Hyundai Sonata vs. Toyota Camry vs. Honda Accord
Hyundai Sonata, Honda Accord, and Toyota Camry are classified in the D-segment cars that are supposed to be really luxurious and hence the higher price tag. For so long, Honda Accord and Toyota Camry had the market all to themselves but since they are sold as CBUs, they are too expensive and therefore out of the reach of most people. That’s why they are not seen on the roads very commonly.
However, the recent entry of Hyundai Sonata has made a huge dent in this segment, especially due to its price range. And since more people are looking forward to buying it we decided to do a detailed comparison of all these three.
It is the least expensive among the three cars being discussed here, ranging from Sonata 2.0 priced at PKR 6,399,000 to Sonata 2.5 priced at PKR 7,099,000. Sonata is the first D-segment sedan in Pakistan that is locally assembled, hence it costs much less than other cars belonging to the same category.
The Honda Accord 1.5L VTEC Turbo is priced at PKR 11,999,000. The price range for it falls in the middle of both cars.
The Low-Grade variant for Toyota Camry is priced at PKR. 16,058,500 which is quite higher than Honda Accord, whereas the High-Grade variant is priced at PKR 18,638,500, making it the most expensive one among the three.
The Sonata carries a unique design that appears to be modern, futuristic, sporty, and contemporary all at the same time. It stands out in terms of its design. The sharp lines continue throughout the body, making the silhouette sharper and attractive.
The front comprises a long bonnet followed by a hexagonal grille and a sleek bumper along with modernly designed headlights and DRLs.
The back gives a sportier look than the Accord with a sharp roofline extending up to the boot and the taillights connected through an LED strip on the boot. The rear bumper does not have exhaust cut-outs and that is yet another unique design element in it.
The design of the 10th generation Honda Accord inclines more towards a sporty look with a sharp-looking bonnet, bumper, and headlights. The bumper design stands out because it does not appear very busty and gives the front a nice finish.
The sides are characterized by very sharp lines that extend from the headlights to the taillights and on the lower end of the doors.
The back appears very smooth and sporty with the gradual sloping of the roofline joining the boot and the apostrophe-shaped tail lights nicely complement the design. The dual exhaust cut-outs merging with the bumper do not look out of place at all.
Camry carries a calm, simple and smooth design that reflects a signature Toyota look as well. The bonnet has sharp lines paired with sharp-looking headlights and a large bumper. The sides, however, give a simpler look that is enhanced by the large wheelbase and shiny alloy rims.
The back is a nice mix of contemporary and modern design comprising of a sharp boot-lid paired with modern-looking tail lights. Not to forget, a shark-fin antenna that adds to the look of the car. The overall design is great because it does not appear very complicated or busy, yet gives a touch of the modern look of the car.
The interior of Sonata gives a very classy, advanced, and digital sort of look. There’s a huge infotainment screen placed right at the center and the dashboard right next appears very neat and sophisticated. The overall interior is dual-toned with a mix of black and camel colors. It is quite smooth and simple, yet very modern. It does not appear very crowded.
The headroom at the back might be a problem for taller people due to the sloping roofline. The cargo space is 453 liters which is also lesser than other sedans.
Honda has opted for a more generic approach in terms of its interior design. Most of it is black in shade and consists of an infotainment screen and controls in the middle.
It has plenty of legroom on the front and at the back. However, the boot space is 497 liters which is more than Sonata but cannot accommodate much luggage as well.
It has a mix of conventional and modern design elements consisting of an infotainment screen in the middle and a few controls beside it.
One thing that sets the design apart is a dividing line on the middle console starting from the passenger seat to the driving seat.
The legroom, headroom, and boot space are plenty, pretty wider than the others. The boot space is 587 liters, which means it can carry a lot of luggage as well.
Sonata comes with two engine options in Pakistan; 2000cc DOHC 16-Valve Dual CVVT and 2500cc SmartStream 2.5 MPi. The former produces 152 hp and 192 Nm of torque paired with 6-speed automatic transmission and the latter produces 191 hp and 245 Nm of torque paired with 8-speed automatic transmission.
It has ventilated disc brakes on the front and solid disc brakes at the back equipped with ABS technology.
The mileage is said to be 11 to 14 kilometers per liter for the 2.0L variant, and about 9 to 12 kilometers per liter for the 2.5L variant.
There is only one engine option for the Honda Accord available in Pakistan that is a 1.5-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder petrol engine that makes 179 hp, 233 Nm of torque. This implies that although the engine is smaller than that of Sonata, it is capable of producing a similar amount of power.
It also has ventilated disc brakes on the front and solid disc brakes at the back with ABS technology. The mileage for Accord is 11 to 14 km per liter.
Camry also comes with a single engine option in Pakistan which is a 2.5-liter naturally-aspirated 4-cylinder petrol engine that produces 176 hp, 221 Nm of torque. The electric motor produces 88 kW of power and 202 Nm of torque.
It also has ventilated disc brakes on the front and solid disc brakes at the back along with ABS technology.
Camry is supposed to provide a better mileage for it has a hybrid powertrain. The claimed mileage by the company is about 18 to 25 km per liter which might not be true. A realistic approach suggests the mileage be about 15 to 20 km per liter at the best.
All three of them provide pretty much similar features that mainly include
- Power steering, power windows,
- Hill-start assist,
- Immobilizer system and burglar alarm,
- Anti-lock braking system,
- 12-volt sockets,
- USB connectivity,
- Rear AC vents,
- Dual-zone climate control,
- Multiple driving modes,
- Steering wheel multimedia control switches,
- Electrically adjustable front seats
- ISO fixed child seat anchors
- Leather seats
- Cruise control
- Parking sensors
- Rear camera
- Traction control
- Stability control
- Auto rain-sensing wipers
- Push start button
- Keyless entry
Six airbags come in Camry and Accord, while four airbags come in Sonata.
However, most of these features are also now being introduced in the mid-sized sedans so that is quickly bridging the gap between budget sedans and D-segment sedans, making the competition higher than ever before.
We believe Hyundai Sonata is quite a good addition to the luxury sedan lineup in Pakistan and the fact that it is assembled as a CKD unit locally gives it a lot of advantage in price. Previously luxury car lovers had to pay either PKR 1.4 million for Honda Accord or PKR 1.8 million for Toyota Camry, now they have an option for just PKR 0.7 million. We believe this will help with the sales of Sonata and adversely affect the sales of the other two.
However, we know there are some features that are available in Honda Accord and Toyota Camry that are missing in the Hyundai Sonata. Due to such a massive price difference, only a small segment of buyers will go for either of those two options rather than the Hyundai Sonata.