In fuel economy, there's no clear winner between the Accord and the Camry. While the Accord edges ahead of the Camry in efficiency figures for its mainstream four-cylinder and V-6 versions, —for now, that is, if you consider that the Camry Hybrid is widely available and has excellent gas-mileage ratings of 43 mpg city, 39 highway. But if you're weighing the mainstream models against each other, the Accord emerges as the more frugal.
For 2014, Honda has a full hybrid in the lineup to match the Camry Hybrid; and there's even an Accord Plug-In Hybrid. At 50 mpg city, 45 highway, it beats the Camry Hybrid's numbers by a long shot; and based on our early drives it has great drivability, despite dodging a planetary-gear setup like Toyota's in favor of an innovative new setup that drives the wheels directly by one of the electric motors in most conditions. In the meantime, looking at the rest of the lineup, the Accord earns an excellent 27/36 mpg with its new direct-injection four-cylinder and continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT), while the four-cylinder Camry gets 25/35 at best. V-6 Accords are especially smart and efficient, with ratings of 21/34, while Camry V-6 models stand at 21/30.
If you need to settle what could at this point be close to a tie for some, it's worthwhile to take a longer look at the styling and performance of these two cars. Don't count on either of these models to add excitement or sex appeal. With the Camry's current design purely evolutionary, and Honda proudly touting that it designed the Accord from the inside out, these aren't models designed to catch your eye from a distance. In fact, they're both very likely to blend in with
The Toyota Camry was completely redesigned back in 2012—although the changes were so subtle and evolutionary you might not have even noticed. A 2013 redesign given to the Accord is roughly in the same league—although the Accord does look a slightly more exciting and better proportioned on the outside, with more of a premium look inside. Of course, on the outside, especially, both of these models have been upstaged by the Hyundai Sonata, as well as the daring new Ford Fusion.
As far as performance goes, these are two of the only remaining mid-size models to offer an available V-6, and in both cases it's a smooth, refined, and very strong option. In the Accord especially it gives this Honda more of an Acura feel. Both models are also very smooth with their base four-cylinder engines, and the new CVT in the Honda doesn't succumb to the undesirable drone and rubber-band feel that CVTs so often do. The Camry is downright dull to drive, although it has a more responsive feel in SE versions; on the other hand, the Accord gets the higher score here because of its well-tuned steering and crisp, light driving feel.
While the Camry doesn't lag far behind the Accord in any one way—well, except styling, perhaps—Honda has produced a more compelling design and driving experience that still hits all the marks for practicality, comfort, and features.
|2014 Toyota Camry||2014 Honda Accord Sedan|
|The 2014 Toyota Camry may not be as attractive as some of its competitors, but it's now more than ever the most sensible choice for shoppers focused on value, frugality and comfort above all else.||The 2014 Honda Accord keeps with this model's super-sensible reputation; but with accessible safety technology, great fuel economy, and unparalleled composure, the affordable models in the lineup are better deals than they've ever been.|
|Read moreThe Camry doesn't belong in any museum, but it's perfectly reasonable.||Read moreThe 2014 Honda Accord is classy and well-proportioned, yet the design maximizes interior space.|
|Read moreA light feel to the controls and safe, predictable handling are the Camry's performance hallmarks.||Read moreHandling is crisp and confident, while a set of fuel-efficient powertrains are as responsive as you need them to be.|
|Read moreSpacious and quiet, the Camry doesn't offer much in the way of complaints, but we'd get the optional sport seats.||Read moreButdget-minded mid-size shoppers are going to find everything they'd expect to find inside the 2014 Honda Accord—including lots of passenger space and a more 'premium' feel than some other mid-sizers.|
|Read moreVery good crash-test scores have one blemish, a "poor" result on the upcoming IIHS small-overlap test.||Read moreThere's an extensive list of available active-safety features; and a new, stronger structure contributes to crash-test ratings that are better than any other affordable mid-size sedan.|
|Read moreThe base Camry is still a strong value, even compared to the standout Korean sedans in its class.||Read more2014 Honda Accord Touring models get the traditional luxury treatment, while Honda piles on the useful features, even in LX and EX trims.|
|Read moreHybrids and four-cylinders are excellent gas-sippers, but V-6 Camrys are nothing special.||Read moreThanks to a CVT and direct injection, the most popular four-cylinder models achieve 36 mpg highway; but even V-6 models get an impressive 34 highway..|
|from $22,235||from $21,955|
|from $20,345||from $20,100|
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