Honda seems to be in an aggressive mood for the Indian market this year, after launching BR-V followed by Amaze and Brio facelifts; the Japanese Giant shifted its focus to Accord which is brand’s full fledge premium offering. The sedan was there for three generations till 2013 before Honda pull the plug off it owing to poor sales and no diesel engine. But Accord is back in India with hybrid heart to pull off some premium plugs and it is tailor made to take on its Japanese counterpart Toyota Camry hybrid. This technology has come a long way since Civic Hybrid was launched so without further ado let’s pit both against each other:-
Honda has brought Accord hybrid via CBU route at Rs. 37 lakh (ex-showroom Delhi) which unfortunately won’t be getting the FAME benefits. As a result, it makes new Accord more expensive than Camry Hybrid which is available for Rs. 30.9 lakh (ex-showroom Delhi).
Let’s start with segment leader Camry hybrid first which is powered by a 2.5 liter VVT-I Petrol engine develops 158bhp power and 213Nm of torque while 6.5 Ah nickel metal hybrid battery powered electric motor is good for 141bhp and 270Nm of peak torque. The combined of both stands at 203bhp and 223Nm torque, paired to an E-CVT transmission.
On the contrary, Honda Accord Hybrid comes with smaller displacement 2.0 litre petrol naturally aspirated petrol engine that delivers 145bhp and 175Nm torque. Honda scores more in electric motor segment with 1.3Kw/lithium battery which belts out 184bhp of max power and 315Nm of torque. The overall output stands at 212bhp which 9bhp more than Camry.
The transmission duty is held by an E-CVT gearbox. In the fuel efficiency segment, Accord hybrid with 23.1 Kmpl mileage wins with both hands down against Toyota Camry’s 19.6 Kmpl. Both cars come with number of driving modes, Camry has two- EV and Eco while Accord has three-hybrid drive, EV and engine drive mode.
Space and Dimensions:
When you at new Honda Accord hybrid it seems to have shrunken a bit but still it manage to outshines Camry. At tape, new Accord is 4933mm long, 1849mm wide, 1464mm wide and rides on the wheelbase of 2776mm. Whereas Camry Hybrid measures 4850mm in length, 1825mm in width, 1480mm in height and sits on the wheelbase of 2775mm.
|Basis||Honda Accord Hybrid||Toyota Camry Hybrid|
|Fuel tank capacity||60 liters||65 liters|
|Kerb Weight||1620 kgs||1635 kgs|
Toyota Camry flaunts slimmer front chrome grille flanked by LED headlamps with daytime running lights, jewel shaped fog lamps, massive front air dam with chrome strips to add premium touch. Besides front, you find lots of chrome all around Camry like on door handles, rear bumper. Whereas new Accord looks typical Honda thanks to chunky front grille flanked by all LED headlamps with daytime running lights, LED fog lamps, 18 inch alloy wheels, sharper body lines, revised rear bumper, LED combination tail lamps makes Accord more modern and stylish.
Features and Safety:
Both are flagship sedans for their respective carmakers and come with comfort features to make life easy inside. Honda Accord hybrid sports a 7 inch infotainment system with Apple car play, voice recognition, Android auto, one touch sunroof, electric front seats, dual zone automatic climate control, rain sensing wipers, 7.7 inch instrument cluster display, remote engine start feature, multi view rear view camera and much more. For safety, it is loaded with half a dozen airbags, traction control, ABS with EBD, hill start assist, vehicle stability assist, stability control, brake assist etc.
On the contrary, Toyota Camry has three zone climate control, power sunshade for rear windshield, collapsible headrest for front passengers, power recline rear seat, front seat ventilation system, 2 Din touch screen display, 4.2 inch MID, rear AC vents with temperature control, cup holders with storage, bluetooth telephony with audio streaming, cruise control, rear armrests etc. In terms of safety, it is equipped with seven airbags, ABS with EBD, clearance and back sonar, hill start assist control, impact sensing fuel cut off, brake assist, reverse parking camera with guidelines.