|212||Hybrid Horsepower (HP)||176|
|16.7||Max Cargo Space (cu.ft.)||15.1|
If you are looking for the best family sedan on the market, there is no better place to start than with these two midsize sedans: 2020 Honda Accord vs 2020 Toyota Camry. With both the Accord and Camry consistently at the top of best buy and best value lists, how do you decide between these two ultra-competitive sedans? While they both get a lot right, only the 2020 Honda Accord gets everything right. Both feature the same level of excellence in terms of build quality, features, reliability, and strong resale, but the Accord is more affordable, offers more interior room, more standard features, and has more cargo space in the trunk.
In fact, the 2020 Honda Accord was rated by Kelley Blue Book as the best midsize sedan of 2020.2 Featuring a roomy cabin and incredible fuel economy, as well as an impeccable reputation for reliability and strong resale, the Honda Accord takes perfection to a different level. With the Accord, you will have no problem finding a model that fits your lifestyle and budget. There’s a hybrid model, for instance, that delivers a combined 48 MPG and an available manual transmission for both it's 1.5 and 2.0-liter engines if you are feeling sporty.3 Honda Sensing—Honda’s safety suite of driver assists—is also standard across all trim levels.
All three of the Accord’s powertrain options combine efficiency and power and with an athletic chassis and balanced ride—half sports sedan, half practical family sedan—the 2020 Honda Accord is the best-driving family sedan in its class. Not to mention the best-equipped, as well, making it an easy choice for your family. The Honda Accord delivers on all fronts, which makes it an easy recommendation for families looking for a practical and engaging sedan. The Accord’s combination of style, safety, and value is too much for even the Toyota Camry to overcome.
With three options to choose from, the 2020 Honda Accord satisfies just about everyone’s needs. The standard engine, a 1.5-liter turbocharged inline-4, is a particularly good option for the base engine. This turbocharged engine comes standard on the LX, Sport, EX, and EX-L trims and offers 192 hp and 192 lb-ft of torque, while returning an estimated 30 MPG in the city and 38 MPG on the highway. With quick acceleration and good passing and merging power, this engine also has impressive fuel efficiency.
The Toyota’s base engine is a 2.5-liter inline-4 that produces 203 hp and 184 lb-ft of torque. Fuel efficiency is impressive as well with the Camry but varies wildly depending on which model you choose. For the base trim, the fuel economy is estimated at 29 MPG in the city and 41 MPG on the highway. For the LE and SE trims, this number drops to an estimated 28 MPG in the city and 39 MPG on the highway, and for the XLE and XSE, drivers can expect an estimated 27 MPG in the city and 38 MPG on the highway, while the all-wheel drive LE, SE, XLE, and XSE trims see the fuel efficiency rating drop even more to 25 MPG in the city and 34 MPG on the highway.3
The 2020 Honda Accord’s second engine is a 2.0-liter turbocharged inline-4 with 252 hp and 273 lb-ft of torque. This engine is rated up to 22 MPG in the city and 34 MPG on the highway.3 The Camry’s second option is a 3.5-liter V6 with 301 hp and 267 lb-ft of torque. This engine returns 22 MPG in the city and MPG on the highway.4 While both midsize sedans offer impressive engines with incredible fuel efficiency, the Honda Accord edges the Camry with its optional manual transmission.
Both the Honda Accord and Toyota Camry offer hybrid models. The Accord Hybrid’s 2.0-liter inline-4 offers 212 hp and 232 lb-ft of torque while returning an estimated 48 MPG.3 The Toyota Camry’s 2.5-liter inline-4 gasoline-electric hybrid generates 208 hp and 163 lb-ft of torque while returning 51 MPG in the city and 53 MPG on the highway for the LE trim and 44 MPG in the city and 47 MPG on the highway in the SE and XLE trims.4 So, fuel efficiency varies wildly depending on the Camry Hybrid model you choose, sacrificing efficiency for luxury amenities. The Honda Accord Hybrid, however, is straightforward with its efficiency ratings, so you will not have to weigh luxury with efficiency, and it has lots of low-end torque, creating impressive acceleration and passing power.
When considering the available manual transmission, and the more powerful hybrid option, the Accord sneaks ahead of the Camry at the finish line, providing a more engaging driving experience and more practical hybrid option. One of the best parts of buying a hybrid model—aside from the benefits of fuel efficiency—is the abundance of low-end torque, and the Camry falls short here in engaging the driver.
The 2020 Honda Accord features one of the most spacious interiors in its class, and even the Accord Hybrid manages to hide its electric-powertrain components without sacrificing interior room or cargo space. This is best-in-class space, with two carry-on bags separating the Accord and the closest competitor. Total cargo space in the Accord is 16.7 cubic feet versus the Camry’s 15.1 cubic feet.
The 2020 Honda Accord features a long list of standard features for the family. Included are features like Honda Sensing, push-button start, multi-angle rearview camera, dual-zone automatic climate control, and a 7-inch LCD touchscreen with Bluetooth and USB connectivity, as well as a 4-speaker audio system. Moving up in trim levels brings Apple CarPlay and Android Auto phone integration, a 12-way-power driver’s seat, an 8-inch touchscreen and 8-speaker audio system, 60/40-split/folding rear seats, and 19-inch wheels. But that’s just the Sport trim—the second of the trim levels.
The next trim brings even more tech and convenience, and we’re not even at the highest trim level. With the EX trim comes leather seats, a 450-watt, 10-speaker audio system, 4-way-power passenger seat, auto-dimming rearview mirror, and a HomeLink universal garage remote. Adaptive suspension, front/rear parking sensors, navigation, wireless charging and Wi-Fi, and ventilated front seats round out the optional luxury.
The 2020 Toyota Camry mirrors the Honda Accord in many ways, so expect the standard features to be similar to those of the Accord. With the Camry, you'll find automatic transmission, 6-way manual front seats, a rearview camera, and a 6-speaker audio system with Bluetooth, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and Amazon Alexa integration, and USB/auxiliary inputs. Optional features include a JBL premium audio system, navigation, full-speed radar cruise control, ventilated front seats, bird’s-eye camera, and a head-up display.
The biggest difference between the Honda Accord and the Toyota Camry might be the price. When considering that the Camry has a higher starting price and that the hybrid model is several thousand dollars more than the Accord Hybrid, it becomes easy to see why the Accord is considered a better value.
Honda has made safety a priority in the Accord, and it shows with the many standard safety features included for every trim level.
Standard for every Accord is Honda Sensing, a suite of safety and driver assists that consists of forward-collision mitigation with automatic emergency braking, adaptive cruise control with low-speed follow, automatic high-beam headlights, lane-keeping assistance, a driver-attention monitor, road-departure mitigation, and road-sign recognition. Standard on the EX trim is blind-spot monitoring. Also available is a head-up display. Honda Sensing is an incredible value and brings peace of mind that every family needs. By making this suite standard for all Accords, Honda shows how dedicated it is to safety.
The 2020 Toyota Camry also prioritizes safety with its own suite of safety features, Toyota Safety Sense P, which includes forward-collision warning and automatic emergency braking, lane-departure warning/lane-keep assist, and adaptive cruise control. Blind-spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert is available on LE models and standard on the XLE trim. Rear cross-traffic braking is also an option on the higher trim levels.
Both the Honda Accord and Toyota Camry offer impressive safety suites as standard, as you would expect from two automakers known for making safe and family-friendly vehicles. Honda Sensing, if you were to compare the two safety packages, is a little more comprehensive, but it’s almost too close to call.