The Toyota Camry was first introduced in North America in model year 1983. The Honda Accord debuted in model year 1976 six years earlier in May 1976 and could be seen as a contender for the Camry’s spotlight. Both mid-sized cars were hits right off the bat and that continues to this day.
Today, as far as base trims go, the 2019 Honda Accord LX has a slightly less expensive starting MSRP of $23,720 than a 2019 Camry L, which has a starting MSRP of $23,84512. However, the 2019 Toyota Camry SE has a starting MSRP of $25,550, which is lower than the 2019 Honda Sport 1.5T’s starting MSRP of $26,180. Additionally, the 2019 Toyota Camry SE has higher horsepower and better EPA-estimated highway MPG48 than the 2019 Accord Sport 1.5T.
Both of these vehicles offer industry-leading advanced active safety features. All 2019 Camrys come with the Toyota Safety Sense™ P (TSS-P)24 suite of advanced active safety features, and all 2019 Honda Accords come with Honda Sensing®. You can read more about these features by clicking through to the next section of this comparison which focuses on safety.
As far as style goes, according to US News & World Report, the 2018 Camry has a more “driver-centric” interior and is more stylish than the 2018 Accord in similar grades. Similar reviews have not been released for the 2019 Camry vs. 2019 Accord, but the interior style features have not changed since 2018 for either vehicle.
Other than similar basic and powertrain warranties for these two vehicles, the 2019 Camry does have one major warranty advantage: the lease or purchase of any new Toyota vehicle also comes with ToyotaCare11.
ToyotaCare is a no-cost scheduled maintenance plan for two years or 25,000 miles, whichever comes first. Also included is free 24-hour roadside assistance for two years and unlimited miles43. Honda maintenance plans for the 2019 Accord cost extra with terms ranging from five years or 60,000 miles to eight years or 120,000 miles.
Every 2019 Camry comes with Toyota Safety Sense™ P (TSS-P)24. This package includes four advanced active safety features that can help safe driving practices. These features are:
Lane Departure Alert with Steering Assist (LDA w/SA)20 is designed to alert the driver, under certain conditions, if the vehicle begins to leave its lane. Steering Assist (SA) may make corrective steering inputs. This feature is similar to Honda Sensing®‘s Road Departure Mitigation System (RDM) and Lane Keeping Assist System (LKAS)®.
Pre-Collision System with Pedestrian Detection (PCS w/PD)2322 is designed to help mitigate potential collisions using radar and an in-vehicle camera to help detect a preceding vehicle and, under certain daytime conditions, a pedestrian in front of you. If the system determines that the possibility of a frontal collision with a vehicle or a pedestrian is likely, an audio and visual alert is given and, provided the driver applies the brakes, the system may provide additional braking force using Brake Assist (BA)28. If the driver does not apply the brakes in this situation, the system may automatically apply the brakes, reducing speed to help mitigate the impact or avoid the collision altogether. These features are similar to Honda Sensing®‘s Forward Collision Warning (FCW) and Collision Mitigation Braking System™ (CMBS™).
Automatic High Beams (AHB)18 relies on an in-vehicle camera to help detect headlights of oncoming vehicles and taillights of preceding vehicles and automatically toggles between high or low beams to provide the appropriate amount of light. 2019 Honda Accords also come with Auto High-Beam Headlights as a driver assistance technology feature.
Dynamic Radar Cruise Control (DRCC)19 is designed to help detect a preceding vehicle and to automatically adjust speed to help maintain a preset distance behind a vehicle ahead. Once the slower vehicle is no longer in your lane, the system will resume your preset speed. This is similar to Honda Sensing®‘s Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) with Low-Speed Follow.
Honda Sensing® also comes with a Traffic Sign Recognition System (TSR), which is not offered on the 2019 Toyota Camry.
The 2018 Toyota Camry Hybrid XLE with LED headlights with level control and auto on-off feature is an IIHS Top Safety Pick Plus. The 2019 Camry is not yet rated by the IIHS. However, the 2018 and 2019 Camry are very similar in terms of body style and safety offerings. Additionally, the 2019 Camry received a 5-Star Overall Safety Rating from the NHTSA.
For its part, the 2019 Honda Accord also received a 5-Star Overall Safety Rating by the NHTSA26. The 2018 Accord and 2019 Accord are also very similar, and the 2018 Honda Accord was an IIHS Top Safety Pick. However, the 2019 Accord has not yet been rated by the IIHS45.
