Honda Accord Hybrid vs. Toyota Camry Hybrid

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The Honda Accord and Toyota Camry are two of the best-selling sedans on the market, so it only makes sense for their respective hybrid variants to be popular, too. Both models build upon their regular, gasoline-powered siblings, but add an extra dose of fuel efficiency into the mix. Toyota arguably introduced the first mass-market hybrid with the Prius and used a similar philosophy of fuel efficiency with the Camry Hybrid. Can Toyota's mid-size champ take down the Accord Hybrid?

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What the Camry Hybrid Gets Right

If you're considering a hybrid, chances are that you're looking to save money on fuel. If that's the case, then the Camry Hybrid is the better option. The Camry Hybrid features a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine that's paired to an electric motor. A continuously variable transmission (CVT) handles the shifting. The combination allows the Camry Hybrid to get up to 51 miles per gallon city, 53 mpg highway, and 52 combined, according to the EPA. The Accord Hybrid can get up to 47/47/47 mpg (city/highway/combined).

Both the Accord Hybrid and Camry Hybrid come with high-tech safety features as standard, but it's Toyota's sedan that comes out on top when it comes to safety. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) named the Camry as a Top Safety Pick Plus, while the Accord missed out on the Plus designation. The same crash tests should carry over for the hybrid models, making the Camry Hybrid the safer vehicle.

What the Accord Hybrid Gets Right

The Accord Hybrid is the more powerful of the two. The Accord Hybrid features a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine with a two-motor setup. The result is 212 horsepower. That's four more hp than the Camry Hybrid's powertrain, which is rated to make 208 hp. The Accord Hybrid is the more affordable choice, as well, with a starting price of $25,995. The Camry Hybrid is $2,875 more with a price tag of $28,870.

Old hybrids forced consumers to compromise on space, but that's not a problem with either of these options. The Accord Hybrid is the more spacious option, though. The sedan has 105.6 cubic feet of passenger volume, which is 5.7 cubic feet more than the Camry Hybrid. The extra passenger volume equates to more front head room, front leg room, and front shoulder room. The Accord Hybrid also has more cargo volume – 16.7 cubic feet versus 15.1 cubic feet in the Camry Hybrid.

How Large of a Role Does Fuel Economy Play?

If saving money on fuel is really what you're looking for, the Camry Hybrid is the clear winner. Its fuel economy figures are much better than the Accord Hybrid's, but it does come at an extra cost. The Accord Hybrid, though, is a better overall option.

Our Verdict: Accord Hybrid

The Toyota Camry Hybrid may get better fuel economy numbers than the Accord Hybrid, but Honda's mid-size sedan is the complete package. It has more space, is more affordable, and can rival some luxury vehicles for comfort. If you're willing to compromise slightly on fuel economy, the Accord Hybrid is the better choice.

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, Automotive Editor

Based out of the Washington, D.C. area, Joel Patel is an automotive journalist that hails from Northern Virginia. His work has been featured on various automotive outlets, including Autoweek, Digital Trends, and Autoblog. When not writing about cars, Joel enjoys trying new foods, wrenching on his car, and watching horror movies. 

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