Spec-sheet brawl: Toyota Camry Hybrid vs. Honda Accord

The hybrid’s going up against a purely gasoline-powered rival
by Leandre Grecia | Dec 10, 2021
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Toyota Motor Philippines (TMP) has once again injected life into its lineup with the launch of another hybrid: the new Camry. The midsize sedan not only brings new electric power to TMP’s stable, but it now becomes the lone variant available in our market.

With the arrival of the updated Camry, a lot of people are now looking at the Accord—its direct rival—and wondering how the Honda will stack up against the newer (and now greener) Toyota. To settle the score on paper, we’ve come up with another spec-sheet comparo featuring these two upmarket sedans.

Let’s go straight to the engine, because this is where we’ll see big differences. The Camry is powered by a 2.5-liter gasoline engine paired with an electric motor that together generate 208hp. The Accord, meanwhile, gets a significantly smaller 1.5-liter turbocharged gasoline mill that churns out 187hp. Fuel consumption might be a big question here, but that would have to wait for a proper Big Test in the future.

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Both vehicles sit on 18-inch alloy wheels shod in similarly sized rubber, and both have leather-clad interiors equipped with all the bells and whistles. The Camry does look like it has a better entertainment setup with its nine-inch infotainment system and nine-speaker JBL sound system. Both cars have Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity on offer.

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Safety features available are also nearly identical, with both having tech like adaptive cruise control and forward-collision warning with automatic emergency braking. The Camry has a slight edge in this department, though, as it has blind-spot monitoring and rear cross-traffic alert features that the Accord lacks.

In terms of pricing, the newer Camry is actually more affordable than the Accord. The former has a P2,335,000 price tag, while the latter has a P2,350,000 SRP. Which of these heavy hitters do you think is the better choice, then? You can check out more specs below, and don’t forget to answer to tell us your pick via the survey that follows.

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Toyota Camry 2.5 V HEV

Honda Accord EL Turbo

Price (Philippine Peso) P2,335,000 P2,350,000
Drive FWD FWD
Seating capacity 5 5
Engine setup 2.5-liter in-line-four gasoline + electric motor 1.5-liter in-line-four turbopetrol
Power (hp) 208 (total system output) 187
Torque (Nm) 221 (ICE only) 260
Transmission e-CVT CVT
Fuel tank capacity (L) 50 56
Brakes (front/rear) ventilated/solid discs ventilated/solid discs
Wheels 18-inch alloys 18-inch alloys
Tires 235/45 R18 235/45 R18
Front suspension MacPherson strut MacPherson strut
Rear suspension Double wishbone Multilink
Seat material leather leather
Tilt/Telescopic steering wheel adjustment Power adjustment + memory yes/yes
Paddle shifters no yes
Infotainment system 9-inch touchscreen, 9-speaker JBL setup 8-inch touchscreen, 8-speaker steup
Apple CarPlay/Android Auto yes/yes yes/yes
Smart keyless entry yes yes
Push-to-start ignition yes yes
Remote start no no
Parking brake electronic electronic
Automatic climate control yes (three-zone) yes (dual-zone)
ABS w/ electronic brakeforce distribution yes yes
Hill-start assist yes yes
Electronic stability control yes yes
Cruise control adaptive adaptive
Blind-spot monitoring yes no
Forward-collision alert yes yes
Automatic emergency braking yes yes
Rear cross-traffic alert yes no
Parking assist 360-degree-view monitor with clearance sonars reversing camera with clearance sonars
Airbags 7 6
Dimensions (mm) 4,885 x 1,840 x 1,445 4,901 x 1,862 x 1,450
Wheelbase (mm) 2,825 2,830

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