Toyota Avalon Hybrid Vs. Honda Accord Hybrid

By Chris Little | March 23rd, 2019

Hybrids are boring green machines only, right? Not when you look at the 2019 Honda Accord Hybrid and 2019 Toyota Avalon Hybrid. These fuel-sipping midsize sedans pack a lot of punch and loads of exciting features in their eco-friendly platforms. Which one is better for our Waukegan, McHenry, and Crystal Lake buyers? Keep reading to find out.

Exterior

In 2019, the entire Toyota Avalon lineup, including the Avalon Hybrid, went through a redesign. This redesign follows in the footsteps of its smaller platform mate, the Toyota Camry, making the Avalon Hybrid longer, wider and sportier than ever. Sure, it’s no sports sedan, but the Avalon Hybrid certainly looks better than ever.

As a sub-luxury sedan, the 2019 Avalon Hybrid boasts loads of premium exterior features. This long list starts with a noise-reducing windshield, 17-inch wheels, LED headlights and taillights, heated mirrors with power adjustability, 17-inch alloy wheels, and much more.

 

The 2019 Honda Accord Hybrid had its last redesign in 2018, so it is quite fresh too. This new-look Accord takes on a more refined style with its bold chrome grille insert, more timid lines, and flatter nose. While some younger buyers may find this look a little vanilla, it is just stylish enough to draw in a wider range of shoppers.

The Accord Hybrid matches the Avalon hybrid in some of its exterior features, but it lacks the standard LED lighting and heated, power mirrors. Of course, all this and more is available in upper trim levels.

 

Measurement 2019 Toyota Avalon Hybrid 2019 Honda Accord Hybrid Difference
Length 195.9 inches 192.2 inches +3.7 inches
Width 72.8 inches 73.3 -0.5 inches
Height 56.5 inches 57.1 inches -0.6 inches
Wheelbase 113 inches 111.4 inches +1.6 inches
Ground Clearance 5.3 inches
Curb weight 3,638 – 3,715 pounds 3,342 – 3,428 pounds +287 to 295 pounds

 

Advantage: 2019 Toyota Avalon Hybrid

  • New, sportier design
  • Slick XSE model
  • Upscale look in all trims

Advantage: 2019 Honda Accord Hybrid

  • Loads of value
  • Refined appearance

Interior

Inside, the 2019 Honda Accord Hybrid and 2019 Toyota Avalon Hybrid both look the part of midsize hybrid sedans, but the Avalon’s status as a sub-luxury sedan puts it a step above the Accord. With this status comes loads of premium standard features, including leatherette upholstery, a 9-inch touchscreen, an eight-speaker audio system, dual-zone automatic climate control, and more.

The 2019 Honda Accord Hybrid starts simpler than the Avalon Hybrid, which is expected with a base price that’s over $11,000 cheaper than the Toyota. But, move into the range-topping Touring trim, and it matches the base Avalon feature for feature — it just cannot hang with the higher-trimmed Avalon Hybrid’s.

In terms of size, the Accord Hybrid and Avalon Hybrid are close, but the Honda is slightly larger in some key areas, particularly cargo room.

 

Measurement 2019 Toyota Avalon Hybrid 2019 Honda Accord Hybrid Difference
Front headroom 38.5 inches 39.5 inches 1 inch
Front legroom 42.1 inches 42.3 inches -0.2 inches
Front shoulder room 58.3 inches 58.3 inches
Front hip room 55.8 inches 55.3 inches +0.5 inches
Rear headroom 37.9 inches 37.3 inches +0.6 inches
Rear legroom 40.4 inches 40.4 inches
Rear shoulder room 57.1 inches 56.5 inches +0.6 inches
Rear hip room 54.8 inches 55 inches -0.2 inches
Luggage capacity 16.1 cubic feet 16.7 cubic feet -0.6 cubic feet

 

Advantage: 2019 Toyota Avalon Hybrid

  • More shoulder room
  • Premium comes standard
  • More luxurious upper trims

Advantage: 2019 Honda Accord Hybrid

  • Roomier trunk
  • Well-equipped for its price

Performance

Hybrid cars are all about fuel economy, and performance takes a back seat. That said, the 2019 Accord Hybrid and its 212-horsepower hybrid powertrain manages a zippy 6.7-second sprint to 60 mph. This beats the Avalon Hybrid by a 1.1-second margin. Plus, it delivers superior fuel economy.

Where the Avalon makes a comeback is in handling. Toyota spend countless hours refining this platform to deliver respectable handling. Upgrade to the sport-tuned XSE model, and the handling is even better. Sure, it is no canyon carver, but it feels more secure in the corners than the Accord.

