2014 Accord Hybrid

2014 Honda Accord Hybrid offers more for your dollar than Toyota Camry


The mid size Hybrid sector heats up a bit as we compare Honda Accord to Toyota Camry. While both makes offer a quality product at an attainable price point, when we consider ‘standard’ features and stated mpg, Honda comes out the winner.

The Toyota Camry is arguably the most recognized airport rental car in North America. Known for reasonable cabin, trunk space and entry level price point, companies such as Avis, budget and Hertz love the Camry. Me, not so much so.

You won't find a Honda Civic, CR-Z Hybrid or Fit on the lot. It may be a fleet incentive or price-point issue. I don't know, take it up with American Honda Motors.

While I can appreciate what the base model Camry offers for the price paid, I find the ride and interior noise level to be unacceptable. In the entry “L” trim, the seats are uncomfortable and the engine rev-line noise level for the 4 cylinder CVT is a bit unsettling. None the less Toyota was the #1 auto retailer in North America for 2013. They’re affordable, recognizable and built in America.

And, out of fairness to Toyota, rental car fleets while offering the consumer an opportunity for long term exposure to the product, tend to be cheapened down a bit as to creature comforts and optional accessories. Cloth interiors, cheap seats and 20,000 mile airport maintenance service cycles don’t lend itself to a fair comprehensive review of the product.

In its base non Hybrid trim, the Toyota Camry’s suggested msrp for a bare bones yet very drive-able “L” is $22,425. A base model Accord LX will set you back a bit less at $21,955.. But, in looking closely at the “standard” features offered at the bottom of the line-up, Honda includes a few more standard features for the $ than Toyota offers. The same holds true when pricing the Hybrid.

One problem I find with Toyota’s “build your car” online shopping tool is that I find it to be a bit less than transparent.

When reviewing the Toyota consumer sales tool, it appears that Toyota utilizes a ‘cost plus’ approach to automotive marketing and sales. This approach is absolutely to the benefit of the Dealer. While Toyota offers a very reliable and largely trouble-free driving and ownership experience, they leave it up to the buyer to dig through menial options, and then add them to the shopping cart to generate the final “ estimated” sale price while paring the buyer with a dealer of choice.

In comparing the top of the line Toyota Camry Hybrid XLE with a base msrp of $28,625 to a comparable Accord with an msrp of $29,155., we find that the base model Accord offers as much as the top of the line Camry for about $600 more then the entry level Toyota.

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2104 is a long time from now. But really, Camry is also a taxi favorite and the common reason, right size with the highest reliability.
Thanks for the typo correction.. I'll look for it... I know it's reliable, but so is the Honda. Can you reflect on your own personal experience with the car? Thanks..
"both makers have married a small displacement Atkinson Cycle 4 cylinder gasoline fueled motor to an E- CVT transmission" It's my understanding that the Accord Hybrid does not have a CVT transmission, but rather a utility that transfers output of the gas motor to the driving wheels only at highway speeds and only at a single ratio, essentially making it a one-speed transmission. The rest of the time when it's running it's restocking battery power.
You've described the function of an electronic constant variable transmission as applied to the Accord Hybrid. Thanks.

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