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2021 Toyota Camry vs. Accord Comparison

The 2021 Camry offers drivers the latest and greatest features across key feature categories at a reasonable price point. For its part, the 2021 Honda Accord is another sedan standout that is built to last. These two fierce competitors have continued to improve over the years.

Take, for example, the recent addition of hybrid powertrain options to many sedan lineups. To get the most out of your drive, the 2021 Camry LE Hybrid has an EPA-estimated MPG of 51/53/52 (city/highway/combined). The 2021 Accord has an EPA-estimated MPG rating of 48/48/48 (city/highway/combined) across all hybrid models.

The Camry and Accord also offer extensive active safety feature packages with Toyota Safety Sense 2.5+ (TSS 2.5+) and Honda Sensing®.

Where the two vehicles differ is interior feature offerings. All Camry trims (hybrid and gas) come with standard Apple CarPlay®, Android Auto, and Amazon Alexa compatibility. You also get SiriusXM® with a 3-month All Access trial. The 2021 Honda Accord has Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto Integration but lacks Amazon Alexa. SiriusXM® Radio is not available on the base model Accord either. Even though the Accord has a standard 8-inch touchscreen display, Camry drivers can upgrade to the available 9-inch touchscreen with the Audio Plus package on the base model Camry LE and SE. Or, get it standard on the XSE and XLE.

Let’s explore the 2021 Honda Accord vs. Toyota Camry to see how their features differ in the categories of safety, reliability, and performance.

Published Date: 03/18/2021

2021 Camry using sensors to park

Safety

  • The Camry and Accord both offer a full list of active safety features.
  • You can get the available Blind Spot Monitor (BSM) with Rear Cross-Traffic Alert (RCTA) on the Camry LE while this feature is not an option for the base model Accord.
  • Both vehicles received IIHS Top Safety Pick+ awards and 5-Star Overall Safety Ratings by the NHTSA.

With so many great standard safety features, the Camry and Accord are known for helping passengers feel confident while navigating the streets.

Standard Safety Features

Looking at these flagship sedans side by side, they both include a full suite of driver-assistive safety technologies. The Toyota Camry comes standard with Toyota Safety Sense 2.5+ (TSS 2.5+) while the Accord has Honda Sensing®.

For the Camry SE Hybrid, LE Hybrid, XLE and higher, this active suite of safety features includes: Pre-Collision System with Pedestrian Detection (PCS w/PD), Lane Departure Alert with Steering Assist (LDA w/SA), Automatic High Beams (AHB), Lane Tracing Assist (LTA), Road Sign Assist (RSA), and Full-Speed Range Dynamic Radar Cruise Control (DRCC). The Camry LE, SE, and SE Nightshade Edition gas models swap Full-Speed Range Dynamic Radar Cruise Control for Dynamic Radar Cruise Control (DRCC), however.

The Accord has almost all of the same safety options with Honda Sensing®. This suite includes a Collision Mitigation Braking System™ (CMBS™), Road Departure Mitigation System (RDM), Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) with Low-Speed Follow, Lane Keeping Assist System (LKAS), Forward Collision Warning (FCW), Lane Departure Warning (LDW), and a Traffic Sign Recognition System (TSR).

Plus, for additional help checking your blind spot, the base trim Camry also has Blind Spot Monitor (BSM) with Rear Cross-Traffic Alert (RCTA) available as part of a package option. To get the Accord's comparable Blind Spot Information System (BSI) with Cross Traffic Monitor you'd need to get the Hybrid EX trim or higher.

When these features were put to the test, the 2021 Camry was awarded the 2020 Top Safety Pick+ from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. Additionally, the 2021 Camry got a 5-Star Overall Safety Rating from the NHTSA. The 2021 Honda Accord also received a Top Safety Pick+ designation with specific headlights from the IIHS and a 5-Star Overall Safety Rating from the NHTSA.

2021 Camry driving at night

Reliability

  • Both the Camry and Accord have exterior options for a surprisingly aggressive design.
  • The Camry comes with factory-scheduled maintenance while you'll have to pay extra for maintenance on your Accord.
  • You also get a longer Hybrid Battery Warranty when you choose any of the Camry hybrid engine options.

The 2021 Camry is the perfect mix of reliability and cutting-edge style. The Accord also has a strong reputation, and both vehicles give you options to express your unique style.

