Editor’s Notice: The 2018 Honda Accord EX 1.5T utilized on this comparability take a look at was a pre-production unit and never absolutely consultant of the ultimate product with regard to engine tuning, suspension tuning, and construct high quality.
All you hear as of late is identical mantra: Crossovers are sizzling; sedans are lifeless. Each month, sedan gross sales are down whereas crossover and SUV gross sales are up.
And though there has certainly been a marked shift within the transportation preferences of the American nuclear household, stories on the loss of life of the sedan have been enormously exaggerated. Final yr, greater than 2 million midsize four-doors crossed the brink of seller showrooms with joyful house owners on the wheel. The Camry was Toyota’s best-selling automobile final yr, and the Accord was a part of Honda’s trio of autos (together with the Civic and CR-V) that every promote round 350,00Zero items yearly.
For the 2018 mannequin yr, each sedans acquired full ground-up redesigns, which implies it’s time to placed on our consumer-advice pants. Certain, we’re going to judge efficiency and dealing with of those new-gen sedans, however we’re additionally going to drill down to find out which is the smarter buy for the pragmatic automotive purchaser who places commuting consolation and sensible options excessive on their precedence record.
As affiliate on-line editor Collin Woodard and I strategy the autos, we discover every is making a particular design assertion—as if to point out the dowdy household sedan can nonetheless be related and hip. The Camry presents itself as an evolution, its grille wider and Toyota badge thrust ahead in a pouting prow. It’s a daring look however clearly recognizable as a Camry. The Accord’s brash, large belt-buckle Honda badge leaves no query of its provenance. Neither nostril strikes us as conventionally fairly.
As for the facet and rear sheetmetal, the Accord extends a fastback roofline to the Camry’s extra conventional three-box sedan form. On the rear, the Accord’s bulging taillamps sadly evoke a goiter, and there’s quite a lot of busy design within the Camry’s C-pillar because it extends into the tail.
Upon coming into every automotive, we discover the Camry’s doorways (on all trims) shut with a hole, tinny whumma not not like a wobbly metallic shed. The Accord’s shut with the sturdy, reassuring thud of a luxurious automotive. This as a client’s first tactile impression of the Camry won’t assist the Toyota salesforce.
Inside, the Camry design raises questions with the -dimensional look of its simulated wooden trim. The optionally available metal-looking trim is pleasant. Another supplies are much better high quality than the earlier technology, however that high quality isn’t common. The black plastic across the cupholders appears to be like and feels low-cost, as do the decrease door panels. Then again, we recognize the true distinction stitching on each the dashboard and seats.
The Accord has moved previous attention-grabbing and gone straight to stylish. It’s as in the event that they took notes at an Audi design seminar. Honda’s simulated open-pore wooden trim and brushed-metal accents appear borrowed from a better class of automotive. The temperature controls use knobs backlit white till you flip them, at which level they flip blue or pink, relying on the chilly or sizzling route of the dial. Except for trim items just under the door handles, the inside supplies appear and feel extra premium than the Camry’s and certainly extra premium than we’d anticipate from a midsize household sedan. It’s a formidable step for Honda.
Settling in, the Camry XLE’s seats are leather-based, however they’re flat and supply little help past the adjustable lumbar. The seat-bottom cushion can also be shorter than we’d like when it comes to thigh help. The Accord has fabric seats for its midgrade model, and we’d must improve to the dearer EX-L trim to get leather-based. Nonetheless, the Accord seats are extra comfy and supply extra lateral help, significantly when cornering. Each the Accord and Camry lowered the seating place from their earlier generations, which makes for a racier really feel however may show a chore for older drivers when getting out of the vehicles.
As for options, every walks tall with a fairly large infotainment display that includes a mixture of contact controls and bodily buttons. The Accord’s floats atop of the sprint; the Camry’s is built-in into the middle stack.
