2021 Honda Accord vs 2021 Toyota Camry: Price, Performance, MPG, And Interiors Compared

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A. Suresh 

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March 24, 2021  at 6:48 AM

Both the Honda Accord and the Toyota Camry have been in each other’s crosshairs for a long time now. The 2021 Toyota Camry is a force not to be reckoned with, as with its potent 3.5L V6 powertrain, and ironically frugal nature, the 2021 Honda Accord might finally find it hard to hold onto its crown of the best midsize sedan. Nevertheless, with a starting price of $24,000, the 2021 Accord boasts a plethora of creature comforts, that the Camry might find hard to match. So with the ball still dangling above, let’s see with the updates that have been brought in for both the sedans, who’s side might the ball rollover.

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it or not, these two rival heavyweights have been trading in blows since the late 1980s. So it goes without question when both Honda and Toyota launch their respective bestseller offerings with massive updates in 2021, sparks are bound to fly yet again. Right off the bat, kicking thing off the 2021 Toyota Camry leads the way, as it gets standard AWD setup, something which is direly needed in the Honda Accord.


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Moreover, despite crossovers crunching up sales numbers left and right for quite some time now, these two cars of the sedan world, the Honda Accord, and the Toyota Camry have a thing or two to say about that very claim. Both have very affordable price-tags, with the starting price wandering around the $25,000 mark, and both of them carry their powertrains forward into 2021, without any hindrance. These legendary icons are way different than what the other midsize sedan counterparts have in store, as they can get the job done without batting an eye. So let’s go ahead and find out which midsize sedan is on the top for 2021.

2021 Honda Accord vs 2021 Toyota Camry: Which is lighter on the pocket?

The mid-size sedan segment has a lot of offerings, but rarely do you find two cars, which are an absolute steal when it comes to value-based proportions. The 2021 Honda Accord starts off at a base price of $24,000 and goes all the way up to $38,000 for its top-most trim level, whereas the 2021 Camry, on the other hand, starts off at $25,425, and goes all the way up to $36,130. So straight away, we can see that the base version of the 2021 Honda Accord sounds like a good deal, but don’t let that fool you, as for an added $1,500, you also get a much needed all-wheel-drive system with the Camry.

Both of the aforementioned cars have a lot of bewildering trim levels, especially the Camry. The Accord, on the other hand, is more toned down in this aspect and offers about 6 trim levels. Brushing that aside, both these cars have an excellent number of features strategically placed all across the trim lineup, and both of them also come with hybrid powertrains. So if you are in the market for a midsize sedan that is feature-packed up to the brim but comes with an easy to digest price-tag, these are the best options out there

2021 Honda Accord vs 2021 Toyota Camry: How do they fare on the Engine and transmission front?

Undoubtedly, the two titans of the family sedan segment! Both of these titans offer about three powertrains each, including the hybrid ones. Both these auto-marquees have done so to appeal to the mass market audiences. Assembled with sheer Japanese precision, the Honda Accord is the only one out of the two sedans, that gets a turbocharged unit. Under the hood of the 2021 Accord, you get a 1.5L turbocharged unit, that discharges about 192 hp and 194 lb-ft of torque. The motor is standard across the trim except for when you want to option it out for a 2.0L Naturally Aspirated engine.

2021 Honda Accord's engine bay

Looking to match Honda’s performance prowess, maybe even nudge it aside slowly by taking the lead, is the Toyota Camry’s base 2.5L Naturally Aspirated engine that delivers about 203 hp and 184 lb-ft of torque. It also has an optional 3.5L V6 you could choose that boasts of 301 hp, which is exceedingly great in this segment. Up until the year 2020, Both of these sedans were offered in a standard FWD setup, but come the year 2021, the ball swings towards the Toyota Camry’s court, as it gets a standard AWD from now on.

