2020 Toyota Camry vs. 2019 Acura ILX

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Safety

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For enhanced safety, the front and rear seat shoulder belts of the Toyota Camry have pretensioners to tighten the seatbelts and eliminate dangerous slack in the event of a collision and force limiters to limit the pressure the belts will exert on the passengers. The Acura ILX doesn’t offer pretensioners for the rear seat belts.

The Camry has a standard Secondary Collision Brake, which automatically applies the brakes in the event of a crash to help prevent secondary collisions and prevent further injuries. The ILX doesn’t offer a post collision braking system: in the event of a collision that triggers the airbags, more collisions are possible without the protection of airbags that may have already deployed.

Over 200 people are killed each year when backed over by motor vehicles. The Camry TRD/XLE/XSE offers an optional Rear Cross Traffic Braking that use rear sensors to monitor and automatically apply the brakes to prevent a rear collision. The ILX doesn’t offer backup collision prevention brakes.

The Camry XLE/XSE offers an optional Bird’s Eye View Camera to allow the driver to see objects all around the vehicle on a screen. The ILX only offers a rear monitor.

Both the Camry and the ILX have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front-wheel drive, height-adjustable front shoulder belts, plastic fuel tanks, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, crash mitigating brakes, daytime running lights, lane departure warning systems, rearview cameras, available blind spot warning systems and rear cross-path warning.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration does 35 MPH front crash tests on new vehicles. In this test, results indicate that the Toyota Camry is safer than the Acura ILX:

Camry

ILX

OVERALL STARS

5 Stars

4 Stars

Driver

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

HIC

140

227

Neck Injury Risk

20%

26%

Neck Compression

13 lbs.

56 lbs.

Passenger

STARS

5 Stars

4 Stars

Neck Injury Risk

21%

40%

Neck Stress

136 lbs.

166 lbs.

Leg Forces (l/r)

266/310 lbs.

768/623 lbs.

New test not comparable to pre-2011 test results. More stars = Better. Lower test results = Better.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration does side impact tests on new vehicles. In this test, which crashes the vehicle into a flat barrier at 38.5 MPH and into a post at 20 MPH, results indicate that the Toyota Camry is safer than the Acura ILX:

Camry

ILX

Front Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

HIC

134

234

Chest Movement

.7 inches

.9 inches

Abdominal Force

136 G’s

143 G’s

Hip Force

296 lbs.

487 lbs.

Rear Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

HIC

289

324

Spine Acceleration

48 G’s

64 G’s

Into Pole

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Max Damage Depth

14 inches

14 inches

HIC

164

299

Spine Acceleration

35 G’s

56 G’s

Hip Force

622 lbs.

945 lbs.

New test not comparable to pre-2011 test results. More stars = Better. Lower test results = Better.

For its top level performance in IIHS driver and passenger-side small overlap frontal, moderate overlap frontal, side impact, roof strength and head restraint tests, its standard front crash prevention system, and its headlight’s “Good” rating, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety grants the Camry its highest rating: “Top Pick Plus” for 2019, a rating granted to only 54 vehicles tested by the IIHS. The ILX was last qualified as only a standard “Top Pick” in 2017.

Warranty

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Toyota pays for scheduled maintenance on the Camry for 2 years and 25000 miles. Toyota will pay for oil changes, lubrication and any other required maintenance. Acura doesn’t pay scheduled maintenance for the ILX.

There are almost 5 times as many Toyota dealers as there are Acura dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the Camry’s warranty.

Reliability

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J.D. Power and Associates’ 2019 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Toyota vehicles are better in initial quality than Acura vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Toyota 8th in initial quality, above the industry average. With 20 more problems per 100 vehicles, Acura is ranked 24th, below the industry average.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2019 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Toyota vehicles are more reliable than Acura vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Toyota second in reliability, above the industry average. With 63 more problems per 100 vehicles, Acura is ranked 26th.

From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ December 2018 Auto Issue reports that Toyota vehicles are more reliable than Acura vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Toyota second in reliability. Acura is ranked 13th.

Engine

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The Camry XSE’s standard 2.5 DOHC 4 cyl. produces 5 more horsepower (206 vs. 201) and 6 lbs.-ft. more torque (186 vs. 180) than the ILX’s 2.4 DOHC 4 cyl. The Camry’s optional 3.5 DOHC V6 produces 100 more horsepower (301 vs. 201) and 87 lbs.-ft. more torque (267 vs. 180) than the ILX’s 2.4 DOHC 4 cyl.

Fuel Economy and Range

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On the EPA test cycle the Camry L with its standard engine gets better fuel mileage than the ILX Auto (29 city/41 hwy vs. 24 city/34 hwy).

The Camry L’s standard fuel tank has 1.3 gallons more fuel capacity than the ILX (14.5 vs. 13.2 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups. The Camry LE/SE/XLE/XSE’s standard fuel tank has 2.6 gallons more fuel capacity than the ILX (15.8 vs. 13.2 gallons).

Brakes and Stopping

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For better stopping power the Camry TRD’s front brake rotors are larger than those on the ILX:

Camry TRD

ILX

Front Rotors

12.9 inches

12.3 inches

The Camry stops shorter than the ILX:

Camry

ILX

70 to 0 MPH

175 feet

184 feet

Car and Driver

Tires and Wheels

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For better traction, the Camry SE/XLE’s tires are larger than the largest tires available on the ILX (235/45R18 vs. 225/40R18).

