2014 Honda Accord Vs 2014 Toyota Camry

The Honda Accord and Toyota Camry are like the Boston Red Sox and New York Yankees: both organizations have a mutual respect for one another, but each one looks to be the best every year and will go through the other to be called as such – the best.

For the 2014 model year, Honda and Toyota put their best foot forward to give consumers the best edition of their product. In the 2014 Honda Accord, consumers love the fact that they can purchase a spacious, fuel-minding sedan that offers a wealth of security and entertainment options for a wonderful price. The latest 2014 Toyota Corolla also offers quite a bit of the same, but with some minor differences here and there that offers buyers an alternative to the Accord.

Each model has been touted as the best in its class, but there can be only one at the top. Which of these sedans offers you more for the money, and for your situation? We tell you in our head-to-head Accord vs Camry breakdown below.

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Impressive Standard Offerings

Thanks in part to an advancement in automotive technology and products, the 2014 Honda Accord and 2014 Toyota Camry are very well-stocked standard offerings that give consumers a great value without beefing up the price.

Honda’s latest Accord model offers features like Automatic and Dual-Zone Climate Control, Rearview camera, illuminated vanity mirror, floor mats, automatic on/off headlights, folding mirrors, alloy wheels, and more all standard. The Camry only offers a few of those things without an additional cost, and a few other features like Hill Start Assist and Second Row Head Restraints aren’t even offered on the base model Camry.

While we certainly appreciate the fact that both of these automakers are taking the next step to ensuring automotive safety by incorporating standard rear backup cameras, the fact remains that the Honda Accord simply offers more base level features than the Camry, something owners on a budget may want to consider. And speaking of folks on a budget…

Analysis Of Cost: Accord Over Camry In Every Area

Buying or leasing a new car may come with some financial restraints, but it doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice quality for cost. The Accord and Camry are two vehicles that demonstrate this.

While both models pricing are competitive with one another, the Accord is the better buy when it comes to direct cost and down the road value.

A base level (manual) 2014 Honda Accord runs at an MSRP of $21,955, compared to the base level Camry (L) MSRP of $22,425, off the mark by a few hundred dollars. Going up similar trim levels shows that the Accord is better priced than the Camry almost entirely along the way.

Digging deeper into the finances, the Accord offers a lower destination charge, lower MSRP, lower comparably equipped price tag, and better residual value than the Corolla.

Another important facet to drivers is the ability to have control over their vehicle’s transmission. If you like manual driving vehicles, the Accord can offer you something the Camry cannot: a stick shift gearbox over paddle shifters.

And while we may have already covered it in our first section, since the Accord is the better equipped model, you’re getting more inside for less out of your pocket with the Accord. It’s something the Camry hasn’t been able to offer its consumers over the Accord model.

Fueling The Beast

Another cost worth looking into is cost of fuel, an important figure that will allow you to better estimate your incurred cost of driving your new sedan. Honda’s Accord and Toyota’s Camry are fuel efficient vehicles, but which is better at fuel-sipping?

That would, again, be the 2014 Accord.

Honda’s made their Accord model the leader of the pack when it comes to fuel efficiency, offering owners an EPA-estimated rating of 27 MPG City/36 MPG Highway/30 MPG Combined*. Stacked up against the new Accord, the 2014 Camry only offers a estimated 25 MPG City/35 MPG Highway/28 MPG Combined, off the mark by a few MPG.

Moving up trim levels to each model’s Hybrid edition sees a discrepancy even further in Honda’s favor, with their Hybrid Accord offering 47 MPG in combined driving, with Toyota’s edition only offering 41 MPG combined at best.

Save yourself fuel costs, and a headache by going with the 2014 Honda Accord over the 2014 Toyota Camry.

Technology For Ye

More important than ever before, consumers want a vehicle that continues up-to-date technology trend happening amongst individuals. From Facebook to Pandora, a connected car is now a more attractive car to buyers. Enter the 2014 Honda Accord.

