Honda Accord Hybrid vs. Toyota Camry Hybrid

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After graduating from GMI with a bunch of other car geeks, Matt Pilgrim spent time in many areas of the auto industry - manufacturing, durability testing of prototypes, and collaborating with stylists to engineer exterior components for cars such as the NSX. Turning his attention to journalism, he brings together his engineering background and passion for cars and has written for several automotive publications and sites, including The Car Connection and his own site, Pilgrim Motor Press.


, Automotive Editor - October 3, 2023
2023 Honda Accord Hybrid

The Honda Accord Hybrid versus the Toyota Camry Hybrid is an important battle among the two remaining stalwarts of the sedan segment. They differ only slightly from their respective gasoline-only models, besides the obvious powertrain.

However, Honda offers the top-tier Touring trim only in hybrid form - providing some insight as to the future of the Accord - while the Camry with the V6 is the model that receives the most premium equipment. We might see a similar shift from Toyota as the current Camry is nearing its due date for a redesign.

The Accord recently saw its redesign in 2023 which brought about worthwhile updates to its hybrid system. Despite their off-set cadence, the two models rightfully resonate with the same buyers. Let’s take a look at how they compare across the core categories and see which one is better.

Honda Accord Hybrid vs. Toyota Camry Hybrid Price

2023 Toyota Camry Hybrid

The 2024 Honda Accord Hybrid is priced from $33,290 to $39,285 for the most premium trim. The 2024 Toyota Camry Hybrid starts at a lower price ($29,950) and goes up to $35,390 for the fully equipped version. The Honda Accord’s refreshed design is seeing high demand as it results in dealer markups while the Camry is getting ready for its next generation sometime next year.

Honda Accord Hybrid vs. Toyota Camry Hybrid Fuel Economy

2024 Toyota Camry Hybrid Engine

The Accord Sport trims earn an EPA-estimated 44 miles per gallon combined and at today’s price per gallon of gas, is projected to save about $500 over the gas-only powertrain. The most efficient Accord trim, the EX-L achieves 48 MPG combined, enough for about $100 annually.

The well-equipped Camry Hybrid trims achieve 46 MPG ($50 saved over the Accord’s Sport trims) and the base Toyota trim, LE, serves up a 52 MPG rating - worth about $150 in savings over the more expensive trims.

Honda Accord Hybrid vs. Toyota Camry Hybrid Size

2023 Honda Accord Hybrid Interior

The new Honda Accord is longer than its previous generation and now stretches four inches longer than the Camry. Its 196-inch length promotes a spacious cabin where rear passengers are afforded 40.8 inches of legroom and opens up 16.7 cubic feet of trunk space.

The Camry’s 192-inch length isn’t too far off and while it’s 38-inch rear legroom measurement is a little shy of the Honda, its 38 inches of rear headroom is marginally better. The Camry’s trunk measures 15.1 cubic feet.

Honda Accord Hybrid vs. Toyota Camry Hybrid Specs

The Honda Accord Hybrid’s powertrain is the latest and greatest system from Honda with a 2.0-liter naturally-aspirated engine, a special transmission, and an electric motor that serves as the primary motivating mechanism.

Essentially, it combines the efficiency of a continuously variable transmission - what the Camry Hybrid uses - without the aural unpleasantness of an engine working at a constant speed for an extended period of time.

Toyota’s 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine and motor team up to generate 208 horsepower and 163 pound-feet of torque which leaves a notable gap to the Accord Hybrid’s 204 horsepower and 247 pound-feet of torque output.

Honda Accord Hybrid vs. Toyota Camry Hybrid Safety

The Honda Accord Hybrid and Toyota Camry Hybrid are well equipped in terms of standard active safety equipment with automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection, adaptive cruise control, lane keep assist, automatic high beam assist, and road sign recognition. Blind-spot monitoring is standard on the Accord Hybrid and included on the mid-level trims of the Camry Hybrid.

Honda Accord Hybrid vs. Toyota Camry Hybrid Technology

2023 Toyota Camry Hybrid Dashboard

The Camry Hybrid starts off with a seven-inch infotainment touchscreen and grows it to nine inches on the more premium trims. That pales in size to the Accord Hybrid’s 12.3-inch touchscreen which is standard across the board. Both Hybrids include Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, Amazon Alexa, SiriusXM, multiple USB ports, and Bluetooth while offering premium sound systems in the form of a nine-speaker JBL stereo in the Camry and a 12-speaker Bose unit in the Accord Hybrid.

Hybrid Accord vs. Hybrid Camry: Which Is Better?

The Honda Accord Hybrid is notably more expensive than the Toyota Camry Hybrid, however, the Accord Hybrid presents an undeniably more refined hybrid powertrain and its interior feels far more modern.

If your priorities are strictly fuel efficiency and base price, the Camry Hybrid presents the better specifications, however, the Accord provides far more value - some being measurably better with its roominess and power output, however, most of the Accord Hybrid’s allure lies within the details of how it transmits power to the ground, the materials used throughout the interior, and the newer exterior appearance.

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, Automotive Editor

After graduating from GMI with a bunch of other car geeks, Matt Pilgrim spent time in many areas of the auto industry - manufacturing, durability testing of prototypes, and collaborating with stylists to engineer exterior components for cars such as the NSX. Turning his attention to journalism, he brings together his engineering background and passion for cars and has written for several automotive publications and sites, including The Car Connection and his own site, Pilgrim Motor Press.


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