2016 Honda Accord vs 2016 Toyota Camry

The Camcord Battle Rages On

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There is no way to pick the better car between the Honda Accord and Toyota Camry.

It’s impossible because when it comes down to it, the advantages one car has over the other comes down to a matter of personal preference, not quality. It’s like picking between crunchy and smooth peanut butter. No matter how much rational or irrational effort is exerted to prove the superiority of one over the other, it’s a frivolous task; one side will never convince the other side is wrong.

And like everyone’s favorite peanut-based spread, the simple truth is both are good. Toyota and Honda have the mid-size family sedan formula down to a science. The cars match up so well across the board that choosing either one is a smart choice. So instead of spewing out why one car is superior to the other and extolling tired clichés, I’m going to break down the differentiates these two, however minuscule, so you can decide which car better suits your lifestyle and needs.

Familiar Engine Formula

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Both the Accord and the Camry come equipped with a standard four-cylinder engine or an optional V6. While a lot of the competition is looking to turbocharged four-bangers as the upgrade engine option, Honda and Toyota continue to stick with the more traditional V6 in the brand’s mid-size sedans.

Both V6 engines are 3.5-liters in displacement, with the Accord producing 278 hp and 252 lb-ft of torque compared to the Camry’s 268 hp and 248 lb-ft. Both cars also feature six-speed automatic transmissions sending power to the front wheels. Despite having a bit more power, the Accord also holds a slight edge when it comes to fuel economy, rated at 21 mpg city and 34 mpg highway compared to the Camry’s 21 mpg city and 31 mpg highway ratings.

SEE ALSO: 2015 Toyota Camry vs 2015 Honda Accord

With the base engines, things differ a little bit more. Honda opts for a 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine that makes 185 hp and 181 lb-ft of torque. That out-duels the Camry’s larger 2.5-liter four-cylinder unit that makes 178 hp and 170 lb-ft of torque.

Honda offers a choice of six-speed manual or continuously variable transmission for the four-cylinder engine while Camry customers make do with a six-speed automatic. Once again, the Accord holds the fuel economy advantage as, when equipped with the CVT, expect the it to return 27 mpg city and 37 mpg highway – a 2 mpg increase in both categories over the four-pot Camry.

Compliant with a Side of Sport or Comfort

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Looking at the specs above, it’s easy to conclude the Accord has a powertrain advantage. But out on the road, that’s not the case. Both cars are set up to offer a compliant, easy-to-operate driving experience and any perceived gap in performance shrinks when driven back to back.

There are differences in how the cars operate, though. The Camry is the softer car. It’s smoother in all its primary controls, like steering, acceleration and braking. It also offers the softer ride. This fluid softness does have a downside though, as the Camry is ever so slightly more susceptible to crosswinds.

The Accord is the better handling car of the two and features a slightly sporty edge that’s not as buttery smooth as the Camry. The Honda allows more vibrations to make their way into the cabin and even if it does feel like a more responsive car than the Camry, the Accord still doesn’t have the eagerness of a Mazda6 or Volkswagen Passat.

Style and Size

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Calling the Camry and Accord mid-size cars is like calling Shaquille O’Neal a regular sized human. At 190.9-inches in length, the Camry is a large car and the Accord, well, it’s even bigger. Both cars come standard with 16-inch wheels, but the Accord trumps the Camry by offering upwards of 19-inch wheels compared to the Toyota’s largest size that caps out at 18-inches.

At 3,170 lbs, a base Accord is roughly 70 pounds lighter than the most svelte Camry, but remember, the base Accord also includes a much lighter manual transmission. Check off all the option boxes, and the Accord easily eclipse the Camry, coming in a hefty 3,605 lbs compared to the Toyota’s 3,480-lb curb weight.

SEE ALSO: 2013 Toyota Camry vs 2013 Honda Accord

For 2016, the Accord’s exterior design has been refreshed and features an overabundance of chrome, specifically the large strip across the grille. Still, with the LED headlights and larger 19-inch wheels, the Accord does look more modern.