Style and Coverage

Take, for instance, the Camry XSE which comes with a gloss-black front grille with a sport mesh insert, 19 in. gloss-black wheels, and a dual exhaust with quad chrome tips. A Two-tone Midnight Black Metallic roof and rear spoiler is also available for a different look. The Accord Sport and Sport Special Edition have 19-in. Machine-Finished Alloys with Black Inserts, a Gloss Black Decklid Spoiler, and Chrome Exhaust Finishers that offer an enhanced look.

To keep your Camry running as good as it looks on the outside, every leased and purchased Toyota vehicle comes with the ToyotaCare maintenance plan that covers factory-scheduled maintenance for 2 years or 25,000 miles, whichever comes first, and 24/7 Roadside Assistance for 2 years/unlimited miles. The Accord has 24/7 Honda Roadside Assistance with a 3-year/36,000-mile warranty. However, a Honda maintenance plan costs extra.

One good thing to note is that both sedans offer 5-year or 60,000-mile powertrain warranty and basic coverage for 3 years or 36,000 miles. For hybrid lovers, while the battery is designed to last the lifetime of the vehicle, both the Camry Hybrid and Accord Hybrid also come backed by hybrid battery warranties. If something does go wrong Toyota Camry hybrids come with a Hybrid Battery warranty that lasts 10 years or 150,000 miles. Paired with regular maintenance as part of the ToyotaCare plan, your hybrid Toyota should go the distance. The Honda Accord hybrid battery receives a warranty that lasts up to 8 years or 100,000 miles.

2021 Camry driving on a sunny day

Performance

  • Drive a car with some getup when you get behind the wheel of the Camry TRD which has a 3.5-Liter V6 engine and 301 horsepower.
  • The Honda Accord Sport with the optional 2.0L engine only has 252 horsepower.
  • When you want to save on gas, choose the Camry.

If you want a sedan that you can use to commute on the highway and take a spin on the racetrack, the Camry has one trim option that is sure to excite.

Racetrack and Road Trip Ready

For your inner need for speed, Toyota Racing Development (TRD) lends its race winning expertise to the 2021 Camry for better handling and performance. Tuned on the race track, the Camry TRD has a body kit that enhances high-speed stability; 19-in TRD wheels that reduce unsprung weight and improve turn-in, TRD cat-back exhaust, track-tuned suspension, and larger 14.9-in front brakes. Not to mention it has a standard 3.5-Liter V6 engine and 301horsepower @ 6600 rpm. For those looking to test their speed, the Honda Accord Sport has 192 horsepower and 252 with the optional 2.0L engine.

Even with a 4-cylinder engine, the Camry still has ample power. The base model Camry LE delivers 202 horsepower compared to 192 for the Accord LX. The LE Hybrid engine isn't lacking either with a 208 net combined horsepower.

Whether you want to get there fast or take the scenic route, the Camry has the fuel performance to get you there. The base trim Toyota Camry LE FWD has an EPA-estimated 28/39/32 (city/highway/combined) MPG rating. The LE Hybrid has an EPA-estimated 51/53/52 (city/highway/combined) MPG rating. In comparison, the base trim Honda Accord LX has an EPA-estimated mpg of 30/38/33 (city/highway/combined). All three Accord hybrid trims have an EPA-estimated MPG of 48/48/48 (city/highway/combined).

To ensure you get to your destination rain or shine, the Camry has available AWD with available Dynamic Torque Control while the Accord does not.

Couple admiring a red 2021 Camry

Conclusion: Camry vs. Accord

  • The Camry offers more horsepower than Accord no matter which configuration you choose.
  • You get more bang for your buck with the Camry LE.
  • All Camrys come with ToyotaCare which includes factory-scheduled maintenance for two years or 25,000 miles, whichever comes first.

When comparing these two vehicles in safety, reliability, and performance, it is easy to see which one comes out ahead. The Camry goes above and beyond to give you everything you need and more.

If you want multiple powertrain options, the Camry has a list to choose from. For eco-conscious drivers, the hybrid engine has excellent fuel economy. If speed is what you're after, the Camry TRD has a V6 engine and 301 horsepower. Or, stick with the standard 2.5L 4-cylinder engine for 202 horsepower.

Both the Camry LE and Accord LX have similar starting MSRPs of $25,045 and $24,970, respectively. But only the Camry comes with ToyotaCare, a factory-scheduled maintenance plan that lasts for 2 years or 25,000 miles, whichever comes first. Honda drivers will have to pay extra for maintenance.

As you can see, the Camry is designed to speak to your style. Whether you want to turn heads with a two-tone finish or a sedan that's fun-to-drive, the 2021 Camry will defy your expectations.