 

2019 Toyota Avalon Hybrid 2019 Honda Accord Hybrid [Difference
Engine 2.5-liter 4-cyl 2.0-liter 4-cyl
Horsepower 176 hp at 5,700 rpm 143 hp at 6,200 rpm +33 hp
Torque 163 lb-ft at 3,600 129 lb-ft at 3,500 rpm +34 hp
Electric Motor AC 650-volt AC Synchronous Permanent-Magnet Electric Motor
Electric Output 118 hp
Total Output 215 hp 212 hp +3 hp
0-60 time 7.8 seconds 6.7 seconds +1.1 seconds
MPG City 43 48 -5 mpg
MPG Highway 43 – 44 48 -4 to -5 mpg
MPG Combined 43 – 44 48 -4 to -5 mpg

 

Advantage: 2019 Toyota Avalon Hybrid

  • Wider footprint delivers better handling
  • Sport-tuned XSE trim

Advantage: 2019 Honda Accord Hybrid

  • Quicker to 60 mph
  • Significant fuel economy advantage

Pricing and Features

The 2019 Toyota Avalon Hybrid comes in a trio of trim levels — XLE, XSE, and Limited — and their starting prices range from $36,500 to $42,800.

 

The 2019 Honda Accord Hybrid’s lineup features four trims — Base, Hybrid EX, Hybrid EX-L, and Hybrid Touring — and their prices range from $25,320 to $34,990.

2019 Toyota Avalon Hybrid Key Features and Pricing by Trim

XLE: $36,500

  • 2.5-liter gas-electric hybrid powertrain
  • Electronically controlled continuously variable transmission
  • Front-wheel drive
  • Electric power steering
  • Electric parking brake
  • EV, Eco, Normal, and Sport modes
  • Four-wheel anti-lock disc brakes
  • 17-inch silver-painted alloy wheels
  • LED reflector headlights
  • LED daytime running lights
  • LED taillights
  • Chrome grill surround with dark-gray insert
  • Active grille shutters
  • Body-color, heated mirrors with power
  • Variable-intermittent windshield wipers
  • Acoustic windshield and front glass
  • Single hidden exhaust
  • Dual-zone automatic climate control
  • 7-inch multi-information display
  • Leatherette seating
  • Eight-way manual front seats
  • 60/40 split-folding rear seat
  • Tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel
  • Leather-wrapped steering wheel
  • Steering-wheel-mounted controls
  • Smart Key System on front doors
  • Power windows with one-touch-one-touch-up/down
  • Power door locks
  • Auto-dimming rearview mirror
  • Overhead console with map lights
  • Four USB-2.0 charge ports
  • Entune 3.0 Audio Plus with App Suite
  • Eight-speaker AM/FM/HD Radio/SiriusXM audio system
  • 9-inch touchscreen
  • Bluetooth with audio streaming
  • Siri Eyes Free
  • Apple CarPlay
  • In-car Wi-Fi
  • Automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection
  • Lane-departure warning
  • Lane-keep assist
  • Automatic high-beam headlights
  • Rearview camera with dynamic guidelines
  • Full-speed adaptive cruise control
  • Blind-spot monitoring
  • Rear cross-traffic alert
  • Hill-start assist

 

XSE: $39,000

  • All XLE features, plus
  • Sport-tuned suspension
  • Auto-on/off headlights with smoked chrome bezels
  • Piano-black grille with sport mesh insert
  • Piano-black mirrors with integrated turn signals
  • Power moonroof
  • 18-inch dark-gray-painted wheels
  • Piano-black rear spoiler
  • Wireless charging pad
  • Perforated leatherette seating with Ultrasuede
  • Paddle shifters
  • Genuine aluminum interior trim
  • Aluminum pedal covers
  • Frameless auto-dimming mirrors
  • HomeLink

 

Limited: $42,800

  • All XLE features, plus
  • LED auto-on/off headlights with smoked-chrome bezels
  • LED taillights with laser ablation design
  • Dynamic turn signals
  • Auto-dimming side-view mirrors
  • Moonroof
  • 18-inch SuperChrome alloy wheels
  • Wireless charging
  • Premium-leather-trimmed seating
  • Heated and ventilated front seats
  • Driver’s seat memory
  • Heated rear seats
  • Heated, premium-leather seating
  • 10-inch head-up display
  • Genuine wood interior trim
  • Frameless auto-dimming mirror with HomeLink universal remote
  • Entune 3.0 Premium Audio with App Suite and JBL w/ Clari-Fi
  • 14-speaker audio system with 1,200 watts
  • Navigation

