Safety

For enhanced safety, the front and rear seat shoulder belts of the Toyota Camry have pretensioners to tighten the seatbelts and eliminate dangerous slack in the event of a collision and force limiters to limit the pressure the belts will exert on the passengers. The Honda Accord Sedan doesn't offer pretensioners for the rear seat belts.

The Camry has a standard Secondary Collision Brake, which automatically applies the brakes in the event of a crash to help prevent secondary collisions and prevent further injuries. The Accord Sedan doesn't offer a post collision braking system: in the event of a collision that triggers the airbags, more collisions are possible without the protection of airbags that may have already deployed.

Over 200 people are killed each year when backed over by motor vehicles. The Camry XLE/XSE has standard Rear Cross Traffic Braking that uses rear sensors to monitor and automatically apply the brakes to prevent a rear collision. The Accord Sedan doesn't offer backup collision prevention brakes.

The Camry XLE/XSE offers an optional Bird's Eye View Camera to allow the driver to see objects all around the vehicle on a screen. The Accord Sedan only offers a rear monitor and front and rear parking sensors that beep or flash a light. That doesn't help with obstacles to the sides.

To help make backing safer, the Camry (except L)'s optional cross-path warning system uses wide-angle radar in the rear bumper to alert the driver to vehicles approaching from the side, helping the driver avoid collisions. The Accord Sedan doesn't offer a cross-path warning system.

The Camry (except L) offers optional Safety Connect, which uses a global positioning satellite (GPS) receiver and a cellular system to help track down your vehicle if it's stolen or send emergency personnel to the scene if any airbags deploy. The Accord Sedan doesn't offer a GPS response system, only a navigation computer with no live response for emergencies, so if you're involved in an accident and you're incapacitated help may not come as quickly.

Both the Camry and the Accord Sedan have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front wheel drive, height adjustable front shoulder belts, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, daytime running lights, rearview cameras and available blind spot warning systems.

  Warranty

Toyota pays for scheduled maintenance on the Camry for 2 years and 25000 miles. Toyota will pay for oil changes, lubrication and any other required maintenance. Honda doesn't pay scheduled maintenance for the Accord Sedan.

There are over 18 percent more Toyota dealers than there are Honda dealers, which makes it easier should you ever need service under the Camry's warranty.

  Reliability

A hardened steel chain, with no maintenance needs, drives the camshafts in the Camry's engine. A rubber belt that needs periodic replacement drives the Accord Sedan V6's camshafts. If the Accord Sedan's cam drive belt breaks the engine could be severely damaged when the pistons hit the opened valves.

J.D. Power and Associates' 2017 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Toyota vehicles are better in initial quality than Honda vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Toyota 13th in initial quality, above the industry average. With 10 more problems per 100 vehicles, Honda is ranked 20th, below the industry average.

J.D. Power and Associates' 2016 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Toyota vehicles are more reliable than Honda vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Toyota fourth in reliability, above the industry average. With 13 more problems per 100 vehicles, Honda is ranked 7th.

From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports' April 2017 Auto Issue reports that Toyota vehicles are more reliable than Honda vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Toyota second in reliability. Honda is ranked 10th.

  Engine

The Camry has more powerful engines than the Accord Sedan:

  Horsepower Torque

Camry 2.5 DOHC 4 cyl.

203 HP

184 lbs.-ft.

Camry XSE 2.5 DOHC 4 cyl.

206 HP

186 lbs.-ft.

Camry XSE/XLE 3.5 DOHC V6

301 HP

267 lbs.-ft.

Accord Sedan 2.4 DOHC 4 cyl.

185 HP

181 lbs.-ft.

Accord Sedan Sport 2.4 DOHC 4 cyl.

189 HP

182 lbs.-ft.

Accord Sedan EX-L V6/Touring 3.5 SOHC V6

278 HP

252 lbs.-ft.

  Fuel Economy and Range

On the EPA test cycle the Camry gets better fuel mileage than the Accord Sedan:

    Camry Accord  

 

 

n/a

23 city/32 hwy

4 cyl./Manual

 

L 4 cyl./Auto

29 city/41 hwy

n/a

 

 

4 cyl./Auto

28 city/39 hwy

27 city/36 hwy

4 cyl./Auto

 

XSE 4 cyl./Auto

28 city/39 hwy

26 city/34 hwy

Sport 4 cyl./Auto

 

XLE V6/Auto

22 city/33 hwy

21 city/33 hwy

V6/Auto

 

XSE V6/Auto

22 city/32 hwy

n/a

 

  Transmission

The Toyota Camry comes standard with an automatic transmission, for driver comfort, especially in the city. Automatic costs extra on the Accord Sedan.

  Brakes and Stopping

For better stopping power the Camry's standard front brake rotors are larger than those on the Accord Sedan:

  Camry Accord Sedan

Front Rotors

12 inches

11.1 inches

  Suspension and Handling

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Camry's wheelbase is 1.9 inches longer than on the Accord Sedan (111.2 inches vs. 109.3 inches).

For better maneuverability, the Camry L/LE's turning circle is .7 feet tighter than the Accord Sedan LX/EX's (37.4 feet vs. 38.1 feet). The Camry SE/XLE/XSE's turning circle is 1.6 feet tighter than the Accord Sedan Sport/Touring's (38 feet vs. 39.6 feet).

  Cargo Capacity

The Camry LE/SE/XLE/XSE's standard folding rear seats are split to accommodate bulky cargo. The Accord Sedan's standard single piece folding rear seat is not as flexible; long cargo and a passenger can't share the rear seat.

  Servicing Ease

The Camry uses gas struts to support the hood for easier service access. The Accord Sedan 4 cyl. uses a prop rod to support its heavy hood. It takes two hands to open the hood and set the prop rod, the prop rod gets in the way during maintenance and service, and the prop rod could be knocked out, causing the heavy hood to fall on the person maintaining or servicing the car.

  Ergonomics

The Camry XLE/XSE offers an optional heads-up display that projects speed and other key instrumentation readouts in front of the driver's line of sight, allowing drivers to view information without diverting their eyes from the road. The Accord Sedan doesn't offer a heads-up display.

The power windows standard on both the Camry and the Accord Sedan have locks to prevent small children from operating them. When the lock on the Camry is engaged the driver can still operate all of the windows, for instance to close one opened by a child. The Accord Sedan prevents the driver from operating the other windows just as it does the other passengers.

The Camry's front and rear power windows all open or close fully with one touch of the switches, making it more convenient at drive-up windows and toll booths, or when talking with someone outside the car. The Accord Sedan's standard passenger windows don't open or close automatically. With the Accord Sedan EX/EX-L/Touring's power windows, only the front windows open or close automatically.

  Recommendations

The Toyota Camry outsold the Honda Accord by 15% during the 2016 model year.


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