- The Honda Accord challenges the Camry again
- Pricing, specs, and features for each model
- Which midsize model is right for you
Traditionally, the Toyota and the Camry have dominated the midsize sedan scene. However, Honda is always there to challenge, and now the brand is back with the 2022 Honda Accord. Each model gets some updates for 2022 in an effort to edge out the competition, but the real fight in the segment is exclusively between these two models. Now it’s time to sort out which is best.
|Vehicle||2022 Honda Accord||2022 Toyota Camry|
|Price Range||$26,000-$38,000 (MotorBiscuit est.)||$26,320-$33,020|
|Engine Options||Hybrid four-cyl., 1.5L turbo four-cyl., 2.0L turbo four cyl.||Hybrid four-cyl., 3.5L V6, 2.5L four-cyl.|
|Horsepower (HP)||192 hp/252 hp||203 hp/301 hp|
|Torque (lb-ft)||192 lb-ft/273 lb-ft||184 lb-ft/267 lb-ft|
|Transmission||CVT automatic transmission, 10-speed automatic||CVT automatic transmission|
|MPG Rating||33/30/38 MPG (combined/city/highway)||32/28/39 MPG (combined/city/highway)|
|IIHS Safety Rating||Top Safety Pick+||Top Safety Pick+|
|NHTSA Safety Rating||5 Stars||5 Stars|
2022 Honda Accord
- Pros: Spacious rear seat, excellent handling, great standard features
- Cons: Pricing in higher trims, non-hybrid MPG
Let’s be honest here. Most buyers looking for a practical people hauler aren’t going to come running to the midsized sedans segment. That’s especially true when you consider that a Toyota RAV4 or similar can be had for, well, similar money. If you’re here, cross-shopping sedans, it’s because you have an anti-SUV mindset. Thankfully, both cars have your back.
The 2022 Honda Accord is somewhat of an underdog here in terms of sales. The Camry easily outsells it, but we’re not sure why. The Accord has better rear seat room for adults and kids and handles far better. Moreover, the optional 10-speed auto absolutely demolishes the Toyota’s slushbox CVT transmission. The 2022 model also receives Honda’s newest infotainment which handily beats the Camry’s horribly outdated unit. Plus, there’s some good standard safety features like emergency braking and lane-keep.
2022 Toyota Camry
- Pros: Affordable, strong V6 motor availible, excellent safety features
- Cons: Frustrating CVT transmisison, dated infotainment.
Blow for blow, the 2022 Toyota Camry has the Honda Accord matched for safety. But people like these for a reason. The real winner in the Camry’s midsized sedan-sized corner is its optional V6 motor. Sedans these days can feel a little underpowered, and the 300 hp V6 handily takes care of that issue. However, the Camry doesn’t drive as well as the Accord overall. Again, Toyota’s lack of updated infotainment hurts the brand here, but thankfully the brand’s infotainment will be changing soon.
For the more sporting among you, that V6 is also available with some TRD-tuned touches, though it is north of $30,000. As an aside, both hybrid models leave a little to be desired in the driving fun department, as well as being a little too jerky. That said, the Camry rides just as good as the Accord, if not a little better. But the real winner for the 2022 Toyota Camry is price. Even in its most expensive spec, it’s still a good margin cheaper than the Accord.
Which midsize sedan is right for you?
At the end of the day, the 2022 Honda Accord is the more competent of the two midsized sedans. However, if price is a real concern, the issues that hold back the 2022 Toyota Camry won’t be having you wishing for the Accord. You can’t go wrong with either model from a safety perspective, but Honda’s lane-keep wins out there. In short, keeping an Accord specced under $35,000 is the best way to experience life in a midsize sedan.