- The Toyota Camry and the Honda Accord are top choices in midsize family sedans.
- Both cars have superefficient hybrid options.
- The Camry is now available with all-wheel drive.
The Toyota Camry and the Honda Accord have been going head to head as class leaders in the midsize sedan segment for decades. Each car is at the top of its game, offering stellar safety and reliability scores, abundant features, spacious interiors and efficient hybrid options.
You really can’t go wrong with either of these sedans, but let’s take a closer look at the differences and similarities between the Camry and the Accord in 2020.
These cars are very similar in size and fall right in line with most of the rest of the midsize sedan segment. Each is a nice medium size that makes it roomy and comfortable on the inside yet still maneuverable, and neither takes up too much space in your garage. See the 2020 Honda Accord models for sale near you
As for styling, this is the best that either car has ever looked. No one can accuse these sedans of looking boring anymore. The Accord has a sloping rear roofline, almost giving it the look of a liftback. The Camry has a lot of visual variety in its model range. The look of the Camry can change quite a bit depending on which trim you choose, and the TRD trim, new for 2020, adds an especially sporty appearance package. See the 2020 Toyota Camry models for sale near you
Like their exteriors, the interior dimensions of these cars are extremely similar. While cabin space is similar, the Accord’s trunk is bigger than the Camry’s. Its below-average cargo space is one of the Toyota‘s few flaws.
As for the interior design, we have a slight preference for the Accord. In the Honda, the interior design and quality are quite good across the board, especially in the high-end Touring trim. The Camry is a bit of a mixed bag. The interior can get really nice on the high end, but the lower-end trims feel a bit cheap on the inside. The interior isn’t bad in either car — the Accord’s is just a little nicer.
The Accord has two turbocharged 4-cylinder engine options, while the Camry has a base 4-cylinder and an available V6, both of which are naturally aspirated. Both sedans are available with a 4-cylinder hybrid option.
2020 Honda Accord Engines
- 1.5-liter turbocharged inline four; 192 horsepower, 192 lb-ft of torque; 30 mpg city/38 mpg hwy
- 2.0-liter turbocharged inline four; 252 hp, 273 lb-ft of torque; 23 mpg city/34 mpg hwy
2.0-liter hybrid inline four; 212 hp, 232 lb-ft of torque; 48 mpg city/47 mpg hwy
2020 Toyota Camry Engines
2.5-liter inline four; 203 hp, 184 lb-ft of torque; 29 mpg city/41 mpg hwy
3.0-liter V6; 301 hp, 267 lb-ft of torque; 22 mpg city/33 mpg hwy
2.5-liter hybrid inline four; 176 hp, 163 lb-ft of torque; 51 mpg city/53 mpg hwy
The base engines and the higher-performance engine options are pretty evenly matched in these rivals, although the Camry’s V6 has notably more horsepower than the Accord’s 2.0-liter engine. These sedans take different approaches in their hybrids: The Honda puts a greater emphasis on performance, whereas the Toyota is more efficient but has much less power and torque. If you want a nice balance of excellent fuel economy and some fun-to-drive performance, you’ll prefer the Accord Hybrid. If you want the absolute best fuel economy, the Camry Hybrid is the way to go.
Each car comes standard with front-wheel drive, but the Camry is available with all-wheel drive for the first time, a new perk for the 2020 model. This gives the Camry an advantage over the Accord in snowy climates, making it the choice for drivers who want some reassuring traction when the roads get nasty. Also new for 2020 is the Camry TRD, a sporty new trim with the V6 engine, an appearance package and a sport-tuned suspension. The TRD trim also happens to be the most affordable V6-equipped Camry V6, making it a strong value.
The Camry gets an important new tech feature for 2020: Android Auto. Every Camry trim now comes standard with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto through a 7-in infotainment system that can be upgraded to an 8-in unit with more features. The story is similar in the Accord, which comes standard with a 7-in infotainment system that you can upgrade to an 8-in screen. However, Android Auto and Apple CarPlay aren’t standard on the base trim of the Accord. You’ll need to upgrade to the Sport trim or higher.
As for safety technology, both cars come pretty generously equipped, even at the base trim. The Camry comes standard with the Toyota Safety Sense-P driver assistance suite, which includes lane-departure warning, lane-keeping assist, adaptive cruise control, forward-collision warning, forward automatic emergency braking, pedestrian detection and automatic high beams. The Accord comes standard with the similar Honda Sensing suite, which includes forward-collision warning, automatic emergency braking, adaptive cruise control, lane-keeping assist, lane-departure warning, traffic sign recognition and a road-departure mitigation system.
Not surprisingly, the base prices of these rivals are almost identical. The 2020 Toyota Camry starts at $24,425, and the 2020 Honda Accord starts at $24,020. Prices get into the mid-$30,000 range when you get into the top trims.
As for the hybrids, the Honda is arguably the better value proposition than the Toyota. The most affordable Accord Hybrid you can get starts at $25,620, and the Camry Hybrid starts at $28,430. There’s a little more variety in the Accord Hybrid lineup, which has four different trims. The Camry Hybrid only has three.
Now that the Camry has available AWD, Android Auto and the sporty new TRD trim, we think it has a slight edge over the Accord. Make no mistake: Both cars are outstanding, but the updates that the Camry received for 2020 are enough to give it the competitive edge over its toughest rival. If you’re shopping for a hybrid, however, the Accord Hybrid is more affordable and delivers much stronger performance than the Camry Hybrid while still returning outstanding fuel economy. Find a Honda Accord for sale or Find a Toyota Camry for sale