PHOTO: 2013 Honda Accord VS 2013 Toyota Camry : Differences/Advantages ExplainedThe Short Answer: 2013 Honda Accord
How Close? As close as we expected
Honda Accord Key Advantages: More technologies, more satisfying to drive
Toyota Camry Key Advantages: Softer and quieter highway ride, simpler to operate
Celtics vs. Lakers, Chicago deep dish vs. New York thin crust and Toyota Camry vs. Honda Accord. Stretching back to before the turn of the century, these venerable midsize sedans have been the two best-selling cars in the country, and they continue to battle each other for the hearts and minds of smart shoppers looking for well-rounded and trouble-free transportation.
Kelley Blue Book Value Comparison
Apples-to-Apples Price: Similar
Projected 5-Year Cost To Own: Similar
Projected Resale Value: Similar (But Accord edges Camry slightly and bests all others as Kelley Blue Book’s 2013 Best Resale Value Award winner in the midsize sedan category)
The Accord and Camry might be the two most reputable cars on the road. They’re also comfortably roomy, fuel-efficient and offer incredible value based on the same outstanding mix of competitive pricing, stellar resale value and renowned reliability.
While both offer a choice of 4- or 6-cylinder power, the most popular configuration of both cars is with a 4-cylinder engine, automatic transmission and cloth interior. Each is now available with a comprehensive infotainment suite – Toyota’s Entune and Honda’s HondaLink – both of which leverage the driver’s smartphone to provide access to everything from movie tickets to sports scores to Facebook updates.
2013 Honda Accord Advantages
While the latest Camry has more driving personality than its predecessor, there’s still something more satisfying about driving an Accord. Better steering and pedal feel are part of a collection of near-intangibles that make the Accord more enjoyable to drive even on a routine commute to the office.
New to the Accord driving experience for this generation is a “gearless” continuously variable transmission (CVT) that serves as the automatic transmission option on all 4-cylinder models. Acceleration without shift points can seem strange at first, but it’s mostly an aural issue: we’re all just used to hearing an engine rev up and down several times as a car accelerates through the gears. After a short adjustment period, buyers typically start singing the praises of CVT smoothness versus even the smoothest conventional transmission. Honda’s first CVT arguably isn’t quite as good as Nissan’s best, and it doesn’t deliver the same perfect off-the-line response as the V6 Accord’s conventional automatic, but it’s good enough that we count it as a small advantage over the Camry.
Another cool new feature for Accord is the available LaneWatch system. Turn on your right turn signal and a video view of the right-side blind spot is presented on the center console display. You get a better look at where you’re trying to go without having to move your eyes all the way to the right outside mirror and farther off the road ahead. Watch for other automakers to start offering something similar.
In addition to LaneWatch, the Accord also offers adaptive cruise control, lane departure warning, and forward collision warning, all of which are more typical of luxury cars and none of which are offered on the Camry.
While the new Accord will be the second of the two cars to offer a hybrid version, it will be first to offer a plug-in hybrid, expected to offer perhaps 20 miles of all-electric range.
In lower- to mid-level trims the Accord is still available with a manual transmission, and for something completely different there’s the Accord Coupe. (Two doors, no waiting.)
Finally, while beauty remains firmly entrenched in the eye of the beholder, we think most would call the Accord more stylish than the Camry, both inside and out. Even the Accord’s 8-inch display is prettier on two counts: it’s larger than the Camry’s 6.1- or 7-inch screens, and it’s standard equipment even on the base model. SEE MORE ON PAGE2