2017 Toyota Camry
We consider these models to be near equals for safety, as they both have earned "Good" ratings in all the traditional frontal, side, and roof strength categories from the IIHS—and in the tough new small-overlap test. Both are Top Safety Pick+ award winners. The Camry missed top federal ratings; although it gets a five-star overall rating, its four-star frontal results add up to a vehicle that's not quite in the same echelon as the Honda Accord or Subaru Legacy.
Each of these sedans offers some of the latest accident-avoidance technology, as standard equipment or as an option, in the form of adaptive cruise control, lane-departure and forward-collision warnings. Honda's LaneWatch camera is a nifty touch: it shows the curbside view to the right when the turn signal clicks that way. The Camry offers a more conventional, and we think preferable, blind-spot monitor as well as a rearview camera. On either car, those features are options or bundled into the priciest models, though.
The market has evolved to expect connectivity features even in lower-priced vehicles, and both of these models cater to that expectation, with standard Bluetooth hands-free calling, Bluetooth audio streaming, and a USB port. But Honda has gone well beyond that, also including SMS text capability, Pandora audio streaming, dual-zone climate control, and an 8.0-inch i-MID display. Provided you're looking at one of the more affordable trims, we think Honda is the winner here, too—by an overwhelming margin.
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.