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The Honda Accord has been a front-runner in the mid-size segment for decades. Its undeniable reliability, high fuel efficiency, and robust feature set have kept it at the front of the pack for generations. For 2023, it’s also quite the looker, and it presents a great value proposition with a starting MSRP of $26,520.

However, some buyers may not be into the Accord and would rather go for an alternative. Here are four worthy examples that cost less than $27,000.

  • 2023 Toyota Camry — $25,945
  • 2023 Subaru Legacy — $24,395
  • 2023 Hyundai Sonata — $26,045
  • 2023 Kia K5 — $25,090
Front angle view of silver 2022 Honda Accord, affordable midsize sedan alternative to Toyota Camry costing under $27,000
2022 Honda Accord | Honda

The 2023 Toyota Camry is the most obvious pick over the Honda Accord

A Black 2022 Toyota Camry driving around a curve, the Camry is among the easiest midsize sedans to drive
2022 Toyota Camry | Toyota

The Toyota Camry and Honda Accord are like Rocky Balboa and Apollo Creed. They’re both great fighters in the class but present different attributes and fighting styles. To make it a little more relatable, the Accord has a sophisticated style, while the Camry is a little more ostentatious.

The Honda Accord is also more of a driver’s car, while the Toyota Camry is a little softer and more comfortable. For under $27,000, buyers can opt for the 2023 Camry LE trim level, which comes standard with a dual-zone auto climate control, a power-adjustable driver’s seat, and Apple Carplay/Android Auto. It can also get up to 39 mpg on the highway, making the Camry quite the formidable opponent.

The 2023 Subaru Legacy presents a more capable alternative to the Accord

A blue 2023 Subaru Legacy midsize sedan model driving in a suburban neighborhood with autumn-colored trees
2023 Subaru Legacy | Subaru of America, Inc.

The 2023 Subaru Legacy is a great choice over the Honda Accord for buyers that live in snow states. It comes standard with the brand’s Symmetrical AWD system, which allows for more traction on slippery surfaces. On top of that, it presents an almost better value proposition than the Accord as the Legacy Premium trim – which is a step above the base model – costs less than $27,000.

For that kind of money, buyers will also get an 11.6-inch touchscreen with wireless Apple Carplay and Android Auto, a 10-way power driver’s seat, and an all-weather package with heated front seats. Who knew other mid-size sedans could offer so much?

The 2023 Hyundai Sonata adds a little more flavor

A red 2022 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid is shown at right front 3/4 view.
2022 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid | Hyundai

While the 2023 Honda Accord is eye-catching, the 2023 Hyundai Sonata brings some added spice to the table. The Sonata has a unique look inside and out that breaks the midsize sedan mold. The base-trim Sonata SE is well-equipped with a 191-hp engine, a host of driver-assist and safety features, and an 8-inch touchscreen infotainment system. It can also get up to 38 mpg on the highway, which is on par with the Accord.

For a really unique alternative, check out the 2023 Kia K5

Front angle view of blue 2023 Kia K5, affordable alternative to Toyota Camry costing under $27,000
2023 Kia K5 | Kia

In case the Honda Accord and Hyundai Sonata’s looks aren’t outlandish enough, you can check out the 2023 Kia K5. The K5 is a relative newcomer to the segment – at least in nameplate only – and its base trim is a great value. The K5 LXS comes standard with dual-zone climate control, an 8-inch touchscreen, Apple Carplay/Android Auto, and a robust roster of safety equipment. Additionally, it costs much less than the base Accord at $25,090 (before destination fee).

Great 2023 Honda Accord Alternatives

Although the Honda Accord is a champion in the midsize segment, its rivals do present some stiff competition. While it’s easy to fall back on choosing the Accord, some buyers could be remiss by not checking out one of these four alternatives. They could be better suited to many buyers’ needs and budgets.


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