In many 2019 Camry vs. 2019 Accord trim comparisons, the 2019 Camry has higher horsepower numbers. As mentioned in the introduction, the 2019 Camry LE has more horsepower than the 2019 Accord Sport 1.5T. Yet, if you upgrade to the top sports trim for each vehicle, the 2019 Camry XSE V6 has 301 horsepower. That’s almost 50 more horsepower than a 2019 Accord Sport 2.0T or EX-L and Touring with 10-Speed AT.
In addition to superior horsepower performance, the 2019 Camry also has better EPA-estimated highway MPG across all trim comparisons48. This optimal balance of performance and fuel efficiency is a key advantage for the 2019 Camry. For example, the 2019 Camry LE has a lower starting MSRP12, better horsepower, and better EPA-estimated highway MPG than the 2019 Accord Sport 1.5T.
The base grade 2019 Camry L is a different grade and has a different powertrain than the 2019 Camry SE and XSE V6. Nevertheless, you’ll find the Camry L has the best EPA-estimated highway (41) and overall (34) MPG in this comparison, plus more horsepower than any 2019 Accord LX48.
Despite having better horsepower performance than the 2019 Accord Sport 1.5T (192hp vs. 203hp), the 2019 Camry SE has a lower starting MSRP of $25,55012 than the Accord Sport 1.5T, which starts at $26,180. What’s more, the 2019 Camry SE has better overall EPA-estimated MPG. The Camry SE has an EPA-estimated 28 MPG city, 39 MPG highway, and 32 MPG combined48. The 2019 Honda Accord Sport 1.5T with 6-speed manual transmission has an EPA-estimated 26 MPG city, 35 MPG highway, and 30 MPG overall.
These advantages in performance and efficiency for the 2019 Camry also extend to the hybrid options for these vehicles. The 2019 Camry Hybrid LE has an EPA-estimated 51 MPG city, 53 MPG highway, and 52 MPG combined48. All 2019 Accord Hybrid trims has an EPA-estimated 47 MPG city, 47 MPG highway, and 47 MPG combined.
The Camry and Accord both offer impressive safety features and performance. So, how do these competitors fare when considering fuel economy?
Across all trims but the 2019 Camry w/ 3.5L V6, the 2019 Toyota Camry has better EPA-estimated highway MPG48 than the 2019 Honda Accord.
While the 2019 Toyota Camry XSE V6 and 2019 Honda Accord Sport 2.0 have identical EPA-estimated overall MPG48, the 2019 Camry SE has better EPA-estimated city, highway, and combined MPG numbers than the similar 2019 Accord Sport 1.5.
The 2019 Camry provides better performance numbers and better EPA-estimated highway MPG across all trims, including hybrids. The two exceptions are the 2019 Camry Hybrid SE and Hybrid XLE, which have identical EPA-estimated highway MPG (47) to 2019 Accord Hybrid trims.
If fuel economy is a major draw for you, both vehicles offer impressive hybrid drivetrains that help you save at the pump.
However, the 2019 Camry has clear advantages across the hybrid trim board. For example, the 2019 Camry Hybrid LE has better overall EPA-estimated MPG than all 2019 Honda Accord Hybrid trims.
The Toyota Camry and Honda Accord have been competing in the North American market for over 35 years. Both vehicles have evolved over the decades.
Aside from the Camry’s specific advantages, Toyota also offers a reputation for longevity and reliability. This could be one reason Toyota was a Best Resale Value Brand in 2018 according to Kelley Blue Book41. The 2018 Honda Accord did earn a Best Resale Value award from Kelley Blue Book.
The 2019 Camry has significant advantages in performance and fuel economy. In fact, the 2019 Camry provides better horsepower and better EPA-estimated highway MPG across many comparable trims. There are two exceptions: the 2019 Camry Hybrid SE and the Hybrid XLE have identical EPA-estimated highway MPG48 to 2019 Accord Hybrid trims.
The 2019 Accord LX has a lower starting MSRP than the 2019 Camry LE. Yet, the 2019 Camry SE has a lower starting MSRP than the 2019 Accord Sport 1.5T despite better performance numbers and better EPA-estimated overall MPG48.
With excellent performance, efficiency, and quality standard features to choose from, the 2019 Camry can offer you more power and peace of mind than the competition. ToyotaCare11 gives you free scheduled maintenance for the first two years or 25,000 miles, whichever comes first. Also included is free 24-hour roadside assistance43 for two years and unlimited miles.