2021 Toyota Camry's 3.5L V6 engine block

Transmission-wise again, the Toyota Camry with its effective 8-Speed Automatic stands to gain the most when compared to the Honda Accord’s CVT. The Accord might be a perfect practical sedan oozing out utilitarianism, but it’s the Toyota Camry that boasts of a refined demeanor in terms of handling. It is as sporty as it gets. The base Camry may not be a track-focused car, but the joy it offers in spirited dring is unmatched by none. Talking about inspired driving, Toyota also offers a much involved Camry TRD version. So Round 1 undoubtedly goes to the Toyota Camry

Models

2021 Honda Accord

2021 Toyota Camry

MSRP

$24,000

$25,425

Engine

1.5L Turbocharged Inline-4

2.5L Naturally Aspirated Inline-4

Drivetrain

FWD

AWD

Transmission

CVT

8-Speed Automatic

Horsepower

192 hp @ 5,500 RPM

203 hp @ 6,600 RPM

Torque

192 lb-ft @ 1,600 RPM

184 lb-ft @ 5,000 RPM

0-60MPH (sec)

7.3 secs

7.6 secs

Top Speed (MPH)

115 MPH

135 MPH

The Camry might stay on top of the horsepower curve, but it’s Accord’s turbocharged setup that allows it to punch out such respectable torque figures, and thus the fastest acceleration times too. With a quoted 7.3 seconds to sprint from 0-60 MPH, the Accord is 0.3 seconds faster than the Camry.

Which among the Honda Accord and the Toyota Camry has a better interior?

The infamous logic of midsize sedan having an interior which is solely for functional purposes is an understatement, as these two cars are a testament to the fact that, interiors can be functional, but at the same time sumptuous too. While performance was on the back of Honda’s agenda, cabin space and interior styling were the foremost important criteria for them. Even though they are termed as midsize sedans, they are not necessarily midsize, as both Honda and Toyota know how to maximize the interior cabin space, without having to negligently waste any.

2021 Honda Accord's functional yet sumptuous interior

Inside the Honda Accord, it is business as usual, with a clean and graphic interior silhouette, all thanks to the higher quality materials used inside. For the 2021 model, the interior of the 2020 Accord is carried over with no new enhancement. There is enough room in the rear for about 3 average-sized adults to be seated in comfort. Features such as power adjustment, and heating and ventilation are still offered as optional packages. On the infotainment front, the same 7-inch Hi-Def touchscreen floats on top of the dashboard. Numerous features come within, but as Apple CarPlay was not standard in 2020, we expect it to be in 2021.

2021 Toyota Camry's subtle yet classy interior setting

Measured to be one of the roomiest sedans in the segment, the Toyota Camry does a decent job of not letting the passengers seated in the rear feel claustrophobic in any way. Camry’s iconic sweeping “Y” line that cuts through the center stack is certainly a stand-out design element. And moreover, the optional Apple CarPlay in the Honda Accord comes as a standard feature in the 2021 Toyota Camry. Finally, the Toyota Camry also gets a bigger sized trunk when compared to the Honda Accord.

Models

2021 Honda Accord

2021 Toyota Camry

Passenger capacity

5

5

Front (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (In.)

39.5/58.3/42.3

38.3/ 57.7/ 42.1

Rear (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (In.)

37.3/56.5/40.4

38.0/ 55.7/ 38.0

Cargo Capacity (cu ft.)

15.1

16.7

The 2021 Accord houses a better and spacious rear cabin setting than the Camry, and for that very reason, it has to compromise on the cargo front too. The second row of the Honda Accord has much better shoulder and legroom space than the Camry, although the Camry inches a bit froward when it comes to headroom, solely because the Accord has a slightly sloping roofline falling towards the rear.

Which among the Honda Accord and the Toyota Camry has a better exterior silhouette?

The looks of these two heavyweights are the main cause of concern for their rivalry. 2021 Toyota Camry holds a bold styling silhouette when compared to the 2021 Accord’s more swept-in styling sentiment. Designers at Toyota have taken a big risk and in more ways, than others, it has paid off fruitfully. They have taken a bold step to ruggedly give the already familiar and trusted upon Camry sculpture a facelift, and now we truly believe it to be one of the best-looking cars out there in this midsize segment. Nevertheless, the front-end of the Camry is way too busy, with a lot of faux vents here and there.

Coming to the Accord, the long-wheelbase helps in giving the Accord a subtle and classy styling quotient from the side. Whereas the Camry from the side profile still looks bold and meaty. From the rear though, the Camry again keeps it busy, with neatly placed taillights, whereas the 2021 Accord houses a sloping rear roofline, which is not bad on Honda’s part. Coming to the technical specifications, the Accord looks and feels wider and bigger than the Accord, and rightfully so, at 192.2-inches, it is foolishly longer than the Camry, by 0.1-inch.

