2021 Accord Hybrid vs. 2021 Avalon Hybrid: Which is Best?

With gasoline prices inching upward and concerns about global warming trending in the news, fuel-efficient hybrid vehicles are becoming increasingly popular. If you’re looking for the best hybrid car for sale near Phoenix, the 2021 Honda Accord Hybrid is an excellent choice. Let’s see how the 2021 Accord EX-L Hybrid compares with a worthy competitor in the 2021 Toyota Avalon XLE Hybrid.

Accord Tops Avalon in Hybrid Fuel Economy 

Accord Hybrid - Power-Flow Monitor


What most Phoenix hybrid car buyers are interested in is fuel economy. So, let’s cut to the chase. The 2021 Honda Accord Hybrid EX-L model handily beats the Avalon XLE Hybrid in this key category with an impressive EPA-estimated* 48 mpg city/48 mpg highway for a combined 48 mpg overall. 

The Toyota Avalon XLE Hybrid lags behind the Accord Hybrid EX-L, only managing to achieve an EPA-estimated 43 mpg city/44 mpg highway for a combined 44 mpg rating. That’s way off the mark. Bottom line: if you want a well-equipped four-door family sedan that’s tops in fuel economy, the Accord Hybrid is the obvious choice. 

Accord Offers More Luxury for Less 

2021 Accord Hybrid - Interior


As the top tier of the Toyota sedan lineup, the 2021 Toyota Avalon XLE Hybrid is a premium vehicle that offers an array of luxury amenities like leather seats, quality materials throughout, and a quiet and refined cabin. No argument there.  

But so does the 2021 Honda Accord EX-L Hybrid. And for a lot less than its pricier Toyota hybrid counterpart. Let’s compare the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) for both vehicles: 

2021 Honda Accord EX-L Hybrid MSRP 2021 Toyota Avalon XLE Hybrid MSRP 
$32,890* $37,100 
Cost Savings: $4,210 $0 

At a savings of more than $4,000 compared to the similarly-appointed Avalon XLE Hybrid, the 2021 Accord EX-L Hybrid indulges you in more standard luxury features for less. These include a spacious and quiet cabin expertly crafted in top-quality leather, a power driver’s seat with two-position memory, an audiophile-quality 450-watt, 10-premium sound system, a power-adjustable front passenger seat, a one-touch power moonroof (an expensive option on the Avalon), and an automatic-dimming rearview mirror. 

The Accord Hybrid Gives Your More Tech for Your Money 

2021 Accord Hybrid - Touchscreen


Not only does the 2021 Accord EX-L Hybrid offer more luxury for less, it also offers great value when it comes to giving you more tech and infotainment features for your money. Standard high-tech connectivity and infotainment features on the Accord EX-L Hybrid include: 

  • Wireless Android Auto™ Integration* 
  • Wireless Apple CarPlay® Integration* 
  • Wireless Smartphone Charger* 
  • 8-inch Display Audio Touchscreen 
  • Wi-Fi® Hotspot Capability* 

Does the Avalon EX-L Hybrid offer similar advanced technology and connectivity? Yes, it does. Of course, you’ll be paying an additional $4,000+ for it compared to getting virtually the same technology in the lower-priced Accord EX-L Hybrid. 

Outstanding Hybrid Performance for Less 

2021 Accord Hybrid - Engine


Both the Accord EX-L Hybrid and the Avalon XLE Hybrid are evenly matched when it comes to hybrid performance. Let’s start with the less expensive Accord EX-L Hybrid, which offers an innovative two-motor hybrid gasoline/electric powertrain paired to a smooth-shifting, 10-speed e-CVT with Sport Mode that offers 212 total system horsepower and near-instantaneous electric torque for brisk, off-the-line acceleration that’s nothing less than exhilarating. 

Plus, the Accord Hybrid also offers a dynamic power flow monitor that gives you continuous real-time updates on your hybrid engine’s power status on the vehicle’s 8-inch, high-resolution Display Audio touchscreen. 

Additionally, you can press the EV Mode button to operate solely on battery power for brief distances. Another key benefit is that the Accord Hybrid’s lithium-ion battery pack is positioned underneath the rear seats, allowing for up to 16.7 cubic feet of unobstructed trunk space similar to non-hybrid models. 

By comparison, the more expensive Toyota Avalon XLE Hybrid’s combined 215-horsepower gasoline/electric powerplant edges out the Accord Hybrid’s 212-horsepower engine by just three horsepower. However, with a base curb weight of 3,610 pounds compared to the Accord EX-L Hybrid’s 3326 pounds, the Avalon XLE Hybrid is a heavier car than the Accord EX-L Hybrid. So, it needs that extra three horsepower to try and catch up with the Accord’s lighter and more responsive performance. 

Accord EX-L Hybrid Beats Toyota Avalon XLE Hybrid 

2021 Accord Hybrid - For Sale near Phoenix


When you add it all up, our hybrid car comparison proves that the more affordable 2021 Honda Accord EX-L Hybrid easily beats the more expensive Avalon XLE Hybrid in several key categories, including price, value, and fuel economy.  

So, if you’re shopping for the best hybrid car for sale near Chandler, AZ, check out our huge inventory of new 2021 Honda Accord Hybrids for sale in Phoenix at one of our 10 conveniently located Valley Honda Dealers near Phoenix.  

Click here to request a quote on a new Accord Hybrid today! 


Disclaimers: 

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-package/condition and other factors. 

MSRP excluding tax, license, registration, $995 destination charge and accessories. Dealer prices may vary. MSRP does not include $395 charge for premium colors. 

Depending on use, Apple CarPlay can share certain user and vehicle information (e.g., vehicle location, speed and other operating conditions) with the connected iPhone. See Apple’s privacy policy for details regarding Apple’s use and handling of data uploaded by CarPlay. Use of CarPlay is at user’s own risk, and is subject to agreement to the CarPlay terms of use, which are included as part of the Apple iOS terms of use. CarPlay vehicle integration is provided “as is,” and Honda cannot guarantee CarPlay operability or functionality now or in the future due to, among other conditions, changes in CarPlay software/Apple iOS, service interruptions, or incompatibility or obsolescence of vehicle-integrated hardware or software. See dealer for details. Only use CarPlay when conditions allow you to do so safely. Apple CarPlay is a registered trademark of Apple Inc. 

Depending on use, Android Auto can share certain user and vehicle information (e.g., vehicle location, speed and other operating conditions) with Google and its service providers. See Google privacy policy for details regarding Google’s use and handling of data uploaded by Android Auto. Use of Android Auto is at user’s own risk and is subject to agreement to the Android Auto terms of use, which are presented to the user when the Android Auto application is downloaded to the user’s Android phone. Android Auto vehicle integration is provided “as is,” and Honda cannot guarantee Android Auto operability or functionality now or in the future due to, among other conditions, changes in Android Auto software/Android operating system, service interruptions, or incompatibility or obsolescence of vehicle-integrated hardware or software. See dealer for details. Only use Android Auto when conditions allow you to do so safely. Android and Android Auto are trademarks of Google LLC. 

Drive responsibly. Wi-Fi® hotspot intended for passenger use only. Some state laws prohibit the operation of handheld electronic devices while operating a vehicle. For safety reasons, only pair devices and launch applications when the vehicle is safely parked. Coverage not available in all locations. 4G LTE Wi-Fi® only available on certain models. Requires AT&T data plan. 

Carrying too much cargo or improperly storing it can affect the handling, stability and operation of this vehicle. Follow applicable load limits and loading guidelines.