Son's Automotive Group Compares 2017 Honda Accord Sedan VS 2017 Toyota Camry Near Tucker, GA

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2017 Honda Accord Sedan

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2017 Honda Accord Sedan

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2017 Toyota Camry

Safety Comparison

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety tests front crash prevention systems. With a score of 6 points, IIHS rates the Collision Mitigation Braking System optional in the Accord Sedan as “Superior.” The Camry scores only 4 points and is rated only “Advanced.”

Compared to metal, the Accord Sedan’s plastic fuel tank can withstand harder, more intrusive impacts without leaking; this decreases the possibility of fire. The Toyota Camry has a metal gas tank.

Both the Accord Sedan and the Camry have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, 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 lane departure warning systems.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration does 35 MPH front crash tests on new vehicles. In this test, results indicate that the Honda Accord Sedan is safer than the Toyota Camry:

 

Accord Sedan

Camry

 

Driver

STARS

4 Stars

4 Stars

HIC

132

236

Neck Injury Risk

29%

33%

Neck Stress

209 lbs.

462 lbs.

Neck Compression

51 lbs.

93 lbs.

Leg Forces (l/r)

636/216 lbs.

479/545 lbs.

New test not comparable to pre-2011 test results. More stars = Better. Lower test results = Better.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration does side impact tests on new vehicles. In this test, which crashes the vehicle into a flat barrier at 38.5 MPH and into a post at 20 MPH, results indicate that the Honda Accord Sedan is safer than the Toyota Camry:

 

Accord Sedan

Camry

 

Front Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Chest Movement

.7 inches

.9 inches

Abdominal Force

150 G’s

199 G’s

Hip Force

388 lbs.

543 lbs.

 

Rear Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Hip Force

569 lbs.

734 lbs.

 

Into Pole

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

HIC

289

361

Spine Acceleration

39 G’s

51 G’s

Hip Force

558 lbs.

975 lbs.

New test not comparable to pre-2011 test results. More stars = Better. Lower test results = Better.

The Honda Accord Sedan has a better fatality history. The Accord Sedan was involved in fatal accidents at a rate 16% lower per vehicle registered than the Camry, according to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.

Engine Comparison

The Accord Sedan EX-L V6/Touring’s 3.5 SOHC V6 produces 10 more horsepower (278 vs. 268) and 4 lbs.-ft. more torque (252 vs. 248) than the Camry XSE/XLE’s optional 3.5 DOHC V6.

As tested in Car and Driver the Honda Accord Sedan 4 cyl. is faster than the Toyota Camry 4 cyl. (automatics tested):

 

Accord

Camry

Zero to 60 MPH

7.4 sec

8.2 sec

Zero to 100 MPH

19.3 sec

22.9 sec

5 to 60 MPH Rolling Start

7.5 sec

8.6 sec

Passing 30 to 50 MPH

3.8 sec

4.4 sec

Passing 50 to 70 MPH

4.7 sec

5.6 sec

Quarter Mile

15.9 sec

16.3 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

91 MPH

88 MPH

Top Speed

127 MPH

114 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

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

 

 

Accord

Camry

 

 

4 cyl./Manual

23 city/32 hwy

n/a

 

 

4 cyl./Auto

27 city/36 hwy

24 city/33 hwy

4 cyl./Auto

 

Sport 4 cyl./Auto

26 city/34 hwy

n/a

 

 

V6/Auto

21 city/33 hwy

21 city/30 hwy

V6/Auto

An engine control system that can shut down half of the engine’s cylinders helps improve the Accord Sedan V6’s fuel efficiency. The Camry doesn’t offer a system that can shut down part of the engine.

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

For better stopping power the Accord Sedan Sport/Touring’s brake rotors are larger than those on the Camry:

 

Accord Sport/Touring

Camry

Front Rotors

12.3 inches

11.7 inches

Rear Rotors

11.1 inches

11 inches

The Accord Sedan stops much shorter than the Camry:

 

Accord

Camry

 

70 to 0 MPH

173 feet

182 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

115 feet

127 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels Comparison

For better traction, the Accord Sedan Sport/Touring’s tires are larger than the largest tires available on the Camry (235/40R19 vs. 225/45R18).

The Accord Sedan Sport/Touring’s tires provide better handling because they have a lower 40 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the Camry XSE’s 45 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Accord Sedan Sport/Touring has standard 19-inch wheels. The Camry’s largest wheels are only 18-inches.