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Camry XSE/TRD has standard 19-inch wheels. The ILX’s largest wheels are only 18-inches.

The Camry has a standard space-saver spare tire so you can replace a flat tire and drive to have the flat repaired or replaced. A spare tire isn’t available on the ILX; it requires you to depend on roadside assistance and your vehicle will have to be towed.

Suspension and Handling

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For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Camry’s wheelbase is 6.1 inches longer than on the ILX (111.2 inches vs. 105.1 inches).

For better handling and stability, the average track (width between the wheels) on the Camry is 3.2 inches wider in the front and 2.7 inches wider in the rear than the track on the ILX.

The Camry’s front to rear weight distribution is more even (59.5% to 40.5%) than the ILX’s (63% to 37%). This gives the Camry more stable handling and braking.

The Camry SE handles at .88 G’s, while the ILX A-SPEC pulls only .83 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

Passenger Space

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Because it has more passenger and cargo room, the EPA rates the Camry a Mid-size car, while the ILX is rated a Compact.

The Camry has 11.1 cubic feet more passenger volume than the ILX (100.4 vs. 89.3).

The Camry has .3 inches more front headroom, 5.1 inches more front hip room, 2.1 inches more front shoulder room, 2.1 inches more rear headroom, 4 inches more rear legroom, 3 inches more rear hip room and 2.1 inches more rear shoulder room than the ILX.

Cargo Capacity

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The Camry has a much larger trunk than the ILX (15.1 vs. 12.4 cubic feet).

A low lift-over trunk design makes loading and unloading the Camry easier. The Camry’s trunk lift-over height is 26.8 inches, while the ILX’s liftover is 28.7 inches.

The Camry LE/SE/XLE/XSE’s standard folding rear seats are split to accommodate bulky cargo. The ILX’s standard single piece folding rear seat is not as flexible; long cargo and a passenger can’t share the rear seat.

Servicing Ease

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The Camry uses gas struts to support the hood for easier service access. The ILX uses a prop rod to support its heavy hood. It takes two hands to open the hood and set the prop rod, the prop rod gets in the way during maintenance and service, and the prop rod could be knocked out, causing the heavy hood to fall on the person maintaining or servicing the car.

Ergonomics

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The Camry XLE/XSE offers an optional heads-up display that projects speed and other key instrumentation readouts in front of the driver’s line of sight, allowing drivers to view information without diverting their eyes from the road. The ILX doesn’t offer a heads-up display.

The power windows standard on both the Camry and the ILX have locks to prevent small children from operating them. When the lock on the Camry is engaged the driver can still operate all of the windows, for instance to close one opened by a child. The ILX prevents the driver from operating the other windows just as it does the other passengers.

The Camry’s front and rear power windows all open or close fully with one touch of the switches, making it more convenient at drive-up windows and toll booths, or when talking with someone outside the car. The ILX’s rear power window switches have to be held the entire time to open or close them fully.

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) conducts detailed tests on headlights for their range both straight ahead and in curves and to be certain they don’t exceed acceptable amounts of glare to oncoming drivers. The Camry’s headlights were rated “Good” to “Acceptable” by the IIHS, while the ILX’s headlights are rated “Poor.”

While driving with high beams on, sensitive light sensors standard on the Camry detect other vehicles which could be blinded and automatically switch to low beams. The ILX doesn’t offer automatic dimming high beams.

Optional air-conditioned seats in the Camry XLE/XSE keep the driver and front passenger comfortable and take the sting out of hot seats in summer. The ILX doesn’t offer air-conditioned seats.

Both the Camry and the ILX offer rear vents. For greater rear passenger comfort, the Camry offers optional rear air conditioning vents to keep rear occupants cool in summer or warm in winter. The ILX doesn’t offer rear air conditioning vents, only heat vents.

To quickly and conveniently keep personal devices charged without cables tangling and wearing out, the Toyota Camry (except L/TRD) offers an optional wireless phone charging system (Qi) for the front seat. The ILX doesn’t offer wireless personal charging.

Economic Advantages

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Insurance will cost less for the Camry owner. The Car Book by Jack Gillis rates the Camry with a number “5” insurance rate while the ILX is rated higher at a number “10” rate.

The Camry will cost the buyer less in the long run because of its superior resale value. The IntelliChoice estimates that the Camry will retain 46.06% to 50.35% of its original price after five years, while the ILX only retains 36.22% to 38.53%.

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Camry is less expensive to operate than the ILX because typical repairs cost less on the Camry than the ILX, including $50 less for a starter, $37 less for fuel injection, $60 less for a fuel pump and $26 less for front struts.

IntelliChoice estimates that five-year ownership costs (depreciation, financing, insurance, fuel, fees, repairs and maintenance) for the Toyota Camry will be $252 to $5544 less than for the Acura ILX.

Recommendations

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Consumer Reports® recommends the Toyota Camry, based on reliability, safety and performance.

J.D. Power and Associates rated the Camry first among midsize cars in owner reported satisfaction. This includes how well the vehicle performs and satisfies its owner’s expectations. The ILX isn’t in the top three in its category.

The Toyota Camry outsold the Acura ILX by almost 25 to one during the 2019 model year.

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