2021 Honda Accord vs. 2021 Toyota Camry Comparison

Erin Riches-Wong | Mar 30, 2021

Few car rivalries are bigger than Honda Accord versus Toyota Camry. Even if you never research cars, you know of the Accord and Camry. And you almost certainly know someone who has owned one or both.

There is good reason for this. These midsize sedans are among the top-selling passenger cars of all time. The Honda Accord leads all midsize cars in retail sales to everyday consumers. And the Accord and Camry rank first and second in their class for resale value. 

As you'll see in this 2021 Honda Accord vs. 2021 Toyota Camry comparison, their popularity is largely justified. They come with a variety of engines, including fuel-efficient hybrid versions (as seen in the photos). They have excellent safety ratings and offer most of the driver assistance aids and in-car technologies you're likely to have on your wish list.

In this comparison, we present these midsize sedans in detail so you can spot the differences that matter to you.

Price and Value

2021 Honda Accord Hybrid Touring Red Front View

2021 Honda Accord Hybrid Touring

Consumers looking at the 2021 Honda Accord will find that it ranges in price from $24,970 to $36,900, not including a $995 destination charge. You can have this midsize sedan in LX, Sport, Sport SE, EX-L, Sport 2.0T, and Touring trim levels.

Honda offers two different turbocharged 4-cylinder engines on the Accord. The Sport 2.0T and Touring have the bigger of the two. A third engine is available via the 2021 Accord Hybrid, which ranges in price from $26,570 to $36,440. It comes in base, EX, EX-L, and Touring trims.

All 2021 Accords come with a version of HondaLink connected services, but the most useful features are limited to the Touring trims.

If you have an Accord LX or base Accord Hybrid, you can use the HondaLink app to schedule service appointments, summon roadside assistance (during the warranty coverage period), and get recall notifications.

Stepping up to the Accord Sport and Accord Hybrid EX unlocks more functionality. You can use the app to check mileage and fuel level. You'll also get notifications if a warning light is triggered, or your Accord needs maintenance. If your car has factory navigation, you can use the app to send favorite locations and destinations to the nav system.

Choosing the Accord Touring or Accord Hybrid Touring unlocks good stuff like automatic collision notification, live emergency assistance, and rapid access to roadside service. These are all complimentary for the first year of ownership.

Other features are free for the first 3 months that you own a 2021 Honda Accord. This list includes remote door locking and engine start, anti-theft alarm notifications, geofencing (allowing you to set limits for inexperienced drivers), a stolen vehicle locator, a locator feature to help you find your way back to your midsize Honda in large parking garages, Amazon in-vehicle package delivery, and an Amazon Alexa skill that allows you to send commands to your Accord. You also get 24-hour live concierge services.

Only the Touring trims have a Wi-Fi hotspot. They come with a 3-month trial subscription that allows you to use up to 3 GB of data.

There's no complimentary scheduled maintenance plan for the 2021 Honda Accord. Instead, Honda sells prepaid maintenance plans.

Accord resale value is legendary, and indeed, the current model was the top-ranked midsize car in the J.D. Power 2020 U.S. Resale Value Awards.

If you're shopping for a 2021 Toyota Camry, you'll note a price range of $24,970 to $35,545, not including a $995 destination charge. You can have your Camry in LE, SE, SE Nightshade, XLE, XSE, and TRD trim levels. All trim levels have a standard 4-cylinder engine, except the TRD, which comes only with a V6 engine. The V6 is optional on the XLE and XSE.

Another option on most 2021 Camrys is all-wheel drive. It's available only on 4-cylinder models and adds $1,400 to the bottom line.

Take note that you cannot get AWD with the V6 engine, or on the 2021 Toyota Camry Hybrid. The hybrid Camry ranges in price from $27,270 to $32,720.

Access to connected services is more widespread across the 2021 Toyota Camry lineup, though Amazon won't deliver packages to your car. Every Camry comes with a free year of Safety Connect, which provides automatic collision notification and quick access to emergency responders. You also get a 3-month free trial for the built-in Wi-Fi (2 GB data limit).

