Toyota Camry Vs. Honda Accord: Mighty Midsize Sedans Battle it Out

By Justin Cupler | March 15th, 2019

Midsize sedans do it all. They have to be thrifty, roomy, fun to drive, and full of all the latest tech. They 2019 Toyota Camry and 2019 Honda Accord offer Waukegan area car buyers all this and more. But which one is better for your daily commute to McHenry or Crystal Lake? Find out below.

Exterior

In 2018, the Toyota Camry went through a complete transformation, ushering in a new, sportier look and a body that is lower and wider than the previous generation. This was a sharp contrast to the model’s history of being a fit-for0-everyone sedan that did little to separate itself from the crowd. Well, the 2019 Toyota Camry certainly separates itself with its bold look and even sportier XSE trim.

The Honda Accord also went through a full redesign in 2018, but it went the opposite direct with a more refined look. From some angles, the 2019 Accord almost look like a luxury sedan, and its design is so reserved it can’t possibly offend any buyers.

The 2019 Toyota Camry is 192.1 to 192.7 inches long, 72.4 inches wide, and 56.9 inches high. The Camry rides on a 111.2-inch wheelbase and weighs 3,241 to 3,549 pounds. The 2019 Accord is around the same size at 192.2 inches long, 73.3 inches wide, and 57.1 inches high. It sits atop a 111.4-inch wheelbase and weighs 3,131 to 3,428 pounds.

Advantage: 2019 Toyota Camry

  • Sporty design will attract the younger, hipper family
  • Even sportier XSE trim

Advantage: 2019 Honda Accord

  • Refined design that offends no one

Interior

Inside, the key themes for the Camry and Accord carry on. The Camry’s cabin boasts a more youthful look with the “Y”-shaped center-stack outline and piano-black infotainment system bezel. Also, the optional red leather in the XSE model adds a special touch the Accord cannot match.

The Accord’s cabin has a more horizontal focus to widen it visually. This look not only makes it look and feel wider, but it adds a touch of class that makes the Accord feel more upscale than it actually is.

On the tech side of things, both models come standard with a 7-inch touchscreen, but the Camry gets a leg up with its standard six-speaker audio system and Apple CarPlay. The Accord comes standard with just four speakers, and Apple CarPlay isn’t standard until the Sport trim. On the other side of the equation, the Accord offers Android Auto too, while the Camry lacks Android integration. As for safety tech, both models boast all the standard active safety tech you need, including automatic emergency braking.

 

In its front seats, the 2019 Toyota Camry offers 38.3 inches of headroom, 42.1 inches of legroom, 57.7 inches of shoulder room, and 55.4 inches of hip room. The 2019 Accord offers an extra 1.2 inches of headroom, 0.2 inches of legroom, and 0.6 inches of shoulder room, but it is short on hip room by 0.1 inches.

 

In the 2019 Toyota Camry’s rear seats, you get 38 inches of headroom, 38 inches of legroom, 55.7 inches of shoulder room, and 54.7 inches of hip room. The 2019 Honda Accord’s rear seats offer 37.3 inches of headroom, 40.4 inches of legroom, 56.5 inches of shoulder room, and 55 inches of hip room.

 

Luggage capacity plays a big role in the midsize segment. The 2019 Toyota Camry is respectable with 14.1 cubic feet in its L trim and 15.1 cubes in all other trims. The 2019 Honda Accord comes in with 16.7 cubic feet.

Advantage: 2019 Toyota Camry

  • Standard Apple CarPlay
  • More robust standard audio system
  • Sportier-looking cabin

Advantage: 2019 Honda Accord

  • Roomier seating
  • Larger trunk
  • Optional Android Auto

Performance

The 2019 Toyota Camry rolls in with a standard 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine with 203 horsepower and 184 pound-feet of torque. This engine pairs with an eight-speed automatic transmission that ships power to the front wheels. In independent testing, the four-cylinder-powered Camry hit 60 mph in 7.6 seconds.

Buyers looking for more pep can opt for the 3.5-liter V-6 engine that cranks out 301 horsepower and 267 pound-feet of torque. This engine also pairs with an eight-speed automatic transmission. With the V-6 engine, the Camry sprints to 60 mph in under six seconds.

