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Honda Accord VTi-L vs Toyota Camry Hybrid HL


Honda Accord VTi-L and Toyota Camry Hybrid HL go head-to-head in this comparative review.
 

value

Honda Accord VTi-L

From $41,490

The Accord range-topper has leather-wrapped steering wheel (with a raft of control buttons), two screens, seven-speaker Bluetooth and USB equipped audio, satnav, keyless entry and ignition, power/heated front seats, 18-inch alloy wheels and full-size spare.

Toyota Camry Hybrid HL

From $41,490

The HL gets power seats, dual-zone climate control, keyless entry and ignition, reversing camera and rear parking sensors, 17-inch alloy wheels (and full-size spare), fog lights, leather-wrapped steering wheel with controls for phone and 10-speaker digital sound and power rear-window shade.

technology

Honda Accord VTi-L

Propelled by a new 2.4-litre i-VTEC alloy engine (129kW/225Nm ), the Accord claims 8.1L/100km (previous model, 8.7L). Honda retains the five-speed automatic. Active engine mounts reduce vibration and active noise cancelling cuts low-end drivetrain noise.

Toyota Camry Hybrid HL

The petrol-electric drivetrain packs a punch without drinking heavily. It goes about metro mundanities with minimal fuss. The 2.5-litre four-cylinder (118kW/213Nm) teams up with electric motor (105kW/270Nm), which under battery power alone covers short distances at low speed.

design

Honda Accord VTi-L

Styling is not polarising, nor is it unattractive. The interior continues the low-key theme, with quality feel and good cabin space for four adults plus baggage. Boot space is a claimed 457L (a Commodore has 496L, petrol-only Camry 515L). The Honda has folding rear seat backs for flexible lugging.

Toyota Camry Hybrid HL

No more whitegoods on wheels, said Toyota, but it's a slow process. The Camry is getting better looking but the real gains are in cabin and boot space, although the latter yields a little to electric gear. Longer, wider, taller and heavier, the Camry has room for a family of four and gear to the tune of 421L.

safety

Honda Accord VTi-L

Only four ANCAP stars but it has six airbags, trailer sway control, automatic adaptive LED headlights (with auto high beam). Add front and rear parking sensors and blind spot monitor. Cameras enable multi-view from rear and, from left-hand mirror, an 80-degree view.

Toyota Camry Hybrid HL

ANCAP awards the Camry five stars thanks to seven airbags (dual front, side, full-length curtain and driver's knee), seat belt reminder for all occupants, stability and traction control and ABS. There's also a blind spot monitor and auto-dipping high beam.

driving

Honda Accord VTi-L

It's a calm and relaxed journey, with a comfortable cabin, decent ride quality and non-taxing drive. The little four is smooth and willing but is a little light-on for torque when teamed with only a five-speed auto. It works well through the bends, too, although steering is light.

Toyota Camry Hybrid HL

Thanks to electric components at the rear, the hybrid Camry has a balanced feel. Motive outputs are smooth, linear and ample, endowing effortless pace. The lack of decent towing capacity is a minus — it's just 300kg. It's a quiet conveyor of families that's not as mundane as its ancestors.

Verdict

Honda Accord VTi-L

Toyota Camry Hybrid HL

Both are competent carriages, well-equipped and safe. If you're shopping in the top end of the medium bracket, only the Camry's substandard towing capacity could elevate the Honda.