2020 Honda Accord vs 2020 Toyota Camry
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2020 Honda Accord vs 2020 Toyota Camry

By Autolist Staff | July 15 2020

2020 Honda Accord

2020 Toyota Camry

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2020 Honda Accord score: 7.1

Highlights:
  • Standard Honda Sensing offers crash mitigation and avoidance technology, coupled with the Accord’s excellent overall safety ratings.
  • Legroom and cargo room are plentiful and class-leading.
  • The choice of three powertrains (base turbo, stronger turbo, hybrid) gives the Accord the flexibility to cater to a wide range of customers.
  • Interior material quality is excellent.

2020 Toyota Camry score: 8.7

Highlights:
  • Stellar safety ratings and standard safety technology make the Camry one of the safest vehicles on the market.
  • Powerful engine choices and surprisingly good handling make the Camry more fun to drive than its reputation might suggest.
  • Options like a hybrid powertrain and all-wheel-drive expand its appeal and add practicality to an already supremely practical vehicle.
  • Overall quality, fuel economy, and predicted reliability are class-leading.

How they stack up:

Safety Features:

Honda Accord: 7

  • The Accord’s overall design has been planned with safety in mind. Not only has The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety awarded the 2020 Accord a Top Safety Pick (its second-highest designation), but the National Highway Transportation Administration has also awarded the Accord with a 5-star overall safety rating.

  • Safety technology also plays an important role in the Accord’s design. It comes with a robust set of standard crash mitigation and avoidance technology such as adaptive cruise control, lane-keeping assist, automatic emergency braking, and automatic high-beam headlights as standard.

  • Stepping up to a higher trim level provides the ability to add blind-spot monitoring to the standard Honda Sensing suite even though this feature is becoming more ubiquitously offered as standard on several competing models.

Toyota Camry: 10

  • The Toyota Camry has always been a safe and practical means of transportation, and the 2020 model backs that up by earning the highest safety rating from the Insurance Institute of Highway Safety: A Top Safety Pick+. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has followed suit, awarding the Camry with five out of a possible five stars for crash safety.

  • Enhancing its safe design is the Camry’s plethora of standard safety technology. Toyota’s Safety Sense-P features include automatic emergency braking, lane departure warning, adaptive cruise control, automatic high-beam headlights, and forward-collision warning.

  • Even more features like blind-spot monitoring, rear automatic emergency braking, and rear cross-traffic alert can be added as options, further solidifying its spot as one of the safest vehicles on the market

Value:

Honda Accord: 8

  • The 2020 Honda Accord provides buyers with quite a bit of vehicle for the money. It’s a flexible choice that can cater to those who want to spend less but still get more vehicle than smaller cars offer, and it can also cater to those who want a well-equipped vehicle that offers many luxury-brand amenities.

  • The Accord outshines many competitors in top-of-the-line features, safety, and practicality with all but the two highest trim levels starting at under $30,000.

  • The Accord’s wide range of multiple engine options and the car’s driving dynamics also enhance its ability to provide value to a wide range of consumers. A hybrid engine option is great for those looking to stray from the ubiquitous Toyota Camry or newly-redesigned Hyundai Sonata, both of which return better fuel efficiency numbers but also have a higher starting MSRP. A six-speed manual transmission is available on Sport models, enhancing its value proposition even further.

Toyota Camry: 9

  • The Camry is one of the best all-around midsize car choices for buyers who want a bit of bang for their buck. It has cemented itself as one of the most reliable vehicles on the market, as well as one of the safest available. Fuel economy, passenger space, and practicality are all at or near the top of the segment.

  • According to reviewers, the Camry is also much more agile, and fun to drive than its reputation might suggest. For the Camry, the slightly higher price tag does come with more of just about everything.

Efficiency:

Honda Accord: 6

  • Within the highly-competitive midsize sedan segment, the Honda Accord is generally on par with the competition. It hangs with its top competitors without outshining anybody. The Toyota Camry is the only competitor to return higher EPA numbers when equipped with its base 1.5-liter engine. While the 1.5-liter base engine does well for itself, Honda also offers a 2.0-liter engine offering, which returns lower fuel efficiency numbers while still being competitive.

  • The Accord cannot outshine the Toyota Camry Hybrid or the Hyundai Sonata Hybrid in terms of technical efficiency numbers, but it is less expensive than both competitors, and still, other competitors like the Mazda6 and Passat are not offered with a hybrid engine option at all.

