A Look at the 2017 Honda Accord vs. the Toyota Camry

As two of the best-selling cars on the market, the 2017 Accord and Camry deserve lots of credit for the recent surge in sedan sales. Having wrestled away the spotlight from crossovers, both of these midsize cars are now battling each other for the right to be named the best of the best. In this Accord vs. Camry comparison, we’ll figure out which of these sedans is a breakout star, and which is a second-place finisher.

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The 2017 Accord. Photo: automobiles.honda.com

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The competition: Toyota's 2017 Camry. Photo: Toyota.com

Full of Style

The Honda Accord’s sleek design and bold features are only getting better. While the Toyota Camry is known for its refined and muscular look, its big body and wide frame becomes less desirable when paired against the agile, well-manicured Honda Accord. The Accord’s elegantly contoured aluminum hood and well-placed curves make it stand out in both style and performance, while the Camry struggles to keep up with what consumers are asking for.

Though Camry’s styling is comparable to the Accord, there is a lot more to say about the Accord’s achievements.  These include being The Best Selling Mid-Size Sedan in Its Class (according to HIS), and making the Car & Driver Top Ten Best Cars List a record breaking 31 years in a row.

The interior and exterior feel of the Accord are far superior to that of the Camry. The Accord’s styling has changed to fit its customers' needs throughout the years, and will continue to keep drivers everywhere pleased with their purchase.  

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That brilliance flows effortlessly into the Accord’s cabin, where functionality reigns supreme. The dash is far from invasive, offering a driver’s instrumentation cluster that’s slid forward, controls that are positioned high, and a Push Button Start Ignition that is offset and easy to press. Climate settings sit below the available dual touchscreens and radio, and the steering wheel now has assigned buttons for your favorite seating positions. Reach those fingers toward the ceiling to operate HomeLink, and you’ll be in control of up to three home devices, such as garage doors or security systems. And when you’re ready to charge your phone, just stash it away on the built-in Wireless Phone Charger.

Fuel Economy & Performance

For most car shoppers at Roper Honda, the standard 2.4L inline-4 should work well when paired with Honda’s CVT. Offering up to 189 horsepower, this turbocharged engine is extraordinarily responsive during gear shifts. It owes thanks to what Honda engineers have called G-Design logic, a system that locks into the next gear quicker than even some standard automatic transmissions. With both the I4 and CVT, the Accord can pull up to 36 mpg on the highway and 27 in the city; the Camry, on the other hand, only nets 24 city/33 highway mpg.

An upgraded 3.5L V6 option is also available on select Accord trims. It’s as strong as its rivals, producing 278 horsepower, while also being an efficient fuel-sipping engine (thanks to its two-engine shut-down system).

The 2017 Camry has done little to update its lineup of engines. In most trims, you’ll find an outdated and lackluster 4-cylinder that produces an equally lackluster 178 horsepower. Not exactly the epitome of excitement, we know. Opt for a Camry XLE or XSE, and you can choose a 3.5L V6 that makes 268 hp—what you can’t choose is the cost with which it is paired. Expect to pay more for a less-thrilling V6-equipped Camry XSE than you would for an Accord EX-L.

Full Lineup of Safety Features

Both the 2017 Camry and Accord have earned Top Safety Pick+ awards by the IIHS and five-star overall ratings from the NHTSA, but it’s Honda’s midsize king that is leading the pack. Having expanded its Honda Sensing suite throughout the roster, the 2017 Accord now offers a few safety features that the Camry can’t.

  • Adaptive Cruise Control – Set your speed and let the Accord do all the work to maintain it, even if you’re stuck in the slow lane. This is available on the base LX Accord, but you’d have to upgrade to the Camry XLE trim to get it.
  • Parking Assist – Available on the LX Accord, this system helps you park like a pro. It’s not available on any Camry model.
  • Lane-Departure Warning – Optional on the Accord LX, this system is unavailable on the Camry unless you pay a premium for the XLE or XSE. 
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With the Accord, you’ll also find safety systems like LaneWatch, automatic emergency braking, forward collision warning, and road-departure mitigation. Such features are either not available or restricted to the Camry’s top trims.

Although close behind the Accord in terms of safety scores, the 2017 Toyota Camry has earned one demerit thus far: A recall on airbags.

Buy or Lease the Winning 2017 Accord in Joplin

To our Honda dealers near Miami, OK, the winner of this Accord vs. Camry matchup is obvious. With world-class style, a robust lineup of engines, excellent fuel economy, and more safety features than you could shake a stick at, the 2017 Honda Accord is head and shoulders above the competition.

Ready to test drive the new Accord and see why it’s one of America’s favorite cars? Call Roper Honda at 417-625-0862 or visit our Joplin car dealership at 902 N Rangeline Rd to view our lineup of new Honda models for sale or ask about our current Honda specials. Our dealers are committed to excellence and want nothing more than to show you how much better life could be with an Accord as your driving partner.


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