These days, you don’t need to advertise that you’re an eco-conscious driver by buying a hybrid car with distinctly hybridized physical characteristics — sloped rear-ends, no front grilles, boxy frames, and uninspired cabins. That was the past; this is the future, and the future looks bright thanks to incredible alt-fuelers like the 2021 Accord and Avalon.
Styled like their gas-powered brethren, the 2021 Honda Accord Hybrid and 2021 Toyota Avalon Hybrid don’t look like the hybrids of yesteryear. They’re sporty and refined, spacious and comfortable, and some of the most fuel-efficient cars on the road today.
Of course, there are some stark differences between the Accord Hybrid and Avalon Hybrid. Price, for one, puts Honda ahead of Toyota in this competition, as does overall value, fuel economy ratings, and performance. If you’re looking to buy a hybrid car in Phoenix, here’s why you should choose the new Accord Hybrid.
Honda Excels in Interior Space
The Accord Hybrid represents the midsize segment, while The Avalon Hybrid is categorized as a full-size. One is true to form; the other looks awkward and ill-fitted in saggy pantaloons.
Toyota, attempting to capitalize on and corner the full-size hybrid car market — the only other large sedans with hybrid inner workings come with “luxury” tags — ventured forth with their flagship Avalon. Kudos goes to Toyota for having the brass to straddle the “is it or isn’t it?” fence. However, when you compare the Avalon Hybrid cabin to that of the Accord Hybrid, Toyota’s sedan falls back into the “isn’t it” properly.
Full-size comfort cannot be had inside the new Toyota Avalon Hybrid, no matter how you cut it. The base Avalon Hybrid XLE model provides just 103.8 cubic feet of passenger volume, and its upper XSE and Limited trims land at 102.2 cubic feet.
The Accord Hybrid, even sitting within the midsize segment, offers 105.6 cubic feet of passenger volume, nearly 2 cubes more than the Toyota. Step up and into the Accord Hybrid EX for 102.7 cubes. Accord Hybrid also boasts more overall headroom, rear hip room, and front legroom. Full-size, shmull-size.
|2021 Accord Hybrid||2021 Avalon Hybrid XLE|
|Passenger Volume||105.6 cu ft||103.8 cu ft|
|Cargo Volume||16.7 cu ft||16.09 cu ft|
|Headroom (front/rear)||39.5 in / 37.3 in||37.4 in / 37.1 in|
|Legroom (front/rear)||42.3 in / 40.4 in||42.1 in / 40.4 in|
Get What You Pay For
Representing perhaps the best value in the segment, Accord Hybrid sedans are perfect for the budget-conscious shoppers who are also conscious of their all-important carbon footprint. At the bottom of the 2021 lineup, Accord Hybrid sports a $26,370 sticker. Those prices grow to $30,320 (EX), $32,690 (EX-L), and $36,240 (Touring)*, not including any available Honda lease or finance offers.
With the Avalon catering to the full-size hybrid market, its price matches suit. Base 2021 XLE Avalon Hybrid trims come with a $37,000 price tag, while mid-tier 2021 XSE Hybrids and range-topping 2021 Limited Hybrids are priced at $39,500 and $43,300, respectively. Even the entry XLE Hybrid is priced higher than the marquee Accord Touring Hybrid.
|2021 Accord Hybrid Trim||MSRP*||MSRP||2021 Avalon Hybrid Trim|
|Hybrid EX-L||$32,690||$39,500||XSE Hybrid|
|Hybrid Touring||$36,240||$43,300||Limited Hybrid|
Cementing itself as the better hybrid car to buy, Accord trims offer more side-by-side value than Avalon trims when you consider price points.
Genuine leather seats are standard in Accord Hybrid EX-L models. To get the same in the Avalon, you’d need to upgrade to the $43,300 Touring — a $13,000 difference.
Ventilated & Heated Seats
The Accord Touring hybrid car comes standard with heated and ventilated front seats, as well as heated rear outboard seats. Avalon Limited Hybrid models offer the same, but for $7,000 more.
Today’s modern, equippable tech is cheaper in the Accord, too. All Accord Hybrid Touring trims come with a HUD, as do Avalon Limited Hybrids, but the price difference makes Honda the wiser buy.
One-Touch Power Moonroof
The $30,320 Accord Hybrid EX features a standard one-touch power moonroof with tilt, which is optional on the Avalon XLE and standard on the XSE.
12-Way Driver’s Seat
Accord EX Hybrids are born with 12-way power-adjustable driver’s seats with 4-way lumbar support — because Honda knows driving comfort makes all the difference in the world. The power-adjustable driver’s seats inside the Avalon max out at 8-way, with only the Limited coming with 4-way power lumbar support.
Power Flow Monitor
Only the new Accord Hybrid comes with Honda’s patented Power Flow Monitor, which allows you to keep an eye on real-time energy usage between its engine and electric motor.
Another Honda-exclusive feature, HomeLink enables Accord owners to control more of their car, for less. Accord Hybrid Touring models, when equipped with a HomeLink Remote, offer Amazon In-Car Delivery access, several types of alerts (speed, geofence, and security alarm) that notify you by phone app, and more. Toyota Avalon’s Safety Connect program can’t compete with HomeLink in terms of variety.
Which hybrid car gets better gas mileage? Well, Accord takes the cake in this competition. Returning an EPA-estimated 48 combined mpg*, Accord Hybrid EX-L models beat up Avalon Hybrid XSE’s 43-mpg rating.
|2021 Accord Hybrid EX-L||2021 Avalon Hybrid XSE|
Given Accord’s win in fuel efficiency, you’d expect it to be less powerful. Surprisingly, it’s the exact opposite. Accord Hybrid’s electric motor makes more flat horsepower (181 hp) and torque (232 lb-ft) than the Avalon (118 hp and 149 lb-ft).
|2021 Accord Hybrid||2021 Avalon Hybrid|
|Electric Motor Horsepower||181||118|
|Electric Motor Torque||232 lb-ft||149 lb-ft|
Get a Honda Accord Hybrid Quote in Phoenix
Save money, without sacrificing space, convenience or tech, by grabbing the keys to a new Accord Hybrid at a Honda dealership near you. If you happen to live in the Phoenix, Tempe or Scottsdale area, locate your closest Valley Honda Dealers store to contact and speak with a hybrid car salesperson. Or just click here to request a quote online!
MSRP excluding tax, license, registration, $955 destination charge and accessories. Dealer prices may vary. MSRP does not include $395 charge for select premium colors. $395 charge only applies to 2021 models.
48 city/48 highway/48 combined mpg rating for Hybrid, Hybrid EX and Hybrid EX-L trims. 44 city/41 highway/43 combined mpg rating for the Hybrid Touring trim. Based on 2021 EPA mileage ratings. Use for comparison purposes only. Your mileage will vary depending on how you drive and maintain your vehicle, driving conditions, battery-pack age/condition (hybrid trims) and other factors.