The 2019 Honda Accord comes with a 1.5-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine that produces 192 horsepower and 192 pound-feet of torque. This engine pairs with a standard continuously variable transmission, but the Sport trim adds a standard six-speed manual transmission in place of the CVT. With the 1.5-liter engine, the Accord matches the base Camry’s 7.6-second sprint time in independent testing.

 

The Accord no longer has a V-6 option. Instead it has a turbocharged 2.0-liter engine that produces 252 horsepower and 273 pound-feet of torque. This engine mates with a standard six-speed manual in the Sport trim or an optional 10-speed automatic. This powertrain delivers a 5.7-second 0-to-60 sprint time.

 

With these family sedans often acting as commuter vehicles too, fuel economy plays a big role in the buying decision. The 2019 Accord delivers respectable fuel economy, regardless of its powertrain. With the base 1.5-liter engine, it gets up to 30 mpg city, 38 highway, and 33 combined. The Camry’s base 2.5-liter engine beats the Accord’s base engine with up to 29 mpg city, 41 highway, and 34 combined.

 

Moving into the potent 2.0-liter engine drops the Accord’s fuel economy to up to up to 23 mpg city, 34 highway, and 27 combined. This is a bit better than the Camry with the V-6 engine, which gets up to 22 mpg city, 33 highway, and 26 combined.

Advantage: 2019 Toyota Camry

  • Better highway fuel economy
  • Sportier-handling XSE trim

Advantage: 2019 Honda Accord

  • Turbocharged engines deliver peppier in-seat feel

Pricing and Features

The 2019 Toyota Camry lineup has seven trim levels — L, LE, SE, XLE, XSE, XLE V6, and XSE V6 — and their prices range from $23,945 to $34,700.

 

There are five trim levels that make up the 2019 Accord lineup: LX, Sport, EX, EX-L, and Touring. Their starting prices range from $23,720 to $34,990.

2019 Toyota Camry Key Features and Pricing by Trim

L: $23,945

  • 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine
  • Eight-speed automatic transmission
  • Front-wheel drive
  • 16-inch steel wheels with hubcaps
  • Intermittent wipers
  • Acoustic windshield
  • Single-exit exhaust
  • Shark-fin antenna
  • Bi-LED headlights
  • LED daytime running lights
  • LED combination taillights
  • Dark gray grille
  • Body-color power mirrors
  • Body-color door handles
  • Air conditioning
  • 4.2-inch multi-information display
  • Cloth upholstery
  • Six-way manual front seats
  • Tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel
  • Steering-wheel-mounted controls
  • Soft-touch upper door material
  • Layered wood trim
  • Chrome inside door handles
  • Remote keyless entry
  • Power windows with one-touch-up/down on all four windows
  • Power door locks
  • Overhead console with sunglasses holder
  • LED-illuminated glove compartment
  • One 12-volt power outlet
  • One 1.5-amp USB port
  • Entune 3.0 Audio infotainment system
  • 7-inch touchscreen
  • Six-speaker AM/FM audio system
  • Apple CarPlay
  • Siri Eyes Free
  • In-car Wi-Fi
  • Bluetooth connectivity and audio streaming
  • Automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection
  • Lane-departure warning
  • Lane-keep assist
  • Automatic high-beam headlights
  • Rearview camera with guidelines
  • Adaptive cruise control

 

LE: $24,450

  • All L features, plus
  • 17-inch alloy wheels
  • Eight-way power driver’s seat
  • 60/40 split-folding rear seat
  • Rear center armrest with cup holder
  • Anti-theft alarm system

 

SE: $25,650

  • All LE features, plus
  • Black grille with sport mesh insert
  • Sport rocker panels
  • 18-inch black machined-finish alloy wheels
  • Rear spoiler
  • Single exhaust with dual chrome tips
  • Single-zone automatic climate control
  • Leatherette upholstery
  • Leather-wrapped steering wheel
  • Embossed-mesh interior trim
  • Sport-tuned suspension

 

