Hybrid vehicles are everywhere lately, but instead of the boxy, slowpokes of the past, today’s hybrid’s are sleek, powerful and full of features. With so many great options out there, how do you choose the right hybrid for you? We start with two powerhouses in the world of fuel-efficient vehicles: Toyota and Honda. Toyota, as you know, brought us the Prius, the first mass-marketed hybrid electric vehicle. Honda, you know as your trusted brand for safety, reliability and fuel economy. Let’s see how they stack up in 2020.
When conducting a hybrid comparison to determine the right vehicle for your needs, looks, price, gas mileage and features are what you’ll want to consider. While looks and features are subjective based on each individual’s interests, price and gas mileage are hard facts. So let’s start there.
There’s no doubting that both the 2020 Honda Accord Hybrid and the 2020 Toyota Camry Hybrid get great gas mileage. The Camry Hybrid comes in at 52 mpg combined (51 city/53 highway) on the base LE trim but drops to 46 mpg combined (44 city/47 highway) on the SE and XLE trims*. The Accord Hybrid boasts 48 mpg combined (48 city/47 highway) across the board.**
The 2020 Honda Accord Hybrid starts with a lower base price at $25,870, while the 2020 Toyota Camry Hybrid LE starts at $28,430. Both models offer several trims which creep up the price: Honda Accord Hybrid EX starts at $28,070, the Hybrid EX-L at $30,570 and the top tier Hybrid Touring at $36,400. The Toyota Camry Hybrid SE starts at $31,130 and the top-tier Hybrid XLE at $32,730. While the Honda Accord Hybrid starts lower, it has the highest premium price. But what do you get at each price level?
For 2020, both the Honda and Camry come with some pretty great standard features including:
- Dual-zone climate control
- Adaptive cruise control
- Bluetooth and hands-free phone
- Rearview camera
- 7-inch touchscreen
- Lane-keeping assist
- Pre-collision braking
- Hillstart assist
- 60/40 split-folding rear setback
Here’s what you’ll get on the base Camry Hybrid that you won’t find on the base Accord Hybrid:
- Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto™ standard
- Three USB ports
- In-car Wi-Fi®
- 6-speaker audio system
- Eight-way power driver’s seat
- The Honda Accord Hybrid standard features do include:
- 17-inch machine-finished alloy wheels
- Traffic-sign recognition
- Honda Sensing safety system
- Eco Assist system
While you’ll get more features in the base Camry Hybrid, the Accord Hybrid offers more standard features in the higher trims, including:
EX – all previous features, plus:
- Power moonroof
- Heated front seats
- Blind-spot monitoring
- Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto™ integration
- 12-way power driver’s seat
- Remote engine start
- 8-inch touchscreen
EX-L – all previous features, plus:
- Leather-trimmed interior
- 10 speaker, 450-watt premium audio system
- Power-adjustable front passenger seat
- Auto-dimming rearview mirror
- Touring – all previous features, plus:
- Head-up display
- Ventilated front seats
- Wireless phone charger
- Wi-Fi hotspot capability
- Heated rear outboard seats
- Ambient interior lighting
- Rain-sensing windshield wipers
The Toyota Camry Hybrid XLE does offer a 10-speaker JBL premium audio system, but you’ll have to pay extra on any trim for a moonroof, Navigation system and even for things like an overhead console and illuminated vanity mirrors, which come standard on the base Honda Accord Hybrid.
If you’re still uncertain, there is of course, how each car looks. Overall, the Honda Accord Hybrid has clean lines and refined looks geared toward those interested in driving a premium vehicle. Whereas, the Toyota Camry Hybrid has a sportier look with strong lines, pointed nose and a two-tone roof option. The Accord Hybrid offers a host of add-ons and modifications including spoilers, lips as well as a Fashion Accent package with 19-inch alloy wheels, sport grille, chrome fender emblems in either bronze, chrome or black accents.
Finally, the source of their power, the hybrid engines. The Camry Hybrid utilizes a more traditional system with a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine and an electric motor paired with an electronic CVT, giving it 208 horsepower and going 0-60 in 7.5 seconds. The Accord Hybrid uses a more modern system that does not require a transmission. It’s 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine and electric motor boast 212 horsepower and more combined torque to go 0-60 in 6.7 seconds. Shaving 0.7 seconds off of the Camry’s quickest time.
If price is your main motivator, the base 2020 Honda Accord Hybrid is your car. Even the next trim, the Accord Hybrid EX still costs less than the base Toyota Camry Hybrid LE and offers comparable features. With better overall fuel-efficiency, upscale looks, more customization options and plenty of standard safety features, the 2020 Honda Accord Hybrid really just checks all of the boxes.
You can explore all of the options available on the 2020 Honda Accord Hybrid on the Dublin Honda website. Speak with our knowledgeable staff to learn more about modifications and to learn more about each feature. Or just swing by Dublin Honda in Dublin, California to take one for a spin and experience how good it feels to drive a comfortable, eco-friendly, sharp-looking hybrid vehicle that handles like a dream. Or conduct your own hybrid comparison with the many Honda hybrid vehicle options we have available at Dublin Honda!
*2020 EPA-estimated mileage. Actual mileage will vary.
**48 city/47highway/48 combined mpg rating for hybrid trims. Based on 2020 EPA mileage ratings. Use for comparison purposes only. Your mileage will vary depending on how you drive and maintain your vehicle, driving conditions, battery-pack age/condition and other factors.