SAFETY

Honda Accord and Toyota Camry Safety

For enhanced safety, the front and rear seat shoulder belts of the Toyota Camry have pretensioners to tighten the seatbelts and eliminate dangerous slack in the event of a collision and force limiters to limit the pressure the belts will exert on the passengers. The Honda Accord doesn't offer pretensioners for the rear seat belts.

The Camry has standard Whiplash Injury Lessening Seats (WIL), which use a specially designed seat to protect the driver and front passenger from whiplash. During a rear-end collision, the WIL system allows the backrest to travel backwards to cushion the occupants and the headrests move forward to prevent neck and spine injuries. The Accord doesn't offer a whiplash protection system.

The Camry has a standard Secondary Collision Brake, which automatically applies the brakes in the event of a crash to help prevent secondary collisions and prevent further injuries. The Accord doesn't offer a post collision braking system: in the event of a collision that triggers the airbags, more collisions are possible without the protection of airbags that may have already deployed.

Over 200 people are killed each year when backed over by motor vehicles. The Camry XLE/XSE has a standard Rear Cross Traffic Braking that uses rear sensors to monitor and automatically apply the brakes to prevent a rear collision. The Accord doesn't offer backup collision prevention brakes.

The Camry XLE/XSE offers an optional Bird's Eye View Camera to allow the driver to see objects all around the vehicle on a screen. The Accord only offers a rear monitor and front and rear parking sensors that beep or flash a light. That doesn't help with obstacles to the sides.

Both the Camry and the Accord have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, driver and front passenger knee airbags, side-impact head airbags, front-wheel drive, height adjustable front shoulder belts, plastic fuel tanks, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, crash mitigating brakes, daytime running lights, lane departure warning systems, rearview cameras, available blind spot warning systems and rear cross-path warning.

  WARRANTY

Honda Accord and Toyota Camry Warranty

Toyota pays for scheduled maintenance on the Camry for 2 years and 25000 miles. Toyota will pay for oil changes, lubrication and any other required maintenance. Honda doesn't pay scheduled maintenance for the Accord.

There are over 18 percent more Toyota dealers than there are Honda dealers, which makes it easier should you ever need service under the Camry's warranty.

  RELIABILITY

Honda Accord and Toyota Camry Reliability

J.D. Power and Associates' 2017 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Toyota vehicles are better in initial quality than Honda vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Toyota 13th in initial quality, above the industry average. With 10 more problems per 100 vehicles, Honda is ranked 20th, below the industry average.

J.D. Power and Associates' 2016 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Toyota vehicles are more reliable than Honda vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Toyota fourth in reliability, above the industry average. With 13 more problems per 100 vehicles, Honda is ranked 7th.

From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports' April 2017 Auto Issue reports that Toyota vehicles are more reliable than Honda vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Toyota second in reliability. Honda is ranked 10th.

  ENGINE

Honda Accord and Toyota Camry Engines

The Camry has more powerful engines than the Accord:

Horsepower
Camry 2.5 DOHC 4 cyl. 203 HP
Camry XSE 2.5 DOHC 4 cyl. 206 HP
Camry XSE/XLE 3.5 DOHC V6 301 HP
Accord 1.5 turbo 4 cyl. 192 HP
Accord 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. 252 HP

  BRAKES AND STOPPING

Honda Accord and Toyota Camry Brakes and Stopping

For better stopping power the Camry's standard front brake rotors are larger than those on the Accord:

  Camry Accord
Front Rotors 12 inches 11.5 inches

source: Car and Driver

  SUSPENSION AND HANDLING

Honda Accord and Toyota Camry Suspension and Handling

For better maneuverability, the Camry L/LE's turning circle is .7 feet tighter than the Accord's (37.4 feet vs. 38.1 feet). The Camry SE/XLE/XSE's turning circle is 1.4 feet tighter than the Accord Sport Manual/Sport 2.0T/EX-L 2.0T/Touring 2.0T's (38 feet vs. 39.4 feet).

  PASSENGER SPACE & CARGO CAPACITY

Honda Accord and Toyota Camry Passenger Space

The Camry has .1 inches more front hip room and .7 inches more rear headroom than the Accord.

The Camry LE/SE/XLE/XSE's standard folding rear seats are split to accommodate bulky cargo. The Accord's standard single piece folding rear seat is not as flexible; long cargo and a passenger can't share the rear seat.

  SERVICING EASE

2018 Camry Servicing Ease

The Camry uses gas struts to support the hood for easier service access. The Accord uses a prop rod to support its heavy hood. It takes two hands to open the hood and set the prop rod, the prop rod gets in the way during maintenance and service, and the prop rod could be knocked out, causing the heavy hood to fall on the person maintaining or servicing the car.

  ERGONOMICS

Honda Accord and Toyota Camry Ergonomics

The power windows standard on both the Camry and the Accord have locks to prevent small children from operating them. When the lock on the Camry is engaged the driver can still operate all of the windows, for instance to close one opened by a child. The Accord prevents the driver from operating the other windows just as it does the other passengers.

The Camry's front and rear power windows all open or close fully with one touch of the switches, making it more convenient at drive-up windows and toll booths, or when talking with someone outside the car. The Accord's standard rear power window switches have to be held the entire time to open or close them fully.

Both the Camry and the Accord offer rear vents. For greater rear passenger comfort, the Camry offers optional rear air conditioning vents to keep rear occupants cool in summer or warm in winter. The Accord doesn't offer rear air conditioning vents, only heat vents.

  RECOMMENDATIONS

Honda Accord and Toyota Camry Recommendations

The Toyota Camry outsold the Honda Accord by 11% during the 2017 model year.


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