2019 Camry vs. 2019 Honda Accord

Two of the Best.


More Horsepower.


Greater Fuel Economy.


Top Safety Scores and Tech.


Most Dependable Midsize Car.


Nudges Out Better Value.


The Toyota Camry and the Honda Accord are longtime, bitter rivals. The Accord was first introduced in 1976, and the Camry arrived six years later in 1982. Since then, these two vehicles have earned stellar reputations for fuel economy, horsepower, safety, durability, and reliability. Now in the year 2019, it can be difficult to decide which of these two incredible vehicles should be your next ride. As we are a Toyota dealer, we believe the Toyota Camry is the better vehicle for you, and here is why.

Right from the get-go, the 2019 Toyota Camry rolls up to the curb with more horsepower than the 2019 Honda Accord. Both vehicles have a couple different engine choices, so let’s start with the base engines. The base Toyota Camry has 205 hp to the base Honda Accord’s 192. When equipped with their most powerful engines, the narrative doesn’t change. The 2019 Camry XLE V6 earns an incredible 301 hp. The 2019 Accord 2.0-liter turbo four-cylinder earns a paltry by comparison 252 hp.

Not only does the 2019 Toyota Camry have better horsepower, but it also earns a higher fuel economy rating. The base L trim on the 2019 Camry has a fuel economy of 29 mpg in the city and 41 mpg on the highway. That is good for a combined fuel economy of 34 mpg. The 2019 Accord on the other hand earns a base score of 30 mpg in the city and 38 mpg on the highway. Its combined score ends up at 33 mpg.

Surprisingly enough, both vehicles have the same fuel economy at their respective top level trims. Both the 2019 Camry XSE V6 and the 2019 Accord Touring both have ratings of 22 mpg in the city, 32 mpg on the highway, and 26 mpg combined. Even at that, the 2019 Camry XSE V6 maintains a longer total driving range of 416 miles according to the EPA because of its 16 gallon fuel tank. The 2019 Accord Touring only manages 385 miles due to its 14.8 gallon tank.

Horsepower and fuel economy are important, but when you drive a car, you want an assurance that it is safe. Both the 2019 Toyota Camry and the 2019 Honda Accord take this to heart, and they have each gone above and beyond. The IIHS (Insurance Institute for Highway Safety) gives out awards each year to vehicles it considers the cream of the crop for safety. Both the 2019 Camry and the 2019 Accord earned Top Safety Pick awards, but the 2019 Camry went one step beyond. It earned a Top Safety Pick+ award when equipped with specific headlights. The 2019 Accord could not manage this feat and even falls out of a Top Safety Pick contention when equipped with its Touring model’s lights.

The NHTSA (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration) has also rated these two vehicles highly. For their respective 2019 models, both the Toyota Camry and the Honda Accord have 5 star overall ratings. Not only that, but they both have 5 star ratings in every single category. The only difference is in NHTSA-recommended technology. The NHTSA recommends vehicles come equipped with Forward Collision Warning, Lane Departure Warning, Crash Imminent Braking, and Dynamic Brake Support. While the 2019 Accord has standard Forward Collision Warning and Lane Departure Warning, it does not offer Crash Imminent Braking or Dynamic Brake Support. All four technologies come standard on every 2019 Toyota Camry.

With safety in tow, you might wonder how long your car will last. After all, no one wants to worry about their car dying after only a couple of years. While the Toyota Camry and Honda Accord are both well-known for their dependability, Honda falls below Toyota according to J.D. Power. In a 2019 study, 2016 model year vehicles were studied after three years to see how dependable they were. Earning the number one spot in the midsize car category was the Toyota Camry. Only the top three vehicles were listed in the findings, and the Honda Accord was not on the list.

Not only is the Camry a reliable vehicle, but Toyota as a whole has been rated as the second best brand for dependability in the same study. At 108 problems per 100 vehicles, Toyota sits at 28 less problems than the industry average of 136 pp100. The only brand that beat out Toyota was Lexus, Toyota’s luxury brand. Honda, on the other hand, accumulated 10 more problems than the industry average at 146 pp100. That is a whole 38 more problems per 100 vehicles than Toyota.

Because of this dependability from Toyota, it is no wonder that the Camry saves money over time. The 2019 Toyota Camry has a base MSRP of $24,095, a tad bit higher than the 2019 Honda Accord’s base MSRP of $23,720. After five years, though, the script flips. MotorTrend and IntelliChoice project five year cost of ownership ratings for vehicles, and both the 2019 Camry and 2019 Accord were given Excellent ratings. But the Camry ends up above the Accord in price. After five years, the cost of ownership for the 2019 Toyota Camry is $32,122. The five year cost of ownership for the 2019 Honda Accord is $32,218.

These two vehicles are pretty close in price at base, but as they reach their top trims, they begin to separate. The 2019 Toyota Camry XSE V6 starts at an MSRP of $34,850, roughly one thousand dollars less than the 2019 Honda Accord Touring’s MSRP of $35,950. After five years, the difference increases further. The five year cost of ownership of the 2019 Accord Touring is $44,956. That number earns it a Below Average rating. The 2019 Camry XSE V6, on the other hand, earns an Average rating at a five year cost of $42,853.

The 2019 Toyota Camry offers greater horsepower, fuel economy, safety tech, dependability, and value. That is why we believe the 2019 Toyota Camry is the best car for you. If you would like to see one for yourself, you can visit us at 515 W Coliseum Blvd, Fort Wayne, IN 46808. You can also call us at (260) 482-3730. We hope to see you soon.

Websites/Articles Mentioned (in order mentioned):

EPA Fuel Economy Comparison: https://www.fueleconomy.gov/feg/Find.do?action=sbs&id=40609&id=40874&id=40607&id=40890

J.D. Power 2019 Dependability Study: https://www.jdpower.com/business/press-releases/2019-us-vehicle-dependability-studyvds

MotorTrend 2019 Camry Buyer’s Guide: https://www.motortrend.com/cars/toyota/camry/2019/