In just about every human endeavor there are winners and losers. War, politics, cooking shows, talent contests, and Game of Thrones are just a few examples that come to mind. But in the ultimate “Car Wars” battle for midsize sedan supremacy, who gives the best performance and who will get four “Xs” and Simon Cowell’s dreaded scowl?
We give you two of the top defenders of the automotive realm: the made-in-Ohio 2016 Honda Accord and the 2016 Toyota Camry. Both of these immensely popular and best-selling midsize four-door sedans have been duking it out on the automotive field of combat for many years. But in the final analysis, which of these two worthy contenders bests the other in this hotly contest midsize segment?
We’ll put these two outstanding challengers to the test in a head-to-head comparison and see which comes out on top. While it’s not exactly Jon Snow squaring off against Ramsey Bolton, tackling American Ninja Warrior, or getting chopped on Top Chef, there’s still plenty of drama and excitement in store as we present: “The Great Accord VS Camry Showdown.”
Let the games begin!
Accord’s New Contemporary Design
When it comes to exterior style, both the Accord and the Camry score with sporty and contemporary sheetmetal. The Accord’s sexy new skin is new for 2016 and features such as a bold new chrome grille flanked by strings of jewel-like available LED headlights on either side, sleek and sophisticated body lines, new available sport alloy wheels, a sweeping roofline, new contoured aluminum hood, expressive new taillights, and integrated rear decklid spoiler. Automotive pundits favorably compare the Accord’s new style cues to that of its upmarket Acura cousins. Top trim levels now ride on 19-inch wheels.
The Camry takes a different approach, trying to come off as perhaps a bit sportier than it really is. Nonetheless, we can’t really fault the Camry’s styling too much as this category comes down to one’s personal tastes. Of course, our tastes gravitate to the Accord’s fresh new looks.
Accord Masters Inner Space
Both Honda and Toyota are at the top of their game regarding crafting spacious, ergonomic, and high-quality interiors. However, when you take a tape measure to the Accord’s interior dimensions, you’ll find that it edges out the Camry in just about every area. The automotive experts at TheCarConnection.com note that “The 2016 Honda Accord maximizes interior space while presenting a classy, well-proportioned exterior.”
Plus, the Accord offers such upscale conveniences as an available 10-way power adjustable driver’s seat with two-position memory. This compares to the Camry’s available 8-position driver’s seat. The Accord also beats the Camry with up to 15.8 cubic feet of cargo space compared to the Camry’s 15.4 cubic feet.
Accord Wins The Tech Battle
The Accord also pulls out ahead of the Camry regarding technology. While both the Accord and Camry offer such predictable features as Bluetooth®, hands-free dialing, streaming audio, large touchscreen displays, USB ports and the like, the Accord blasts ahead of the Camry in this category with available Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto™ smartphone connectivity. These are not currently offered on the Camry.
The Accord also comes with a full-featured smartphone app called HondaLink® that lets you control your Accord like never before. It features the convenience of scheduling service appointments, contact customer support, and much more. Honda was also one of the first automakers to offer a standard rear multi-view backup camera. And the Accord comes with three free months of SiriusXM® Satellite Radio, something the Camry doesn’t offer.
Accord More Powerful & Fuel Efficient
Turning to performance and fuel economy, we begin to see a genuine separation between the Accord and the Camry. The Accord pulls out in front of the Camry in horsepower, torque, fuel capacity, and fuel economy. When you compare the Accord’s standard 2.4-liter i-VTEC 4-cylinder engine to the Camry’s larger 4-cylinder, it gets 185 horsepower and 181 lb.-ft. of torque compared to 178-hp and 170 lb.-ft. of torque. The Accord’s 4-cylinder also edges out the Camry in fuel economy, with up to an EPA-estimated 37 mpg highway with its continuously variable transmission (CVT) against the similarly equipped Camry 4-cylinder’s 35 mpg EPA numbers.
Both the Accord and the Camry offer available V6 engines that put out plenty of performance. Here again, the Accord edges out the Camry with its 3.5-liter i-VTEC V6 generating 278 hp compared to the Camry’s V6, which puts out only 268 horsepower for a 10 horsepower advantage. Those 10 extra ponies can come in real handy when merging onto the freeway or passing that big rig on the highway. Even with more available power, the Accord V6’s EPA-estimated 34 mpg highway fuel economy also edges out the Camry’s 31 mpg highway fuel economy ratings.
Additionally, the Accord offers a choice of either a 6-speed manual transmission or a thrifty continuously variable transmission (CVT) while the Camry opts for just a 6-speed automatic.
Honda Accord: A Safer Bet
Another category where the Accord gets ahead of the Camry is safety, a topic of paramount concern to Honda engineers. The Camry does come equipped with many standard and available safety features, including multiple airbags, 4-wheel disc brakes with ABS and Electronic Brake Force Distribution, Electronic Traction Control, Vehicle Stability Control, and other features as part of their Star Safety System™
The Accord takes the lead in the safety department with its exclusive ACE™ Body Structure. The way the body cage absorbs and distributes the impact of a frontal collision helps keep passengers safe. Then there’s the Accord’s 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, Forward-Collision Warning. Lake Keeping Assist, Lane Departure Warning, and Adaptive Cruise Control. As a result, the Accord achieves higher NHTSA safety ratings than the Camry in major areas such as overall frontal crash, rollover, standard 2nd-row head restraints, and superior side crash safety. In fact, the NHTSA government testing agency gives the Accord 5 stars in these critical safety categories, compared to just 4 stars for the Camry
The Accord Is A “10Best” Winner
The Accord also wins the price wars, with the standard Honda LX model coming in at an MSRP of about $1,000 less than a comparably equipped Camry LE. And there’s one last thing that puts the Accord over the top. It’s been named a Car And Driver Magazine “10Best” a record 30 times. While the Camry has compiled its own industry accolades, it doesn’t come close to that.
Both the 2016 Honda Accord for sale in Central Ohio at your Central Ohio Honda Dealers and the 2016 Toyota Camry are excellent choices if you’re in the market for a quality midsize family sedan. However, if you’re someone who craves a sportier ride and two fewer doors, the Accord comes in a sleek and sexy two-door coupe model. The Camry? Well, you’re stuck with just four doors folks.
The Hometown Favorite Takes The Prize
So at the end of the day who reigns supreme? We think the nod goes to the 2016 Honda Accord. Its fresh new styling, better performance and fuel economy, sportier handling, updated technology, and superior safety features put it over the top. Did we mention that the Accord’s been manufactured in Ohio since the 1980s? We love a hometown winner, don’t we Simon?
See for yourself why the new 2016 Honda Accord is the clear winner by visiting one of our conveniently located Central Ohio Honda Dealers today. Discover just how easy it is to drive home in an award-winning new Honda this summer with exceptional Honda factory incentives on our entire inventory of new Hondas for sale near Columbus, Ohio.