2018 Toyota Camry Vs. 2018 Honda Accord: Which One Is Right for Me?

Posted at Fri, Sep 15, 2017 10:00 AM

When it comes to Long Islander’s preferred choices for midsize sedans, two of the most popular options are the Toyota Camry and the Honda Accord. Most drivers look for things like safety, comfort, and affordability when shopping for a new set of wheels – things that the 2018 Toyota Camry (and, to a lesser extent, the 2018 Honda Accord) is more than capable of tackling. Going a step further, picking out your new ride is more than just shopping for what you think looks good, and when it comes to picking between two of America’s favorite sedans, it’s going to be a tough choice.

Here at Westbury Toyota, we strive to make finding the right new vehicle for you as easy and as painless as possible. Being helpful is a large part of what we stand for, and that’s why we want to offer you some words of wisdom to help you along with the car buying process. Matching people with the car of their dreams is our job and we take great pride in it, so read on to see what we can do to help you learn a little about the upcoming 2018 Toyota Camry, how it stacks up to the competition, and why it deserves the top spot on your list in terms of potential future automotive purchases.

Safety Is Paramount

It doesn’t matter if you’re shopping for a family sedan or the perfect car for a solo journey – safety is the most crucial part of any vehicle. Some dealerships tend to gloss over the important safety aspects of a model in favor of the flashier details (technology, special editions, vanity additions, etc.), but any driver looking to buy new should always keep safety features at the very top of their checklist.

Both the Camry and the Accord have undergone reinvention in 2018, and as a part of that overhaul the safety tech has been improved in both models. In a rundown compiled by Jim Travers of Cars.com, it’s pretty evident that these heavy hitters are almost neck and neck in this department, with each boasting useful features like:

  • Forward collision warning with emergency braking
  • A standard backup camera
  • Adaptive cruise control
  • Cross-traffic alert and blind spot warning
  • Lane departure warning with lane keep assist

However, the 2018 Camry breaks parity and rises above the competition by also also offering up a one-year subscription to Toyota Safety Connect; a service that gives drivers access to additional features that can make all the difference in the event of a collision or some other kind of accident.

“All Camry trims include 10 airbags and a one-year subscription to Toyota Safety Connect, with emergency crash notification, roadside assistance, remote locking and unlocking, and a stolen vehicle locator.”
- Jim Travers, Cars.com

Comparing Specs and Fuel Economy

Both the 2018 Camry and Accord sedans boast specs impressive enough to pique any gearhead’s interest. Motortrend’s Zach Gale put together a comprehensive spec comparison that makes it evident just why the Camry and the Accord are such popular rivals – and why the 2018 Camry is poised to continue Toyota's tradition of offering Westbury drivers more bang for their buck than the competition in regard to power, performance, and efficiency.

The 2.5 liter (L) I-4 base engine for the 2018 Camry puts out 203 horsepower (hp) at 6,660 revolutions per minute (rpm) in most model trims, and also gives drivers 184 pound-feet (lb-ft) of torque. In comparison, the 2018 Accord gives 193 hp at 5,500 rpm with a 1.5 L supercharged I-4 engine. These kinds of specs are impressive for midsize sedans, and if you’re the kind of person who likes knowing that there’s power under the hood, the extra oomph that the 2018 Toyota Camry provides over this rival should be right up your alley.

Fuel economy is another prime concern for virtually all of Long Island's drivers, and it’s a factor that we take pretty seriously here at Westbury Toyota. As Andrew Krok of CNET's Roadshow blog reports, the fuel economy estimates for the 2018 Honda Accord unfortunately aren't out yet. However the estimates for the 2018 Toyota Camry are, and with 28 miles per gallon (mpg) for highway driving, 39 mpg in the city, and 32 mpg combined, it's safe to say that Honda will be hard pressed to match (let alone beat) this type of efficiency – especially once you realize that the standard 2017 edition of the Accord could only muster up 27 mpg in the city and 36 mpg via highway driving during its production cycle.

The Best Fit for You

Picking a car isn’t as easy as pointing at the one that looks the best; it’s a matter of convenience and your own personal preferences. It’s also a matter of affordability, and that’s often the factor that’s most important to people. Affordability isn’t just the overall cost of the car – it also takes into account fuel economy and the amount of safety/technology features you get for the price you pay.

From this perspective, there's really only one conclusion that you can draw when comparing the 2018 Honda Accord to the upcoming 2018 Toyota Camry: If you want to maximize your time spent on the roads of Westbury and the rest of Long Island, then it's time to step beyond lesser options and embrace all that the 2018 Toyota Camry has to offer to discerning drivers.

Naturally, it’s safe to say that at Westbury Toyota we’re a little biased when it comes to comparing Toyota to other brands. Even so, the numbers and the early reviews we've covered here with you say more than enough about just what a great car the 2018 Toyota Camry is going to be, and why now is the time to connect with our team of trusted experts to see how you can drive home in one of your own!

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