2019 Honda Accord Hybrid Key Features and Pricing by Trim

Base: $25,320

  • 2.0-liter hybrid powertrain
  • Continuously variable transmission
  • Econ, Sport, and EV modes
  • 17-inch machined-alloy wheels
  • Electric parking brake
  • Automatic brake hold
  • Four-wheel disc brakes
  • Eco Assist System
  • Active noise cancellation
  • Remote engine start
  • LED daytime running lights
  • LED brake lights
  • LED low-beam headlights
  • Smart Entry with walk-away auto-lock
  • Moonroof
  • Active grille shutter
  • Dual-zone automatic climate control
  • Power windows with one-touch-up/down front glass
  • Power door locks
  • Keyless ignition
  • Tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel
  • Sunglasses holder
  • 60/40 split-folding rear seat
  • 160-watt, four-speaker audio system
  • 7-inch touchscreen
  • Bluetooth connectivity with audio streaming
  • Pandora compatible
  • One 1-amp front USB port
  • Body-color power side-view mirrors
  • Body-color door handles
  • Variable-intermittent windshield wipers
  • Hill-start assist
  • Multi-angle rearview camera with dynamic guidelines
  • Automatic emergency braking
  • Road-departure mitigation
  • Forward collision warning
  • Lane-departure warning
  • Lane-keep assist
  • Adaptive cruise control with low-speed follow
  • Traffic-sign recognition
  • Automatic high-beam headlights

 

EX Hybrid: $29,220

  • All Hybrid features, plus
  • LED fog lights
  • Heated side-view mirrors
  • 12- way power driver’s seat
  • Heated front seats
  • SMS text-messaging function
  • Two 2.5-amp USB charging ports
  • 180-watt, eight-speaker audio system
  • 8-inch high-resolution display
  • HondaLink
  • Apple CarPlay
  • Android Auto
  • SiriusXM
  • HD Radio
  • Blind-spot monitoring

 

Hybrid EX-L: $31,720

  • All Hybrid EX features, plus
  • Chrome exhaust finishers
  • Mirror-integrated LED turn signals
  • Courtesy lights
  • Leather-wrapped steering wheel and shifter knob
  • HondaLink Remote
  • Auto-dimming rearview mirror
  • Two-position driver’s seat memory
  • Four-way power passenger’s seat
  • Leather-trimmed seats
  • 450-watt 10-speaker audio system

 

Hybrid Touring: $34,990

  • All Hybrid EX-L features, plus
  • Adaptive dampers
  • Head-up display
  • Chrome-accented door handles
  • Rain-sensing wipers
  • Auto-on/off LED headlights
  • Front and rear parking sensors
  • Reverse-tilt-down side-view mirrors
  • Door-pull ambient lighting
  • Rear heated seats
  • Ventilated front seats
  • Satellite-linked navigation
  • HondaLink subscription service
  • In-car Wi-Fi
  • Wireless phone charger

Who Should Buy the 2019 Toyota Avalon Hybrid?

The Toyota Avalon Hybrid is a great buy for shoppers who want all the look and feel of a luxury car without the huge price tag. Sure, it may lack the brand cachet, but it premium features are nothing to take lightly.

Who Should Buy the 2019 Honda Accord Hybrid?

Just want a roomy sedan with great fuel economy? The 2019 Honda Accord Hybrid is a great option. What’s more, in its range-topping Touring model, it is nearly as luxurious as the base Avalon.

 

Head down to Garber Fox Lake Toyota serving the Waukegan area today to see what the 2019 Toyota Avalon Hybrid can offer you. Whether you want a luxury cruiser for weekend trips to McHenry or a thrifty rig to get you to Crystal Lake efficiently, the 2019 Avalon Hybrid can meet your need. Come down and test drive it for yourself today. Can’t make it to our Waukegan dealership today? You can check out our online inventory, find a 2019 Avalon Hybrid that meets your needs, and schedule a test drive for later.

 

** MSRP excludes the Delivery, Processing, and Handling Fee of $930 for Cars (Yaris LB, Yaris Sedan, 86, Corolla, Corolla HB, Camry, Camry HV, Prius LB, Prius c, Prius Prime, Mirai, Avalon, Avalon HV, GR Supra), $1,095 for Small/Medium Trucks, SUVs and Van (C-HR, RAV4, RAV4 HV, Highlander, Highlander HV, 4Runner, Sienna, Tacoma), $1,295 for Large SUVs (Sequoia, Land Cruiser), and $1,495 for Large Truck (Tundra). (Historically, vehicle manufacturers and distributors have charged a separate fee for processing, handling and delivering vehicles to dealerships. Toyota’s charge for these services is called the “Delivery, Processing and Handling Fee” and is based on the value of the processing, handling and delivery services Toyota provides as well as Toyota’s overall pricing structure. Toyota may make a profit on the Delivery, Processing and Handling Fee.) Excludes taxes, license, title and available or regionally required equipment. The Delivery, Processing and Handling Fee in AL, AR, FL, GA, LA, MS, NC, OK, SC and TX will be higher. The published prices do not apply to Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Actual dealer price will vary.

*** 2019 EPA-estimated mileage.  Actual mileage will vary.