2019 Toyota Camry vs 2019 Honda Accord Quick Comparison

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Camry vs Accord

Talk about two heavyweights doing battle. In one corner we have the Camry, the best-selling car in North America, and in the other we have the Honda Accord, a perennial challenger to the Camry that has been redesigned just last year.

Two very popular mid-size sedans, both new and both featuring some of the most efficient engines in their segment with plenty of interior space to go along with them. The 2019 Honda Accord vs the 2019 Toyota Camry is one of the most difficult comparisons you can do in the automotive industry.

Which is more enjoyable to drive?

The 2019 Honda Accord gets a 1.5-liter turbocharged engine developing 192 horsepower and 192 pound-feet of torque out of the gate while the 2019 Camry gets a 2.5-liter four-cylinder with 203 horsepower.

Let’s get one thing out of the way right now, these are the two best engines you can buy in the mid-size sedan segment, and among the most powerful. The Camry’s 203 horsepower makes it the most powerful mid-size sedan with a standard engine, but the Accord’s turbocharged unit feels more powerful and quicker to react.

2019 Toyota Camry

Same can be said for the optional engine options. The Accord offers a 2.0-liter turbocharged engine with 252 horsepower while the 2018 Toyota Camry offers a V-6 with 301 horsepower.

That’s almost 50 ponies more, but again the Accord feels quicker thanks to an abundant amount of torque offered at low rpm. You can also get the Accord with a six-speed manual which isn’t available on the Camry. On the other hand, the Camry’s 8-speed automatic is more pleasant to use than the Accord’s CVT.

Power is one thing, but how a car feels on the road is a result of a host of other factors. Despite not feeling as fast, the 2019 Camry is in our opinion a more balanced and therefore more all-around enjoyable vehicle than the 2019 Accord.

When redesigning the Camry, Toyota engineers wanted to make it sportier and more engaging to drive and they succeeded. Handling is the sharpest its even been in a Camry, but also one of the most direct and connected in the segment. The 2019 Accord tends to focus more on comfort and as result can sometimes feel a little passive in its handling and overall demeanor.

2018 Toyota Camry SE H

2019 Honda Accord

If comfort is all you want, then you’ll find that the 2019 Accord is now the champ in that department in the segment. If you want a mid-size sedan that is both fun to drive on winding road and when cruising along on the highway, the 2019 Camry is the right choice.

Answer: the 2019 Toyota Camry

Which is more fuel-efficient?

This used to be a surefire win for the Accord, but that’s no longer the case. Despite being more powerful, the Camry’s four-cylinder engine has roughly the same fuel consumption rating as the Accord. The same can be said about the V-6 engine when compared to the Accord’s 2.0-liter turbo.

Quick note here about the hybrid versions. The Camry Hybrid is one notch above the Accord Hybrid in terms of efficiency, power and overall refinement in our opinion.

The fact that the Camry’s more powerful engines can compete with the Accord’s turbocharged motors is certainly impressive, but in the end the Accord remains more fuel-efficient by the slightest of margins. In both cases, however, fuel consumption is among the lowest in the segment.

Answer: the 2019 Honda Accord

Which is more spacious?

Here, the advantage goes to the Accord. It has a bigger trunk (473 liters vs 399 liters) than the Camry and its interior is more welcoming. Remember that the Camry is supposed to be sportier, and one element of this new personality is a lower driving position. The Camry sometimes feels a little cramped compared to the Accord which feels more open.

Answer: the 2019 Honda Accord

Which has the better value?

The Accord and Camry are basically offered at the best price, but the Honda offers more standard equipment.

Both feature a suite of standard active safety systems (Honda Sensing and Toyota Safety Sense) although the Accord definitely has more tech goodies in that department. The 2019 Accord also gets standard heated seats, 17-inch wheels, Android Auto and a few other features not found in the base Camry.

2019 Honda Accord

You have to get a Camry SE ($28,505) to get comparable equipment to the $27,590 entry-level Honda Accord. The Accord remains a better value as you climb up the ladder as well. The only exception is the Camry Hybrid which is a better car than the Accord Hybrid for $2,000 less.

Answer: the 2019 Honda Accord

Which would we recommend?

Again, this is a very difficult question. Our issues with the Camry is that it needs to provide better value and it needs a bit more space when you compare it to the 2019 Honda Accord. That said, we would prefer driving the Toyota on a regular basis because of its balanced. If we were talking to someone who said “I just want a comfortable sedan, I don’t care about steering or sportiness”, however, than we’d recommend the Accord.

3 COMMENTS

  1. I got a Camry and love it. Used to drive a Legacy and before that a Maxima, and honestly this one is a lot faster with much better handling. Drove the Accord and it’s way too soft. Also drove the Altima but decided not to wait for the new one. Completely satisfied.

  2. 2019 Camry you can get what you want. Just add the feature. 2019 Accord you must choose a model and have no options to that model. Turbo engines is all Honda is offering on Accord and that is really bad especially since it is not as good at handling too. Turbo engines cost a ton to keep on the road long term. Ask any of us who have ever owned a Turbo. None of us will ever own another. Embedded Navigation option on all Camry 2019 including 4 cylinder non-Turbo engine with more horsepower better fuel mileage and better handling than 2019 Accord with Turbo engines which do NOT last and expensive repairs later. 2019 Camry is a beautiful interior compared to add-on look of 2019 Accord interior. Memory seat was all Accord could claim. As for duped owners on NAV 2018 all that was fixed 2019 Camry. Features such as stop 2019 Camry if car cuts across the rear not available from Honda. HUD head-up-display lets you program speed limit of road you are on on your windscreen and allows embedded NAV 2019 Camry to show you name street at next intersection. I will never buy another CVT “transmission” again either and that is what you get with 2019 Accord CVT. 2019 Camry XSE is a beautiful car on the outside I would agree the 2019 XLE is ugly by comparison while all 2019 Accords are all ugly I agree. Cockpit red interior is just awesome 2019 Camry. 2019 Camry XSE 4 cylinder is 39 mpg highway while Accord has no vehicle like that and you can add all these features to that. Did you get that ? And it comes with great 8-speed transmission not CVT and not Turbo engine. You can add clear paint protection bib to hood with plastic sheet on 2019 Camry. Panoramic moonroof is the whole car. Brakes bigger on 2019 Camry than 2019 Accord as well so it stops faster. You can add ALL these features to any 2019 Camry model. Buy what you want. Get the features not be told 2019 Accord has that feature only to get home and not have bought it because not an option that cheaper model. Who cares what comes on base model ? This is $ 37 thousand dollar MSRP 2019 Camry. Learn what you get for that. The 2019 Accord is NOT a comparable vehicle which is why 2019 Camry best-selling car in the world.

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