Honda’s newest infotainment system codenamed “HondaLink” keeps you connected to the interactive world, while you do your best to live in the physical world. Apps are just a screen tap away, voice activated commands are even closer – a finger away – thanks to Honda’s steering wheel-mounted bluetooth connectivity, and merely putting your vehicle in reverse will prompt your center stack screen to turn its eyes to the rear. Technology in cars has been around for awhile, but if you didn’t know it, now you will.

Toyota does well to keep its Camry well connected as well through the use of its Entune system. As we mentioned earlier, the Camry also has eyes in the rear thanks to a standard rearview camera, but don’t expect the multitude of available safety functions that the Accord boasts. Foward Collision Warning and Lane Departure Warnings are available through the Honda model, but nothing as useful will be found in the Camry.

Power and Precision Advantages

Power and precision are two very under-appreciated values in a modern sedan. While we agree the typical sedan buyer doesn’t need a supped up 300 HP monster for a daily commute, having more than enough power on demand and the capabilities to handle it are important for the everyday driver.

In a direct head-to-head comparison, the 2014 Honda Accord bests the 2014 Toyota Camry with a higher base model HP rating (185 HP vs 178 HP) and higher torque rating (181 lb-ft of torque vs 170 lb-ft of torque).

As important, if not more, the space inside these two sedans are quite close. However, every cubic foot matters, and when compared with the latest Camry model, the Accord yet again comes out with a victory.

2014 Honda Accord 2014 Toyota Camry
Max. Cargo Volume (cu. ft.) 15.8 15.4
Passenger Volume (cu. ft.) 103.2 102.7
Front Headroom (in.) 39.1 38.8
Width (in.) 72.8 71.7

What The Pros Know That You May Not

Automotive journalists are some of the most informative and helpful people to new car buyers with their reports and articles highlighting features, abilities, likes, dislikes, and much more about a variety of vehicles on the market today.

Naturally, the 2014 Honda Accord and 2014 Toyota Camry are two cars many automotive review sites have taken the time to produce in-depth analysis on. Which vehicle do the professionals recommend?

Kelley Blue Book (KBB.com)

Their choice: 2014 Honda Accord (Rated higher than 2014 Camry)

“After reinventing itself in 2013 with a new design and more efficient powertrains, the 2014 Accord lineup expands with the introduction of two hybrids, a traditional version and another that can be plugged in to run on electricity alone.”

Car and Driver (CarandDriver.com)

Their choice: 2014 Honda Accord (Rated higher than 2014 Camry)

“A regular on our 10Best list (including 2014), the Accord is also one of America’s bestselling cars, capable of being tailored exactly to buyers’ needs.”

The Car Connection (TheCarConnection.com)

Their choice: 2014 Honda Accord (Rated higher than 2014 Camry)

“Edgy design, high-tech equipment, powerful yet efficient engines, and premium interior materials come together to make the 2014 Honda Accord a leader in a tough and competitive segment.”

Cargurus (Cargurus.com)

Their choice: 2014 Honda Accord (Rated higher than 2014 Camry)

“Since it was redesigned for the 2013 model year, the Accord looks premium and upscale, taut and athletic, like the sheet metal is wrapped as tightly as possible around the underlying structure.”

U.S. News & World Report (USNews.com)

Their choice: 2014 Honda Accord (Rated higher than 2014 Camry)
Reviewers report that the 2014 Accord’s interior is constructed with high-quality materials and has a simple, uncluttered design. They say both the front and back seats are spacious, and some reviewers say that the back seats are among the roomiest and most comfortable in the class.

Final Decision: No Sacrifice Needed

There are times in life where you have to sacrifice something for the greater good. That is not the case with the 2014 Honda Accord vs 2014 Toyota Camry. There is no sacrifice needed in choosing the Accord over the Camry. Feature-wise, driving-wise, comfort-wise, and price-wise, there is no compromising with the Accord.

In fact, you can trust us when we say going with the 2014 Honda Accord could be the best “big” purchase you’ll make in a long time.

Be sure to visit our team at Kelly Honda on the Lynnway in Lynn, MA to get even more useful information about the newest Accord, and you can click on the links below to instantly connect to our current Honda Accord inventory listings.

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