Compare Specs

Honda Accord
vs
Toyota Camry
Vehicle Honda Accord Advantage Toyota Camry
Base Engine 2.4 L Four-cylinder - 2.5 L Four-Cylinder
Horsepower 184 HP Accord 178 HP
Torque 181 lb-ft. Accord 170 lb-ft.
Fuel Economy (US) 27 MPG city, 37 MPG highway Accord 25 MPG city, 35 MPG highway
Fuel Economy (CDN) 8.6 L/100 km city, 6.4 L/100 km highway Accord 9.7 L/100 km city, 6.9 L/100 km highway
Optional Engine 3.5 L V6 - 3.5 L V6
Horsepower 278 HP Accord 268 HP
Torque 252 lb-ft. Accord 248 lb-ft.
Fuel Economy (US) 21 MPG city, 34 MPG highway Accord 21 MPG city, 31 MPG highway
Fuel Economy (CDN) 11.3 L/100 km city, 7.0 L/100 km highway Accord 11.0 L/100 km city, 7.7 L/100 km highway
Rear Seat Legroom 38.5-inches Camry 38.9-inches
Cargo Capacity 15.5-15.8 cubic feet Accord 15.4 cubic feet
Curb Weight 3,170-3,605 lbs. - 3,240-3,480 lbs.
Starting Price(US) $23,740 - $23,905
Starting Price(CDN) $25,845 - $26,165
Top Trim Price(US) $35,415 - $34,775
Top Trim Price(CDN) $37,485 - $37,385

Practical People Haulers

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Despite initial appearances, the Camry and Accord are still boxy-shaped sedans underneath all that rounded and creased sheet metal. This leads to good sight lines all around; as should be expected in a multiple driver family vehicle. And while on the topic of one-size fits all, the two cars offer a seating position that feels more like the diver is sitting on the car than in it. This allows people of all shapes and sizes easier adjust-ability to find an optimal driving position.

Behind the front seats, at a length of 38.9 inches, passengers in the Camry are offered about a half inch more legroom than those in the Accord. But when it comes to the trunk, things flip-flop, as the Accord bests the Camry with 15.8 cubic feet of storage compared to 15.4 cubic foot trunk

Usability vs. Technology

Maybe the biggest separation between the two cars has to do with technology and usability. In short, the Accord is stuffed with extra technological wonders like Apple Carplay, Android Auto, active lane keep, a lane watch camera and rain sensing wipers. And it comes with dual screens, the lower of which can finally do more than just display audio information.

But a lot of Honda’s technology comes attached to the somewhat complicated HondaLink infotainment system that not everyone is a fan of. The Camry’s primary controls on the other hand, are much easier to use thanks to large, well-marked buttons and dials. Plus, it still comes with a lot of advanced features like navigation, expandable apps, adaptive cruise control and rear cross traffic alert.

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The Verdict: 2016 Honda Accord vs 2016 Toyota Camry

Things are deeply muddled in deciding between the Accord and Camry, as both offer their advantages and disadvantages. You can’t even look at pricing to be the deciding factor; an automatic transmission-equipped Accord LX begins at $23,740 after destination charges, while a base Camry LE begins at $23,905. At the top end, an Accord Touring V6 costs $35,415 while the Camry XLE V6 comes in at $34,775.

What it ultimately comes down to is the slightest of separations and choosing one can be as easy as asking yourself this question. Does the Camry with its comfort and usability advantage appeal more to you, or is it the Accord with the technological and driving edge? So what’s it going to be: crunchy or smooth?

2016 Honda Accord

2016 Toyota Camry

  • Phil

    crunchy!
    …by a long shot!

  • Shiratori1

    The fact that the Accord is sportier and offers 3 different transmissions puts it a notch above the Camry in my opinion.

  • JupiterDog

    The Camry looks cheap and unattractive, Accord all the way.

  • bill f

    I own a 2011 accord and an 07 Odyssey. The accord is the first new car I’ve ever purchased. While it’s been a great car, I’ve gotta say their infotainment or whatever you want to call it, and other electronics, lean toward the crappy side. Now at 60k miles, my driver side map light no longer comes on unless it’s frigid cold outside. quick google searches reveal I might be able to fix it with a $10 switch. the shops want $200+ to replace the entire map light ‘console’. The other issue I’ve had is the wiper motor just died on me while in a wet snow on interstate in downtown construction zone — couldn’t pull over — couldn’t stop. I’m lucky to have avoided an accident. of all the beater cars I’ve owned, I’ve NEVER had an issue with a wiper motor. Frankly, I’m concerned about the quality of Honda these days. The Odyssey has also required more repairs than I ever expected…. just saying.

