The two best selling cars in America are the Toyota Camry & the Honda Accord. It’s been that way for years, and baring the total abandonment of the automobile as means of transportation, it will probably continue to be that way for generations to come. It’s common knowledge that the Camry and the Accord are about as similar as Coke & Pepsi. So, what sets these two Titans of Suburbia apart? Glad you asked! Since these two cars are so darn close, let’s compare them on:
The fit, finish & material quality on both cars is superb. However, the 2011 Honda Accord has a more modern design, with an emphasis on buttons. Buttons, buttons, buttons, there’s a lot of buttons on the Accord’s dash. Then there’s sort of a recessed LED function screen sitting at the very top of the stack. It looks like the cash drops out in front of the gear shift, but for the life of me, I couldn’t figure out where to swipe my card! If Bank of America is going to design car interiors, they should clearly mark these things. The Toyota Camry interior on the other hand, comes from straight from the pages of Martha Stewart Living. It has a clean, modern design. And it can be had in warm earth tones too (sadly, the Spring Meadow Linen Napkins with coordinating Burlwood Rings are an optional extra).
The backseat; while they’re similar in size, the floor of the Accord has a pronounced hump in the middle of the floor, reducing foot room slightly. The Accord does have a handy trunk pass-through behind the center armrest, and the entire seatback can be folded via a trunk-mounted release handle. But that feature is easily eclipsed by the Camry’s standard 60/40 folding rear seatback, which even offers separate buttons in the trunk to lower either side of the seat. Out back, both cars have Buick-sized trunks. But the Camry wins again with little features like hooks to hang your grocery bags, and a little plastic well to keep jugs of milk, or…bowling balls from rolling around in the truck.
Convenience features you didn’t know you needed
Like most upper-end cars these days, the 2011 Honda Accord has an Auto Up/Down feature for the driver’s window. But the Camry has 4 Auto Up/Down windows with Jam Protection, and it works at each window, not just from the driver’s control. But seriously, how hard is it to roll down a window? Next thing you know, Mercedes will be offering Telepathy Window Switches.
While both cars are renown for their safety features, one car is actually rated higher than the other. In NHTSA crash tests, the 2011 Honda Accord scored 5-stars across the board. The 2011 Toyota Camry on the other hand, only managed 3-stars in the frontal crash test (the driver scored 4-stars, the front passenger scored 2-stars, and that somehow equaled a 3-star rating), 4-stars on the side impact test, and 4-stars on the rollover test. This added up to an overall 4-star safety rating. Both cars come with stability control, traction control, ABS and a host of other safety features. The 2011 Camry even has driver-side knee airbags. But in the end, Honda’s ACE body structure makes the Accord the safer choice.
Imagine the sound of crickets chirping…
Let’s be honest; if you’re looking at a Honda Camry, or a Toyota Accord, then you don’t care about performance, or driving dynamics. You just want to get to work on time, that way (maybe), you can retire before you turn 85. So here’s what you need to know; both cars are available with a choice of two 4-cylinder’s, and a V6. The top 4-pot in the Accord is the most powerful (190-hp vs. 179-hp), and it’s the most economical too; 23 city / 34 hwy / 27 combined vs. 22 city / 32 hwy / 26 combined in the Camry.
However, the Top MPG trophy goes to the 2011 Toyota Camry Hybrid, with an impressive MPG tally of 31 city / 35 hwy / 33 combined (Honda doesn’t offer an Accord Hybrid). In the V6 department, the Accord wins again with 271-hp vs. 269-hp in the Camry. However, the 2011 Toyota Camry V6 gets a 6-speed automatic with sequential manual shifting, which makes the Camry V6 (slightly) faster.
The 2011 Honda Accord has a more aggressive suspension setup, and sportier (see; more supportive) seats, which makes it feel like more of a drivers car (I use that term very lightly). The 2011 Toyota Camry has a much softer suspension with lighter steering, more sound insulation, and less supportive seating, making it more of a comfortable cruiser (see; isolation chamber). It’s clear that Toyota is aiming for a much older buyer, and the Accord was meant for… people who are still “young at heart”. And since expected resale value & reliability are very good for both cars, we’re brought back to the whole Coke/Pepsi similarity. Which flavor of Cola do you prefer?
But before you decide, remember that the 2011 Honda Accord does have an ATM in the dash, and that might make carpooling a little more profitable.
Camry vs. Accord Comparison Table
|Specifications||2011 Honda Accord||2011 Toyota Camry|
|DRIVE-TYPE||Front wheel drive||Front wheel drive|
|AVERAGE FUEL USAGE||25.0 mpg||25.5 mpg|
|POWER||271 hp||269 hp|
|TORQUE||254 ft-lbs.||248 ft-lbs.|