Visually, the Camry’s infotainment system feels extra built-in into the inside design. However functionally, the Accord’s is much extra intuitive. The Camry’s management structure, each bodily and digital, is complicated. A primary instance: Pairing a telephone to the Accord isn’t solely a faster, extra intuitive course of, however the show itself additionally sports activities a design like a smartphone and has crisper graphics. Solely the Accord affords Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. As a result of Toyota is in an mental property snit with the software program giants, Toyota as an alternative affords a downloadable suite of apps developed in-house—one among which is the Scout GPS Hyperlink App, which runs in your telephone and initiatives on the infotainment display. Each vehicles supply Wi-Fi sizzling spots on larger trims. For audiophiles, the Accord additionally has a richer-sounding stereo system throughout all trims.
Swinging our eyes left, we discover each vehicles have built-in full-color digital screens into their instrument clusters, however the Honda’s is significantly bigger, overlaying half the cluster and providing much more features. Each are managed by steering wheel buttons and are equally simple to navigate. We discover the Accord’s extra intuitive, although. The Camry XLE contains a full-color head-up show, however the Accord reserves that characteristic for its highest Touring trim degree. Conversely, cheaper Camry trim ranges get an instrument cluster with a full-color digital show half the scale of the XLE’s.
As for driver aids to assist keep away from accidents, Toyota Security Sense and Honda Sensing are customary on all fashions and supply related options, together with lane departure warning, lane protecting, ahead collision warning, computerized emergency braking, and adaptive cruise management. Honda’s system, nonetheless, is significantly extra refined than Toyota’s, significantly in lane protecting. Toyota’s system will make simply sufficient of a steering correction to maintain you from leaving your lane, at the least on the primary event. Honda’s system helps steer the automotive into corners and facilities the automotive in its lane to some extent on straight roads. We additionally discovered Honda’s system to be extra constant in recognizing the lane strains. Each vehicles additionally present blind-spot monitoring, rearview cameras, and optionally available parking sensors. The Camry, although, affords a 360-degree digicam that no Accord does.
Each vehicles supply a single USB port and 12-volt energy level in entrance of the gearshift knobs, then extra plug-ins within the middle console cubby. Toyota additionally supplies a regular wi-fi telephone charger, however Honda’s is on the market on larger trims solely. Each supply heated seats, although top-trim Touring Accords additionally supply ventilated seats, which the Camry doesn’t. The Camry options two fast-charging USB ports however solely on larger trim ranges. Decrease trims get solely the one port up entrance for your entire automotive. Above, Camry affords a panoramic sunroof to the Accord’s customary sunroof. When it’s time to gasoline up, the Accord comes geared up with a capless gasoline filler, which the Camry lacks.
Have pals or household who must climb within the rear seats? Each vehicles are commodious, however the Accord is roomy like a parlor, significantly in kneeroom and headroom. For those who tick the field for the aforementioned large sunroof on the Camry, these in again undergo enormously decreased headroom.
Moreover, each Accord trim degree affords rear air vents, that are solely out there on larger Camry fashions. Neither automotive affords USB ports or 12-volt energy factors within the rear seat, although top-of-the-line Accords include rear seat heaters.
Now for the youngsters. Ought to the time come up to put in automotive seats, we discovered the 2 sedans comparable, with the Accord gaining a slight benefit. Rear doorways on each vehicles swing large and have giant openings to wrangle a automotive seat. With its further rear legroom, the Accord permits more room for a cumbersome rear-facing automotive seat with out compromising front-seat legroom. The Accord hides its LATCH anchors behind a fabric or leather-based flap sewn in on the backside and tucked in on the prime. The Camry conceals its anchors behind plastic covers, which pop off and danger being misplaced endlessly. Nevertheless, the Camry’s anchors are a lot simpler to search out and fix a seat to—it’s a must to really feel round a bit between the cushions to search out the black-painted Honda anchors. Each vehicles place the anchor for the highest tether surprisingly far again behind the headrests. The Honda’s is barely simpler to achieve. The Camry has thicker C-pillars and headrests to achieve round. You can too simply see the Honda anchor via the rear window whereas reaching for it. The Camry’s wider pillars get in the way in which except you pressure.
