2013 Toyota Avalon XLE Premium Automatic Sedan Hybrid FWD  vs 2014 Honda Accord Plug-in Automatic Sedan Hybrid FWD 

Toyota Avalon XLE Premium

  • $36k
  • 2.5L Hybrid
  • 40 city 39 hwy
The 2013 Toyota Avalon again has a price that launches well into luxury territory, but you get your money's worth with an impressive, luxury-caliber feature set.
by The Car Connection (Jun, 2013)

Honda Accord Plug-in

  • $40k
  • 2.0L Hybrid
  • 47 city 46 hwy
The 2014 Honda Accord Plug-in Hybrid uses a 2-motor hybrid system consisting of a 2.0-liter Atkinson cycle 4-cylinder gasoline engine and a 124-kilowatt electric motor.
by KBB (Apr, 2013)

RideNerd Review Our evaluation of XLE Premium vs Accord Plug-in


Will it break the bank?

Annual cost

Fuel economy

Is it a gas sipper or guzzler?

EPA highway mileage

Air quality

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Climate friendly

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Honda Accord Plug-in 

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Benchmarks Real world tests of 2013 Toyota Avalon XLE Premium Automatic Sedan Hybrid FWD vs 2014 Honda Accord Plug-in Automatic Sedan Hybrid FWD

Annual Cost The yearly cost to drive 15,000 miles, including fuel and car payments.

Annual Fuel Cost The cost of fuel to drive 15,000 miles each year.

Differences What are the advantages of each

Car-autoblog-first view of Toyota Avalon

Reasons to consider the
Toyota Avalon XLE Premium

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Better city driving range 680 miles vs 573 miles Around 20% further in the city
Better highway driving range 663 miles vs 561 miles Around 20% further range on the interstate
Front view of Honda Accord Plug-in

Reasons to consider the
Honda Accord Plug-in

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Saves slightly on fuel $1,169 vs $1,376 More than 15% cheaper based on 15,000 miles/year
Slightly higher EPA highway mileage 46 MPG vs 39 MPG Around 20% better on the interstate

Annual Costs Which is the smarter choice for your wallet over 5 years?

$35,555 9.4¢/mile Toyota Avalon
Honda Accord Plug-in $39,780 7.9¢/mile
Infrequent drivers     Up to 10,000 miles/year
Average drivers     Up to 20,000 miles/year
Heavy drivers     Up to 40,000 miles/year
The Toyota Avalon is cheaper (per year) for most drivers. The Honda Accord Plug-in only makes sense if you drive more than 61,000 miles per year.
Our math for 15,000 miles / year, over 5 years
Toyota Avalon Honda Accord Plug-in
Price $7,111 ($35,555) $7,956 ($39,780)
Fuel $1,404 (1,897 gallons) $1,192 (1,611 gallons)
City 40 MPG 47 MPG
Highway 39 MPG 46 MPG
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Reviews Word on the street

2013 Toyota Avalon XLE Premium Automatic Sedan Hybrid FWD  vs 2014 Honda Accord Plug-in Automatic Sedan Hybrid FWD 

The 2013 Toyota Avalon looks to change all that with a striking new design, responsive driving dynamics, and advanced, yet easy-to-use in-vehicle technology.
Avalon XLE Premium

Specifications Full list of technical specs


2013 Toyota Avalon XLE Premium Automatic Sedan Hybrid FWD  vs
2014 Honda Accord Plug-in Automatic Sedan Hybrid FWD 
Brand Toyota Honda
Body style
Model year 2013 2014
City range 680 miles 573 miles
Highway range 663 miles 561 miles
MSRP $36k $40k
Annual cost $8,487 $9,125

engine & drivetrain

Engine size 2.5L 2.0L
Air compressor None None
Cylinders I4 I4
Paddle shifters N/A N/A
Gearing type Continuously-variable Continuously-variable
Transmission Automatic 2WD Automatic 2WD

suspension, wheels & brakes

Front brakes 11.69 in Ventilated Disc 11.5 in Ventilated Disc
Rear brakes 11.1 in Disc 11.1 in Disc
Front wheel width 215 225
Front wheel diameter 17 inch 17 inch
Front wheel aspect ratio 55 50

safety features

Active head restraints Yes No
Rear side
Rear side w/head
Head curtain
Antilock brakes Standard Standard
Child door locks Standard Standard
Electronic stability control Standard Standard
Traction control Standard Standard
Rear camera Standard Standard
Rear sensor N/A N/A
Park assist system N/A N/A
Communication system None None

physical dimensions

Width 72.2 in 67.7 in
Front track width 62.6 in 62.4 in
Height 57.5 in 57.7 in
Ground clearance 5.5 in 5.8 in
Length 195.2 in 193.5 in
Wheelbase 111 in 109.3 in
Curb weight 3,585 lb 3,799 lb
Has a rear spoiler No Yes
Seats 5 5
Front seat room 53 ft³ 56 ft³
Rear seat room 49 ft³ 47 ft³


2013 Toyota Avalon XLE Premium Automatic Sedan Hybrid FWD  vs
2014 Honda Accord Plug-in Automatic Sedan Hybrid FWD 
Carbon monoxide/mile 0.1 g 0.1 g
Methane/mile 0 g 0 g
NMOG/mile 0.01 g 0.01 g
Vapor canisters 1 1
Vapor canister capacity 130 g 186 g
Bleed canisters 0 0
Catalytic converters 2 2
Stops the engine instead of idling Yes Yes
Recirculates exhaust gas Yes Yes

power & handling

Max torque 156 ft-lb @ 4,500 RPM 122 ft-lb @ 3,500 RPM
Max HP 156 HP @ 5,700 RPM 195 HP @ 6,200 RPM
Power-to-weight ratio 22.98 lb/hp 19.48 lb/hp
Curb-to-curb turning radius 37.4 feet 38.1 feet

stereo & entertainment

Brand Generic Generic
Speakers 8 6
Has a speed sensitive volume Yes Yes
Has a subwoofer No No
Auxiliary input Yes Yes
AM/FM radio Standard Standard
CD player Standard Standard
CD changer N/A N/A
Satellite radio N/A N/A
Entertainment system N/A N/A


Cruise control Standard Standard
Front A/C Standard N/A
Front passenger A/C Standard N/A
Keyless entry Standard Standard
Keyless ignition N/A N/A
Sun roof Standard N/A
Navigation system N/A N/A
Roof rails N/A N/A
Power locks Standard Standard
Power mirrors Standard Standard
Power outlets Standard Standard
Power steering Standard Standard
Power windows Standard Standard
Toyota Avalon XLE Premium
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