We drove a $31,000 Honda Accord and a $39,000 Toyota Camry to see which one is the better family sedan - here's the verdict
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- The Toyota Camry and the Honda Accord are two of the best-selling and most respected cars in the world.
- Both the Toyota and the Honda are known for being exquisitely engineered and expertly put together with top-notch reliability.
- The base 2018 Honda Accord starts at $23,570 and our mid-tier Sport model starts at $25,780. The top-spec Touring starts at $33,800. With fees and the optional 2.0-liter engine, the as-tested price was pushed up to $31,200.
- The base Camry starts at $23,495, but our top-of-the-line XSE V6 opens at $34,950. With options, our test car left the showroom at $38,730.
- The Honda Accord's sportier driving dynamics and superior infotainment edges out the Toyota Camry's more attractive styling and silky smooth V6 engine.
Camry or Accord? It's a question that's confounded many a car buyer over the years.
For the better part of three decades, the Honda Accord and the Toyota Camry have been the cars of choice for American families. Even though crossover SUVs have become the dominant force in the marketplace, midsize mass-market sedans like the Accord and Camry still have a major role to play.
Last year, Toyota sold 387,000 Camrys in the US alone - making it the best-selling passenger car in the country. The Accord wasn't far behind with 323,000 sold.
For the 2018 model year, both the Accord and Camry are brand new with the Honda now in its 10th generation and the Toyota in its eighth.
The newest offerings from Honda and Toyota comes just in time to compete with the new sixth generation Nissan Altima and a freshly updated Mazda 6. There are recently revamped models from Hyundai, Kia, and Chevrolet with which to contend as well.
Over the past couple of months, we had the chance to experience both the new Marysville, Ohio-built 2018 Honda Accord and the new Georgetown, Kentucky-made 2018 Toyota Camry on the roads in and around Business Insider's headquarters in New York.
We came away impressed by both vehicles' comfort, refinement, build quality, tech content, and performance.
Here's a closer look at how the 2018 Honda Accord and the 2018 Toyota Camry matches up:
First up is the 2018 Honda Accord.
Aesthetically, the new Accord is not quite pretty. At least not in the traditional sense. However, it is edgy and eye-catching. I do find it sort of good looking in an off-beat sort of way.
Even though the Accord's hammerhead shark-esque front grille reminds us a bit too much of the dark days of Acura's controversial silver beak,...
... The Accord's sweeping fastback roofline and rear-end are both rather eye-pleasing.
In contrast to the edgy exterior, the Accord's interior doesn't exactly push the boundaries of styling norms. But there is beauty in its simplicity.
The center stack features an eight-inch touchscreen which houses the car's infotainment system. Honda's infotainment system has been heavily revamped for the 2018 Accord.
The system is quick to respond, crisply rendered, and is packed with feature content.
The Accords longer wheelbase lends the cabin an extra 2.4 cubic feet of interior space. It certainly shows up in terms of legroom. However, the steeply raked roofline means headroom for taller passengers is a bit tight.
Behind the passenger cabin is a sizable 16.7 cubic-foot trunk.
Under the hood lurks four-cylinders and a turbocharger.
What's it like to drive?
Next up is the 2018 Toyota Camry.
In sport trim, the new Camry looks aggressive. In white and black, our test car looked like a giant Storm Trooper helmet from Star Wars. The angular front grille and chiseled spoilers...
... Are offset by the sweeping curves and flowing fastback roof line. The Accord may be edgier, but the Camry is certainly more aesthetically pleasing in the traditional sense.
Inside, our tester boasted a stunning blood red leather interior with black and metallic accents.
The red leather proved to be eye-catching, but polarizing. The interior material and build quality are truly Lexus-worthy. The seats proved to be easily adjustable, well-bolstered, and comfortable even on long journeys.
The Camry's rear cabin features slightly less legroom than Accord while boasting slightly better headroom.
The Camry boasts a slightly smaller 15.1 cubic foot trunk. However, it should be noted that the Camry has a larger 16-gallon fuel tank as opposed to the Accord's 14.8-gallon unit.
The center stack features an 8-inch touchscreen running the latest version of Toyota's Entune infotainment system. Entune has not been one of our favorite systems in the past.
The Camry's four-surround-view camera proved to be impressive as well.
It not only provides an overhead view of the car, it also offers up a 360-degree panoramic sweep of the car's surroundings.
Powering our test car is a silky-smooth 301 horsepower, 3.5-liter, naturally aspirated V6.
So what's it like to drive?
And the winner is... The 2018 Honda Accord!
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