Dare to Compare: 2017 Toyota Camry vs. 2017 Honda Accord

Since the 1980s, the Toyota Camry and the Honda Accord have competed against each other as rivals. Toyota first took its inspiration for the Camry from the Corona with the desire to engineer a model with front wheel drive. This inspiration ultimately led to the creation of the Toyota Camry.

The introduction of the Camry shook up the market because it directly challenged the nationally lionized Honda Accord that was produced before the Camry in 1976. This collision gave birth to a rivalry whose intensity has only grown over time. But time and again, the Toyota Camry serves as a response to the problems that the Honda Accord cannot solve; a solution for each and every driver. 

The 2017 Toyota Camry

The Toyota Camry has everything to offer and numbers that prove just how coveted it is in the automotive market. To further its popularity, Toyota consistently engineers the latest and greatest sedan possible, and they have achieved their goal yet again with their newest edition.

The 2017 Camry provides a variety of powertrains: The base 178-hp 4-cylinder offers more than enough power, while the optional 268-hp V6 has gained the Camry a reputation as a sport sedan. It produces *24 mpg in the city and 33 on the highway. Toyota also offers their excellent Hybrid Synergy Drive system in the Camry that is also featured in the Prius, producing *42 mpg in the city and 38 on the highway. The non-hybrid Camry models are operated by a 6-speed automatic transmission, while the Hybrid offers an automatic CVT. 

Staying true to its foundational ideals, the 2017 Camry features the latest in safety equipment and design. The spacious interior and prestigious materials culminate the feelings of peace, comfort, and safety within the driver and passengers. The 2017 Camry is another excellent rendition of a car that has especially dominated the market in America.

2017 Honda Accord

The Honda Accord has a similar story of popularity in the automotive marketplace within America. The 2017 Accord is remarkably larger than its 1976 forebear, but the Accord’s target market, ”American families with a need for good, basic transportation, remains the same.

Honda’s powertrain choices range from 185-hp four-cylinder in the base models to a 278-hp V6 in the top-of-the-line EX-L. As is the case with the Camry, the four is peppy and the V6 is downright fast. A hybrid is available, though it’s not as highly-regarded as the equivalent Toyota.

The 2017 Accord features an automatic transmission that is of the continuously variable CVT variety. The EX-L model features a six-speed automatic transmission. A point of difference between driving style options of the Camry and the Accord is that the Accord includes the option of a six-speed manual transmission in all four-cylinder models.

While it seems that the option of a manual transmission would cause a majority of drivers to favor the Accord over the Camry, this is not the case. In 2016, Honda only sold 360,089, as opposed to the aforementioned 428,606 Camrys that were sold in the same year.

Both of these cars have battled each other for sole dominance ever since being introduced to the world, but when the smoke clears, the Toyota Camry remains standing as the victor. We anticipate that the 2017 Toyota Camry will further the legacy of the Camry name while introducing new innovations that are sure to excite drivers everywhere. Contact Royal Palm Toyota to schedule a test drive. 


*2017 EPA-estimated mileage. Actual mileage will vary.