The Honda Accord and Toyota Camry have been going head to head to be number 1 in the midsize sedan market for decades now. In terms of styling both the Accord and the Camry are looking the best they ever have and in terms of performance they both rise to the challenge to remain sporty on the road. But which is better? Below we analyze both to see which model is the number one midsize sedan.
2020 Honda Accord
Named on Car And Driver’s 10Best List the 2020 Honda Accord still holds a top spot on the most impressive family sedan on the market today. You have your choice of a highly fuel-efficient 4-cylinder gasoline-powered engine or get even more for your miles with the Hybrid model option. Borrowing some styling from its sister brand, Acura, the Accord has a low sporty roofline that amplifies the car’s push to get you to accelerate through the turn. However, there is no loss in interior spacing despite the low-profile sportiness of the Honda Accord.
The Honda Accord’s last redesign was in 2018 but this year they did a bit of touching up to streamline the exterior a bit more. Expressing strong character lines, LED low-beam headlights with auto-on/off, and available LED fog lights, the Accord is a result of thoughtful engineering from Honda. Everything culminates in a more sophisticated design with its flat grill, wider headlights, smooth body, and extended rear glass, making it one of the more premier looking cars in its class without the luxury price tag.
The 2020 Honda Accord’s interior matches the feeling the exterior is going for perfectly with its symmetrical design and horizontal lines. Pair that with the thick-rimmed steering wheel and the floating infotainment screen and you have yourself a luxury interior.
Standard equipment on the 2020 Honda Accord LX includes a 7-inch infotainment screen with customizable feature settings, dual-zone climate control, power windows, power door locks, Bluetooth connectivity, USB audio interface in the front console and much more. The one place where the Accord may come up short compared to the 2020 Toyota Camry L is on the touchscreen, Android Auto and Apple Car Play, front. However, the Accord does pick up those features in higher trims.
In 2018, the Honda Accord broke convention when it dropped its V-6 engine and outfitted the Accord with a 252-horsepower 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine. Despite the lack of V-6 the 2020 Honda Accord still maintains a time of 5.7 seconds from 0 to 60 with the 10-speed automatic and a time of 6.2 seconds with the manual. That time makes the auto Accord 2.0T quicker than the Camry TRD in a straight line.
The 2020 Honda Accord’s standard engine (not the sport trims) is a 1.5-liter turbocharged four-cylinder that busts out 192-horsepower and 192 pound-feet of torque achieving a time of 7.3 seconds in the 0 to 60 straightaways.
2020 Toyota Camry
While the family-sedan market is quickly being overcome by the small to midsize crossovers, the 2020 Toyota Camry holds its own and distinguishes itself for reliability allowing it to be a strong contender in the fading market. Sporting 3 powertrain options, the fuel-efficient four-cylinder, a high performing V-6, and the ever-popular eco-friendly hybrid.
Much like the Accord, the last exterior update on the Camry came in 2018, however, in 2020 the Camry gained a new TRD model. Based on the already sporty looking 2020 Camry SE, the TRD model adds black rocker panels, a black rear spoiler, 19-inch matte-black wheels, black emblems, a black front splitter, a TRD cat-back exhaust and much more. There is nothing in the Accord lineup that can match the sportiness of the 2020 Toyota Camry TRD, not even the Accord Sport. So, for all of you needing a family ride with a little bit of racecar added in, the Camry TRD is the sedan for you.
Not into the race scene? The 2020 Toyota Camry L comes standard with LED daytime running lights, bi-LED headlights with auto-on/off, color-keyed power side-view mirrors and door handles, 16-inch steel wheels with hubcaps, an acoustic noise-reducing windshield, and more. TRD or not, the 2020 Toyota Camry is a fantastic looking car no matter what.
The 2020 Toyota Camry’s sporty look on the outside doesn’t necessarily crossover to the interior though. That isn’t to say that the interior is any less great-looking, it just doesn’t carry over that race car driver feel. The dash features a nice sharp Y-shaped outline housing the infotainment screen and HVAC station and plenty of accents to attract your eyes. Move into higher trim levels and you get more premium materials which of course give it a more upscale look.