Toyota Camry: 9

  • The Camry’s base 2.5-liter engine produces a combined 32 miles per gallon while the V6 option produces a combined 26 miles per gallon. Competitors like the Honda Accord, Nissan Altima, and Hyundai Sonata all fall very close to the Camry’s efficiency numbers while others like the Mazda 6 and Volkswagen Passat fall farther down the list.

  • The Camry is also offered in a hybrid version, which propels it to the top of the segment. It returns a 52 mile per gallon combined rating, thoroughly overtaking its top competitor, the Honda Accord. The Ford Fusion, Hyundai Sonata, and Kia Optima are also offered with hybrid powertrains but also return lower fuel economy numbers than the Camry.

Driving Experience:

Honda Accord: 7

  • Balance and flexibility remain the main ingredients for the 2020 Honda Accord. Its generally considered a more engaging driving experience than rivals like the Toyota Camry and Hyundai Sonata, but the ride is also comfortable under normal driving conditions.

  • Sport versions of the Accord are reported to give a bit more stiffness and cornering ability because of the suspension setup, and the option of a manual transmission is surprising, and perhaps a refreshing offering for enthusiastic drivers in today’s market.

  • The base 1.5-liter engine produces a class-average 192 horsepower, the hybrid option produces 212 horsepower combined, and the turbocharged 2.0-liter engine provides much more get-up-and-go with 252 horsepower. The standard continuously variable transmission, optional six-speed manual, or ten-speed automatic on the top trim level gives buyers a good amount of options to create their own overall driving feel and somewhat personalized driving dynamics.

Toyota Camry: 9

  • Though it has a reputation for being more of a comfortable around-town family hauler, most reviewers are quite impressed that the Camry is more agile and handles better than perceptions would suggest.

  • Both the base 2.5-liter engine and optional 3.5-liter V6 produce best-in-class horsepower numbers with the V6 being the only engine of its kind – with the exception of the Buick Regal – in the segment. Both options are mated to a smooth eight-speed transmission while the hybrid gets a continuously variable transmission.

  • The Camry is by no means a sports car, but handling, acceleration, and braking all inspire confidence when driving regardless of selected trim. Road noise can be rather prominent at times in the sportier trims, but overall, the Camry provides a great amount of comfort when called upon to do so, as well as a good amount of driving satisfaction, especially in the sport-oriented TRD model.

Tech Features:

Honda Accord: 5

  • The Accord competes well within the class when it comes to infotainment and technology features, but it does fall behind the best competitors, especially in terms of infotainment. The biggest of Accord’s downfalls is that neither Apple CarPlay nor Android Auto comes standard, even though many competitors offer at least one on their base models. The general infotainment system is much improved overall compared to past years, but it still can’t topple the best-in-class infotainment systems.

  • Other overall technology features offered on the Accord remain adequate compared to the competition. Navigation and Wi-Fi are both optional, while niceties like dual-zone climate control, a seven-inch touchscreen, and push-button start all come standard. The Accord’s technology offerings shine much more brightly with its standard crash mitigation and avoidance systems such as adaptive cruise control, automatic emergency braking, and lane-keeping assist systems.

Toyota Camry: 8

  • Standard and optional technology offered on the Camry is plentiful and competitive. The Entune 3.0 Infotainment system with a seven-inch touchscreen is the highlight of this equipment. Apple CarPlay is supported, though Android Auto is not. Other standard features include Sirius XM satellite radio, Bluetooth, a six-speaker audio system, and a power driver seat.

  • Standard safety equipment further enhances the Camry’s strong technology showing and includes automatic emergency braking, adaptive cruise control, and lane departure warning.

  • The optional equipment shines just as bright. A Wi-Fi hotspot, a nine-speaker JBL Audio system, wireless device charging, heated front seats, and an 8-inch touchscreen display are added with the selection of higher trim levels. Additional safety equipment can also be added and includes blind-spot monitoring, rear automatic emergency braking, and rear cross-traffic alert.

Style & Design:

Honda Accord: 8

  • With the Accord’s redesign in 2018, Honda set out to make a more boldly-styled Accord than in previous generations, and they have succeeded. The Accord’s stylish body lines mimic higher-end modern vehicles with its coupe-like, sloped roofline, but the essence of its Honda bloodline is unmistakably consistent with its current design language.

