Toyota has kick-started 2019 on a positive note with the launch of the eighth-generation Camry in India. Launched at an introductory price of Rs 36.95 lakhs, the premium sedan competes against the likes of the Honda Accord which is priced at Rs 44.29 lakhs in India. The new Camry is based on the TNGA platform along with a new cabin and a host of new features. Here below are the key differences between the two popular premium sedans in the country.
Under the hood, the Camry is powered by a 2.5-litre hybrid-petrol powertrain that produces a combined power output of 215bhp and 221Nm of torque. The engine comes mated to a six-speed CVT transmission and the power is sent to the front wheels. The Accord Hybrid features not one but two sources of propulsion. One is the two-litre, i-VTEC four-cylinder engine and the other one is a dual electric motor set-up. All combine to deliver a peak power output of 215bhp and 315Nm of torque right from the word go. Honda calls its hybrid system as the Intelligent Multi-Mode Drive (i-MMD).
The Camry has a longer wheelbase, 49mm longer, to be precise, over the Accord. However, the Accord from Honda takes a lead in terms of length, width and height by an additional 48mm, 9mm and 9mm, respectively. The Camry gets an all-black interior with ambient lighting and a nine-speaker JBL music system. As for features, the vehicle comes with memory function for driver’s seat, three-zone climate control, a leather-wrapped steering wheel with audio controls, cruise control and wireless charging. The centre console is highlighted by a new eight-inch touchscreen system. The Accord, on the other hand, gets a seven-inch touchscreen infotainment system with Android Auto/Apple CarPlay, GPS, keyless entry, sunroof and electrically adjustable driver and front passenger seats. The Accord moves a step ahead with the Honda’s LaneWatch, a camera-based system which enhances driver’s view of side traffic. Using a camera on the passenger-side mirror, the driver can have a live feed on the infotainment screen, of the traffic or pedestrians in the car’s blind spot.
Both the premium sedans are offered with standard modern safety equipment such as ABS with EBD, ISOFIX child seat anchors, vehicle stability program, traction control, hill hold assist and rear parking sensors. The Camry, however, gets nine airbags and a tyre pressure monitoring system while the Accord is offered with six airbags, front parking sensors and Honda’s lane watch system.