  • Pk

    I am on my second Accord while we recently got rid of wifes Camry. Not impressed with Camry. It handles snow much worse than my Accord. I also had all kings of issues with door actuators.

  • Jack Daniels

    Snow has alot to do with tires.. New Accord sedans come with Michelin MXV4’s which are great in the snow.. On the other hand my girlfriend’s new Accord Coupe came with Goodyear LS2’s. Useless if not downright unsafe in the snow and even rain. My friends camry sport came with Toyo SUMMER tires and he couldn’t figure out why he crashed his car in the snow and why he couldn’t get anywhere.. So much so that he starts looking for an AWD car thinking that was the problem. I schooled him real quick on that misinformation and he got a set of Continental Pure Contact tires. He is now also a believer.

  • Jack Daniels

    People who don’t want sporty get a stupid Crossover these days. A slug top heavy less efficient mommy wagon. Sporty always wins in this segment now.

  • Pesobill

    I would take the Honda over the Toyolet . Honda has much better customer service and the endless recalls on some Toyota products seems crazy . They enjoy hiding their defects until finally having to admit problems , then drag out the repairs .. Customer Service is horrible.
    Honda’s are much more performance oriented and better built and hold up well .. Go Honda !!! Down with Toyolet …

  • Pesobill

    Well you could buy a Truck from Toyota and experience breaking suspension parts and rust holes in frames … Oh and the ‘sticky dash’ syndrome of several years .. Oh but it is not Toyolet’s fault ..haha Having owned for years Honda’s and Toyota’s Honda is the better vehicle..

  • auto nut.

    altima!!!

  • craigcole

    That’s a cure for insomnia, driving one of these cars …

  • Jonny_Vancouver

    Lol, can’t say I disagree. I’d rather go for one of the sport sedans from Lexus, Infinity, or Acura. They’re all plenty comfortable, and yet more lively. I think it’s only a matter of time before these two sedans get phased out, replaced by the ever growing Corolla and Civic.

  • Shiratori1

    I disagree…on the Accord anyway.

  • Shiratori1

    No.

  • JupiterDog

    Yes

  • Mike Schlee

    The Accord received a full mid-cycle refresh for 2016.

  • blue

    I drive a 2007 accord 4 door 4cyl fully loaded with presently 170,000 miles in Nova Scotia, Canada. I have had this vehicle from new. The only issue has been an a/c relay replacement ($20 for the part) and air bag actuators as per recall. The rest has been regular servicing according to the manual. Everything still works 100%. The car runs 7,500 miles between service being required and does not use any oil. The navi system is excellent and the voice commands for this and audio and climate control systems work perfectly also. The drivers seat is exceptionally comfortable as are the others. Very satisfied and highly recommended.

  • Beelzebub

    I have a 02 Camry with only 70K miles on it and it looks and runs great. I had a 90 Camry
    that had 170K and it too looked and ran great. But you can’t go wrong with either.

  • Kenny Chiu

    I really dislike reviews like this because they never look at the important things. No where do they mention that the accord comes with rear heated seats and no where does it mention that the Camry comes with a near Lexus grade aucoustic noise reducing front windshield. These reviews aren’t really telling you the details, it’s telling you the bigger picture, which quite frankly, is no different at all.

  • RaymundoFries4

    Creative analysis ! Speaking of which if people need a Acord 25 , my kids edited a fillable version here http://goo.gl/qUTbR0

  • Dale Martin

    I drove both cars back to back and the Camry was the clear winner. Price had nothing to do with it. Only the ride and how it felt to drive it. The Camry, although virtually the same interior size, seemed larger.

  • Josee

    I don’t know if anyone notice, but I had a camry 2012 and fournd the AC was sorts of annoying…making that noise juste like we could hear fluid or water running. Never had that before with previous Camry. I thought it was related to this year making or just to my car. Now, I just bought a Camry 2016 and it is the same. The noise is sufficient so I have to increase the radio volume (and I am not talking about the noise from the ventilation). Has anyone notice that? It’s bothering. Wondering if tha Accord has the same..I kind of regret not having tried a Accord to see if the same problem occurs. It might be not a problem, but it is bothering…