XLE: $29,02

  • All LE features, plus
  • 18-inch silver machined-finish alloy wheels
  • ECO, Normal, and Sport drive modes
  • LED headlights
  • LED taillights
  • Bright metallic grille
  • Heated mirrors with integrated turn signals
  • Touch-to-unlock door handles
  • Single exhaust with chrome finisher
  • Dual-zone automatic climate control
  • Wireless charging pad
  • 7-inch multi-information display
  • Leather upholstery
  • Heated front seats
  • Tiger Eye wood interior trim
  • Keyless ignition
  • Auto-dimming rearview mirrors
  • One 1.5- amp and two 2.1-amp USB ports
  • LED rear reading lights
  • Electric parking brake
  • Entune 3.0 Audio Plus infotainment system
  • 8-inch touchscreen
  • SiriusXM
  • Rearview camera with dynamic guidelines
  • Full-speed adaptive cruise control
  • Blind-spot monitoring
  • Rear cross-traffic alert

 

XSE: $29,575

  • All SE features, plus
  • ECO, Normal, and Sport modes
  • LED headlights with smoke treatment
  • LED taillights with smoke treatment
  • Gloss-black grille with sport mesh insert
  • Heated mirrors with integrated turn signals
  • Touch-to-lock/unlock door handles
  • 19-inch black machined-finish alloy wheels
  • Dual exhaust with chrome quad tips
  • Dual-zone automatic climate control
  • Rear seat air conditioning vents
  • Wireless charging pad
  • 7-inch multi-information screen
  • Leather upholstery
  • Heated front seats
  • Textured metal interior trim
  • Keyless ignition
  • Auto-dimming rearview mirror
  • HomeLink universal garage door opener
  • One 1.5-amp and two 2.1-amp USB ports
  • LED rear seat lighting
  • Ambient lighting
  • Electric parking brake with brake-hold function
  • Entune™ 3.0 Audio Plus with App Suite
  • 8-inch touchscreen
  • AM/FM/HD Radio audio system
  • SiriusXM
  • Rearview camera with dynamic guidelines
  • Full-speed adaptive cruise control
  • Blind-spot monitoring
  • Rear cross-traffic alert

 

XLE V6: $34,150

  • All XLE features, plus
  • 3.5-liter V-6 engine
  • Panoramic glass roof with moonroof
  • Dual exhaust with chrome finishers
  • 10-inch color head-up display
  • Entune™ 3.0 Audio Plus with JBL
  • Nine-speaker audio system with subwoofer

 

XSE V6: $34,700

  • All XSE features, plus
  • 3.5-liter V-6 engine
  • Panoramic glass roof with moonroof
  • 10-inch color head-up display
  • Entune™ 3.0 Audio Plus with JBL
  • Nine-speaker audio system with subwoofer

2019 Honda Accord Key Features and Pricing by Trim

LX: $23,720

  • 1.5-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine
  • Continuously variable transmission
  • Electric parking brake with brake hold
  • Active noise cancellation
  • 17-inch silver alloy wheels
  • Body-color, power mirrors
  • Remote keyless entry
  • LED brake lights
  • LED daytime running lights
  • LED low-beam headlights
  • Body-color door handles
  • Variable intermittent wipers
  • Dual-zone automatic climate control
  • Power windows with one-touch-up/down front windows
  • Power door locks
  • Keyless ignition
  • Cruise control
  • Tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel
  • Sunglasses holder
  • Two front 12-volt power outlets
  • Floor mats
  • Steering-wheel-mounted controls
  • Four-speaker audio system with 160 watts
  • 7-inch touchscreen
  • Bluetooth connectivity with audio streaming
  • Pandora
  • One 1-amp USB port
  • Hill-start assist
  • Automatic emergency braking
  • Road-departure mitigation
  • Forward collision warning
  • Lane-departure warning
  • Lane-keep assist
  • Adaptive cruise control
  • Traffic-sign recognition
  • Automatic high-beam headlights

 

Sport: $26,180

  • All LX features, plus
  • Six-speed manual transmission
  • Larger stabilizer bars
  • Sport-tuned steering
  • Larger front brakes
  • 19-inch machine-finished alloy wheels with black inserts
  • Chrome exhaust finisher
  • LED fog lights
  • Body-color rear spoiler
  • One-touch power moonroof
  • Lockable glove compartment
  • Leather-wrapped steering wheel
  • Leather-wrapped gear shift knob
  • Sport pedals
  • 12-way power driver’s seat
  • Heated front seats
  • SMS text messaging function
  • One front 2.5-amp USB port
  • Eight-speaker, 180-watt audio system
  • 8-inch high-resolution touchscreen
  • HondaLink
  • Apple CarPlay
  • Android Auto
  • SiriusXM

