2014 Honda Accord Safety vs. the 2014 Toyota Camry Safety

2014 Honda Accord
2014 Toyota Camry

A vehicle can have every gadget under the sun and a beautiful design, but that can easily be nullified by mediocre safety features and ratings. With the 2014 Honda Accord, you get the whole package. This is definitely a midsize sedan with a reputation for safety. Mechanicstown families considering the Accord are likely also thinking about the 2014 Toyota Camry. To see which is the safest for you and your loved ones, all of us at Middletown Honda have compared the features and safety ratings of both models.

Standard Safety Features

Rearview CameraThanks to government regulations, most vehicles will have a certain number of safety features like anti-lock brakes, stability and traction control, and a number of airbags. In this regard, the Toyota Camry and Honda Accord are reasonably matched.

The biggest difference between the two models is the 2014 Honda Accord gives you a rearview camera as a standard feature while the 2014 Toyota Camry does not. While the NHTSA recently mandated all vehicles should have a standard rearview camera, the ruling won’t take affect for a couple of years. A rearview camera helps to prevent accidents while backing up, and it makes parking a lot safer. For that reason, it’s a feature that gives many customers at Middletown Honda tremendous peace of mind.

Optional Safety Features

As many Mechanicstown drivers already know, safety features are starting to get a lot more advanced than just brakes and airbags. Case in point: the 2014 Accord offers the Honda LaneWatch system, which switches the car’s display screen to a camera view of the side of the car when the turn signal is activated. The 2014 Camry also has a blind-spot detection system, but it lacks a few other available safety features like lane-departure and forward-collision warning systems.

NHTSA Safety Ratings

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, or NHTSA, is a government organization that imposes safety standards on automakers, investigates if a recall is necessary, and performs crash safety testing. They gave both the Camry and Accord five stars for overall protection. The sedans scored four stars for crash protection and five stars for side protection; the 2014 Honda Accord Coupe earned a perfect five stars in all categories.

IIHS Safety Ratings

The IIIHS (Insurance Institute for Highway Safety) tests vehicles to help the insurance industry determine rates. Generally, they tend to be tougher than the NHTSA, and their ratings will directly correspond with how much you have to pay your insurance company.

The 2014 Toyota Camry earned perfect IIHS safety scores scores of “Good” in their moderate-overlap front, side, roof, and head-restraint/seatbelt tests. When the vehicle was first tested, it did earn a failing score of “Poor” in the new small-overlap front crash test. Toyota reengineered the Camry’s front corners and retested the vehicle to earn a better “Acceptable” rating. Models on dealership lots may have received both ratings.

The 2014 Honda Accord had no trouble passing the test with a perfect “Good” rating, along with all of the other IIHS safety tests. By passing with perfect scores and offering an optional front-collision warning system, the 2014 Accord earned the IIHS’s Top Safety Pick+ rating. That’s the crown jewel of safety ratings!

Learn More About Accord Safety at Middletown Honda

If you want a midsize car with comprehensive safety features and high safety ratings, the 2014 Honda Accord is an excellent choice. To learn more, you can contact us online or visit the dealership directly. We’re only a few minutes from Mechanicstown, at 520 Route 211 E. in Middletown, NY.