Consumer Reports recently included the 2021 Toyota Camry on its list of 10 best cars of the year. All 10 vehicles were chosen for their excellent “performance, safety, reliability, and more.” Consumer Reports put all the vehicles through a number of tests. In addition, the vehicles all come standard with forward collision warning and automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection. The vehicles also need to have strong owner satisfaction on Consumer Reports annual surveys and a high Overall Score. While the Camry is a well-respected and popular car, it may be surprising that it beat the 2021 Honda Accord. Here’s a look at how the two cars compare.
The 2021 Toyota Camry
In the $25,000 to $30,000 category, the 2021 Toyota Camry is the top pick for midsize sedans. Consumer Reports found a lot to like about this car, citing its “efficiency, performance, and reliability.” The Camry is priced between $24,970 and $35,545.
The 2021 Camry comes in first on Consumer Reports’ list of midsize cars, just ahead of the Honda Accord. It has an overall score of 88 out of 100. It also received an 86 out of 100 for its road test score. Its scores are rounded out by a five out of five for predicted reliability and a four out of five for predicted owner satisfaction.
Drivers can look forward to a comfortable ride in the Camry. The Camry’s 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine is “energetic and frugal,” says Consumer Reports. It generates 203 hp. The car gets 32 MPG overall for its fuel efficiency. The gas engine can be a bit noisy, and the eight-speed automatic transmission isn’t always smooth, according to Consumer Reports.
The Camry has available all-wheel drive, a new option for 2021. A second engine is available – a 3.5-liter V6, generating 301 hp. There is also a hybrid powertrain option, which accelerates smoothly with its CVT and is able to get 47 MPG overall.
The Camry has a standard 7-inch touchscreen or an available 9-inch display. Consumer Reports found pairing a phone to be a little tricky, but the controls are overall easy to use. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility are standard.
The Camry comes standard with a number of advanced safety features and driver assistance features. Toyota Safety Sense 2.5+ is standard and includes forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection, lane departure warning with steering assist, adaptive cruise control, automatic high-beam headlights, lane trace assist, lane keep assist, and traffic sign recognition, according to U.S. News.
Other available safety features include blind-spot warning and rear cross-traffic alert, reverse automatic emergency braking, a head-up display, and a surround-view parking camera.
The 2021 Honda Accord
The 2021 Honda Accord has a lot in common with the Toyota Camry. Its price of between $24,970 and $36,900 is pretty similar to the Camry’s. It also has strong scores from Consumer Reports, and it’s ranked second on the list of midsize cars with an overall score of 84 out of 100. Predicted owner’s satisfaction is the same as for the Camry, with a four out of five. The predicted reliability score, though, is lower, with only three out of five. The Accord does have a higher road test score, with 89 out of 100.
The Honda Accord has good handling and good fuel efficiency as well. It has a 1.5-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine, which generates 192 hp. That is paired with a CVT that works smoothly but can cause engine noise when a lot of power is needed. The Accord gets 31 MPG overall for fuel efficiency, 1 MPG less than the Camry’s base engine.
All-wheel drive is not available for the Accord, says U.S. News. A second engine is available, a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder, producing 252 hp. This one is paired with a 10-speed automatic transmission. A hybrid powertrain option is available. It gets 47 MPG overall, the same as the Camry Hybrid.
The Accord has an 8-inch touchscreen that is compatible with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are now available for 2021, says Consumer Reports.
Plenty of advanced safety features come standard with the Honda Accord as part of the Honda Sensing suite. Like the Camry, the Accord comes standard with forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection, lane departure warning, adaptive cruise control, lane keep assist, and traffic sign recognition.
It doesn’t come standard with automatic high-beam headlights or lane trace assist like the Camry, but it does provide standard driver drowsiness monitoring and road departure mitigation. Available features include blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, and a head-up display. Instead of the Camry’s reverse automatic emergency braking and surround-view parking camera, the Accord has available front and rear parking sensors and a rear-seat reminder.
Why Consumer Reports likes the Toyota Camry better than the Honda Accord
The 2021 Toyota Camry and Honda Accord both have good fuel efficiency, comfortable handling, and a number of standard advanced safety features. The Camry has the edge, though, with better predicted reliability, slightly more powerful engines, and available all-wheel drive.