If you need that sporty look outside to match the inside then the Toyota Camry TRD is where you should be looking. Sportier in every sense of the word, the cabin comes equipped with TRD gauges, leatherette-trimmed sport seats with red seatbelts, red stitching and fabric inserts, black floor mats with red “CAMRY TRD” logos, textured metal interior trim, and of course, to really drive home that race car feel, aluminum sport pedals.
Standard feature-wise, the 2020 Camry is well equipped from the base trim level on up. The Camry L comes with remote keyless entry, one-touch up/down power windows, one 1.5-amp USB port, Bluetooth, 7-inch touchscreen, Android Auto/Apple Car Play, Amazon Alexa, satellite radio, in-car WIFI, and a fantastic 6-speaker audio system.
Running on tradition with the standard midsize sedan engine setup, the 2020 Toyota Camry boasts a 2.5-liter four-cylinder and optional 3.5-liter V-6 engine. The four-cylinder puts out 203 to 206 horsepower and pairs that with an eight-speed automatic transmission to give it a 7.6-second 0 to 60 time. The 3.5-liter V-6 bumps that power up to 301 horsepower and 267 pounds-feet of torque lowering the 0 to 60 time to 5.8-seconds.
In 2020 Toyota stepped up its Camry performance game by letting Toyota Racing Development (TRD) outfit their flagship family sedan. This now sportier version of the 2020 Camry fully embraces that race life with retuned dampers, bigger anti-roll bars, additional chassis bracing and wider lightweight wheels, front brake rotors that have an increased diameter of .9 inch and are clamped by dual-piston calipers, with, of course, a TRD-specific exhaust system to top it off. The new 2020 Toyota Camry TRD is ready to race. The TRD Camry doesn’t pull any extra power from the V-6 but it makes up for it in the racecar-Esq accessories it has in play.
2020 Honda Accord EX
2020 Toyota Camry SE
|192-hp, 1.5-liter I-4 (regular gas)||Engine||203-hp, 2.5-liter I-4 (regular gas)|
|2-speed CVT w/OD||Transmission||8-speed automatic w/OD and auto-manual|
|192 hp @ 5500 rpm||Engine Horspower (@ RPM)||202 hp @ 6600 rpm|
|192 ft-lbs. @ 1600 rpm||Engine Torque (lb-ft @ rpm)||182 ft-lbs. @ 4400 rpm|
|30 City / 38 Highway / 33 Combined||EPA MPG Rating||25 City / 34 Highway / 29 Combined|
|14.8 gal||Fuel Tank Capacity||14.4 gal|
|Standard||Remote Keyless Entry||Standard|
|Standard||Power Door Locks||Standard|
|Dual-zone front automatic||Air Conditioning||Automatic|
|2||12-Volt DC Power Outlet||1|
|Standard||Adaptive Cruise Control||Standard|
|Not Available||Navigation||Not Available|
|Available||Apple CarPlay / Android Auto Integration||Available|
|8 Speaker System||Audio Speakers||6 Speaker System|
|Driver and front passenger||Heated Seats||Not available|
Safety & Driver Assist
|Driver and front passenger||Front Airbags||Driver and front passenger|
|Seat-mounted, driver and passenger||Side Airbags||Seat mounted, driver and passenger|
|Curtain 1st and 2nd row||Side-Curtain Airbags||Curtain 1st and 2nd row|
|Standard||In-Vehicle Assistance Service||Available|
Who’s the winner?
Both the 2020 Honda Accord and 2020 Toyota Camry are built with the family in mind and have been head-to-head in the family sedan market for ages now. But if you are a buyer looking for more space to haul the family and cargo then the 2020 Honda Accord is the car for you with the roomier backseat and trunk. Also, for those of you who prefer the manual transmission, the Accord still has that as an option so it is the winner in that category as well.