Had we would have liked to haul lengthy, slim cargo as an alternative of passengers, the Accord’s pass-through within the folding rear seatbacks is noticeably bigger. For giant gadgets, each vehicles require you to launch the rear seats with handles within the trunk after which stroll across the sides of the automotive to manually fold down the seat backs. Each seem to supply equally sized trunk openings, and neither affords underfloor cupboard space. The Accord has a barely deeper and extra spacious trunk to the tune of 1 or 2 cubic ft, and the Camry options struts that absolutely open the trunklid quite than springs that pop the Accord’s up 6 inches.
Driving dynamics sometimes are far down the precedence record for household sedan drivers. However nobody needs a boring automotive, both.
Beginning the engines, we discover the Camry’s 2.5-liter four-cylinder each louder and coarser than the Accord’s 1.5-liter turbo-four. The Camry suffers a small vibration at idle. The Accord endures a significantly smaller and fewer noticeable vibration.
Pulling out of the parking zone, the Camry’s throttle is extra responsive—a brief first gear enables you to soar off the road. Nevertheless, sustaining the identical throttle place doesn’t preserve the identical fee of acceleration except you could have the gasoline pedal floored—the next gears aren’t as aggressive.
Off and working, the Camry’s engine is extra highly effective than you’d anticipate and revs eagerly. Its new eight-speed computerized upshifts easily and seamlessly. Downshifting, nonetheless, isn’t fairly as easy and the transmission is often unsure about which gear it needs for a passing maneuver. “Sport” mode makes no perceptible distinction in throttle response or shift technique.
The Accord’s CVT stays the most effective within the enterprise, although on this utility it’s a bit too relaxed. From a cease, it’s good to give it extra throttle than you’d anticipate to be able to get an enthusiastic response. When you adapt, it accelerates extra linearly than the Camry, protecting the smaller, barely much less highly effective engine proper within the deepest effectively of its torque. With no gears to vary and fast responses, the CVT drives a bit smoother than the automated—and it lacks the drone that plagues different CVTs.
If, for some purpose, you had been to line up the 2 vehicles for a drag race, you’d uncover that they’re lifeless equal on efficiency regardless of their totally different personalities. The Camry’s bigger 2.5-liter engine makes use of its 203 hp and 184 lb-ft of torque for a dash to 60 mph in 7.6 seconds. The Accord achieves the very same outcome from its turbocharged 1.5-liter engine’s sq. 192 hp and 192 lb-ft.
The outcomes are quite totally different when stopping. The Camry has an extended brake pedal, which requires a bit an excessive amount of journey and energy to get the braking energy you need, however the automotive nonetheless stops from 60 mph in 122 ft. The Accord has far more chew in its brakes, however its rock-hard tires don’t have as a lot grip, so it wants 135 ft to cease from the identical pace. (Upgraded Accords, with stickier tires, publish higher braking numbers than their comparable Camry foes.)
Whether or not it’s a freeway cloverleaf or an entertaining again street on a visit to the nation, there’s a major distinction within the vehicles’ dealing with, as effectively. The Accord’s chassis is noticeably extra responsive and sporty, offering flatter cornering and higher management of physique actions. In the meantime, the Camry leans extra, and that feeling is exacerbated by the flat seats that slide you facet to facet. The Accord’s steering is heavier however responds extra naturally, and the Camry’s is lighter and too delicate simply off-center, making the automotive really feel darty but numb to your arms.
Our dynamic testing outcomes make the 2 look extra related than they’re, thanks totally to the Camry’s superior tires. In the true world, it may well’t sustain with the Accord. Good Honda sellers ought to supply a grippier tire improve for enthusiastic drivers to make the most of the Accord’s higher cornering response.
Racing round or simply commuting to work, each vehicles experience about the identical. That’s to say they’re nonetheless just a little agency for a soft household hauler. The Accord’s superior physique management makes itself recognized right here, too, with not one of the Camry’s head toss on tough pavement. Nevertheless, on repetitive uneven roads, there’s a bit extra jostle with the Accord.
