|2016 Honda Accord||2016 Toyota Camry|
|34 mpg1||Fuel Economy (hwy)1||32 mpg1|
|278 hp @ 6,200 rpm||Horsepower||270 hp @ 6,400 rpm|
|252 ft-lbs @ 4,900 rpm||Torque||251 ft-lbs. @ 4,400 rpm|
|6-speed automatic||Transmission||Continuously variable transmission (CVT)|
For well over a decade, the Toyota Camry has held the top position as the best-selling midsize sedan. This category appeals to those looking for equal portions of roomy comfort and good fuel economy in a four-door sedan. The Camry has delivered the package with extensive amenities, miserly gas consumption, and even a good bit of carrying capacity in its trunk. As good as this sounds, a brief perusal of the stats on the 2016 Honda Accord seems to indicate it’s time for a new champion.
The Accord utilizes either a 2.4 liter 4-cylinder or 3.5 liter V-6. Likewise, the Camry offers a 2.5 liter 4-cylinder or 3.5 liter V-6. Looks can be deceiving since the 2016 Honda Accord 4-cylinder packs 185 horses while the Camry counterpart only manages 178 horsepower. The Accord’s V-6 offering produces 278 horsepower while the Camry trails by 10 horses at 268 horsepower.
The 2016 Camry 4-cylinder is used in the LE, SE, XLE, and XSE models and the V-6 engine is found in the XLE V-6 and XSE V-6 editions, but all versions rely on a single 6-speed automatic transmission. The Accord distinguishes itself by supplying a 6-speed manual transmission with the 4-cylinder motor in its LX, Sport, and EX models for 23 mpg city and 34 mpg highway. In the LX, Sport, EX, and EX-L versions, the 2.4 liter powerplant is teamed with a CVT, continuously variable transmission, to yield 27 mpg city and 37 mpg highway.
Finally, the Accord EX-L and Touring editions use a 6-speed automatic transmission with the V-6 engine to produce 21 mpg city and 34 mpg country. The 2016 Camry 4-cylinder reaches 25 mpg city and 35 mpg highway while its V-6 motor gets just 21 mpg city and 31 mpg country.
While fairly close in size, it’s the 2016 Accord that edges out the Camry with 119 cubic feet of cabin space as opposed to 118.1 cubic feet. This lead converts into an extra inch of legroom for front passengers. Honda has also added a motorized 10-way driver seat to nearly all its models while the Camry limits its seats to no more than 8 possible positions. Speaking of seats, the Accord Touring edition includes interior heating for rear seats which isn’t available on the Camry counterpart.
The 2016 Accord is also outfitted with Apple Carplay and Android Auto, and it’s equipped with Active Sound and Active Noise control to make listening to them a breeze.
2016 marks a five-star grade overall for both. When looking at the particulars, though, the 2016 Accord has a leg up. Its results in individual tests by the NHTSA are five stars across the board. The Camry, on the other hand, only grabbed four stars for the frontal crash and rollover test. Both vehicles come with antilock brakes, stability and traction control, airbags, tire pressure monitoring, and a rear view camera.
The Accord’s backup camera outshines the Camry version, though, by allowing three viewing angles. Both sedans are also loaded with sophisticated protection like a frontal collision alert with automatic braking and lane drifting alert with steering correction. The Accord goes one better with a blind spot camera that’s triggered with a right turn signal and places the image on the in-dash 7-inch monitor.
The Camry has worked hard to gain its position among midsize sedans but the Accord has clearly worked harder. It’s time to give the Accord its dues and give one a test drive at our dealership to see how much work has gone into it.
 Based on 2016 EPA mileage ratings. Use for comparison purposes only. Your mileage will vary depending on how you drive and maintain your vehicle.
 Government 5-Star Safety Ratings are part of the U.S. Department of Transportation's New Car Assessment Program (www.safercar.gov). Model tested with standard side airbags (SAB).
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