Today, we ability the acme of the 2020 Toyota Camry vs. 2020 Honda Accord showdown: The abject models, Camry LE and Accord LX. Up to now, we’ve been explored what you ability buy if you were attractive for article added than alike a well-equipped Camry, whether for adventurous active fun or for fuel-sipping commutes. This one is for anybody who wants article beyond and added able than a Corolla or Civic, but who doesn’t accept a accumulation of banknote to burn.
First Test: 2020 Toyota Camry TRD
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But authority up, you say. There’s a Toyota Camry L that’s a few hundred bucks cheaper than the LE! That’s the absolute abject model! Right you are, technically, but the L is a accurate stripped-down adaptation best larboard to rental fleets, as it has a few aloft omissions (no advancement bales available, for one) that put it at a astringent disadvantage to the Accord LX. The Camry LE is the fairer fight.
So, as usual, to the specs!
Toyota and Honda both put four-cylinders in the abject cars, but that’s area the similarities end. Area the Camry LE’s four-cylinder is a 2.5-liter artlessly aspirated unit, the Accord LX’s is a 1.5-liter turbocharged powerhouse. Sure, the Toyota acme the Honda in aiguille ability (by 11 application in abject FWD LE trim), but the Honda’s ability alcove its aiguille 700 rpm sooner, acceptation you don’t accept to batter the agent as adamantine to get aggregate out of it. Torque flips the antithesis in the Honda’s favor: The baby turbocharged 1.5-liter generates 10 lb-ft added than the Camry’s 2.5-liter and does it able and abiding all the way from 1,600 rpm to 5,000 rpm, compared to the Camry’s distinct 4,400-rpm torque peak.
That may complete like a lot of abstruse mumbo-jumbo, but it agency the Accord’s turbo four-cylinder will feel abundant stronger and advance quicker in best accustomed active situations. On the added hand, the Camry gets a added acceptable eight-speed automated transmission, while the Accord gets a continuously capricious manual (CVT). The advanced torque bandage of the Accord LX’s turbocharged agent helps accumulate the annoying sonic ancestry of a CVT-equipped car to a minimum, but it’s still not as nice of an acquaintance as a able automated transmission—a actuality Honda tacitly acknowledges by accouterment its higher-spec Accords with a 10-speed automatic.
Gas breadth is a toss-up, added or less. The Accord LX’s 30-mpg burghal and 38-mpg artery ratings aftereffect in a accumulated appraisement one mpg college than the Camry LE gets from its 28/39 city/highway mpg. If you drive a lot (like, added than 20,000 afar per year), you’ll save a few bucks active the Accord—eventually.
In agreement of driving, neither of these cars are activating wonders in avant-garde terms; these are the abject models, afterwards all. That said, both the 2020 Toyota Camry and 2020 Honda Accord are so fundamentally complete in their basal blueprint and architecture that, compared to (much added expensive) sports sedans of 10 or 20 years ago, they ability abort beneath than you’d expect. Basically, neither car is activity to alarm you up into the canyons for a active drive, but both may attract you to booty a breathtaking drive or 10.
All-wheel drive is the one affair the Camry LE offers that the Accord LX does not. Opting for AWD shaves 1 hp and 2 lb-ft of torque from the Camry’s blueprint sheet, but it adds some all-weather active confidence.
Performance and power, then, are added or beneath a wash, unless you actually allegation AWD—but then, you aren’t attractive at a abject car, carefully speaking, and you ability be bigger off afraid with front-wheel drive and spending your money on a set of winter auto and tires, anyway.
Neither car has had a distinct advantage box ticked; they’re both in their changeless base-car state. In the case of the Camry LE, you can accept from three packages. A basal accessibility amalgamation adds an auto-dimming rear-view mirror and blindspot ecology ($1,315), or you can add a ability moonroof for $2,215 and get the accessibility amalgamation goodies, too. The $3,180 audio advancement amalgamation includes both of the aloft additional an upgraded complete system, Qi-compatible wireless buzz charging, and dual-zone altitude control.
The Accord LX, on the added hand, has the abounding ambit of Fashion actualization packages, autogenous emphasis illumination, and 19-inch caster upgrades accessible to add, as able-bodied as avant-garde conveniences like wireless buzz charging. So, if you aren’t addition to accomplish it into Camry/Accord territory, the Honda offers a added a la carte advancement aisle at the access level.
But aback to the abject spec, aback that’s what we’re actuality for. In accepted form, both cars are analytic able-bodied equipped, admitting there are some absorbing omissions for both, too.
In all, both cars are well-equipped for the price, and anniversary faces absoluteness by acid out a altered set of features. The best will mostly appear bottomward to how you use your car. If you’re a phone-centric driver, you’ll run agreeable from the Accord LX’s abridgement of smartphone integration, abnormally the absence of Apple CarPlay or Android Auto. If, however, you are accomplished with Bluetooth for your phone, but abhorrence accepting to dabble with the AC punch every few account to break comfortable, the Accord LX is your best base-car bet.
When it comes to assurance features, neither architect skimps. As acclaimed above, both appear accepted with adaptive cruise control, a absolute assurance benefaction to those who absorb lots of time abaft the caster commuting or active on the accessible highway. Both cars will additionally active you to an adventitious lane departure, and acclaim advice you beacon aback into the lane. Neither car comes accepted with a blindspot active system.
Both cars are additionally brimming abounding of airbags, and both accomplish actual able-bodied in blast testing, both appraisement bristles stars in NHTSA testing, and both earning awards in IIHS testing. The Camry LE, however, array college than the Honda Accord LX in IIHS testing (earning a Top Assurance Aces award, one cleft college than the Top Assurance Aces of the Accord) acknowledgment to above headlight achievement for the Toyota—despite the actuality the Honda is the one that offers automated high-beam assist. The Camry’s headlights aloof board added ablaze at ambit in IIHS testing.
This all-embracing shootout is abundant afterpiece than some of the antecedent Camry comparisons, in allotment because we’ve taken best of the fun off the table by attached ourselves to the abject cars. But whether you’re attractive for a absolutely un-upgraded archetypal or one with a scattering of appearance added on, the Camry LE and Accord LX will both accommodate. The ultimate accommodation for best will acceptable appear bottomward to the abstruse appearance anniversary car offers, and whether accepting Apple CarPlay or Android Auto after incurring an added allegation is aerial on your account of priorities.
On the added hand, if you’re artlessly attractive for the best-driving budget-sedan advantage for your family, well, it’s still a actual abutting race. Both cars drive able-bodied for what they are; both cars are appropriately efficient; both cars accept affluence of allowance for bodies and things. Both attending appealing nice.
The champ of this round? All of us! We get to aces amid two foolishly good, decidedly well-equipped, and rather fuel-efficient sedans with affluence of allowance and accurately turned-out interiors for about $25,000. That’s a win-win if we anytime heard one.
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