As two of the best-selling sedans in the country, the 2017 Honda Accord and Toyota Camry are certainly heavyweights in their class. But which of these incredible sedans offers more bang for the buck? Let’s dive into the details and figure out who is King of the mid-size jungle.
Dressed to Impress
In the best-dressed category, the 2017 Honda Accord shines. A thoughtfully contoured design emphasizes the Accord’s broad strokes of genius, such as its new LED taillights, reworked grille, and wide, sporty stance. The modest and elongated hood tapers down into the front-end without fuss, giving the Accord a low-to-the-ground appearance. From the outside, the 2017 Accord is the epitome of practical sophistication.
2017 Toyota Camry Front Grille – Photo: Toyota.com
The 2017 Toyota Camry, on the other hand, is bold in all the wrong places. The grille looks more like a grill (yes, like at neighborhood BBQ) with its elongated horizontal grid—upper trims upgrade to a mesh-like grille, but it doesn’t help much—that takes up the majority of real estate in the front. Its front-end polarization doesn’t end there; the Camry’s fender is unremarkably one-note, with an odd set of slanted and narrow fog lights positioned below the equally unflattering headlights.
As two best-selling sedans, both the Accord and Camry offer superior cabins fit for kings. However, in this Accord vs. Camry match-up, only one interior can come out on top.
The scales tip in the 2017 Accord’s favor thanks to a great layout, ample amounts of space, and a collection of modern tech and luxurious trimmings. The bright and elegant instrumentation cluster is pulled forward and away from the corners, offering an incredible and distraction-free viewing angle. The dash is compressed to maximize legroom.
2017 Accord Interior – Photo: automobiles.honda.com
On the functionality front, all-important knobs are laid out higher up on the center stack, and two separate compartments make it convenient to store your smartphone or tablet. The Accord offers more cargo space than the Camry, as well as better positioned LATCH anchors. Navigation is another strong point thanks to a responsive system that actually understands voice commands.
The 2017 Camry is no mid-size pauper, but it does come with a few downfalls, such as a lack of USB ports, bland color options, and an aging infotainment system. In such a close competition, these miscues can make all the difference.
The 2017 Honda Accord is rated among the highest in its class thanks to incredible fuel economy and overall performance.
Equipped with the standard 185hp inline-4, the Accord earns an EPA-rated 30 mpg (combined). Paired with the CVT—a modern marvel, if you ask us—this engine gives the Accord class-leading acceleration and quite a bit of pep moving from a full stop. With Sport Shift Mode enabled, you’re bound to experience the most pleasant of rides.
Move up to the Accord Sport, and that drops a bit (29 mpg), while the Accord EX-L fitted with a 278hp V6 engine dips to a respectable 25 mpg.
The 2017 Camry is equipped with a standard 178hp 4-cylinder that only offers 27 combined mpg. Upgrade to the beefier V6, and the Camry maxes out at just 24 mpg. Fuel economy aside, the Camry is adequately nimble yet not altogether fast or thrilling.
Test Drive the Winning 2017 Accord in Gainesville
As a 31-time winner of Car & Driver’s 10Best award, the Honda Accord is prepared to make your journey more worthwhile. Take this incredible mid-size sedan for a spin around Gainesville and see why it’s clearly the victor in this 2017 Accord vs. Camry duel. Locate your closest Central Florida Honda Dealers showroom to schedule a test drive in the Ocala, Leesburg, Daytona Beach, and Orlando areas. In addition to the new Accord, we also have a wide selection of other new Honda models and used cars, as well as money-saving Honda specials and financing offers.
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