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It’s Not All MPG, 3 Ways New Honda Accord Hybrid Wins Against The Toyota Camry Hybrid

If you are looking to buy a fuel-efficient hybrid, which sedan would you choose between the 2020 Toyota Camry Hybrid and 2020 Honda Accord Hybrid?

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Who makes the best hybrid cars? Some would argue Toyota does and the Toyota Camry is a good example. But what about Honda? We pit the 2020 Toyota Camry Hybrid against the 2020 Honda Accord Hybrid and we think the more popular Honda Accord wins. Here are three reasons why.

It’s easy to compare fuel mileage with the new 2020 Toyota Camry Hybrid versus the Honda Accord Hybrid. Camry wins with an EPA estimated 51/53 city/highway and 52 combined mpg. Honda Accord Hybrid comes in at an EPA estimated 48/48 city/highway and 48 combined mpg. But there’s more than just fuel mileage when you compare these two Japanese rivals.

2020 Honda Accord Hybrid

Take a look at the price. The 2020 Honda Accord Hybrid E-CVT has a starting MSRP of $25,470 and The 2020 Toyota Camry Hybrid LE has a starting price of $28,250. Both models come amply equipped with similar features. Other trims have Honda winning this battle as well. Honda Hybrid EX $27,770, Toyota Hybrid SE $29,950, Honda Hybrid EX-L $30,270, Toyota Hybrid XLE $32,550, For luxury hybrid buyers, Honda offers a Touring trim 2.0T with an MSRP of $36,100.

Do you like to have fun while you drive?

If you want to have a fun ride while you save money you will want the Honda Accord hybrid. The Accord Hybrid’s 2.0-liter engine produces 232 lb.-ft. of torque for a class-leading total system output of 212 horsepower. The unique two-motor system operates without the need for a conventional automatic transmission and was named to the 2019 Wards 10 Best Engines list. With steering wheel paddle shifters you can have fun with this sedan.

2020 Toyota Camry Hybrid

Toyota Camry’s Hybrid 2.5-Liter engine produces a respectable 176 horsepower and but only 163 lb.-ft. of torque for a total hybrid system output of 208 horsepower. Torque is what gets a vehicle moving quickly, and if you have a few passengers, the Honda Accord will be a ride you will want to show off to your friends that a hybrid doesn’t have to be boring.

Riding in Style

Why drive a Toyota Prius when you can ride in style. As the old saying goes, “It's lonely at the top, but you eat better.” When the new 2018 Accord models first arrived, the automotive press had a field day with the 10th generation model’s new looks. But since it’s launch, things have changed.

Accord buyers have voted with their wallets and it’s been a big success. The front end styling has taken the brunt of the jokes, but the sedan’s rear styling looks like a European fastback sports sedan.

2020 Honda Accord Hybrid

Tetsuji Morikawa, project leader for the 2018 Honda Accord model change said in an interview with Kelly Blue Book, the biggest thing they wanted to do with the exterior styling was to emphasize fun to drive, “to go back to the beginning and play up fun to drive.” He goes on to say, “And we thought with a shrinking sedan segment, the people who are going to buy a sedan are people who really want to drive.”

Honda buyers are different from Toyota buyers who tend to be more conservative. The 2020 Honda Accord Hybrid proves you can have a fuel-efficient sedan that’s also a bit edgy in styling and higher on the fun-to-drive meter.

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