Equally, the vehicles are equally loud inside—however in several methods. The Camry suffers average engine roar and a few wind noise from the door mirrors at freeways speeds. The Accord continues the Honda custom of tire noise that seeps up via the floorboards.
As for gasoline financial system, the Camry receives an EPA estimate of 28/39/32 mpg metropolis/freeway/mixed. The CVT-equipped Accord is rated 30/38/33 mpg in most 1.5T trims and 29/35/31 in Sport and Touring trims.
Likewise, we’re unable to check crash take a look at scores because the Accord hasn’t but been examined by the Insurance coverage Institute for Freeway Security or the Nationwide Freeway Site visitors Security Administration. Each autos’ prior generations acquired High Security Choose+ and 5-Star scores from these organizations, respectively, and the brand new fashions are anticipated to do the identical (the 2018 Camry has been IIHS examined, and was awarded a 2017 High Security Choose+ ranking).
Easing again into the parking zone, we discover ourselves confronted with the identical purchasing conundrum we confronted on the outset. For those who don’t want leather-based seats, a loaded Camry LE is cheaper than an Accord EX. For those who do need leather-based, the cowhide-equipped Camry XLE is identical value because the fabric-seated Accord EX. Nevertheless, put any any choices on the Camry, and it’ll shortly catch proper as much as the comparably geared up Accord EX-L and EX-L with navigation. Additionally, Toyota does get finicky about which options can be found with which inside and exterior colours. You’ll must prioritize options for your self, then.
Holistically, although, there’s no comparability. The Accord is extra comfy, spacious, and opulent than the Camry. It’s quieter, rides and handles higher, and drives extra elegantly. It affords superior know-how with a extra user-friendly interface. Merely put, Toyota constructed a greater Camry, however Honda constructed a greater automotive.
|2018 Honda Accord (1.5T EX)||2018 Toyota Camry XLE (2.5)|
|DRIVETRAIN LAYOUT||Entrance-engine, FWD||Entrance-engine, FWD|
|ENGINE TYPE||Turbocharged I-Four, alum block/head||I-Four, alum block/head|
|VALVETRAIN||DOHC, Four valves/cyl||DOHC, Four valves/cyl|
|DISPLACEMENT||91.Four cu in/1,498 cc||151.Eight cu in/2,487 cc|
|POWER (SAE NET)||192 hp @ 5,500 rpm||203 hp @ 6,600 rpm|
|TORQUE (SAE NET)||192 lb-ft @ 1,600 rpm||184 lb-ft @ 5,00Zero rpm|
|WEIGHT TO POWER||16.5 lb/hp||17.2 lb/hp|
|TRANSMISSION||Cont variable auto||Eight-speed computerized|
|SUSPENSION, FRONT; REAR||Struts, coil springs, anti-roll bar; multilink, coil springs, anti-roll bar||Struts, coil springs, anti-roll bar; multilink, coil springs, anti-roll bar|
|BRAKES, F; R||11.5-in vented disc; 11.1-in disc, ABS||12.Zero-in vented disc; 11.1-in disc, ABS|
|WHEELS||7.5 x 17-in forged aluminum||Eight.Zero x 18-in forged aluminum|
|TIRES||225/50R17 94V (M+S) Michelin Power Saver A/S||235/45R18 94V (M+S) Bridgestone Turanza EL440|
|WHEELBASE||111.Four in||111.2 in|
|TRACK, F/R||63.Zero/63.Four in||62.2/62.6 in|
|LENGTH x WIDTH x HEIGHT||192.1 x 73.2 x 57.1 in||192.7 x 72.Four x 56.9 in|
|TURNING CIRCLE||38.1 ft||38.Zero ft|
|CURB WEIGHT||three,177 lb||three,492 lb|
|WEIGHT DIST, F/R||60/40%||59/41%|
|HEADROOM, F/R||39.5/37.three in||37.5/38.Zero in|
|LEGROOM, F/R||42.three/40.Four in||42.1/38.Zero in|
