The Toyota Camry and Honda Accord have been among the most popular cars in America for decades, due in large part to their reliability, practicality, and value. Historically, however, neither model has been a class leader in cabin design or technology, and the Camry had a reputation for being boring to drive. That’s all changed after redesigns for both models in 2018.
With identical overall scores of 9.0 out of 10, the Camry and Accord have been tied atop the midsize car segment for most of the last year. Rivals like the Hyundai Sonata and Nissan Altima trail by a sizeable margin (0.4).
In the 2018 awards season, the Camry was named by U.S. News as the Best Midsize Car for the Money and the Best Midsize Car for Families, while the Accord was a Best Midsize Car for Families finalist. Both models offer an appealing mix of quality, value, space, and family-friendly features, making them frontrunners for more awards in 2019.
Athleticism doesn’t usually come to mind when you think of the Toyota Camry, but recent suspension and steering updates inject some driving fun into the Toyota. Under the hood, the Camry’s base engine has 25 more horsepower than the previous generation, giving you a bit more verve off the line.
Inside, the cabin boasts a stylish design and plenty of premium materials. Features like a pre-collision braking system with pedestrian detection, lane departure warning with steering assist, automatic high beams, and adaptive cruise control come standard, while blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, and rear cross traffic braking are available.
You’ll get plenty of safety tech in the Honda Accord too: Forward collision warning, collision mitigation braking, lane departure warning, lane keep assist, road departure mitigation, and adaptive cruise control come standard. Utility is also a selling point, as the Accord’s trunk can now accommodate 16.7 cubic feet of gear, which is above average for a midsize car.
The Accord comes standard with a punchy 192-horsepower turbocharged engine, and its steering and handling abilities remain among the best in the class, making it one of the more fun-to-drive choices in the segment.
If you’re ready to buy a new midsize car, test driving the Accord and Camry is a great place to start. Take a look at this month’s Honda and Toyota deals pages for the best finance and lease offers on both models. To find the dealer offering the lowest price in your area, use the U.S. News & World Report Best Price Program.