  • The Accord’s interior is also handsomely styled but is not as striking or aggressive as its exterior design. High-quality materials are present throughout the cabin, and reviewers are greeted with a clean, simple, and upscale layout. Though it is not superiorly-styled, most reviewers agree that it is one of the better interiors in the class.

Toyota Camry: 7

  • Exciting styling has never been the Camry’s strong suit, but it has never been an ugly vehicle either. But the 2020 model is handsome and stylish while being subtle and generally more reserved than competitors like the Hyundai Sonata, Mazda 6, and Nissan Altima. Interior styling is much like the exterior: reserved and handsome with high-quality materials throughout.

  • Even though the Camry is generally middle of the road for the segment when it comes to style and design, the base model is recognizable as such. Steel wheels, cloth interior, and fewer overall plush interior material remind reviewers that it is more a value-oriented family vehicle rather than a luxurious one. Stepping up the trim levels do offer a greater improvement, with the highest trim level reaching borderline levels of luxury and comfort.

  • If luxury is not as important to the consumer, the XSE offers slightly sportier interior and exterior touches while the TRD model looks more like a true sports sedan than most average Camry buyers may care to want.

Practicality:

Honda Accord: 9

  • Honda’s greater emphasis on style for the current generation Accord has not had too great an impact on the original intent of the car: affordable practicality. It offers more interior legroom and cargo capacity than nearly every competitor in the segment. Reviewers find that the sloping roofline compromises headroom more than boxier vehicles in the segment, but the Toyota Camry is the only rival to best the Accord for legroom.

  • The Accord’s overall packaging of safety, engine options, fuel efficiency, and comfortable ride make it a compelling choice for anybody who needs one of the best all-around vehicles on the market. Despite its lack of an all-wheel-drive option – an increasingly popular feature in the midsize sedan segment – the Accord remains at the top of its class in its overall utility and practicality.

Toyota Camry: 9

  • The Toyota Camry is at the top of the segment for practicality, even edging out the excellent Honda Accord in many ways. Even though overall cargo space is not as good as the Accord or even some others in the segment, passenger space is class-leading. Overall fuel economy, safety, standard features, powerful powertrain options, and predicted reliability comprehensively put the Camry ahead of most competitors.

  • With the availability of all-wheel-drive on some trims and the optional hybrid powertrain, Toyota has firmly placed the Camry in position to be one of the most well-rounded vehicles available on the market, despite its generally higher price tag compared to competitors. It continues to be the quintessential family sedan that is ready to do almost anything when required to do so.

Cost of Ownership

2020 Honda Accord

2020 Toyota Camry

Annual Fuel Costs

$1,240
15k miles at $2.15/gal
$1,290
15k miles at $2.15/gal
Fuel Economy

22 mpg (miles per gallon)
City
22 mpg (miles per gallon)
City
32 mpg (miles per gallon)
Highway
31 mpg (miles per gallon)
Highway

Safety

2020 Honda Accord

2020 Toyota Camry

NHTSA Crash Test Results

Overall
Overall
Safety Features

Standard
Autonomous Braking
Standard
Autonomous Braking
Standard
Blind-Spot Warnings
Standard
Blind-Spot Warnings
Standard
Adaptive Cruise Control
Standard
Adaptive Cruise Control
Standard
Lane-Keep Assist
Standard
Lane-Keep Assist
Standard
Cross-Traffic Alert
Standard
Cross-Traffic Alert

Interior

2020 Honda Accord

2020 Toyota Camry

Interior Features

Standard
Leather
Standard
Leather
Standard
Moonroof
Standard
Moonroof
Standard
Heated Seats
Standard
Heated Seats
Standard
Keyless Entry
Standard
Keyless Entry
Standard
Climate Control
Standard
Climate Control
Technology

Standard
Apple Carplay
Standard
Apple Carplay
Standard
Android Auto
Standard
Android Auto
Standard
Satellite Radio
Standard
Satellite Radio
Standard
Bluetooth
Standard
Bluetooth
Standard
Navigation System
Standard
Navigation System

Under the Hood

2020 Honda Accord

2020 Toyota Camry

Powertrain

Transmission
Transmission
FWD
Drivetrain
FWD
Drivetrain
Drivetrain

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