|SHOULDER ROOM, F/R||58.three/56.5 in||57.7/55.7 in|
|CARGO VOLUME||16.7 cu ft||15.1 cu ft|
|ACCELERATION TO MPH|
|Zero-30||2.Eight sec||2.7 sec|
|PASSING, 45-65 MPH||Four.Zero||three.9|
|QUARTER MILE||15.9 sec @ 89.three mph||15.9 sec @ 90.2 mph|
|BRAKING, 60-Zero MPH||135 ft||122 ft|
|LATERAL ACCELERATION||Zero.81 g (avg)||Zero.81 g (avg)|
|MT FIGURE EIGHT||27.7 sec @ Zero.61 g (avg)||27.three sec @ Zero.62 g (avg)|
|TOP-GEAR REVS @ 60 MPH||1,800 rpm||1,500 rpm|
|PRICE AS TESTED||$28,345||$33,865|
|AIRBAGS||Eight: Twin entrance, entrance facet, f/r curtain, entrance knee||Eight: Twin entrance, f/r facet, f/r curtain, entrance knee|
|BASIC WARRANTY||three yrs/36,00Zero miles||three yrs/36,00Zero miles|
|POWERTRAIN WARRANTY||5 yrs/60,00Zero miles||5 yrs/60,00Zero miles|
|ROADSIDE ASSISTANCE||three yrs/36,00Zero miles||2 yrs/Limitless miles|
|FUEL CAPACITY||14.Eight gal||16.Zero gal|
|EPA CITY/HWY/COMB ECON||30/38/33 mpg||28/39/32 mpg|
|ENERGY CONS, CITY/HWY||112/89 kW-hrs/100 miles||120/86 kW-hrs/100 miles|
|CO2 EMISSIONS, COMB||Zero.59 lb/mile||Zero.60 lb/mile|
|RECOMMENDED FUEL||Unleaded common||Unleaded common|
Tremendous Savers: A Look At How The Hybrid Household Sedans Would possibly Quickly Stack Up
Had all gone to plan, you’d be studying a 3rd Accord versus Camry comparability, this one that includes fuel-frugal hybrids. Alas, the 2018 Accord Hybrid received’t go on sale till early subsequent yr, and a prototype wasn’t prepared in time for our full-lineup conflict.
The Camry Hybrid, although, was prepared for battle. Lengthy story brief: It rides, drives, and handles like the remainder of the Camry lineup. That’s to say it’s agency for a household sedan however displays quite a lot of physique roll within the corners and extra intestine jiggling and head toss than we’d desire.
None of that’s the level of a hybrid, although, and it does the hybrid half fairly effectively. It’ll at all times begin you off underneath electrical energy, however being even just a little aggressive along with your proper foot will gentle up the gasoline engine. It’s a bit noisy, nevertheless it integrates with the electrical motor seamlessly. You possibly can lock it in EV mode—which works as much as 25 mph or so—and there are many shows on the instrument cluster and infotainment screens to observe your energy utilization and effectivity. In any other case, you’d hardly realize it was a hybrid by it. The outside badges and a budget plastic entry panel underneath the rear seat (already scuffed up on our low-mileage tester) are the one giveaways.
The Accord Hybrid will sport an evolution of the earlier technology’s powertrain, the most important distinction being the relocation of the battery underneath the rear seat, liberating up priceless trunk area. Based mostly on our different comparisons and the take a look at outcomes of the final technology, we will predict the Accord Hybrid will probably be faster and deal with higher than the Camry Hybrid.
The true query, in fact, is gasoline financial system. The brand new Camry Hybrid returns an EPA-estimated 51/53/52 mpg metropolis/freeway/mixed; the last-generation Accord Hybrid returned 49/47/48. Honda claims the brand new hybrid will get about the identical gasoline financial system as earlier than, which implies from a purely fuel-efficiency standpoint, the nod goes to Toyota.