Models

2021 Honda Accord

2021 Toyota Camry

Curb weight (lbs.)

3131

3241

Length(in)

192.2

192.1

Width(in)

73.3

72.4

Height(in)

57.1

56.9

Ground clearance (in)

5.5

5.7

Wheelbase (in)

111.4

111.2

The 2021 Honda Accord is more planted to the tarmac, and that is seen in its 5.5-inch ground clearance. But setting the ground clearance and the curb weight aside, in every other parameter, the Honda Accord stands out to be bigger, even if its marginally.

Which among the Honda Accord and the Toyota Camry has a better fuel efficiency?

Frugal nature is an added in-built quality of these midsize family sedans. Other than having a functional exterior and interior setup, the Accord hits the home run in the fuel-efficiency race with decent MPG figures, even with a super-torquey powertrain. 2021 Toyota Camry, on the other hand, even with an all-wheel-drive setup and an 8-Speed automatic would have taken the plunge in this aspect if not for the fuel-guzzling turbocharger in the Accord. The CVT in the Accord is of no help either.

2021 Toyota Camry is the frugal one of the lot

The MPG figures for both these cars are a mixed bag of results, with the 2021 Accord taking the cake with 30 MPG in the city, whereas the 2021 Camry seeing it all the way with 41 miles to the gallon out on the highway. Brushing their rivalry aside for a second, these numbers that they’ve put up pushes them ahead of most of their immediate rivals in this segment.

Models

2021 Honda Accord

2021 Toyota Camry

MPG (City)

30

29

MPG (Highway)

38

41

MPG (Combined)

33

34

Fuel Capacity

14.8 Gallons

14.5 Gallons

Range (City/Hwy/Combined)

444/562/488 miles

442/ 595/ 505 miles

Honda graces the 2021 Accord with a bigger 14.8-gallon tank, which translates to longer traveling distances between having to stop again at gas stations. Nevertheless, with a combined MPG of 34, the 2021 Toyota Camry seizes the day with a better overall range.

Final Verdict: Which among the two is the best?

Both of them are the best at what they do. 2021 Honda Accord on one hand is able to handle anything and everything you throw at it, but in a laidback manner, whereas the 2021 Toyota Camry, this time around presents a strong case for itself, with its proven reliability, and the fact that it has a V6 engine, just adds to its success. While the Honda Accord and the Toyota Camry both can be coined as the most fuel-efficient cars in this segment, but come the year 2021, we expect the priorities to have changed for the better. Customers would want a car that is good to look at, show decent power figures, delivers inspired driving dynamics, and also that would be reliable. So without a doubt, its the 2021 Toyota Camry that fits the bill here, and wins this showdown by a mile.

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Which is more reliable, the Honda Accord or the Toyota Camry?

Both these cars from the "Land of the Rising Sun" are reliable in their own respect. But it is the Toyota Camry that takes the cake here, as the maintenance works required to be done on the Toyota Camry are far less frequent than what the Honda Accord requires. Nevertheless, it doesn't mean that the Accord is any less reliable. The Accord has a reliability rating of 4.5 out of 5, making it an equal contender in this reliability race.

Is Toyota Camry a good car?

Without a doubt, Toyota Camry is definitely a good car overall, and maybe even stands out to be the best in this segment. The Camry boasts of a strong engine backed by nimble driving dynamics. It also has an upscale interior, and it certainly tips the chart in terms of absolute practicality and utilitarianism.

What are some of the major problems with the Toyota Camry?

Camry owners have had their problems in the past, but since then these problems have all been taken care of. Some of the usual problems faced by the Camry owners are trouble with the engine, transmission troubles. Owners have also complained about unintended Acceleration while Braking, which proved to be a major cause of concern for Toyota.

Does the Honda Accord come with an AWD system?

Honda for the year 2021 still does not offer the Accord with an all-wheel-drive setup. It comes with a standard FWD setup.

Is the Honda Accord a good car?

With lively powertrain options and decent cabin space, Honda Accord is s a great car. Moreover, with great safety ratings, and above par MPG figures, it certainly stands out to be one of the best in this midsize segment.

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