Optional on the lower trims and standard starting on the XLE is a 1-year subscription to Remote Connect, which allows to you to lock the doors, start the engine, and track down your Camry in a crowded parking facility. You also get a 10-year subscription to Service Connect, which makes it easier to stay on top of maintenance and safety recalls. 

On the higher trim levels, you can get Destination Assist, a 24-hour concierge service. It's packaged with the optional factory navigation system.

Toyota provides complimentary scheduled maintenance for the first two years or 25,000 miles that you own your Camry. 

The Camry is also known for its strong resale value. It ranked second (right behind the Accord) among midsize cars in the J.D. Power 2020 U.S. Resale Value Awards.

Advantage: Neither. The Accord edged out the Camry for the resale value crown, but you might prefer the Toyota if complimentary scheduled maintenance and access to useful connected services at a low price point are priorities.

Reliability and Quality

2021 Toyota Camry Hybrid XSE Silver Front View

2021 Toyota Camry Hybrid XSE

The Honda Accord did not rank in either the J.D. Power 2021 Vehicle Dependability Study or the 2020 Initial Quality Study. The Accord comes with the following warranty and roadside assistance coverage:

  • Standard warranty: 3 years or 36,000 miles
  • Powertrain warranty: 5 years or 60,000 miles
  • Hybrid system warranty: 8 years or 100,000 miles
  • Hybrid battery warranty: 8 years or 100,000 miles (10 years or 150,000 miles in California emissions states)
  • Roadside assistance: 3 years or 36,000 miles

The Toyota Camry also did not rank in the 2021 Vehicle Dependability Study or 2020 Initial Quality Study. The Camry comes with the following warranty and roadside assistance coverage:

  • Standard warranty: 3 years or 36,000 miles
  • Powertrain warranty: 5 years or 60,000 miles
  • Hybrid system warranty: 8 years or 100,000 miles
  • Hybrid battery warranty: 10 years or 150,000 miles
  • Roadside assistance: 2 years or 25,000 miles

Advantage: Neither. Honda gives you an extra year of roadside assistance coverage, while Toyota provides a 10-year/150,000-mile hybrid battery warranty in all 50 states rather than just California emissions states. 

Performance and Efficiency

2021 Honda Accord Hybrid Touring Interior Dashboard

2021 Honda Accord Hybrid Touring

Most versions of the 2021 Honda Accord come with a turbocharged, 1.5-liter 4-cylinder engine rated at 192 horsepower and 192 pound-feet of torque. A continuously variable transmission (CVT) drives the midsize sedan's front wheels and functions like a regular automatic transmission. The Sport and Sport SE add paddle shifters to access the CVT's simulated manual shift mode.

If you're wanting a bit more, Honda offers a turbocharged, 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine on the Sport 2.0T and Touring trims. This engine makes 252 hp and 273 lb.-ft. of torque. Instead of a CVT, you get a 10-speed automatic transmission. Paddle shifters are standard, as is front-wheel drive.

The Accord Hybrid features a non-turbo 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine, a two-motor hybrid system, and a battery pack. One of the electric motors provides drive power to the hybrid Accord's front wheels, while the starter/generator motor effectively functions as a transmission in the form of an electronic CVT (eCVT).

The hybrid sedan's gas engine is rated at only 143 hp and 129 lb.-ft. of torque, but with the assistance of the electric drive motor, this Accord has a total system horsepower rating of 212 and feels surprisingly quick.

With the base 1.5-liter turbo engine, the 2021 Honda Accord has a 33 mpg fuel economy rating in combined driving (32 mpg in Sport and Sport SE trim). With the turbo 2.0-liter, the Accord's combined fuel economy rating drops to 26 mpg.

The hybrid Accord has an impressive 48 mpg fuel economy rating in combined driving. That number drops to 43 mpg on the Accord Hybrid Touring version, which has 19-inch wheels that favor style over aerodynamic efficiency.

