The Toyota Camry debuted in model year 1983 and remains one of the most popular fuel-efficient mid-size sedans. The 2020 Camry is in its eighth generation.
In comparison, the Honda began manufacturing the Accord in 1976 and is in its 10th generation. Toyota came out with the Camry Hybrid for the 2007 model year. It benefited from Toyota’s Hybrid Synergy Drive. Honda released the hybrid Accord in 2005 and the Accord Sport Hybrid in 2018.
Despite some similarities, these vehicles differ in important features. All Camry trims feature Apple CarPlay® compatibility. Also, new for this year, Android Auto™ comes standard. To get this on a Honda Accord, you would have to get the Sport trim or higher. Read on to see who comes out ahead in categories like safety, reliability, and performance.
Published Date: 02/07/2020
Both the 2020 Honda Accord and the Camry received 5-Star Overall Safety Ratings from the NHSTA. Both 2019 vehicles also received Top Safety Pick awards from the IIHS.
Toyota Safety Sense® P (TSS-P) comes standard on all Camry grades. It includes features like Pre-Collision System with Pedestrian Detection (PCS w/PD) , Lane Departure Alert with Steering Assist (LDA w/SA), Dynamic Radar Cruise Control (DRCC) (Full-Speed Dynamic Radar Cruise Control for XLE and higher Camry grades), and Automatic High Beams (AHB), and more.
Honda Sensing® is a safety suite that comes standard on all Accords. It offers Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC), Collision Mitigation Braking System™ (CMBS™), Road Departure Mitigation System (RDM), Lane Keeping Assist System (LKAS) and Traffic Sign Recognition System (TSR).
The 2020 Toyota Camry has available Blind Spot Monitor (BSM) with Rear Cross-Traffic Alert (RCTA). Comparable features, like Blind Spot Information System (BSI) with Cross Traffic Monitor, are only available on specific Honda Accord trims. The Camry also has Toyota Star Safety System™ which includes Anti-Lock Brake System (ABS), Brake Assist (BA), Traction Control (TRAC), Vehicle Stability Control (VCS), Smart Stop Technology®, and Electronic Brake Distribution (EBD). The 2020 Accord includes similar active safety features including Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS) and LED Daytime Running Lights (DRL).
Toyota vehicles deliver great reliability on top of advanced safety features. Every lease and purchase of a new Toyota vehicle comes with the ToyotaCare factory-scheduled maintenance plan that lasts 2 years or 25,000 miles, whichever comes first.
ToyotaCare also includes roadside assistance lasting for two years/unlimited miles and a scheduled maintenance plan. A Honda maintenance plan costs extra.
Both sedans offer five-year or 60,000-mile powertrain, corrosion perforation, and restraint system warranties and basic coverage for three years and 36,000 miles. The Honda Accord hybrid battery warranty varies by state, but may last up to 10 years and 150,000 miles. For Toyota Camry hybrids, the warranty lasts eight years and 100,000 miles. With regular maintenance as part of the ToyotaCare plan, your hybrid Toyota should go the distance.
Toyota sedans need to be fuel-efficient, but that doesn’t mean they need to feel underpowered or sluggish. Toyota Racing Development (TRD) lends its track-tuning expertise to the 2020 TRD Camry for better handling and driving performance.
A sportier body also makes for sleeker curb appeal. But even the base model Camry L delivers more HP at 203 hp @6600 rpm than the base model Accord LX at 192 hp @5500 rpm.
For those looking to test their speed, the Honda Accord Sport with 192 hp is no match for the Toyota Camry XSE V6 with 301 hp. If you get the Accord Sport with the optional 2.0L engine, the HP jumps to 252.
In addition, Toyota has an AWD trim scheduled to launch in March 2020 for the Camry. The Honda Accord does not offer an AWD option at this time.
The base trim Toyota Camry has an EPA-estimated 22 city and 32 highway MPG. In comparison, the base trim Honda Accord has an EPA-estimated 30 city and 38 highway MPG.
When comparing the Camry vs. Accord in these categories, it is easy to see which one comes out ahead. However, they’re both well-rated vehicles in terms of safety. The 2019 Camry and 2019 Accord received a 5-Star Overall Safety Rating from the NHTSA and a Top Safety Pick award. Both of these vehicles are still within the same generation in 2020.
Toyota Safety Sense® P (TSS-P) comes standard on all grades of the 2020 Camry. Every lease and purchase of new Toyota vehicles includes the ToyotaCare factory-scheduled maintenance plan that lasts 2 years or 25,000 miles, whichever comes first. Honda does not come with a factory-scheduled maintenance plan.
The 2020 Toyota Camry L starts at an MSRP of $24,425 while the hybrid starts at $28,430. The Honda Accord LX and Hybrid have a starting MSRP of $24,020 and $25,620, respectively, but you must pay extra for features that come standard on the Camry such as a scheduled maintenance plan, as well as Apple CarPlay® compatibility and Android Auto™ connectivity on all trims. Those looking for more performance in a base grade comparison may prefer the 2020 Camry L’s 203 HP to the Accord LX’s 192 HP.