Toyota Camry and Honda Accord aren’t exactly the names that first strike your mind when you think “luxury sedan”. Both these cars have been on sale in India for quite a while now and have been clocking decent sales figures. How do they fare with each other? let’s find out in this comparison of Toyota Camry Vs Honda Accord.
Toyota Camry Vs Honda Accord: Looks
The 2019 Toyota Camry, in its 9th generation, looks entirely different from the model it replaces. The front end is completed with a V-shaped housing for the Toyota logo. The huge front grille with horizontal slats will draw polarized opinions. The grill looks to have been inspired by the Lexus 300h and untrained eyes could easily mistake the Camry for a Lexus. The LED headlamps are slim compared with the outgoing model and comprise the LED DRLs. The fog lamp setup is LED too.
On the rear, the Camry gets LED brake lights and combination lamps. There are touches of chrome on the door handles and window sills. The move to the TNGA platform allowed the designers and engineers the freedom to lower the center of gravity, dropping the height of the car as well.
On the other hand, the 8th generation Honda Accord looks unmistakably Honda, with the bold chrome applique that is seen on the front grille. Bright DRLs give the Accord good road presence. The front bumper gets two parking sensors and a wide air dam and LED foglamps.
The rear also gets a thick chrome applique. The boot gets a prominent spoiler that runs between the taillamp clusters. The rear bumper gets 4 parking sensors and also has another chrome strip that runs along the length. The tail lamps are LED units, but, the brake lights, indicators are regular halogen units.
The ORVMs on both the cars have auto tilt function when reverse gear is selected. The Camry has a memory function for ORVM and steering position too.
Toyota Camry Vs Honda Accord: Interior
The interior on the new Camry is completely refreshed with a dual tone dashboard and beige leather upholstery. The dashboard layout has changed entirely and features 7-inch infotainment at the center. The use of dual-tone colors has increased the sense of roominess in Toyota’s cabin. The door open wide and ingress/egress should not be a problem. There are wood inserts on the dashboard, center console and steering wheel.
The floor mats and seat upholstery are done in beige, which is very likely to gather some dirt soon. The driver seat and the passenger seat are 10-way adjustable and the driver seat has a memory function. The front seats are also ventilated and offer lumbar support. We can access the trunk from the rear seat as well. It is also equipped with power adjustable tilt and telescopic steering.
The interior of the Honda Accord is very conventional – black on the top and beige at most other places. Silver, piano black and faux wood have been inserted at various places. Carpets are black in color, thus practical for India. The steering wheel is big, leather wrapped and has faux wood insert on the top with a piano black insert on the sides of horn pad. The sunroof is one touch electric with Tilt Feature.
The driver’s seat is 8-way power adjustable and has power lumbar support. The passenger seat is 4-way power adjustable. The center armrest is draped in leather but is not adjustable. It is sufficiently wide for both the front passengers to rest their arms. The center console is finished in the piano black. The rear seat on the Honda misses on essential features like rear and side curtains, electric reclining function, controls for the HVAC and audio.
Toyota Camry Vs Honda Accord: Features
Now, this where the Toyota Camry Vs Honda Accord becomes interesting. The new Camry comes loaded with a host of features. It comes with a 3 zone personalized climate control that releases refreshing nanoeTM positive ions. The rear windscreen has power sunshade and the rear windows have manual sunblinds. The rear seats also offer reclining function with access to boots. The Camry also offers a 10 inch Heads up display and a wireless charger. There are dusk sensing and auto leveling front LED lights. The rear seat has reclining function and the armrest has touch panel for Audio, Climatic control and rear sunshade.
The infotainment system is an 8-inch touchscreen system with a 9 speaker setup from JBL that includes Clari-fi Technology. There are paddle shifters on the steering wheel to indulge in sporty driving.
The Honda Accord offers a Dual Zone Automatic Climate Control with Plasma Cluster for cabin air freshness. The center console has a twin layer MID. The upper screen is used for displaying information related to the trip, audio, navigation and Honda LaneWatch, while the lower screen is used for all other information. The upper screen also doubles up as a screen for the reverse camera. LaneWatch system is activated when the left turn-indicator is on. The passenger-side road area is displayed on the upper screen, allowing the driver to safely move to the left. The Accord comes with Honda Satellite-Linked Navigation System.
Both the cars offer passive entry with push-button start/stop and steering mounted controls for MID, audio, and telephony. Rain sensing wipers are also offered in both the cars.
Toyota Camry Vs Honda Accord: Engine and Gearbox
The new Toyota Camry is powered by a 2.5 Litre, 4 Cylinder Petrol Hybrid Force Engine. It churns out 178 hp @ 5700 rpm and 221 Nm of torque between 3600-5200 rpm. The engine is mated to an e-CVT gearbox and has been tuned to produce an additional 18 hp. An 88 kW electric motor coupled to the engine takes the overall power output to 208 hp. The electric motor has advanced Nickel-Metal Hydride batteries. The engine is mated to an e-CVT gearbox and comes with paddle shifters.
The Accord is powered by a 2L DOHC i-VTEC Engine. It develops 143 BHP (@ 6,200 rpm) and 175 Nm of torque (@ 4,000 rpm). This engine is backed up by an electric motor that produces 181 BHP (@ 5,000-6,000 rpm) and 315 Nm of torque (@ 0-2,000 rpm). The combined power available is 212 BHP.
Toyota Camry Vs Honda Accord: Safety
The Camry has 9 SRS Airbags, Anti-lock Braking System with EBD, Brake Hold Function. It also has Impact Sensing Fuel Cut-off, Speed-Sensing Auto-lock, Vehicle Stability and Traction Control (with Off Switch). Other safety features include Tire Pressure Monitoring System, Smart Key Remind Warning, and ISOFIX and Top Tether Anchor for Child Seats.
Safety features on the Honda include 6 airbags, front and rear parking sensors, ESP, ABS with EBD, brake assist, Hill Start Assist, Honda LaneWatch™, Acoustic Vehicle Alert System (AVAS), Emergency Stop Signal (ESS). Other safety features include Programmable Auto Door Lock/Unlock, Rear Window Defogger, Hydrophilic Outside Mirror.
Toyota Camry Vs Honda Accord: Dimensions
The Camry measures 4885mm x 1840mm x 1455mm (LxWxH) and is considerably longer than the outgoing model. The wheelbase is at 2825 mm and is 15mm longer the previous generation. The kerb weight is at 1665 kg and it can hold 50 liters on the fuel.
The Accord measures 4933mm X 1849mm X 1464mm (LxWxH). Wheelbase is 2776 mm and the kerb weight is 1620 Kg. The Accord can carry 60 litres of fuel.
Camry is on sale at INR 36.95 Lakhs (ex-showroom), while the accord demands a premium of 43.58 Lakhs (ex-showroom). For the price, the new Toyota Camry offers a lot more features than the Accord.
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