The 2021 Toyota Camry Struggles to Out Sedan the Honda Accord

Both the 2021 Toyota Camry and the 2021 Honda Accord remain sharply competitive in a segment that almost seems to be hanging on by a thread. According to Car and Driver, this legendary Toyota sedan is impressive. However, the Honda Accord is tough to beat.

a red Toyota Camry TRD with black exterior detail parked near a race track
Toyota Camry TRD | Toyota

“If it weren’t for the 10Best dynasty that is the Honda Accord, the Camry would be even more desirable.”

Car and Driver
A red 2021 Honda Accord Hybrid parked in front of a house
The 2021 Honda Accord Hybrid on display | Photo via Honda

From where we’re standing, it looks the Camry is struggling to beat the Accord. Still, this family sedan is more exciting than we’ve seen in quite a while. The 2021 Toyota Camry continues to enjoy all the updates from the model’s recent redesign. It looks great, has new options, and appeals to a wide range of buyers who want a car.

The 2021 Toyota Camry

The powertrain options alone have something for everyone. For the shoppers that want more of a fuel sipper, there’s a four-cylinder engine option. There’s also a hybrid powertrain for those that want to save even more at the fuel pump. If you prefer a more performance-oriented powertrain, the 2021 Toyota Camry still offers a more powerful V6.

Toyota Camry Hybrid | Toyota

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If that V6 is what you’re looking for, Toyota now offers a TRD model with sportier styling and a performance-tuned suspension. This is arguably the most fun a Toyota Camry has ever had. However, the tamer-yet-still-attractive version will obviously remain the choice for many families.

In terms of finding a good looking, comfortable, and reliable family sedan, it’s hard to go wrong with the 2021 Toyota Camry. You’ll get loads of driver assistance features and a full standard safety suite. According to Edmunds, the Toyota Camry has a starting price range of $24,879 – $35,545.

red accented Toyota Camry TRD interior
Toyota Camry TRD Interior | Toyota

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The 2021 Honda Accord

The Honda Accord is a “nearly permanent fixture” on Car and Driver’s prestigious 10Best list. For 2021, this hasn’t changed. There are two turbocharged 4-cylinder engines available. And, like the Camry, the 2021 Honda Accord also offers a hybrid powertrain for the families that really love saving on gas.

A 2021 Honda Accord Hybrid driving down a city street
A 2021 Honda Accord in action | Photo via Honda

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“In the shrinking segment of family sedans there are still some great cars to choose from, but one stands above the rest for its impeccable driving dynamics, practical interior, and value: the 2021 Honda Accord.”

Car and Driver

Car and Driver reports that––regardless of the engine option you choose––the “handling is effortlessly balanced.” The 2021 Honda Accord is a great family sedan for road trips or having a bit of fun on a winding back road. It’s a pleasant and versatile sedan that will do its fair share of the work when it comes to getting the family where it needs to go, hauling home groceries, and keeping wallets wise.

According to Edmunds, the 2021 Honda Accord stays affordable as ever. Though the high-end starting price is a bit higher than that of the Toyota Camry, it’s only by a smidge. The starting price range for the 2021 Honda Accord is $24,770 – $36,700.

The 2021 Honda Accord is the brand's midsize sedan.
2021 Honda Accord | Honda

Which is the best family sedan?

With two competitive cars like this, saying which one is better can be difficult. Both Edmunds and Car and Driver rate the Camry lower than the Accord. In fact, the 2021 Honda Accord is definitely keeping its legacy as one of the best family cars around, topping several lists across multiple publications.

While we love both the 2021 Toyota Camry and the legendary Accord, we think it’s safe to say that the Camry struggles to keep up with Accord awesome-ness. Still, you’ll want to give them both a look and test them out if you are shopping for a family sedan. Both are good cars and it will ultimately come to buyers’ preference.