Three engines are also available on the 2021 Toyota Camry. Most buyers will come home in a Camry with the 2.5-liter 4-cylinder engine. It's rated at anywhere from 202 to 206 hp, depending on the trim level. Torque ranges from 182 to 186 lb.-ft.

An 8-speed automatic transmission is standard, and you have a choice between front-wheel drive and AWD. The latter is aimed at consumers wanting extra winter-weather capability.

Next up is the V6 engine. It's optional on the XLE and XSE, and standard on the performance-themed Camry TRD model. This 3.5-liter engine is rated at 301 hp and 267 lb.-ft. of torque. As you'd expect, a V6 Camry feels downright quick. 

Toyota offers the V6 with an 8-speed automatic and front-wheel drive. There's no AWD option.

Finally, there's the Toyota Camry Hybrid, which is similar in concept to the hybrid Accord. It combines a hybrid-specific version of the 2.5-liter 4-cylinder engine rated for 176 hp and 163 lb.-ft. of torque with two electric motors and a battery pack. One of the electric motors drives the front wheels, while the other functions as the eCVT. Total system power is 208 hp.

Fuel economy in combined city and highway driving rates 32 mpg on the front-wheel-drive Camry LE and SE, and 31 mpg on the higher trims. The optional AWD system drops those ratings to 29 mpg and 28 mpg, respectively.

Equipped with the V6 engine, the 2021 Camry rates 26 mpg in combined driving (25 mpg in TRD trim).

The hybrid Camry LE rates an impressive 52 mpg combined, while the more expensive trim levels are rated at 46 mpg combined.

Advantage: Neither. We've found the Accord more enjoyable to drive in our testing, but both Honda and Toyota have built excellent hybrid models and it's tough to overlook the 52 mpg rating on the Camry Hybrid.

Safety and Driving Assistance

2021 Toyota Camry Hybrid XSE Interior Dashboard

2021 Toyota Camry Hybrid XSE

Both the Accord and Camry offer advanced driving assistance systems (ADAS) as standard equipment, but there are a couple differences. 

All versions of the 2021 Honda Accord come with a package of ADAS technology called Honda Sensing. It includes standard adaptive cruise control, a forward collision warning system, automatic emergency braking, lane-departure warning, lane-keeping assistance (known as Road Departure Mitigation), automatic high-beam headlight control, and traffic-sign recognition. Honda Sensing also offers lane-centering assistance, but Honda calls this feature a Lane Keeping Assist System (LKAS), which can be confusing.

With both adaptive cruise control and lane centering, the Accord provides what is known as Level 2 semi-autonomous driving assistance. The adaptive cruise offers stop-and-go capability (which Honda calls Low-Speed Follow) so that it automatically resumes after very brief traffic delays, but you must keep your hands on the steering wheel.

A blind-spot monitoring and rear cross-traffic alert system is standard on the EX-L, Sport 2.0T and Touring trim levels of the regular Accord. On the 2021 Honda Accord Hybrid, all trims except the base version have it as standard.

For 2021, the Accord Touring trims are equipped with low-speed automatic front and rear braking to help you avoid parking mishaps; this is effectively a rear automatic emergency braking system. A rear seat reminder system is standard on higher trim levels but is unavailable on the Accord Hybrid.

The Honda Accord has a 5-star safety rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) for overall crash protection. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) rates the 2021 Accord a Top Safety Pick+, its highest designation for safety.

Every 2021 Toyota Camry comes with Toyota Safety Sense 2.5+ (TSS 2.5+). Its features are very similar to Honda Sensing on the Accord, but the Camry's forward-collision system is more sophisticated. It's able to detect both pedestrians and cyclists in daytime and low-light conditions. In addition, it can warn you and, if necessary, intervene if you're about to make an ill-advised left turn into an oncoming vehicle, pedestrian, or cyclist.

Also, our independent vehicle testing experts have found that TSS 2.5+ works in a smoother, more seamless manner than Honda Sensing.

Blind-spot warning with rear cross-traffic alert is optional on lower trim levels and standard on the XLE trim and up. An enhanced system with rear automatic emergency braking is optional on the XLE and XSE, as is a surround-view camera. A rear-seat reminder system is standard across the board.

