Year after year both the Honda Accord and Toyota Camry vie for the top spot as America’s best-midsized four-door family sedan. Both the Accord and Camry have a lot going for them. But in the final analysis, which of these thoroughbreds cross the finish line first?
To answer that question, your Phoenix Valley Honda Dealers did a side-by-side comparison of the 2016 Honda Accord EX-L V6 with the Camry XLE V6 to see how both cars stack up against one another. We looked at exterior style, interior space and appointments, technology, performance & handling, fuel economy, safety, and value.
Accord Hits Styling High Notes
We’re sure everyone will agree that the Accord and Camry are handsome-looking cars. But just like clothes or hairstyles, which car’s looks you find more appealing really come down to a matter of individual taste. For the record, the 2016 Honda Accord for sale in Phoenix at your Valley Honda Dealers recently underwent a major makeover while the Camry was redesigned in 2015. To get a professional opinion we turned to Bengt Halvorson, Deputy Editor of online automotive authority TheCarConnection.com. He says “When the current car was introduced in 2012, the Camry wore a purely evolutionary look – in other words, boring. For the 2015 model year, Toyota redesigned it, with a striking front end and a sweeping side view.”
“The Accord still looks slightly more exciting and better proportioned on the outside, and it wears a new nose and tail that arrived for the 2016 model,” declares Halvorson.
We should also point out that the Accord also comes in a sporty, two-door coupe. That’s a body style Toyota doesn’t offer with the Camry.
Accord’s Interior Offers Better Comfort & Space
Both the Accord and Camry are well-matched regarding interiors. Honda and Toyota excel at crafting roomy interiors packed with a variety of convenient features and crafted from quality materials. However, there are some differences that put the Accord ahead in this category. For example, the Accord features a 10-way power adjustable driver’s seat compared to the Camry’s 8-way power seat. Available outboard heated rear seats are an option on the Accord not currently available on the Camry.
The Camry has upped its game with a new interior that is, according to Halvorson, a major improvement compared to previous models. However, he gives the nod to the Accord, whose interior is “…the winner in comfort and space…” He goes on to say that “The Camry’s base front seats are rather flat; SE seats are better. The latest Accord has more support, and most drivers will prefer the Accord EX’s trim and materials to those in the Camry LE. In back, both cars have rooflines that preserve headroom; carrying adults in the back seat is fuss-free. With its rather low beltline and a little more side glass, the Accord offers a slightly better view outward for those in back…” Halvorson also applauds the Accord’s Active Sound Control that is “the clear winner” over the Camry.
Honda Wins The Technology Game
The Accord and Camry run virtually neck-and-neck in the technology department. Both cars offer their own robust “infotainment” suites designed to provide the latest in communication, connectivity, and entertainment. Both the Camry’s “Entune” system and the Accord’s offer 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.
“The market has evolved to expect connectivity features even in lower-priced vehicles, and both of these models cater to that expectation, with standard Bluetooth hands-free calling, Bluetooth audio streaming, and a USB port. But Honda has gone well beyond that, also including SMS text capability, Pandora audio streaming, dual-zone climate control, and an eight-inch i-MID display. Provided you’re looking at one of the more affordable trims, we think Honda is the winner here, too—but only slightly,” exclaims TheCarConnection.com’s Halvorson.
Honda Outperforms Camry
Performance and fuel economy are two of the most important things any car buyer considers. In this area of contention, the Honda Accord and Toyota Camry come out swinging with two fairly evenly matched engines. The Accord’s 3.5-liter i-VTEC™ V6 pumps out a robust 278 horsepower and 252 lb.-ft. of torque when compared to the Camry’s 268-hp and 248 lb.-ft. of torque from its 3.5-liter V6. Fuel economy numbers are also virtually identical with the According edging out the Camry with a combined EPA-estimated 26-mpg compared to the Camry’s combined 25-mpg EPA-estimated fuel economy rating.
“These are two of the only remaining mid-size models to offer an available V-6, and in both cases, it’s a smooth, refined, and very strong option. In the Accord especially it gives this Honda more of an Acura feel,” Halvorson notes.
Accord The Clear Handling Winner
Handling is where “the rubber meets the road,” and here’s where the Accord clearly distances itself from the Camry, which, according to Halvorson is “downright dull to drive.” He adds that “…the Accord gets the higher score here because of its well-tuned steering and crisp, light driving feel.”
The Safety Equation
While style, performance, handling, and technology are very important attributes to consider when buying any car, there’s probably nothing more important than vehicle safety. Both Honda and Toyota are world leaders in automotive safety technology. So it’s no surprise that the 2016 Honda Accord and 2016 Toyota Camry come well-equipped with some of the most cutting-edge and innovative automotive safety technology available today.
In addition to being the first automaker to offer 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.
“We consider these models to be near equals for safety, as they both have earned ‘good’ ratings in all the traditional frontal, side, and roof strength categories from the IIHS–and in the tough new small-overlap test,” states Halvorson. “Both are Top Safety Pick+ award winners. The Camry missed top federal ratings; although it gets a five-star overall rating, its four-star frontal results add up to a vehicle that’s not quite in the same echelon as the Honda Accord or Subaru Legacy.”
Halvorson also likes Honda’s LaneWatch camera that displays a curbside view of the right-hand side of the vehicle, which he says is a “nifty touch.”
Honda Takes The Prize
When it comes down to it, both the Honda Accord and the Toyota Camry are excellent choices in a midsized four-door sedan. Each of these vehicles has attributes, styling, and features that will appeal to a broad range of buyers. That being said, we think that the Accord comes out the winner over the Camry for several reasons. We like the Accord’s fresh new styling, better handling and performance, newer interior, and overall value.
In fact, Bengt Halvorson of TheCarConnection.com agrees with our conclusion when he says “While the Camry doesn’t lag far behind the Accord in any one way—well, except styling, perhaps—Honda has produced a more compelling design and driving experience that still hits all the marks for practicality, comfort, and features.”
We also point out that the Honda Accord has been a winner of Car And Driver Magazine’s “10Best Award” a record 30 times. And Honda also comes out on top when it comes to dependability. In fact, according to an IHS-Polk survey, 75% of all Hondas manufactured in the past 25 years (1988-2012) are still on the road today.
Test Drive The Award-Winning 2016 Honda Accord At Your Valley Honda Dealers
If you’re in the market for a new 2016 Honda Accord for sale in Phoenix, we invite you to head on down to one of our conveniently located Valley Honda Dealers and take one for a test drive. We’re sure you’ll also be impressed with the Accord’s award-winning quality; not to mention a great deal you’ll get on the Accord of your choice. Plus, we have an outstanding selection of new 2015 and 2016 Hondas to choose from, along with a huge inventory of top-quality Honda Certified Pre-owned vehicles in Phoenix.
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