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2019 Honda Accord

Starting Price: $24,615 | Price yours

Above Average: Hybrid earns almost 50 mpg; sporty model with turbo and 6-speed manual; excellent resale value; advanced safety and driver-assistance features; great trunk space

Below Average: No V6 model or all-wheel drive; push-button gear selector can sometimes be irritating

Consensus: The 2019 Honda Accord leads its class of midsize sedans in nearly every metric. From a Sport model with a feisty turbocharged engine mated to a 6-speed manual transmission, to a Hybrid that earns 48 mpg, there’s an Accord for every taste. Virtually unchanged for 2019 save the loss of an engine choice on the Touring model, the Accord’s got style, personality, plenty of room for five passengers, ample trunk space, great value, and rock-solid Honda reliability. And when it’s time to sell, the Accord’s resale value is excellent. For these reasons and many more, the Honda Accord is the KBB Midsize Car Best Buy award winner for the second year in a row.
 

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2019 Toyota Camry

Starting Price: $24,675 | Price yours

Above Average: Reliable; durable; great resale value; Hybrid models break the 50-mpg barrier.

Below Average: No all-wheel-drive model; passenger volume and trunk space lag Accord and Hyundai Sonata; no Android Auto option

Consensus: In the midsize sedan class, the Toyota Camry was always the white bread model when it came to dynamics: competent but ultimately bland. A remake in 2018 vastly improved things, with a new double-wishbone rear suspension, and for 2019 that is only improved, with a tighter suspension and better steering. And with styling to match, as its lines are a little sharper and sportier. All the other positives remain about the Camry, from its excellent suite of safety measures to its top-level build quality. The Camry Hybrid is the only one in its class to top 50 mpg combined. If you want either all-wheel drive or Android Auto connectivity, however, you’ll have to look elsewhere.
 

In continuous production for 42 and 36 years respectively, the Honda Accord and Toyota Camry are the stalwarts of the midsize sedan class, the ones to beat, each constantly improving and upping its game in this very competitive class. The Camry was the best-selling sedan in the U.S. for nearly 20 years, and both models hover in the top 10 consistently. There’s a reason for that. Both have plenty of room for five passengers, rock-solid dependability, excellent resale value, a ton of standard features, top marks for safety, and superb scores in every category. Each offers a hybrid model that earns close to or more than 50 mpg combined, although both are only offered in front-wheel drive, with no all-wheel-drive variants of either sedan.

Similarities

Price range, durability, excellent resale value; solid Hybrid models; top safety features even at the lowest trim levels

Honda Accord Advantages

Optional 6-speed manual in Sport model; more trunk space; Android Auto connectivity

Toyota Camry Advantages

More power; available V6; hybrid earns better fuel economy

Final Recommendation

Both the Toyota Camry and Honda Accord received extensive makeovers for the 2018 model year, so not much has carried over for the 2019 model year. The Camry considerably improved what had previously been seen as a lackluster driving experience, and for 2019, the steering and handling are even better. The 2019 Honda Accord is virtually unchanged, with the only notable exception being that the Touring trim is no longer offered with the 1.5-liter engine. Both are excellent sedans, that have maintained their spots at the top of the heap by doing everything extremely well and constantly striving for perfection.

Where the Camry has become significantly more fun to drive, the Accord is still arguably the driver’s car of the two, with a (what is becoming increasingly rare) 6-speed manual that pairs nicely with its 2.0-liter turbocharged inline-4 engine. To those for whom displacement is the only way to go, only the Camry comes with an available V6. The Accord has a bigger trunk, where the Camry’s hybrid model averages about 5 mpg more combined. In terms of pricing, both start in the mid 20s and with options climb into the mid 30s. It pays to dig down into the nitty-gritty about these cars (Camry doesn’t offer Android Auto connectivity, for example), and it may just be a question of your brand loyalty, but in our opinion, you can’t make a bad choice when it comes to these two excellent sedans.

  2019 Honda Accord 2019 Toyota Camry
Popular Powertrains    
Engine 1.5-liter I4, turbocharged 2.5-liter I4
Horsepower 192 hp @ 5500 rpm 203 hp @ 6,600 rpm
Torque 192 lb-ft @ 1,600 rpm 184 lb-ft @ 5,000 rpm
Transmission continuously variable Automatic, 8-Spd
Fuel Economy 33 mpg (30 city, 38 hwy) 34 mpg (29 city, 41 hwy)
Also Available 2.0-liter I4, turbocharged; 2.0-liter I4 gas-electric hybrid manual, 10-speed auto 3.5-liter V6, 2.5-liter I4 gas-electric hybrid
Specs    
Warranty 3 years/36,000 miles 3 years/36,000 miles
NHTSA Overall Safety Rating 5 Stars 5 Stars
Max Seating Capacity 5 5
Wheelbase 111.4 inches 111.2 inches
Overall Length 192.2 inches 192.1 inches
Width 73.3 inches 72.4 inches
Height 57.1 inches 56.9 inches
Turning Diameter 38.1 feet 37.4 feet
Headroom, Front 39.5 inches 38.3 inches
Headroom, Rear 37.3 inches 38.0 inches
Legroom, Front 42.3 inches 42.1 inches
Legroom, Rear 40.4 inches 38.0 inches
Shoulder Room, Front 58.3 inches 57.7 inches
Shoulder Room, Rear 56.5 inches 55.7 inches
EPA Passenger Volume 105.6 cu. ft.  100.4 cu. ft.
EPA Cargo Volume 16.7 cu. ft. 14.1 cu. ft.
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