The Honda Accord received a complete redesign in 2013. The Accord is the first model to feature Hondas new engine technology called “Earth Dreams” which focuses on achieving the highest possible fuel economy without compromising Hondas legendary track record for reliability. Let’s see how the Honda Accord compares to its recently redesigned competitor the Toyota Camry.
Apples to Apples
We compared the 2014 Honda Accord LX (entry level trim) with the 2014 Toyota Camry SE (mid level trim) because they had a similar MSRP and closer matching standard features than the Camry’s entry level trim. The MSRPs for these vehicles are close with the Accord at $22,755 and the Camry at $23,400 making it a $645 difference in price.
New vs Old
On the surface the two cars feature similar drive trains; the Accord features a 2.4L inline four cylinder, while the Camry has a 2.5L inline four cylinder engine, however, they are drastically different underneath. The Accord features an all new drive train which includes Hondas first use of direct injection. The Accord also has Hondas first use of a CVT transmission which is being called the best CVT yet by multiple automotive journalists. This new technology means that the Accord is able to achieve 27 MPG in the city, 36 on the highway, for a combined 30 MPG. On the flip side, the Camry features a mostly carried over engine from its 2007 redesign achieving just 25 MPG in the city, 35 on the Highway, for a combined 28 MPG.
The little extras
The Accord is the first in Hondas lineup to feature lanewatch which is standard on all trims. This system is a blind spot camera that activates when you use your turn signal allowing you to check your blind spots without having to take your eye off the road. Toyotas blind spot monitor system (BSM) is only available on the Camry’s top of the range XLE and XLE Hybrid Models. All Accord trims also feature dual zone automatic climate control, an option that is only available on XLE Camry trims. All Accords also come with the added safety of a backup camera, an option that is an optional extra on the Camry.
The take away
The Accord achieved a perfect 5 in NHTSA rollover test where the Camry only scored a 4. The Accord also boasts larger interior volume which means more room for you and your passengers. If you are looking for a Midsized sedan the Honda Accord is the clear cut winner. The 2014 Toyota Camry SE can’t compare to the 2014 Honda Accord’s offering of better fuel economy, safety, and impressive list of standard features. Visit Waikem Honda in Massillon, Ohio to view our large inventory of Honda Accords.