2017 Honda Accord vs 2017 Toyota Camry
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For decades, the Honda Accord and the Toyota Camry have been doing battle atop the heaps of mid-size family sedans on the market. To be truthful, there have even been times when the Camry has come out on top. Both offer solid reliability, excellent reputations, family-protecting safety measures, and the latest in information and entertainment technology.
There has been one overwhelming difference between the two over the years, and that is the fact that the Toyota Camry is overwhelmingly boring. Bland. A snoozefest when it comes to design. It’s been a flaw for Toyota sedans for years, and the 2017 Toyota Camry does nothing to fix it. The 2017 Honda Accord is, at least, and interesting vehicle to look at. On top of that, unlike the Camry, there is a coupe version available for those looking for an added touch of sportiness.
The 2017 Honda Accord doesn’t stop there though – let’s take a look at the Accord and the Camry, through the numbers.
Extra Little Bit
Both the Camry and the Accord go the same route when it comes to engines, offering a smaller four-cylinder engine as the base model or a V6 as the upgrade. Honda does throw some wrinkles in there though.
The 2.4-liter engine in the 2017 Honda Accord is actually more powerful than the larger 2.5-liter engine in the Camry. The former gets 185 horsepower and 181 lb-ft of torque, while the latter gets 178 horsepower and 170 lb-ft of torque. Translation? A little more confidence on the highway with the Accord, and a little more off the line in the city. Here comes the first wrinkle – while the 2017 Honda Accord has an available sport engine with a slight bump to 189 horsepower and 182 lb-ft of torque, the Camry has no similar tuning upgrade.
Bigger engines mean more power, and unfortunately for the Camry, a wider power gap. The 3.5-liter engine in the Camry has an output of 268 horsepower and 248 lb-ft of torque, while the V6 in the Accord offers 278 horsepower and 252 lb-ft of torque. Horsepower is that extra push you get at highway speed, and you don’t want to go the cheap route when you have an eighteen-wheeler coming up behind you.
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Choose Your Gears Carefully
Transmissions have an interesting effect on power and fuel economy. The 2017 Honda Accord offers three different transmissions – a six-speed manual, a Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT), and a six-speed automatic. The 2017 Toyota Camry only offers a single six-speed automatic. For the driving purist, they will appreciate the manual in the Accord, but it does come at a bit of a fuel economy cost.
Comparing a manual to the new, highly-efficient automatics is a bit apples-to-oranges, so let’s just stick with oranges. The use of the CVT in the Accord gives a profound advantage in terms of fuel efficiency, giving it an estimated 27 MPG city and 36 MPG highway. The upgraded engine in the Sport versions drops those numbers to 26 MPG city and 34 MPG highway. However, both of these are better than the Camry, which only gets 24 MPG city and 33 MPG highway, at best.
Upgrading to the V6 engines sees the gap close a bit, but the Accord still has an advantage. While both of them get 21 MPG city, the 2017 Honda Accord gets 33 MPG highway, versus 30 MPG in the Camry. More power plus better fuel efficiency demonstrates a clear winner.
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Safe and Sound
All mid-size sedans are juggernauts when it comes to safety, so it shouldn’t surprise you that both the Camry and the Accord have five-star safety ratings. The 2017 Honda Accord does come out quite a bit ahead when it comes to rollover risk though, scoring 9.9%. The Camry is actually one of the worst rollover risks in the mid-size class, at 11.1%.
Safety equipment is almost identical across the vehicles, although there are a few major differences. If you want any sort of blind-spot monitoring, it is only an available option on the highest trim level of the Camry. In the Accord, it is standard on all but the base trim level.
Tale of the Tape
Unsurprisingly, the 2017 Honda Accord and the 2017 Toyota Camry are pretty much the same size, inside and out. Passenger volume for the Accord is 103.2 cubic feet, with the Camry close behind at 102.7 cubic feet. Cargo volume is also close, with the 15.8 cubic feet in the Honda a smidge better than the Camry’s 15.4 cubic feet. The most notable difference is the extra inch of hip room front-seat passengers in the Accord get, over the Camry.
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2017 Honda Accord is the clear winner!
From the Experts
“There’s a reason the Honda Accord is typically a top-three best-selling sedan in the U.S. It’s economical, practical, comfortable, and a little sporting if you get the right model.” – Automobile
“It should come as no surprise that the Accord is a bestseller… Accords are better cars than they have to be, better than their owners might demand, a rarity in our consumer economy.” – Car and Driver
While the Camry comes in only a four-door sedan body style, the Honda Accord has a hidden trick up its sleeve — the Accord Coupe. The coupe takes everything that is great about the sedan — the engine and transmission combinations, reliability and features and packs all of that into a svelte two-door package. While the Accord Coupe may not be suited for the family, it is another way Honda can one-up Toyota in the game for global dominance.
Keeping that Distance
The Honda Accord was introduced six years prior to the Toyota Camry, and since then, Toyota has been playing catch-up. At times they have closed the gap, but the 2017 Honda Accord is continuing proof that Honda has been able to keep the distance between the two models. The Camry will continue to put up a valiant fight, but for 2017 and into the near future, the 2017 Honda Accord continues to be the right choice.
Fuel economy estimates and driving range based on EPA test data. Your actual driving distance will vary depending on how you drive and maintain your vehicle. Based on 2017 EPA mileage ratings. Use for comparison purposes only. Your mileage will vary depending on how you drive and maintain your vehicle, driving conditions and other factors. Complete comparison details can be found at https://automobiles.honda.com/tools/compare/models.aspx. Awards and accolade information can be found at https://automobiles.honda.com/awards/
The Accord has just been named one of Car and Driver’s 10Best for the 30th time, giving it more appearances on the list than any other car in the magazine’s history. As our signature vehicle, the 2016 Accord upholds a legacy we started in 1976. With further design refinements and even more efficient performance, it’s our best Accord ever. Again. The 2016 Accord has been named to the list of 16 Best Family Cars of 2016 by Kelley Blue Book’s KBB.com. Each vehicle was praised for impressive comfort, driving dynamics and family practicality.  For more information, visit www.kbb.com. Kelley Blue Book is a registered trademark of Kelley Blue Book Co., Inc. The 2016 Accord Sedan with Honda Sensing™ has been awarded the coveted 2016 TOP SAFETY PICK+ rating from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) in recognition of its superior crash safety performance. Safety matters most, and the 2016 Accord earned top marks with a 5-Star Overall Vehicle Score from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA)1.  Government 5-Star Safety Ratings are part of the U.S. Department of Transportation’s New Car Assessment Program (www.safercar.gov). Model tested with standard side airbags (SAB).