- 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.
The base 2018 Accord LX starts at $23,570, while the top-of-the-line Touring model starts at $33,800. Our mid-grade, San Marino Red Sport model starts at $25,780, but fees and the optional 2.0-liter engine pushed the as-tested price up to $31,200.
In total, the Accord is available in six different trim levels with three engines and three transmissions from which a buyer can select.
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,…