Things are heating up for the Camry and Accord in 2018—both have received substantial redesigns. It’s always interesting to pit these ultra-competitive mid-sized sedans against each other. This year especially, it seems as if they draw from an identical playbook, consistently one-upping each other. The Toyota Camry has been the best-selling car for 15 years, and sidles right up to the challenge against KBB’s official best mid-sized car in 2018, the Honda Accord. Lo and behold! It’s the Head to Head: 2018 Honda Accord vs 2018 Toyota Camry.
2018 Honda Accord vs 2018 Toyota Camry Performance Comparison
Verdict: Tie. Toyota finishes ahead of the class in innovation while Honda breaks mpg records with their hybrid model.
The biggest news for the 10th generation Accord is the V6 has been replaced by the 2.0-liter turbocharged inline four-cylinder engine, with a 1.5-liter turbocharged four-cylinder as the base model. Honda has joined others in its class—like Ford and GM—in the adoption of its twin turbocharged engine (similar to the one that powers the mighty Civic Type R), and beat Toyota to the punch!
All configurations of the 2018 Honda Accord are available with a continuously variable transmission (CVT), shown below. Some models are available with a 10-speed automatic, which is 10 per cent lighter than the 6-speed, and can handle 20 per cent more torque; Sport is available as a 6-speed manual. MPG’s vary slightly from those depicted.
|2018 HONDA ACCORD MPG|
|EX-L & EX-L Navi||30||38||33*|
All Accord trim levels are available in the turbocharged 1.5-liter configuration, getting a decent 192 horsepower and 192 lb-ft of torque. The Sport, EXL, and Touring models are available in the 2.0T drivetrain, scoring you 252 horsepower and 273 lb-ft of torque.
The adoption of the ten-speed automatic with the twin turbo in a front-wheel-drive is a first of its kind, and Honda finishes first for this alone.
The 2018 Honda Accord Hybrid employs a two-motor hybrid system, the 2.0-L inline 4-cylinder which works on the Atkinson Cycle, and because the 2018 mpg numbers haven’t yet been released at this time, we have to include the established 2017 cty/hwy/combined of 49/47/48 mpg.*
Another checkmark for the 2018 playbook: both auto manufacturer’s have placed the battery pack under the rear seat in their hybrid models, freeing up more passenger and cargo space.
|2018 TOYOTA CAMRY MPG|
Of the available 2018 Toyota Camry models, there are five configurations and a hybrid: the base L (2.5-L 4-Cylinder 8-Speed Automatic), midgrade LE (2.5-L 4-Cylinder 8-Speed Automatic), next-up XLE, sporty SE, and upscale XSE (3.5-L V6 8-Speed Automatic); all have the inline-4; and the 3.5-liter V6 is available with the XLE and XSE.
The 2.5-liter inline 4-cylinder engine generates 206-horsepower and the 3.5-liter V6 engine gets 301-horsepower.
The 2018 Camry Hybrid is adapted from the 2016 Prius dual-motor, with a 2.5-liter engine that throws off 176-horsepower. Note: The base Hybrid (LE) relies on a lighter lithium-ion battery pack which puts it over the 50-mpg mark, coming in with combined highway and city miles of 52 mpg. The SE and XLE are said to rate right below the 50-mpg mark (around 48 mpg), which has Toyota finishing first in hybrid mpg for 2018.
2018 Honda Accord vs 2018 Toyota Camry Price & Lifestyle Comparison
Verdict: As mentioned before, both models received significant updates in 2018, and they square off evenly in available features. This is where the ultimate decision in which car to buy may boil down to brand loyalty.
The redesign of the Accord includes a longer wheelbase, adding an extra 2 inches of leg room in back, and now has the most cubic feet in the trunk area in its class at 16.7 cubic feet. But did you see that sweet new look Camry gets? It’s pretty fierce for a Camry, yet retains its trademark silent type stature, and it’s even available in a flashy new red color—oh my!
Back to our playbook of nearly identical checklist items for the 2018 Camry and Accord:
- Full safety suite in all models: check
- Longer, lower, wider: check
- Upgraded interior with soft-touch and premium materials: check
- Upgraded suspension: check
- More sound insulation for a quieter ride: check
- Generous overall features included with the base model: check
Note: Toyota does not make Apple Car Play or Android Auto compatibility available but does make Entune 3.0 available in all models (But Toyota and open source advocates will be okay with that).
2018 Honda Accord MSRP starts at 23,570**
Visit your local AutoNation Honda dealership to set up at test drive.
2018 Toyota Camry MSRP starts at 23,495**
Visit your local AutoNation Toyota dealership to set up at test drive.
*Based on EPA mileage ratings. Your mileage will vary depending specific vehicle trim, how you drive and maintain your vehicle, driving conditions, and other factors.
**MSRP excluding tax, license, registration, destination charge and options. Dealer prices may vary.