The Toyota Camry and Honda Accord have been the best-selling cars in the United States since 2012. Sales numbers for 2015 suggest these two midsize car heavyweights will again be top sellers. The 2015 Toyota Camry has an overall score of 8.8 in our affordable midsize car rankings, and the 2015 Honda Accord has an 8.7 overall score. But these two cars are not mirror images. From engines to driving experience, and cargo space to available features, subtle differences abound. Which midsize car is best for you?
Both midsize cars come standard with four-cylinder engines and offer optional V6s, but the Honda Accord distinguishes itself from the Camry in a few areas. First, unlike the Camry, the Accord is available in a coupe body style, and you can get an Accord sedan or coupe with a manual transmission. Additionally, the 2015 Honda Accord’s two engines receive critics’ praise for their punch. The Camry’s engines, though generally satisfying to critics, feel sluggish to some at higher speeds. A hybrid version of both sedans is also available.
If a smooth-riding car is your desire, test drivers say the Toyota Camry won’t disappoint you. They find the handling through turns stable and the brakes solid. If you want a sportier ride, the Honda Accord delivers, according to reviewers. They say it has well-controlled body lean in corners and provides an even, crisp driving experience.
Cabin materials in the Accord and the newly refreshed Camry are generally pleasing to reviewers. Similarly, critics report the rear seats are roomy in both sedans. The Camry and Accord have nearly identical trunk space, however, the Camry’s rear seat folds down in a 60/40 split. This makes it possible to carry longer cargo and have space for a person to sit in the rear seat at the same time. By contrast, the Accord’s rear seat folds down in one piece. Also, the Camry’s interior is singled out by reviewers for being extremely quiet.
The standard infotainment system in the Toyota Camry has a smaller screen than in the Honda Accord (6.1 inches vs. 8 inches), but critics note that the Camry’s system is easier to use. The screen, they say, responds quickly to commands and the controls are easy to understand. By contrast, some find the menus for the Accord's available touch-screen system hard to comprehend.
Which midsize car is best for you? The Accord and the Camry are highly ranked and very evenly matched in our midsize car rankings. It’s the little differences that will prove decisive for most shoppers.