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Difference Between Honda Accord and Toyota Avensis

car-honda-accordHonda Accord vs. Toyota Avensis

For years, Honda and Toyota have inched their way into big market continents, such as the Americas and Europe, with huge success. Honda in particular, has held top honors in the U.S. for more than three decades with its Accord model lineup, and it has essentially become the benchmark for all the other midsize sedans to follow. This time around, Toyota has unveiled the new Avensis lineup (which is targeted mostly for Europe and Australia), to challenge the Accord’s lofty status. Here is how it panned out.

First up is the Honda Accord, which has the base LX model. It has a 2.4L inline-4, which produces 177 horsepower at 6,500 RPM, and is mated to a 5-speed manual transmission gearbox. This thrifty engine has a fuel economy of 25 miles per gallon for city and highway driving. The manufacturer’s suggested retail price for this model is $21,765.

The Toyota Avensis offers the base 1.6V-matic Manual model, which starts at $23,330. For this price, you get a 1.6 liter inline-4 engine with variable valve timing, which churns out a rather dull 130 horsepower at 6,400rpm, via a 6-speed manual gearbox. Despite being underpowered compared to the Accord LX, the Avensis boasts a very thrifty engine, which sips fuel of up to 43.5 miles to the gallon.

There are only a couple of similarities which can be found between these two vehicles, which are the 4-wheel anti-lock braking systems on ventilated solid disc brakes, front wheel drive, and 16-inch alloy wheels, wrapped in 215/60 All-Season tires. In terms of curb weight, the Accord LX comes out slightly heavier at 3230 lbs. compared to the Avensis, which weighs in at 3186 lbs.

One must remember though, that all these numbers are for the entry-level models only, for both car manufacturers. Things get a bit more upscale, more competitive and pricier as you go up the different trim levels. The Accord offers three different trim levels, namely, the base LX, the upgraded EX, and the top of the line EX-L, which offers premium features such as leather upholstery and an optional navigation system.

Meanwhile, the Toyota Avensis has an array of engine and trim choices to suit most people, and it is presented in either a 4-door sedan or 5-door wagon chassis. For gas engines it has, apart from the base 1.6V-matic model, the 1.8 VVT-i, and the 2.0 and 2.4 direct injection variants. There’s also the diesel engines comprised of the following: 2.0 D-4D 130, 2.2L D-4D 150, 2.2L D-CAT 150, and 2.2L D-CAT 180.

The additional features which are available in both cars may vary, and most often, both cars seem to cancel each other out in that department. However, the Toyota Avensis looks like it has the parting shot in this comparison, in the sense that it offers a 3 year basic warranty, which is a full 12 months more than what Honda has to offer. One should also bear in mind the fuel efficiency of all the engines the Avensis carry. Now, if that is not getting your money’s worth, then we don’t know what is.


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2 Comments

  1. The fuel-efficiency report surprised me, but it doesnt matter, I’d go for the Accord any day. Honda’s cars have always been shown to be slightly more dureable than most other cars, besides it looks better if you ask me.

  2. The interior of the Accord is way ahead of the Avensis (in my opinion)

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