Son's Automotive Group Compares 2018 Honda Accord Sedan VS 2018 Toyota Camry Near Duluth, GA

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2018 Honda Accord Sedan

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2018 Honda Accord Sedan

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2018 Toyota Camry

Safety Comparison

Using vehicle speed sensors and seat sensors, smart airbags in the Accord deploy with different levels of force or don’t deploy at all to help better protect passengers of all sizes in different collisions. The Accord’s side airbags will shut off if a child is leaning against the door. The Camry’s side airbags don’t have smart features and will always deploy full force.

The Accord’s driver alert monitor detects an inattentive driver then sounds a warning and suggests a break. According to the NHTSA, drivers who fall asleep cause about 100,000 crashes and 1500 deaths a year. The Camry doesn’t offer a driver alert monitor.

Both the Accord and the Camry have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, driver and front passenger knee airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, front wheel drive, height adjustable front shoulder belts, plastic fuel tanks, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, crash mitigating brakes, daytime running lights, lane departure warning systems, rearview cameras, available blind spot warning systems, rear parking sensors and rear cross-path warning.

Engine Comparison

The Accord has more powerful engines than the Camry:



Accord 1.5 turbo 4 cyl.

192 lbs.-ft.

Accord 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

273 lbs.-ft.

Camry 2.5 DOHC 4 cyl.

184 lbs.-ft.

Camry XSE 2.5 DOHC 4 cyl.

186 lbs.-ft.

Camry XSE/XLE 3.5 DOHC V6

267 lbs.-ft.

As tested in Car and Driver the Honda Accord 1.5T is faster than the Toyota Camry 4 cyl. (automatics tested):




Zero to 60 MPH

7.3 sec

7.9 sec

Zero to 100 MPH

19.1 sec

20.5 sec

5 to 60 MPH Rolling Start

8 sec

8.2 sec

Passing 30 to 50 MPH

4 sec

4.3 sec

Passing 50 to 70 MPH

5.2 sec

6 sec

Quarter Mile

15.7 sec

16.2 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

91 MPH

90 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

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








23 city/34 hwy

22 city/33 hwy

V6/Auto XLE


Sport/Touring 2.0T/Auto

22 city/32 hwy

22 city/32 hwy

V6/Auto XSE

To lower fuel costs and make buying fuel easier, the Honda Accord uses regular unleaded gasoline. The Camry XSE/XLE requires premium, which can cost 20 to 55 cents more per gallon.

The Accord has a standard cap-less fueling system. The fuel filler is automatically opened when the fuel nozzle is inserted and automatically closed when it’s removed. This eliminates the need to unscrew and replace the cap and it reduces fuel evaporation, which causes pollution. The Camry doesn’t offer a cap-less fueling system.

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

For better stopping power the Accord 2.0T/Sport/Touring’s brake rotors are larger than those on the Camry:


Accord 2.0T/Sport/Touring


Front Rotors

12.3 inches

12 inches

Rear Rotors

11.1 inches

11.06 inches

The Accord stops much shorter than the Camry:





70 to 0 MPH

162 feet

175 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

109 feet

123 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels Comparison

For better traction, the Accord has larger standard tires than the Camry (225/50R17 vs. 205/65R16).

The Accord’s standard tires provide better handling because they have a lower 50 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the Camry L’s standard 65 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Accord has standard 17-inch wheels. Smaller 16-inch wheels are standard on the Camry L.

Suspension and Handling Comparison

The Accord offers an available driver-adjustable suspension system. It allows the driver to choose between an extra-supple ride, reducing fatigue on long trips, or a sport setting, which allows maximum control for tricky roads. The Camry’s suspension doesn’t offer adjustable shock absorbers.

The Accord has vehicle speed sensitive variable-assist power steering, for low-effort parking, better control at highway speeds and during hard cornering, and a better feel of the road. The Camry doesn’t offer variable-assist power steering.

The Accord Touring handles at .89 G’s, while the Camry XLE pulls only .81 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

The Accord Sport executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver quicker than the Camry XLE (26.4 seconds @ .67 average G’s vs. 27.3 seconds @ .62 average G’s).

Chassis Comparison

The front grille of the Accord EX 1.5T/EX-L 1.5T uses electronically controlled shutters to close off airflow and reduce drag when less engine cooling is needed. This helps improve highway fuel economy. The Camry doesn’t offer active grille shutters.

The Accord 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 Touring is quieter than the Camry SE (40 vs. 41 dB).

Passenger Space Comparison

Because it has more passenger and cargo room, the EPA rates the Accord a Large car, while the Camry is rated a Mid-size.

The Accord has 5.2 cubic feet more passenger volume than the Camry (105.6 vs. 100.4).

The Accord has 1.2 inches more front headroom, .2 inches more front legroom, .6 inches more front shoulder room, 2.4 inches more rear legroom, .3 inches more rear hip room and .8 inches more rear shoulder room than the Camry.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

The Accord has a much larger trunk than the Camry (16.7 vs. 15.1 cubic feet).

The Accord’s standard rear seats fold to accommodate long and bulky cargo. The Camry L doesn’t offer folding rear seats.

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

When two different drivers share the Accord EX-L/Touring, the memory system makes it convenient for both. Each keyless remote activates different, customized memories for the driver’s seat position, outside mirror angle and climate settings. The Camry doesn’t offer a memory system.

The Accord EX-L/Touring’s standard easy entry system glides the driver’s seat back when the door is unlocked or the ignition is switched off, making it easier for the driver to get in and out. The Camry doesn’t offer an easy entry system.

The Accord Touring’s standard wipers adjust their speed and turn on and off automatically according to the amount of rainfall on the windshield. The Camry’s intermittent wipers change speed with vehicle speed, but can’t turn on and off or change speed based on changing rainfall.

Consumer Reports rated the Accord’s headlight performance “Very Good,” a higher rating than the Camry’s headlights, which were rated “Fair.”

When the Accord Touring is put in reverse, both rearview mirrors tilt from their original position. This gives the driver a better view of the curb during parallel parking maneuvers. Shifting out of reverse puts the mirrors into their original positions. The Camry’s mirrors don’t automatically adjust for backing.

Both the Accord and the Camry offer available heated front seats. The Accord 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.

Standard air-conditioned seats in the Accord Touring keep the driver and front passenger comfortable and take the sting out of hot seats in summer. The Camry doesn’t offer air-conditioned seats.

The Accord 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 costs extra on the Camry and isn’t available on the Camry L.

The Accord’s standard automatic temperature control maintains the temperature you set, automatically controlling fan speed, vents and temperature to maintain a consistent, comfortable environment. The Camry L doesn’t offer automatic air conditioning.

Economic Advantages Comparison

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Accord 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 than the Camry, including $135 less for a water pump, $30 less for front brake pads, $28 less for a starter, $60 less for front struts, $1070 less for a timing belt/chain and $21 less for a power steering pump.

Recommendations Comparison

Motor Trend performed a comparison test in its December 2017 issue and the Honda Accord EX won out over the Toyota Camry XLE.

The Accord was chosen as one of Car and Driver’s “Top Ten” 2018 and for 22 of the last 24 years. The Camry hasn’t been picked since 1997.

The Accord 2.0T Sport was chosen as one of Automobile Magazine’s “All Stars” in 2018. The Camry hasn’t been picked since 1997.

A group of representative automotive journalists from North America selected the Accord as the 2018 North American Car of the Year. The Camry has never been chosen.

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