The Honda Accord and the Toyota Camry have consistently been the most popular cars in the U.S. for many years, though they continually compete with one another. It’s not often that you see two popular cars like these become redesigned within months of each other. This year, Toyota went first with the release of their new 2018 Camry. Honda followed suit with their upcoming new 2018 Accord. But being first doesn’t really matter, so which of these two mid-size kings is right for you?
You’ll find a few major differences between the Accord and Camry that favor Honda. If you’re a fan of the Accord, you’re going to enjoy these key differences without question. Nevertheless, you’ll want to have a good comparison to see what makes the 2018 Honda Accord a better choice.
Upper Ranges of Torque
Both the Camry and Accord come close in horsepower. As MotorTrend points out, the Camry’s 200-hp base engine might look good on paper, but the Accord has a torque advantage. More precisely, the Accord brings 192 pound-feet going from 1,500 to 5,000 rpm while the Camry produces 184 pound-feet at 5,000 rpm. It’s a close call, but you can see the Accord has the upper edge in torque.
Competing on Trunk Space
It’s almost apples and oranges comparing trunk space on the new Accord and Camry. The Camry has 15.1 cubic feet of trunk space, which isn’t bad when heading out on a road trip. In the Accord, however, you get a great deal of additional trunk space, which can help you fit one small bag more while traveling.
You may not care as much about trunk space as you do legroom. One thing you’ll see is the Accord added two more inches of leg room in the rear seats. Overall, the Accord offers 40 total inches of rear leg space compared to 38 inches in the Camry. The spaciousness in the Accord is thanks to a longer wheelbase. By choosing the Accord, you also get 42 inches of legroom in the front seat, meaning your long road trips are going to feel a lot more comfortable than they would inside the Camry or any other similar midsize sedan.
The type of transmission you prefer in the Camry and Accord all depends on your driving style. Most people opt for the Accord because it has a 10-speed automatic transmission in the 2.0 model. The Camry has an 8-speed automatic, something that still gives you good driving power.
In all, both cars get transmission upgrades, making them reliable on long road trips and when traveling in rough terrain. But for a more refined and smooth ride, the Accord and its 10-speed is the superior option.
Heated Seats Galore
One similarity between the new Camry and Accord is that they use LED headlights to unveil more details at night. An advantage to buying the Accord is that they come with heated seats in the front and back, which are also ventilated. During chilly mornings, when going to work, the Accord’s heated seats are a major asset and something you won’t find in the Camry.
Which One Fits Best in Your Garage?
Exterior dimensions of both cars are virtually identical, though the Accord is taller and longer, allowing it to offer more interior passenger volume and trunk space. Thanks to the new Accord offering more room for passengers to move around and other driver-passenger comforts, the Accord-Camry scale tips in Honda’s favor.
Ready to see the difference in person? Head to your nearest South Florida Honda Dealers location around Miami, Fort Lauderdale, or Davie, FL! The 2018 Accord is on its way to all our showroom floors, so check back frequently for updates. In the meantime, check out the 2017 Accord or any of our other new Honda models. The sales team at our auto dealerships near Miami be happy to help you find unbeatable Honda lease specials, too!
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