Like a couple of championship prizefighters, the Honda Accord and the Toyota Camry have been duking it out for automotive supremacy in the hotly contested midsize sedan market for many years. Both cars are worthy competitors, but when compared side-by-side, which car comes out on top?
As the leading Honda new and used car dealerships in South Florida, your South Florida Honda Dealers certainly favor the Accord. However, the Camry is also worthy of consideration.
So let’s take a look at these two champions and see who has the edge.
It’s said that “beauty is in the eye of the beholder.” In the case of the Accord and the Camry, both are good looking cars from any angle. The Camry underwent a redesign a couple of years ago. The Camry’s refreshed sheetmetal features a sculpted, low-slung appearance. The Accord is all-new for 2016. Its handsome visage includes brilliant crystalline LED headlights framing a wide grille punctuated by the Honda logo in the center. Bold new taillights flank the Accord’s sloping rear deck with integrated spoiler, and muscular available twin chrome-tipped exhausts deliver an aggressive note. Powerful new LED fog lights (available on the Sport Edition trim level and above) not only illuminate the road ahead but create a unique designer touch. While we think both the Camry and the Accord are great looking cars, we give the edge to the Accord here because of its dramatic redesign for 2016.
Additionally, you can order your Honda as a sporty two-door coupe; an option currently unavailable for the Camry.
Interior Look & Feel
Both the Accord and Camry hit it out of the park when it comes to quality interiors. Each car features upscale quality materials and well thought-out controls. Interior dimensions of both vehicles are also similar; although the Accord’s interior is a bit roomier with more front legroom. The Accord also offers an available 10-way power adjustable driver’s seat with two-position memory, as opposed to the Camry’s 8-way power seat. And the Accord also features available heated outboard rear seats. What also sets the Accord’s interior apart is that it’s all new for 2016 with refreshed instrumentation and a sporty new look.
Both the 2016 Honda Accord and 2016 Toyota Camry offer a full complement of advanced technology features. There are many similarities here, including hands-free Bluetooth® connectivity, turn-by-turn navigation, access to SiriusXM® Radio, Pandora®, large multi-function displays, USB ports, text messaging, and a variety of voice-activated functions. While the Camry does offer wireless phone charging, the Accord counters with Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto™, which the Camry currently does not have. The Accord also features speed-sensitive volume control. Honda’s exclusive HondaLink® lets you control a variety of key functions directly from your smartphone. You can schedule service appointments, contact customer support, and much more.
Here again, both the Accord and the Camry are pretty evenly matched. In this category, the Accord gets the edge in horsepower and overall fuel economy. The Accord’s standard 2.4-liter i-VTEC four-cylinder generates 182-hp and an excellent EPA-estimated 37 mpg highway when paired to Honda’s continuously variable transmission. Step up to the Accord’s robust 3.5-liter i-VTEC V6 for 278 hp and 34 mpg EPA-estimated highway. The Camry’s available powertrains are similar. The Camry’s standard 4-cylinder engine delivers 178 hp and an EPA-estimated 35 highway mpg. The Camry’s 3.5-liter V6 offers up 268-hp and 31 mpg highway.
Both the Accord and Camry feature hybrid models. The Accord Hybrid gets up to 50 mpg city while the Camry’s hybrid model gets 43 mpg in the city.
Both Honda and Toyota take safety seriously. In addition to a standard multi-angle rearview camera, Honda offers a comprehensive suite of safety features bundled as part of its available, exclusive Honda Sensing® safety package. Honda Sensing uses a variety of advanced safety technology, such as radar, to help prevent accidents before they happen. These key features include Road Departure Mitigation, which senses if you are about to leave the road. Forward-collision warning detects if there is a potential oncoming collision. Lake Keeping Assist alerts you to if you are drifting out of your lane. Lane Departure Warning performs a similar function, alerting you if you drift out of a detected lane without signaling. Additionally, Adaptive Cruise Control helps to maintain a set interval between yourself and the cars ahead so you won’t have to adjust your speed manually.
The Camry offers a similar suite of safety features. Both the Accord and the Camry get the highest ratings from the IIHS and other safety organizations.
Both the Accord and the Camry are competitively priced. The standard Honda LX model has a starting MSRP of $22,105. A comparably-equipped Toyota LE has a starting MSRP of $23,070, which is around $1,000 more than the Accord. The Accord’s Sport model also favorably compares to the Toyota’s Special Edition model with a starting MSRP of $24,165 compared to the Camry SE’s starting MSRP of $25,715.
Both the 2016 Honda Accord and the 2016 Toyota Camry offer excellent value in a midsize sedan. Based on its lower price, newer styling, better fuel economy, and better performance, we give the edge to the new 2016 Honda Accord. Test drive the new 2016 Honda Accord today at a South Florida Honda Dealer near you.
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