 

EX: $27,620

  • All LX features, plus
  • 17-inch machine-finish alloy wheels
  • Remote ignition
  • LED fog lights
  • Smart entry with walk-away auto lock
  • Heated mirrors
  • One-touch power moonroof
  • Active grille shutters
  • Lockable glove compartment
  • 60/40 split-folding rear seat
  • 12-way power driver’s seat
  • Heated front seats
  • SMS text messaging function
  • Two 2.5-amp USB ports
  • Eight-speaker, 180-watt audio system
  • 8-inch high-resolution touchscreen
  • HondaLink
  • Apple CarPlay
  • Android Auto
  • HD Radio
  • SiriusXM
  • HD Radio
  • Blind-spot monitoring
  • Rear cross-traffic alert

 

EX-L: $30,120

  • All EX features, plus
  • Chrome exhaust finishers
  • Mirror-mounted LED turn signals
  • Courtesy lighting
  • Leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob
  • HomeLink remote
  • Auto-dimming rearview mirror
  • Two-position driver’s seat memory
  • Four-way power passenger’s seat
  • Leather seating
  • 10-speaker, 450-watt audio system with subwoofer

 

Touring: $34,990

  • All EX-L features, plus
  • 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine
  • 10-speed automatic transmission
  • Adaptive dampers
  • Head-up display
  • Chrome-accented door handles
  • Rain-sensing wipers
  • LED headlights with auto-on/off
  • Front and rear parking sensors
  • Reverse-tilt-down side mirrors
  • Ambient door-handle lighting
  • Rear outer heated seats
  • Ventilated front seats
  • Navigation
  • HondaLink subscription
  • Mobile Wi-Fi hotspot
  • Wireless phone charger
  • Near-field communication

Who Should Buy the 2019 Toyota Camry?

Buyers looking for a combination of a family and sports car will appreciate the sportier looks of the new-generation Camry. It delivers the room and fuel economy a family shopper needs with a sporty design that’s a rarity in this class.

Who Should Buy the 2019 Honda Accord?

Buyers looking for a more refined style will love what the Accord offers. Under the hood, though, the Accord matches all the sportiness the Camry offers.

 

Ready to tackle the windy back roads of Crystal Lake or your daily commute to McHenry in a thrifty and sporty family sedan? The 2019 Toyota Camry is the ride for you. Come down to Garber Fox Lake Toyota serving the Waukegan area today to take the 2019 Camry for a test drive and see how it performs for yourself. If you can’t make it to our Fox Lake dealership today, you can also check out our online inventory to see what 2019 Camry models we have in stock and schedule a test drive later.

 

*MSRP excludes the Delivery, Processing, and Handling Fee of $930 for Cars (Yaris LB, Yaris Sedan, 86, Corolla, Corolla HB, Camry, Camry HV, Prius LB, Prius <i>c</i>, Prius Prime, Mirai, Avalon, Avalon HV, GR Supra), $1,095 for Small/Medium Trucks, SUVs and Van (C-HR, RAV4, RAV4 HV, Highlander, Highlander HV, 4Runner, Sienna, Tacoma), $1,295 for Large SUVs (Sequoia, Land Cruiser), and $1,495 for Large Truck (Tundra). (Historically, vehicle manufacturers and distributors have charged a separate fee for processing, handling and delivering vehicles to dealerships. Toyota’s charge for these services is called the “Delivery, Processing and Handling Fee” and is based on the value of the processing, handling and delivery services Toyota provides as well as Toyota’s overall pricing structure. Toyota may make a profit on the Delivery, Processing and Handling Fee.) Excludes taxes, license, title and available or regionally required equipment. The Delivery, Processing and Handling Fee in AL, AR, FL, GA, LA, MS, NC, OK, SC and TX will be higher. The published prices do not apply to Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Actual dealer price will vary.

 

*2019 EPA-estimated 29 city/41 highway/34 combined mpg for Camry L. Actual mileage will vary.