automatics for transmission. The base price for Hyundai Sonata is $24,150, while the ceiling is $34,100. The safety and driver assistance features are standard with optional upgrades. Rear traffic alert, blind spot monitoring, and forward collision warning are standard. The fuel efficiency and the sporty look are easy on the eye. However, you will not get speeds comparable to the Camry or Audi A4, but you can hold your own on the road with the Hyundai Sonata.
2. Subaru Legacy – The Rugged Alternative
If you desire the affordability of the Honda Accord and a tad more torque, then the Subaru Legacy ticks all the boxes. At an estimated MSRP of $23,000, you can get the base model of the Legacy or spend about $36,145 for the premium trim. All-wheel drive is standard across all trims, and other safety features like eyesight driver assist. You can pick between two four-cylinder engines, a 2.5-liter delivering 183 horsepower or a 3.6-liter kicking out 260 horses. However, both boxer engine variants are teamed with a CVT.
1. Toyota Camry – The Dependable Alternative
When you mention the Toyota Camry, the reliable 1980s Camry images come to mind. The most recent iterations of the Camry, available in five trims, offer the same reliability with better performance. The Toyota Camry is powered by either a 203-horsepower 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine or a gustier 301-horsepower 3.5-liter V-6 engine. All trims have standard features like adaptive cruise control, lane-keeping assist, and pedestrian detection. The Camry's fuel efficiency compares with the Accord's, hitting an estimated 25 mpg in the city and 39 mpg on the highway. However, the only drawbacks to the base trim of the Camry are the hard plastics and jerky brakes at low speeds. Ultimately, choosing between the Accord and the Camry will be a personal decision.
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