Suspension and Handling Comparison

The Accord Sedan’s drift compensation steering can automatically compensate for road conditions which would cause the vehicle to drift from side to side, helping the driver to keep the vehicle straight more easily. The Camry doesn’t offer drift compensation steering.

The Accord Sedan Sport handles at .87 G’s, while the Camry XLE pulls only .78 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

The Accord Sedan EX-L goes through AutoWeek’s slalom 1.4 MPH faster than the Camry SE (42.4 vs. 40.96 MPH).

The Accord Sedan Touring executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 2 seconds quicker than the Camry XLE (26.6 seconds @ .67 average G’s vs. 28.6 seconds @ .54 average G’s).

Chassis Comparison

The Accord Sedan uses computer-generated active noise cancellation to help remove annoying noise and vibration from the passenger compartment, especially at low frequencies. The Camry doesn’t offer active noise cancellation.

As tested by Car and Driver while at idle, the interior of the Accord Sedan EX is quieter than the Camry SE (38 vs. 41 dB).

Passenger Space Comparison

The Accord Sedan has .3 inches more front headroom, .9 inches more front legroom, 1.1 inches more front hip room, .6 inches more front shoulder room and .2 inches more rear hip room than the Camry.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

The Accord Sedan has a larger trunk than the Camry (15.8 vs. 15.4 cubic feet).

With its sedan body style, valet key, locking rear seatbacks and remote trunk release lockout, the Accord offers cargo security. The Camry’s non-lockable remote release defeats cargo security.

Ergonomics Comparison

The Accord Sedan EX/EX-L/Touring Auto has a standard remote vehicle starting system, so the vehicle can be started from inside the driver's house. This allows the driver to comfortably warm up the engine before going out to the vehicle. The climate system will also automatically heat or cool the interior. The Camry doesn’t offer a remote starting system.

When two different drivers share the Accord Sedan EX-L/Touring, the memory seats make it convenient for both. Each keyless remote activates different, customized memories for the driver’s seat position. The Camry doesn’t offer memory seats.

If the windows are left down on the Accord Sedan the driver can raise them all using the key in the outside lock cylinder. On a hot day the driver can lower the windows from outside the vehicle using the key in the outside lock cylinder or the keyless remote. The driver of the Camry can only operate the windows from inside the vehicle, with the ignition on.

The Accord Sedan’s standard speed-sensitive wipers speed up when the vehicle does, so that the driver doesn’t have to continually adjust the speed of the wipers. The Camry’s manually variable intermittent wipers have to be constantly adjusted. The Accord Sedan Touring’s standard wipers adjust their speed and turn on and off automatically according to the amount of rainfall on the windshield.

Both the Accord Sedan and the Camry offer available heated front seats. The Accord Sedan Touring also has standard heated rear seats to keep those passengers extremely comfortable in the winter. Heated rear seats aren’t available in the Camry.

The Accord Sedan has a standard dual zone air conditioning allows the driver and front passenger to choose two completely different temperatures so people with different temperature preferences won’t have to compromise. This makes both the driver and front passenger as comfortable as possible. Dual zone air conditioning is only available on the Camry XSE/XLE.

Both the Accord Sedan and the Camry offer rear vents. For greater rear passenger comfort, the Accord Sedan EX/EX-L/Touring has standard rear air conditioning vents to keep rear occupants cool in summer or warm in winter. The Camry LE/SE doesn’t offer rear air conditioning vents, only heat vents.

Economic Advantages Comparison

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Accord Sedan is less expensive to operate than the Camry because it costs $360 less to do the manufacturer’s suggested maintenance for 50,000 miles. Typical repairs cost much less on the Accord Sedan than the Camry, including $86 less for a water pump, $298 less for front struts and $1623 less for a timing belt/chain.

Recommendations Comparison

The Honda Accord Sedan has won recognition from these important consumer publications:

 

Accord Sedan

Camry

Consumer Reports® Recommends

TRUE

TRUE

Car Book “Best Bet”

TRUE

FALSE

Motor Trend performed a comparison test in its May 2013 issue and they ranked the Honda Accord Sedan Sport higher than the Toyota Camry SE.

The 2017 Accord was chosen one of Car and Driver’s “Top Ten” and has been for the past 31 years. The Camry hasn’t been picked since 1997.

The 2016 Accord was chosen as one of Automobile Magazine’s “All Stars” and has been for 2 of the last 4 years. The Camry hasn’t been picked since 1997.

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