Contrast of 2014 Toyota Camry and 2014 Honda Accord will not bring high-end or hp battle. These autos are manufactureded and provided to the marketplace with various than that objectives. Popularity of mid-size sedans makes these motor vehicles quite preferred and they are amongst the top supplies in their sector.
Both the Toyota and Honda mid-size sedans are constructed for people which aren’t especially thinking about driving, however who need a simple to drive vehicle, that is large, foreseeable, effective and reliable. Developed much more for individuals’ needs compared to their wishes, consider them as the sensible shoes of the automobile world.
In 2012 three of the leading marketing six automobiles in America were mid-size sedans with the Camry 3rd total and the Accord 4th (The only models above them were vehicles). The mid-size car segment is substantial and these 2 vehicles stood for nearly three-quarters of a million automobile sales last year in America alone. It goes without claiming then that the stakes are high. So which is our choice between these 2 section leaders?
All new for 2014, initially glance it might not appear that the Honda Accord has actually changed considerably considering that in 2012. With evolutionary styling not wandering off far from the 2012, a deeper look is need to expose subtle changes here and there. The LED daytime running lights, double LED headlights (criterion on our EX-L cut Accord) and LED taillights all provide the Accord a little exterior flash. The rest of the vehicle lines have been honed around provide the Accord a fresh, modern look.
The Camry obtained its last substantial overhaul simply last year. Once more, it was a case of advancing the styling signs opposed to transforming the Camry. This is absolutely the most dramatic looking Camry to date, yet that is not stating considerably given that the Camry has actually constantly been so much more conventional compared to a one piece swimwear. The new Camry does feature some delightfully layout cues like the sideways ‘L’ formed taillights, chrome fog light bezels and sloping front grill. That claimed, the Accord looks much more high end outside and was elected the a lot more elegant vehicle baseding on our personnel.
Both of our examination cars came geared up as fully loaded 4 cylinder models. The 2014 Toyota Camry XLE showcases a 2.5-liter engine creating 178 hp and 170 lb-ft of torque. It sends out energy to the front wheels with a 6-speed automated transmission and is formally ranked by the EPA at 25 MPG city and 35 MPG freeway. The Accord includes a comparable arrangement by utilizing a slightly smaller 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine that creates a peppier 184 hp and 181 lb-ft of torque. Power is sent to the front wheels through consistently changeable transmission (CVT) and it also offers an edge in the fuel economic climate division at 27 MPG city and 36 MPG freeway.
Considerably has actually been made concerning the Accord switching to a CVT from a conventional automatic. Fortunately is, this is one of the far better gear-less systems on the market. It is quiet and constantly transforming rpm speeds to stay away from any of that dreaded CVT drone. Under challenging acceleration it will certainly imitate gear adjusts as well which helps split up the dull groaning associated with numerous CVTs.
Both cars provide a sport method, yet only the Toyota includes a ‘guide’ method that permits motorist selectable gearing. Even with a 105 lb. weight advantage, the Camry is not as fast as the Accord in a straight line; a result from somewhat even more energy and the CVT. Too, the Accord accomplished far better gas economic situation throughout our examination duration (during the cold winter months) by balancing 25.3 MPG compared with the Camry’s 23.5 MPG average.
Overall, the Accord is the much more appealing vehicle to drive of the two. It does stand out at throttle response, guiding feel and framework dynamics, yet is missing out on that wonderful something that makes the Camry feel incredibly easy to drive. The Camry’s ride felt rougher on imperfect pavement and more noise protrudes into the cabin; but that could be due to winter tire choice more than anything else. Overall, the Accord ends up feeling more refined when plodding down the road.
Inside, the Camry has the upper hand. Although the Accord features a well laid out dashboard design, it cannot match the Camry’s more premium feel. The cross-stitched multi-angled dashboard of the Camry and all the switch gear are crafted out of quality materials.
Both cars feature well thought-out center cluster designs that place all the controls where you would expect them to be. The Camry’s user interface is easier to use, but the Accord’s second infotainment screen, which is dedicated for audio use only, is a nice touch. It is refreshing not having to exit out of various menus just to change the radio station. Speaking of which, the Camry wins the audiophile competition with a nice, bassy sound system.
The Accord was rated as having the better front seats which are wide, squishy and comfortable. Both cars have nearly identical rear seat legroom, but the Accord trumps the Camry’s front seat legroom by roughly an inch with 42.5-inches total. In the trunk it is a similar story with the Accord’s 15.8 cu-ft of cargo space edging out the Camry’s 15.4 cu-ft space.
There is a major, albeit curable, downfall in the Accord; the Interface Dial Feedback. If you own a 2014 Accord, best to turn it off. Using a text to speech function it will read out every menu choice and/or radio station selection. If you’re at all quick through the controls it gets so far behind it will freeze the system for 10-15 seconds and lock out any inputs during that time. It is beyond infuriating; how could Honda design such a beautiful gauge cluster, but screw up the text to speech so much?
The base 2014 Honda Accord LX starts at a lower price of $22,470 post-delivery charges thanks to the availability of a 6-speed manual transmission. That under cuts the automatic-only base Toyota Camry L’s post-delivery charge price of $23,030. However, as tested, the Camry becomes the pricing champion with a favourable $28,520 for our loaded up XLE Camry compared to our Honda Satellite-Linked Navigation equipped Accord EX-L which topped out at $30,785.
Either of these vehicles are a great choice. If refinement, curb appeal and efficiency are important to you, pick the Accord. If a luxurious interior, ease of use and lower MSRP are your top priorities, take the Camry.
However, like with any comparison test, there can only be one winner. Just like the epic sales battle these two vanilla gladiators partake in year after year, it was a very close finish with the edge going to the Accord thanks to better exterior styling, a more comfortable interior and some trick features like the lane watch camera. The fact it’s better to drive and more efficient in the real world are just an added bonus.