Accord versus Camry: This is a contest that goes back more than 30 years, and continues to this day -- a review of the 2018 Camry called the Accord "Camry's deadliest rival." Deadliest? We doubt that any blood has actually been shed (really -- have you seen the safety ratings on these cars?), but the Accord and Camry were always just too alike -- safe, comfortable, affordable, fuel-efficient -- to be anything but rivals.
They were both born in the days when the world was reeling from oil shortages and high gas prices, and so their compact size and high mileage were the main selling points. But later, as economies boomed in Japan and North America, both cars became a bit larger, higher-powered, and much more stylish in design. (One even features a fastback roof in its current model). Whatever the size and horsepower, both these cars just kept selling and selling and selling -- as well as racking up appearances on critics' "best" lists. It's a competition that doesn't appear likely to end anytime soon: One car is in its eighth generation; the other in its 10th.
Accord or Camry: Do you have a preference? Whether or not you do, find out how much you know about these two cars with our quiz! We've mixed in some questions for which the answer is "both" or "neither," just to keep you on your toes!
Camry is a Toyota product. We're pretty sure you knew that -- but we're just covering the basics!
Yup, it's the Accord. Like the Camry, it's a Japanese-made car.
The Accord is a little older than its Toyota rival. And a little more successful in world markets. (Don't you just hate that older sibling that does everything better?)
Toyota also makes the Celica, and the first Camrys were "Celica Camrys." Those rolled out in 1980; the Celica itself had been around since 1970.
Naturally, it's the Accord, which as a common noun means "agreement" and is often used in the term "peace accords." Coming as it did during the oil crisis of the 1970s, severe unrest in the Middle East, and tense trade relations between Japan and the United States, the name was well-chosen.
The first-gen Camry was the V10, followed by the V20. Many later models start with an "XV."
Yup, this was the Accord. In a ground-breaking move, Honda had the car produced in a Marysville, Ohio plant starting in 1982.
The Accord has racked up a number of accolades. This is based on its fuel efficiency, reliability, affordability and comfort. Not that it's the only car to offer these things, but something about the way Honda combines them all in one package has really wowed critics.
Many people still think of the Accord and Camry as gas-sipping "four-bangers." But they've both been available with V6 engines for some time.
V10 engines are reserved for high-performance luxury cars like the Jaguar. True, the Camry had a "V10 series," but that's just part of their naming convention.
Hybrids were enormously popular in the 2000s, though they're now being supplanted by all-electric and fuel cell cars. Even so, both the Accord and Camry now come with hybrid engines.
Honda entered the hybrid market in 1999 with the Insight, but the fact that it only had two seats turned off a number of buyers. In 2005, Honda offered an Accord Hybrid, which had four doors and seated five, but only got about 37 mpg -- not terribly impressive.
All right, where's the car that screwed up Camry's streak in 2001? We just wanna talk.
The mid-size Accord beat the mid-size Camry to market by one year (1990 versus 1991). This is becoming a familiar tale -- the Accord getting there first. (Which raises a question: Has anyone ever literally raced a Camry against an Accord? We'd watch that!)
Sorry to trick you, but though the CRX was a Honda, it was preceded by the Civic, not the Accord. The CRX was a beautifully-styled "Kammback" two-seater which, if well maintained, got gas mileage equal to the later Toyota Prius.
To this day, there are probably people who don't know that Lexus is a Toyota product. Lexus is Toyota's luxury line, with separate dealerships that identify themselves only as "Lexus dealers." But underneath, the ES is the humble Camry.
This one's the Honda Accord, which offers more trims than just those three. (We'd explain the difference between the various trims here, but honestly, we're still trying to figure that out!)
To be honest, you're unlikely to get an Accord or a Camry up to speeds where the spoiler would be needed for its purpose in the racing world, which is to create downforce on the rear of the car, and thus stability. However, that doesn't stop exterior designers from putting them on docile passenger cars on to tell buyers, "Hey, this is still a sports car! You're not getting old, honest!"
Not in the base model, of course! But as the Camry and Accord brands matured, both began offering turbo in their sport models.
Here the Camry bests its rival. The 2018 Accord only tops out at 38 mpg. The difference can't be curb weight, as the two stack up about the same here.
The Vigor was essentially the same as the 2nd-generation Accord. Both debuted in 1981 and were upgraded to their 3rd generation in 1985.
The Camry is only on its eighth generation. (Sigh).
This was Saturn, "a different kind of car company." The Spring Hill plant opened in 1990. The whole Saturn brand went under in 2009, but GM is using the plant for production of other cars.
This unusual design featured two doors for a front and backseat, with a hatchback door in back and a flat roof overhead. It was offered in Japan, Europe and New Zealand, but not the US, where the Honda CRX covered the "hot hatch" market.
Both the Accord and the Camry offered this once-popular design. The humble station wagon has largely been displaced by the small or "crossover" SUV.
This is the Accord. It's now being sold only as a sedan model.
See Acts 2:1: "All the believers were in one accord." Must have been crowded in there!
Daihatsu is a subsidiary of Toyota. Why not just sell the car as a "Camry" everywhere? We're not sure. Really, all this re-badging and renaming gets confusing.
This is a re-badged and narrow-body model of the Camry. While many models have names that mean "crown" ("kamuri" is "crown" in Japanese), the Vista doesn't follow that naming protocol, taking its name from the Spanish word for "view."
Hybrid Synergy Drive is Toyota's proprietary drive train technology for hybrid vehicles. It was first used, of course, in Toyota's wildly popular Prius.
It's the Accord. The equivalent Camry only offers 301 hp.
Want your Accord to look sort of like a 1960s Mustang? Honda is here to help.
This was the Honda Fit, the Accord's cousin. You can still see the goofy commercials, narrated by an electronic voice, on YouTube.
You might recognize "Holden" as the name that Chevrolets go by in Australia. Toyota's use of the name came about because of a manufacturing agreement between General Motors (parent of Chevrolet) and Toyota.
This was the Nissan Versa. The product placement was obviously part of a promotional deal, as the car didn't just appear in the wildly-popular NBC show, but was mentioned by name several times. Hiro, the time- and space-warping hero, demands the car by name at a car-rental counter. The rental agent responds that she'll have to check: "That's a very popular model."