Like the Accord, the Camry has a 5-star overall safety rating from the NHTSA. The IIHS also named the 2021 Toyota Camry a Top Safety Pick+ among midsize cars.

Advantage: Toyota Camry

Infotainment and Technology

2021 Honda Accord Hybrid Touring Red Rear View

2021 Honda Accord Hybrid Touring

Even the LX version of the 2021 Honda Accord has enough functionality to satisfy most buyers' basic technology requirements. Standard equipment includes an 8-inch touchscreen infotainment interface, Android Auto and Apple CarPlay integration, two USB inputs, and four audio speakers. 

The Sport upgrades you to an eight-speaker audio system and adds two more USB ports in the backseat.

The EX-L provides wireless integration for Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. It also adds a wireless phone charger, HD radio, a 3-month trial subscription to SiriusXM satellite radio, and a premium 10-speaker audio system. The Sport 2.0T and Accord Hybrid EX have all those upgrades, less the premium audio system.

The Accord Touring and Accord Hybrid Touring have a factory navigation system with Honda HD Digital Traffic. They also have near field communication (NFC) capability to speed up the pairing process for new devices. The Touring trims also have a head-up display.

The base infotainment interface in the 2021 Toyota Camry consists of a 7-inch touchscreen display. Android Auto/ Apple CarPlay integration is included, as are two USB ports, six audio speakers, and a 3-month satellite radio trial.

All trims are eligible for an upgraded 9-inch touchscreen interface as either standard or optional equipment. It's packaged with an upgraded JBL audio system with nine speakers and comes with factory navigation on higher trims. Wireless phone charging is available on most trim levels.

A head-up display is available on the Camry XLE and XSE.

Advantage: Honda Accord

Comfort and Utility

2021 Toyota Camry Hybrid XSE Silver Rear View

2021 Toyota Camry Hybrid XSE

The 2021 Honda Accord LX sedan comes with basics like dual-zone automatic climate control, cloth upholstery, driver’s seat-height adjustment, a tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel, and push-button start. The Sport adds a desirable 12-way power driver’s seat and a leather-wrapped steering wheel.

If you want a smart keyless system that automatically locks and unlocks your Accord as you leave or approach, you'll need to step up to the Sport SE trim level. The Sport SE also adds leather upholstery, heated seats, and a four-way power passenger’s seat. The EX-L provides driver memory settings and an auto-dimming rearview mirror. The Touring adds ventilated front seats and heated rear seats.

Trunk capacity measures an impressive 16.7 cubic feet, even on the Accord Hybrid. The LX has a single-piece folding rear seat-back, but all other trims offer a more useful 60/40 split.

Standard equipment on the 2021 Toyota Camry LE includes manual air-conditioning, cloth upholstery, an eight-way power driver’s seat, and a tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel. Dual-zone climate control with rear-seat air-conditioning vents is optional on the LE, as are heated seats and a smart keyless system.

The SE trims come standard with single-zone automatic climate control sans the rear vents (or you can still get the more deluxe dual-zone system), along with Toyota's SofTex leatherette upholstery.

The XLE adds leather upholstery, an eight-way power passenger’s seat, and ambient interior lighting. Heated and ventilated front seats are optional on the XLE and XSE. A heated steering wheel is optional on most trim levels.

Trunk capacity measures 15.1 cu. ft. in every Toyota Camry, including the hybrid. A 60/40-split folding rear seat is standard on all trim levels, except the TRD, which doesn't offer folding capability for its rear seat.

Advantage: Honda Accord

Learn More About the Honda Accord and Toyota Camry

If you’d like to learn more about these compact sedans, be sure to read our expert reviews of the 2021 Honda Accord and the 2021 Toyota Camry. To find out how people like you rate vehicles in this segment, be sure to check out our ratings from verified vehicle owners.

Also, please keep in mind that while the information in this article was accurate and valid on March 30, 2021, it may have changed since that date. Always confirm product details and availability with the automaker’s website or your local dealership.

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